Business Resources

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 BCSmall 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.

Business Plan

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

www.investkimberley.com

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.

Invest Kootenay

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.

http://www.imaginekootenay.com

Latest News

    Call for Nominations - 2019/20 Board of Directors

    Call for Nominations - 2019/20 Board of Directors

    Published on 15-Apr-2019 by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Call for Nominations - 2019/20 Board of Directors

    As we continue to grow and strengthen our network, we're looking for diligent and dynamic individuals to serve as leaders on our 2019/20 Board of Directors. If this is you, or someone you know please email info@kimberleychamber.com to submit your nomination.

    The deadline for submissions is May 7th, 2019 at 5:00pm. Board of Directors will be sworn in at our AGM on May 14, 2019.

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    PRESS RELEASE - Kimberley Chamber Response to 2019 BC Budget

    PRESS RELEASE - Kimberley Chamber Response to 2019 BC Budget

    Published on 21-Feb-2019 by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce PRESS RELEASE - Kimberley Chamber Response to 2019 BC Budget

    PRESS RELEASE 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 21, 2019

     

     

    Kimberley Chamber response to 2019 BC Budget

     

    The 2019 Provincial Budget was released Monday and the BC Chamber has replied with the following press release:  http://www.bcchamber.org/advocacy-news/affordability-strategy-welcome-costs-smes-piling

     

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce President, Rachelle Langlois, responded: “The release of the 2019 BC Budget coincided nicely with the arrival of BC Chamber representatives in Kimberley Wednesday morning. Along with the member benefits presentation we had scheduled, our Chamber was able to hear about the BC Chamber’s thoughts and direction regarding the new budget.”

     

    “We are pleased with the support the BC Chamber is showing towards small and medium sized business owners who are the economic drivers in our small communities.  We were also encouraged by the participation of the Kimberley business community members, as having a strong Chamber will ensure we have the voice necessary to continue to have the ear of these influential policy makers.” 

     

    “Gathering feedback from the business community is one of our primary goals in the next few months, along with increasing our Chamber membership.  We want to hear from our businesses to ensure our Chamber is effectively representing their needs, not just on a local or community level, but also at regional and provincial levels as well since this budget will directly impact our members.”

     

    For more information, please email info@kimberleychamber.ca

     

     

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    2019 Chamber Membership Renewals

    2019 Chamber Membership Renewals

    Published on 30-Jan-2019 by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce 2019 Chamber Membership Renewals

    Thank you for your continued participation with the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce! Our volunteer Board of Directors are passionate about the Kimberley business community, and are looking forward to another exciting and successful year. We are dedicated to building a strong and sustainable business environment in Kimberley, and you may be asking yourself, "What does the Chamber do?".

    With access to municipal, provincial and federal governments the Chamber advocates on behalf of local businesses. This will continue to be a priority. We also put on events that help you grow your network. We organize workshops, seminars & socials that help you take your business goals to another level. We're proud to work with amazing partners like Community Futures, Women's Enterprise Centre, BDC, EK Employment, Basin Business Advisors, Industry Training Authority, Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency and College of the Rockies, all of whom can assist with starting, sustaining and growing your business needs. We work together. We learn together. We grow together.

    This week you will be receiving your 2019 Membership renewal. You can submit your payment:
    - Online by visiting our website and logging into your account: https://kimberleychamber.worldsecuresystems.com/my-account
    - E-transfer to info@kimberleychamber.com (use password: kimberleybiz)
    - Cheque (mail to or drop in the mail slot at the Chamber office (253 Wallinger Avenue, Kimberley, BC  V1A 1Z2))
    - Credit Card (drop-in to the office Monday - Friday 10am-2pm to pay by credit card)

    We welcome your feedback and involvement in the Chamber's direction as we transition and move forward. Reach us anytime at info@kimberleychamber.com.

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Upcoming Events

  • Kimberley Makers Market
    27-Apr-2019

    On Saturday, April 27th from 10-4pm and Sunday, April 28th from 1-4pm at Centre 64 local artisans will be showcasing..

  • Kimberley Makers Market

    Event Date: 27-Apr-2019

    Posted by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce | on 19-Apr-2019

    On Saturday, April 27th from 10-4pm and Sunday, April 28th from 1-4pm at Centre 64 local artisans will be showcasing their handmade goods.

    For a full list of vendors visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Kimberley-Makers-Market-1880797925569287/

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  • Leadercast Live - Leading Healthy Teams
    10-May-2019

    Join JCI Kootenay on Friday, May 10th at the largest one-day leadership event in the world, broadcast live each May ..

  • Leadercast Live - Leading Healthy Teams

    Event Date: 10-May-2019

    Posted by The Chamber | on 19-Apr-2019

    Join JCI Kootenay on Friday, May 10th at the largest one-day leadership event in the world, broadcast live each May from Atlanta, Georgia to hundreds of host sites around the world including the Kootenays.  

    The Leadercast Live stage will showcase leadership experts to help attendees master the art and science of developing and leading healthy teams. A great training opportunity for you and your team!

     For more information and to reserve your tickets: https://cranbrookchamber.com/events/details/leadercast-live-leading-healthy-teams-439

     

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  • Annual General Meeting 2019
    14-May-2019

    You are cordially invited to the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting May 14th, ..

  • Annual General Meeting 2019

    Event Date: 14-May-2019

    Posted by The Chamber | on 15-Apr-2019

    You are cordially invited to the

    Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce

    Annual General Meeting

    May 14th, 2019

    7:00 pm at Hotel Kimberley - Alpine Meeting Room

    AGM - Business Meeting and Election of our Board of Directors

    The evening will also include special presentations from:
    Schaun Goodeve, Economic Development Officer for the City of Kimberley
    Jesse Ferguson, Tourism Kimberley.

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce welcomes all members and interested parties to attend our AGM.

    Board nomination forms are available at the Chamber office, 253 Wallinger Ave. and via email: info@kimberleychamber.com

    The deadline for submissions is May 7th, 2019 at 5:00pm.

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  • Business Beers
    24-Apr-2019

    On Wednesday, March 27th all business owners, operators and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to drop-in at the Kimberl..

  • Business Beers

    Event Date: 24-Apr-2019

    Posted by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce | on 28-Mar-2019

    On Wednesday, March 27th all business owners, operators and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to drop-in at the Kimberley Elks Club between 5:30-7:30pm to hang out and connect with other members of the business community. This is an open and casual social event. All are welcome!





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