Supporting Business and Entrepreneurship Success Stories

How the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce Pivoted Toward Economic Development – Ucluelet

Changing with the times: The Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce found a new role by pivoting toward economic development through its business and employee retention and expansion program.  

Targeted Revitalization through Economic Investment Zones – Penticton

Penticton attracted new businesses, redevelopment of brownfield sites, and over 400 jobs through targeted use of Revitalization Tax Exemptions throughout the city. Public input and comprehensive planning have shaped the successful Economic Investment Zone program.

Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurship – Throughout B.C.

Indigenous people have been innovating and creating trade opportunities for thousands of years. Through the Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) programs, hundreds of Indigenous entrepreneurs are finding ways to put their entrepreneurial ideas into action to create successful businesses and drive economic growth in their communities. Since 2013, Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs programs have graduated more than 275 students in 18 cohorts throughout the province.

Startup Basics with Westbank First Nation – Thompson Okanagan

Accelerate Okanagan collaborated with Westbank First Nation to provide the Startup Basics program to early-stage entrepreneurs. Customizing the program for Indigenous entrepreneurs created a unique learning opportunity for participants.

Growing the next generation of entrepreneurs in rural B.C. – Nechako

Nechako Lakes School District held its first technology and entrepreneurship summit for secondary and elementary students in October 2017 to start growing the next generation of entrepreneurs in rural B.C. Through the iCubed Tech and Entrepreneurship Summit, Nechako Lakes School District challenged its students to consider new career paths in tech and entrepreneurship. Local entrepreneurs and industry exhibits helped inspire students to think big and proved their commitment to nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs… and the long-term economic outlook of the Nechako Lakes region.

Business Walks Week – City of Abbotsford

In an effort to learn what supports local businesses need for retention and growth, the City of Abbotsford Economic Development (CAED) conducted a Business Walks initiative over a period of three days. A targeted selection of “walkers” surveyed business owners to discover how best to target future follow up and economic development programming.

Training for World Class Customer Service – Whistler

The Whistler Experience™ leverages a world-class learning partnership with University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business. This executive level service training teaches teams to apply psychology and recognize opportunities to win and keep customers. 

VK Venture Advisors – Kamloops

The VK Venture Advisors is a program offered through the Business Expansion and Retention department of Venture Kamloops. The program is designed to engage both upcoming entrepreneurs as well as the business community, and has proven to be a very effective community outreach program.