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
  • 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 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

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.

Latest News

    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:
    - E-transfer to (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

    Changes at the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce

    Changes at the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce

    Published on 17-Dec-2018 by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Changes at the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce

    To better align with the changes happening in our local business community the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce is undergoing a full restructure. Part of that restructuring is reviewing all agreements and re-strategizing to fully support our thriving business environment. We are dedicated to continuing to work with our members and key stakeholders to provide an exceptional level of support and services to our business community. Stay tuned as we roll out our new strategic plans and initiatives for 2019.

    Our office hours will be limited for the remainder of January, however we are working diligently behind the scenes! If you require assistance please contact us at

    Taking Care of Business - Microgrant Application

    Taking Care of Business - Microgrant Application

    Published on 09-Nov-2018 by Mike Guarnery Taking Care of Business - Microgrant Application

    Are you a local Kimberley Business passionate about promoting a healthy community? Do you have a creative idea or project that will promote healthy choices for your staff and customers? We can help! Taking Care of Business is offering microgrants for small infrastructure, healthy projects, and other creative ideas to help promote healthy workplaces. Preference will be given to projects with long-lasting, sustainable impact. Complete this application with your best ideas for a chance to receive $100 to $1000 to support your project.  Check out Healthy Kimberley's application.  E-mail completed applications to:


Upcoming Events

  • Business Beers - February 2019

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

  • Business Beers - February 2019

    Event Date: 27-Feb-2019

    Posted by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce | on 11-Feb-2019

    On Wednesday, February 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!

  • Morning Coffee with the BC Chamber

    We're celebrating CHAMBER WEEK (Feb. 20-24th) and special guests from the BC Chamber will be joining us on Wednesday..

  • Morning Coffee with the BC Chamber

    Event Date: 20-Feb-2019

    Posted by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce | on 11-Feb-2019

    We're celebrating CHAMBER WEEK (Feb. 20-24th) and special guests from the BC Chamber will be joining us on Wednesday, February 20th for a morning coffee in Kimberley!

    Learn more about how the BC Chamber is driving business advocacy, key issues affecting BC businesses and more about the Chamber Member benefits available.

    Date: Wednesday, February 20th

    Location: Paper and Cup  (Platzl - 205 Spokane Street)

    Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    This will be a casual meet and greet with short presentations from each of our special guests. Light snacks, coffee/tea will be provided.
    All are welcome to attend.

    Let us know you're coming

    Register online here or email 

    Special Guests: 

    DAN BAXTER, Director of Policy Development, Government and Stakeholder Relations, BC Chamber of Commerce

    Dan will review the BC Chamber network's policy work relative to issues in our region and provide insight into our advocacy efforts leading up to the results of the February 19th Provincial Budget.

    JOAN ISAC, Director of Member Relations, BC Chamber of Commerce

    Joan will review member benefits that are available to all members of the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce.

    RAMON SOLINAS, Chamber Group Insurance Plan

    Ramon will review the Chamber employee benefit plan for small businesses, a comprehensive health insurance plan designed to fit any budget.


    CORA TSCHETTERS, Haddad Financial Services

    Cora is our local Chamber Plan representative and can assist if you're interested in getting a quote for your business.  


    The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce will also be hosting the BC Chamber at their luncheon on Wednesday, February 20th. Member rates will be extended to our Kimberley Chamber members who wish to attend. Register online here.

  • Flannel Fest 2019

    The Kimberley Winter "Flannel Fest" is happening Feb. 15th and 16th in the Platzl! Friday night "Snow Rave" wil..

  • Flannel Fest 2019

    Event Date: 15-Feb-2019

    Posted by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce | on 16-Jan-2019

    The Kimberley Winter "Flannel Fest" is happening Feb. 15th and 16th in the Platzl!

    Friday night "Snow Rave" will light up the platzl with music and laser lights and Saturday will be a day of games, vendors, music, races through the platzl and much more! Flannel wearing is encouraged!

    Flannel Fest 2019 Fun: Platzl Parade, Best Beard, King & Queen of Flannel Contest, Guiness World Record (most flannel worn at once) and much more!

    To register as a vendor or for more information contact:
    Karen at

  • BC Farmers' Market Conference

    The annual BC Farmers' Market Conference will be held March 8-10, 2019 at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Tra..

  • BC Farmers' Market Conference

    Event Date: 8-Mar-2019

    Posted by Kimberley Chamber | on 03-Jan-2019

    The annual BC Farmers' Market Conference will be held March 8-10, 2019 at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre. This year's conference theme is "Cultivating Community" and will explore how we can grow and strengthen the farmers' market sector through outreach and connections, working with the various members of our communities.

    The conference brings together farmers' market organizers, board of directors, farmers, small scale food processors, and community leaders. The weekend will include workshops, networking opportunities, social activities, and the annual Farmers' Market Awards. For more information:

    Early bird tickets are available now at: