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

    City of Kimberley Launches Survey to Establish Business Priorities

    City of Kimberley Launches Survey to Establish Business Priorities

    Published on 16-Jan-2019 by Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce City of Kimberley Launches Survey to Establish Business Priorities

    The City of Kimberley has officially launched a new Business Retention & Expansion (BR & E) survey. The City wants to better understand the future plans and needs of local businesses and how business owners/managers view Kimberley as a place to do business.

    The information from the survey will be used to plan future economic development activities focused on the top priorities of the local businesses. Businesses are encouraged to participate in the telephone survey and since selection is random, you may be contacted between January 16th and February 4th. For more information click here.

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    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 info@kimberleychamber.com.

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    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: tcobkimberley@gmail.com

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Upcoming Events

  • Business Beers - January 2019
    23-Jan-2019

    On Wednesday, January 23rd all business owners, operators and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to drop-in at the Kimbe..

  • Business Beers - January 2019

    Event Date: 23-Jan-2019

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

    On Wednesday, January 23rd 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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  • Cash Mob Kimberley - January Adventure
    26-Jan-2019

    Cash Mob Kimberley will take you on an adventure where you commit to spending $20 at a mystery location with a group..

  • Cash Mob Kimberley - January Adventure

    Event Date: 26-Jan-2019

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

    Cash Mob Kimberley will take you on an adventure where you commit to spending $20 at a mystery location with a group of people. Cash Mobs encourage community members to support a local business, help businesses create new customers, and unite communities.

    Cash Mob Kimberley will showcase local businesses in our community with a FLASH boost of sales, visibility and excitement! Mobsters have fun, meet new people, and spend $20 on products they want while building the local economy. The shopping location is TOP SECRET until the event!

    When? January 26 at 1pm
    Where? Meet at the Platzl Gazebo
    What to bring? $20 cash! (suggested minimum amount) and a desire to shop local
    Who? Come with a friend, or make some new ones

    RSVP by visiting the Cash Mob Kimberley Facebook event and click "GOING"
    https://www.facebook.com/events/289238655112243/

     

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  • Flannel Fest 2019
    15-Feb-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 info@rockymountainevents.ca

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  • State of City Address with Mayor Don McCormick
    06-Feb-2019

    State of City address The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting Mayor Don McCormick and a State of..

  • State of City Address with Mayor Don McCormick

    Event Date: 06-Feb-2019

    Posted by The Chamber | on 16-Jan-2019

    State of City address

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting Mayor Don McCormick and a State of City address on February 6th at 7:00p.m. at Centre 64 (64 Deer Park Avenue). The Mayor will discuss current municipal issues and future plans for the City. This event is free and open to the public.

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