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

    Nominations for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Now Open!

    Nominations for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Now Open!

    Published on 25-Jun-2019 by The Chamber Nominations for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards Now Open!

    It's that time of year and the nominations for the annual Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Excellence Awards are now open! 

    We have some exciting new categories this year and the nominations will all be put to a community vote later on in the summer. 

    The Business Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding small businesses, entrepreneurs, employees and organizations who contribute so much to our community and local economy. 

    This year's Business Excellence Awards are set for Friday, October 4th, 2019 at the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre. Tickets will go on sale in late Summer. 

    Submit your nominations here!

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    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)

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    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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Upcoming Events

  • Business Beers
    31-Jul-2019

    On Wednesday, July 31st all business owners, operators and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to drop-in at the Kimb..

  • Business Beers

    Event Date: 31-Jul-2019

    Posted by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce | on 02-Jul-2019

    On Wednesday, July 31st 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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  • JulyFest 2019
    19-Jul-2019

    JulyFest is celebrating 47 years of Canadian Bocce Championships, Grad Reunions, Homecoming Parade, Beer Gardens, Ba..

  • JulyFest 2019

    Event Date: 19-Jul-2019

    Posted by Kimberley Chamber | on 02-Jul-2019

    JulyFest is celebrating 47 years of Canadian Bocce Championships, Grad Reunions, Homecoming Parade, Beer Gardens, Bands, Kidzone and much more! The JulyFest team is working hard and adding new features to this year's awesome Summer event. 

    JulyFest events will begin on Friday, July 19th. The Bocce tournament will be held at Big Coronation Park.

    Thank you to all our members, volunteers and community organizations that support JulyFest!

    For more information visit our website at www.kimberleyjulyfest.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

    Interested in being a sponsor, vendor or volunteer? Contact our event coordinator:

    Karen Cetinski
    karen@kimberleyjulyfest.com

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