The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce has advocated for the extension of Export Navigator. We met with Minister Chow in December 2017 about this type of programming to assist rural businesses. Contact the Chamber to learn more about rural business support.
Starting a Business
Starting your own business is an exciting and challenging venture. Taking advantage of the many resources available to entrepreneurs is important to success. Some of the resources available are:
Small Business BC
Small business information and support are provided in British Columbia through Small Business BC, a non-profit business resource service operating with federal, provincial and private sector partners. Small Business BC provides business information and tools on topics such as:
- Business start-up and expansion information
- Online business planning tools and information guides
- Business planning advisory services
- Legislation and regulations
- Exporting and importing resources
- Information about financing sources
- Business research library
- Market research consultation
- Business seminars and workshops
- e-business solutions, at eBusiness Connection www.e-bc.ca
- Regional access to business information resources throughout the province.
Community Futures Development Corporation
Community Futures’ mandate is to assist small business people to succeed in the southeast region of BC. Whether one is considering a business start up, maintaining, or expanding a small business, they offer encouragement and educational, technical, and financial support. They offer the Self-Employment Program which is designed to provide Employment Assistance funds to support an entrepreneur for one year in order to allow the business to develop without needing to support the owner in the first year. A loan program is available for entrepreneurs that are unable to acquire financing through the standard banks. Community Futures also operates many courses for entrepreneurs to develop their skills. Visit www.cfek.ca for more information.
The first step one needs to do when considering starting a small business is to create a business plan. This document will map out how you will manage your business, will anticipate problems, will encourage realism, and will also help to identify any deficiencies in your business. Once your plan is completed and critiqued, you may need it for any additional financing. Once in business, it is important to follow your plan, the axiom “Plan your work and work your plan” is very true. Return to your plan every month or two and update it so your “road map” stays current to the direction you are heading.
Investing in Kimberley
Kimberley is a diverse and growing community of over 6,100 residents with a multitude of assets for business and lifestyle investments.
Economic Development in Kimberley was initially centered around the Sullivan Mine, but now mostly involves recreational and tourism opportunities. The city has serviceable land available for industry and Kimberley would be a great, safe, and highly enjoyable location for relocating employees. We have a variety of housing stock to suit most tastes plus other amenities sought by industry are in-town or a short 30 kilometre drive away.
Kimberley has many business opportunities available. Local realtors have listings for existing business for sale plus there are many opportunities for tourism operations, real estate development, and land available for light industry.
The downtown pedestrian shopping area, called the Platzl, has storefronts available to lease. A well planned and researched business opportunity may do well here, such as a boutique style retail operation.
Please contact us if you would like more information about starting a business in Kimberley.
Where Opportunity Meets Lifestyle…
Thank you for your interest in the Kootenay area. We are confident that you will be impressed with the business and lifestyle opportunities that exist in our growing and vibrant region. Imagine Kootenay is a joint-initiative of local governments, economic development organizations & Chambers of Commerce with the aim of attracting and retaining investment. Come and discover the advantages of doing business in the Kootenay region - where opportunity meets lifestyle.