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

    2019-20 Board of Directors

    2019-20 Board of Directors

    Published on 16-May-2019 by Kimberley Chamber 2019-20 Board of Directors

    On May 14th, the election of the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce 2019-20 Board of Directors occurred at Annual General Meeting at Hotel Kimberley.  Congratulations to new board members:

    • Rob Duncan (Resorts of the Canadian Rockies)
    • Paul Cameron (Exact Tax)
    • Kathryn Arbic (North Star Veterinary Clinic)
    • Kevin Dunnebacke (Ktown Custom Auto)
    • Karen Vold (Kootenay Media - Go Kimberley, Go Cranbrook)

    As well as our continuing board members:

    • Karen Cetinski (Rocky Mountain Event Planners)
    • Brian Conn (Kootenay Shadeworks/Northstar Roasting Company)
    • Jason Toner (Big Magic Design)
    • Thomas Datt (Enchanted Forest B&B)
    • Brandi O'Neill (Paper and Cup)
    • Ella Harris (Creme Cheese Shop)
    • Brian Sondergaard (Kimberley Kritters/Total Recall Digital Scanning)
    • Chantel Delaney (Sprout Health Market)
    • Sabrina Park (Creekside Physiotherapy)
    • Past President: Rachelle Langlois (Sun Life Financial)

    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 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.

    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


    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:


    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




Upcoming Events

  • YXC Tech Meetup JUNE - Kimberley

    On the LAST Tuesday of every month (alternating between Cranbrook and Kimberley). YXC Tech Meetup is a monthly gathe..

  • YXC Tech Meetup JUNE - Kimberley

    Event Date: 25-Jun-2019

    Posted by Kimberley Chamber | on 14-Jun-2019

    On the LAST Tuesday of every month (alternating between Cranbrook and Kimberley). YXC Tech Meetup is a monthly gathering of awesome folks who love tech, work in tech, and want to be a part of a community around tech and innovation! There's always a short presentation, networking, and beverages! 

    When: Tuesday, June 15th

    Time: 4pm - 6pm

    Where: Big Magic (in Kimberley's Platzl)

    Questions? Connect with Tanya Malcolm at

  • Business Beers

    On Wednesday, June 26th all business owners, operators and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to drop-in at the Kimb..

  • Business Beers

    Event Date: 26-Jun-2019

    Posted by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce | on 12-Jun-2019

    On Wednesday, June 26th 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!

  • Growing Your Business With Free Trade Agreements

    TARGETING FREE TRADE Seize this unique opportunity to learn about the tremendous value of free trade agreements (FTA..

  • Growing Your Business With Free Trade Agreements

    Event Date: 18-Jun-2019

    Posted by Kimberley Chamber | on 12-Jun-2019

    TARGETING FREE TRADE Seize this unique opportunity to learn about the tremendous value of free trade agreements (FTAs) for Kootenay's active and aspiring exporters. You'll meet Provincial representatives who negotiate BC's interests in these agreements and who also assist businesses in overcoming tariff and non-tariff trade barriers. 

    Presenter: Chelsie Luciani, Senior Manager, Trade & Policy Negotiations, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology

    Date & Time: Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 from 12:15pm - 1:30pm

    Location: Ground Floor Coworking Space/Community Futures East Kootenays (131 7th Avenue S, Cranbrook)

    EXPORT NAVIGATOR PROGRAM - free export assistance and coaching

    Exporting allows you to expand the horizons of your business and gain a competitive advantage. Whether it's new markets across Canada or around the world, Export Navigator's community-based advisors are on-hand to provide FREE support to help your business grow outside of the Kootenays. Capitalize on export knowledge and resources and invaluable connections made available by this program and its advisors. 

    Presenter: Michael Hoher, Export Advisor, Export Navigator, Kootenay-Boundary Region


  • Cranbrook Chamber Luncheon with Destination BC & Indigenous Tourism BC

    Join the Cranbrook Chamber for an exciting conversation with panelists from Destination BC, Indigenous Tourism BC an..

  • Cranbrook Chamber Luncheon with Destination BC & Indigenous Tourism BC

    Event Date: 19-Jun-2019

    Posted by Kimberley Chamber | on 09-Jun-2019

    Join the Cranbrook Chamber for an exciting conversation with panelists from Destination BC, Indigenous Tourism BC and local and Regional Tourism groups to learn about the exciting future of Tourism in the East Kootenays and how your business can engage with and capitalize on the investments and growth happening in the area.

    Location: St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino, 7777 Mission Rd

    Date/Time Information:
    June 19th
    Doors open at 11:15, Lunch to be served at 11:40

    Contact Information:
    Michelle Doll: Send an Email

    Members $30
    Non Members $38

    Register online:


    • Paula Amos, Chief Marketing and Development Officer, Indigenous Tourism BC
      Paula Amos is of Hesquiaht and Squamish Nation descent, born and raised in the Nuu-chah-nulth territory on Vancouver Island. She has worked for ITBC for the past 18 years and is currently the Chief Marketing and Development Officer. The Indigenous Tourism industry is a very rewarding avenue for sharing stories and educating the world about the rich and diverse Indigenous people in BC.  Arts, music and culture are a universal language that can be appreciated globally. With ITBC, she works at connecting the opportunities between the Indigenous tourism industry and mainstream tourism. Paula works in partnership with all sectors of the tourism industry and believes that success comes through capacity building, teamwork, and building strong relationships with key industry players, Indigenous communities and government. Paula sat on the steering committee for the groundbreaking Blueprint Strategy for Aboriginal tourism in British Columbia. The Blueprint was the catalyst for developing Indigenous tourism in BC in 2006. She was also involved with the 2010 Aboriginal Tourism Working Group, in partnership with the 2010 Bid Corporation. 

    • Richard Porges, Vice President, Corporate Development, Destination British Columbia
      Richard Porges is Vice President, Corporate Development with Destination BC. Richard provides strategic leadership for Destination BC’s Corporate Communications, Research and Analytics, Human Resources, and Corporate Services departments. In addition to his role at Destination BC, Richard is also a regular lecturer in the Tourism Entrepreneurship program at the Management Centre of Innsbruck (MCI) and with the University of Victoria’s Department of Economics. Before joining Destination BC, Richard taught in the Economics, MBA and MPA programs at the University of Victoria and was a consultant for several government and non-profit organizations.

    • Kathy Cooper, CEO & Travel Trade, Kootenay Rockies Tourism
      Kathy Cooper has been a key member of the Kootenay Rockies Team over the last 31 years, assisting the region in becoming a leader in the marketing of British Columbia as a premier tourism destination. Kathy has been involved in many roles with the organization including project management, consumer advertising, travel trade, media relations, governance and HR.  Kathy has been the leader of a talented team of destination management and marketing specialists as CEO of the organization since 2012. She also sits on the Destination BC’s Tourism Marketing Committee for British Columbia and is a Director on the Go2HR Board.

    • Kristy Jahn-Smith, Executive Director - Cranbrook Tourism
      Kristy is no stranger to the Kootenays having lived in Creston, Nelson and Cranbrook in the past.  An avid skier, cyclist and lover of most things outdoors she is thrilled to be back in Cranbrook to help showcase and promote the city to the rest of the world. Her career in marketing has included positions at a creative agency, a ski resort and in e-commerce. Over the years her time as a tourist has taken her to places like South Africa, India, Russia and Japan. She knows the power travel has to transform people and add richness to their lives. With tourism and related spending on the rise globally she believes Cranbrook’s time is here.