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

    Career Opportunity with the Kimberley Chamber - MANAGER

    Career Opportunity with the Kimberley Chamber - MANAGER

    Published on 20-Aug-2019 by Kimberley Chamber Career Opportunity with the Kimberley Chamber - MANAGER

    The Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking a General Manager and is accepting applications from experienced and qualified candidates. 

    Click here to download a PDF file containing the position posting which includes preferred qualifications/experience and key responsibilities, along with information on how to apply for this position. 

    Closing Date of Posting: September 15, 2019

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    Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    Published on 13-Aug-2019 by Kimberley Chamber Voting Open for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards and Tickets on Sale!

    2019 Business Excellence Awards

    Join us at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards as we recognize the outstanding small businesses, entrepreneurs, employees and organizations who contribute so much to our community and local economy.

    Tickets on sale now at http://www.kimberleychamber.com/store/2019-business-excellence-awards

    • Date: Friday, October 4th
    • Time: 6pm
    • Location: Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre
    • Cost: $55 + GST for members
                $60 + GST for non-members
                $420 + GST for a table of 8


    Cast your votes and share the survey among our community. Let's recognize all of the hard work, innovation and dedication of our diverse business community! 

    Vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PK3X57L

    Award Categories:

    • Employer of Year
    • Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award
    • Employee of the Year
    • Hospitality Excellence Award
    • Trades Business or Person of the Year
    • Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year
    • Stan Salikan Community Impact Award
    • Youth Friendly Business Award
    • Business of the Year Award
    • Marketing & Media Business of the Year Award
    • Tourism Excellence Award
    • Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    • Home Business of the Year Award
    • The Keystone Award - new this year!
    • The Rising Star Award - new this year!
    • The Healthy Kimberley Award - new this year!

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    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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Upcoming Events

  • 2019 World Clean Up Day - Kootenay Style
    21-Sep-2019

    JCI Kootenay in cooperation with the cities of Cranbrook and Kimberley would like to cordially invite all East Kootenay ..

  • 2019 World Clean Up Day - Kootenay Style

    Event Date: 21-Sep-2019

    Posted by Kimberley Chamber | on 11-Sep-2019

    JCI Kootenay in cooperation with the cities of Cranbrook and Kimberley would like to cordially invite all East Kootenay business and community members to participate in the 2019 International World Clean Up Day Event.

    This universal initiative is a social action program joining communities from around the world in one single and significant coordinated act of environmental reclamation. Aimed at combating the solid waste and marine debris crisis, World Clean Up Day successfully coordinated 157 countries in 2018 with a reported 17.8 million volunteer participates and an estimated 82,280 tons of waste collected around the world.

    JCI Kootenay in association with the World Clean Up Day Foundation is assembling a community clean up event in Cranbrook and Kimberley on Saturday September 21st 2019 from 10am to 3pm.

    This event provides a welcomed opportunity for JCI to work in partnership with local volunteers, businesses and community focused organizations in an effort to increase waste management and recycling awareness while maximizing our impact through the reduction of residential waste in our neighborhoods, roads and waterways.

    The success of any Clean Up Campaign is directly related to the involvement and dedication of its volunteers and as such community involvement is crucial. JCI Kootenay would like to extend an official VOLUNTEER CALL OUT in the Cranbrook and Kimberley area.

    Join us and others on September 21st for this fun filled and community focused event.

    For event details or information on volunteer opportunities please email Pamela Currie, JCI Kootenay, World Clean-up Day Chairperson at pamelacurrie5910@gmail.com or check out JCI Kootenay on Facebook.

    LETS DO IT - 2019 World Clean Up Day - https://www.letsdoitworld.org/

    JCI - https://www.jcikootenay.com/

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  • East Kootenay Columbia Investment Coop - Annual General Meeting
    19-Sep-2019

    Upcoming AGM & Call For Director Applications Thursday September 19th from 7pm - 9..

  • East Kootenay Columbia Investment Coop - Annual General Meeting

    Event Date: 19-Sep-2019

    Posted by Kimberley Chamber | on 11-Sep-2019

    Upcoming AGM & Call For Director Applications

    Thursday September 19th from 7pm - 9pm MST

    To learn more about the East Kootenay Columbia Community Investment Co-op visit their website at https://eastkootenaycolumbia.com/.

    The event will take place at the Ground Floor Coworking Space in Cranbrook (131 7th Avenue S) with the ability to call or video conference in from anywhere (details below). 

    Here is a link to download the agenda and the co-op's financials. 


    If you are interested in serving as a director, please email info@eastkootenaycolumbia.com with your completed nomination package. 
    Click here to download the nomination package.
     Nominations are due by 12pm on Thursday, September 12, 2019. 

    To participate in the AGM from home please use the following link or phone number:
    Join Online
    https://zoom.us/j/690375887
    Or By Phone:
    +1 647 558 0588 
    Meeting ID: 690 375 887

    Not a member yet, don't worry you can still attend. However, if you'd like to become a member you can register here

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  • Kimberley Business Excellence Awards
    04-Oct-2019

    2019 Business Excellence Awards Join us at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards as we recognize the ou..

  • Kimberley Business Excellence Awards

    Event Date: 04-Oct-2019

    Posted by Kimberley Chamber | on 27-Aug-2019

    2019 Business Excellence Awards

    Join us at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards as we recognize the outstanding small businesses, entrepreneurs, employees and organizations who contribute so much to our community and local economy. 

    Tickets on sale now at http://www.kimberleychamber.com/store/2019-business-excellence-awards or you can purchase tickets in person at Sprout Health Market, Kimberley Kritters or Creekside Physiotherapy. 

    • Date: Friday, October 4th
    • Time: 6:00pm Cocktail Hour, with music by Kootenay Lately
                6:50pm Welcome speech from the President, acknowledgment of board of directors
                7:00pm Dinner
                7:40pm A word from the Mayor
                7:45pm Awards Ceremony
                8:45pm Musical Performance, Kootenay Lately
    • Location: Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre
    • Cost: $55 + GST for members
                $60 + GST for non-members
                $420 + GST for a table of 8


    Suggested attire is semi-formal or formal for the gala.

    Cast your votes and share the survey among our community. Let's recognize all of the hard work, innovation and dedication of our diverse business community! 

    Voting is now closed.

    Award Categories:

    • Employer of Year
    • Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award
    • Employee of the Year
    • Hospitality Excellence Award
    • Trades Business or Person of the Year
    • Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year
    • Stan Salikan Community Impact Award
    • Youth Friendly Business Award
    • Business of the Year Award
    • Marketing & Media Business of the Year Award
    • Tourism Excellence Award
    • Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    • Home Business of the Year Award
    • The Keystone Award - new this year!
    • The Rising Star Award - new this year!
    • The Healthy Kimberley Award - new this year!

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