Kimberley Business Expo November 13

Meet business experts from regional agencies, advocates and lenders

The backbone of this area’s economy is small business. And as anyone who has ever tried to run a small business can tell you, it is no easy task to run one successfully.

This Thursday, November 13, the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kimberley, along with the City of Cranbrook, are presenting  the inaugural Kimberley Business Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kimberley Conference Centre.

This is an opportunity for business owners to access all the experts at one location. From financial ninjas, to export development experts, investment attraction connectors, business coaches to mentors — they’ll all be there and attendance is free.

The event is being organized, says City of Kimberley Economic Development Officer Kevin Wilson, to provide entrepreneurs in the region access to the resources they need to buy, sell, grow, and compete.

Business experts from regional agencies, advocates, and lenders will be pitching their services to you, the business owner. Some are free to access, others are affordable, all provide great value. Participating vendors include:

BC Venture Acceleration Program

Invest Kootenay

Community Futures East Kootenay

Business Basin Advisor

Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust

Business Development Bank of Canada

Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency

East Kootenay employment

“The inaugural Kimberley Business Expo was conceived as a way to address concerns identified in the 2013-14 Kimberley Survey of Businesses,” Wilson said.

“From August 2013 to July 2014 we interviewed 50 Kimberley businesses to see how things were going” says Mike Guarnery, Manager of the Kimberley Chamber. “By and large the results were positive. But when we looked closer at what were identified as constraints to business we realized that busy entrepreneurs might not be aware of who was out there to help.”

You can see the full report at: www.investkimberley.combusiness-environment.

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