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Kamloops Best for Foreign Investment

Adapted from the Kamloops Daily News, May 17, 2013

 

The Financial Times of London ranks Kamloops the No. 1 city of its size in North America for foreign investment.  Kamloops ranked in three of five categories for cities with a population of less than 100,000 in the Financial Times of London’s annual list of North American Cities of the Future.

Kamloops placed first in foreign direct investment. Each category has 10 points of data that a city is judged on and 422 cities applied.  Judges consider:

 

  • Gross domestic product;

 

  • Number of international baccalaureate schools

             (please see NorKam High School’s IB program, http://nkss.sd73.bc.ca/ );

 

  • Cost of establishing a business;

 

  • Distance to the nearest airport; and

 

  • Corporate tax rate.

 

The report has five categories:

 

  • economic potential;

 

  • human resources;

 

  • cost effectiveness;

 

  • infrastructure; and

 

  • business friendliness.

 

Jim Anderson, the head of Venture Kamloops, said, “We’re attracting investment to the city,” including monthly trade missions that connect with investors from all over the world.

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Video:  Kamloops:  A City of Champions, by Venture Kamloops, 2014

(4.5 minutes)

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Kamloops’ population is currently 83,725 (2011), with a 21% increase in immigrants between 2001 and 2011. The community added 1,741 permanent residents from 2002 to 2011.  Most of the recent immigrants are from countries in Asia.

Also during this 10-year period, the city welcomed 2,050 temporary foreign workers, including 406 in 2011.  In addition, we received 3,064 foreign students during the six-year period between 2005 and 2011.  As of December, 2011, 1,336 foreign students were present in Kamloops.

 

We have welcomed immigrants from:

 

  • South Asia,

 

  • China,

 

  • Japan,

 

  • the Philippines,

 

  • Southeast Asia,

 

  • Latin America,

 

  • Korea,

 

  • Arab countries,

 

  • Africa and

 

  • West Asia

 

with a current population of over 5,000.* Immigrant Kamloopsians speak German, Ukrainian, Russian, French, Dutch, Hungarian, Italian, Panjabi, French, Cantonese, Japanese, Spanish and Tagalog.*

 

Immigrant Kamloopsians work in:

  • management,
  • business,
  • finance,
  • administration,
  • natural and applied sciences,
  • health,
  • social science,
  • education,
  • government service,
  • art,
  • culture,
  • recreation and sport,
  • sales and service,
  • trades,
  • transport and equipment operators, and
  • manufacturing.* 

Over 4,500 immigrant Kamloopsians have a certificate, diploma or post-secondary degree.*

 

*BC Stats for Immigration Partnerships and Initiatives Branch Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, 2006

 

 

 

Venture Kamloops

 

VentureKamloops

 

Photo:  http://www.venturekamloops.com/

 

Women in Business Unite

Adapted from the article by Sylvie Paillard, Kamloops Daily News, December 3, 2013

Canada’s economy depends on female entrepreneurs because the majority of women’s businesses are small to medium-sized.  They make up 40% of Canada’s gross domestic product.  Now, almost 60% of companies are led by women who are over 50.  The Royal Bank of Canada promotes female entrepreneur networks, because mentorship is the key to success.  Venture Kamloops helps by connecting young women with opportunities, such as the partnership between the Women’s Enterprise Centre and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.  Venture Kamloops helps entrepreneurs develop ideas, business plans and marketing strategies.  Then it connects the individual with a panel of experts in various fields who critique and help develop aspects of the business plan.  There are also role models through Thompson Rivers University’s School of Business and Economics.

 

297 First Avenue, Kamloops, BC V2C 3J3

Phone: (250) 828-6818; Fax: (250) 828-7184

Toll Free: 1-888-526-5667

(available in North America only)

 

Hours:

Monday to Friday:  8:30am – 4:30pm

http://www.venturekamloops.com/

 

Mandate:  To create economic growth in Kamloops through business attraction, business retention and business expansion.

 

Services:

 

  • Targeted data and market analysis on business and economic conditions

 

  • Confidential business expansion and support programs

 

  • Assistance with business registration, taxation and regulatory issues

 

  • Facilitate access to capital funding programs and sources

 

  • Workshops and seminars on topics relevant to business needs

 

  • Customized familiarization and site selection tours

 

  • Promotion of your business locally, nationally and internationally

 

  • Economic Update Podcasts, newsletters andother business news updates

 

 

The website includes  information about the following categories:

 

  • International Trade and Immigration

 

  • Business Advantages

 

  • Incentives

 

  • Property Locator

 

  • 14 Steps to Starting Your Own Small Business

 

  • Investor Opportunity Profile

 

  • Kamloops Advantages

 

  • Key Sectors

 

  • 20-Year Economic Indicators

 

  • Business and Resource Directory

 

On the website, please look under:

 

International Trade and Immigration for: skilled worker and business immigration, as well as Kamloops Job Opportunities

 

Kamloops Business Organizations

 

 

Business Development Bank of Canada

 

Mandate:  To help support and fill the lending gaps for small and medium enterprises.

 

Training Programs:

Presidents Round Table, a monthly forum for entrepreneurs to network (please see Networking under the Employment section).

 

Collaboration:

BDC has worked with Venture Kamloops, Community Futures, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Home-Builders Association.

 

205 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A1

250-851-4900

www.bdc.ca

Fiona Chan, Branch Manager, fiona.chan@bdc.ca

 

Mandate:  To help support and fill the lending gaps for small and medium enterprises.

 

 

Canadian Home Builders Association- Central Interior (CHBACI)

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 Photo:  http://www.chbaci.ca/

 

Mandate:

CHBACI is committed to providing affordable, quality housing to the residents of the Central Interior of British Columbia.

 

Workshops/Seminars:

The Canadian Home Builders Association hosts:

 

  • Dinner meetings that are open to members and the public

 

  • Keystone Awards Program, which is open to members and the public

 

  • Golf Tournaments for members and guests

 

  • Special Speaker Series that is open to the public

 

  • House and Home Show that is open to the public

 

There is a fee for attending any of the following training programs, with discounts given to members.  Member dinners are free for members to attend, and there is a charge for the public.

 

Training Programs:

 

  • Financial Management

 

  • Construction Law

 

  • Built Green Builder Training

 

  • BC Building Code – Single Family Dwellings

 

  • Project Management and Site Supervision

 

  • Business Planning and Management

 

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TRU Students Start Building Next Year’s Dream Home

 

Adapted from the article by SYLVIE PAILLARD,  Kamloops Daily News Staff Reporter, August 1, 2013

 

About a dozen Thompson Rivers University carpentry students began building a brand new house this week.   It will be raffled off to benefit children’s programs through the YMCA/YWCA Dream Home Lottery fundraiser.  The project is through a three-way partnership with TRU, the Kamloops YMCA and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior (CHBACI).  While enhancing YMCA children’s programs, it’s equally beneficial to first-year residential construction and plumbing program students at TRU as a hands-on building experience.

 

The carpentry students are the first to work on site to help frame the home. Next will be the plumbing students. After completion, students will have more practical knowledge.  The program’s success is envied all over the province and throughout the country, according to Matt McCurrach, CHBACI president.  It has won awards for its unique public-private partnership, sustainable elements and community contribution every year.

 

921C Laval Crescent, Kamloops, BC V2C 5P4

Phone: (250) 828-1844

Fax: (250) 828-6611

Email: info@chbaci.ca

 

 

 

Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)

 

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Photo:  http://www.cybf.ca/

 

Women in Business Unite

Adapted from the article by Sylvie Paillard, Kamloops Daily News, December 3, 2013

Canada’s economy depends on female entrepreneurs because the majority of women’s businesses are small to medium-sized.  They make up 40% of Canada’s gross domestic product.  Now, almost 60% of companies are led by women who are over 50.  The Royal Bank of Canada promotes female entrepreneur networks, because mentorship is the key to success.  Venture Kamloops helps by connecting young women with opportunities, such as the partnership between the Women’s Enterprise Centre and the Canadian Youth Business FoundationVenture Kamloops helps entrepreneurs develop ideas, business plans and marketing strategies.  Then it connects the individual with a panel of experts in various fields who critique and help develop aspects of the business plan.  There are also role models through Thompson Rivers University’s School of Business and Economics.

 

Mandate:

 

To foster youth entrepreneurship by providing pre- and post-launch

 

  • coaching,

 

  • business resources,

 

  • start-up financing and

 

  • mentoring

 

to help young Canadians, aged 18-34, start and grow a business that contributes to sustainable economic development in their communities.

 

British Columbia Regional Office (Serving British Columbia and the Yukon)

13545-64th Avenue, Suite 203, Surrey, BC V3W 1Y2

604-598-2923

www.cybf.ca 

 

 

 

Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association

 

Mandate:

 

To promote business growth and economic development in a format that will make the central business area of Kamloops a better place to visit, live and work.  We are dedicated to maintaining a vibrant and liveable downtown core – the heart of our City.

 

KCBIA General Manager:  Mrs. Gay Pooler

4-231 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A1

Phone: 250-372-3242; Fax:  250-372-3220

Email: info@kcbia.com

Website: www.kcbia.com

 

Current Board of Directors (2014):

  • Brendan Shaw, President (Brendan Shaw Realty)

 

  • Michael Popoff, Vice-President (Sunias Ventures)

 

  • Bill Sanesh, Jr., Secretary (Bikini Bill’s)

 

  • Scott Campbell, Treasurer (Campbell & Company)

 

  • Sandra Blair, Director-at-Large (Daley & Company LLP)

 

  • Grant Veale, Director (Plainsman Construction)

 

  • Dino Bernardo, Director (Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge)

 

  • Shawn Haley, Director (Erwin’s Fine Baking)

 

  • Brad Alberts, Director (Integrated Urban Equities)

 

  • Hal Hicks, Director (Fulton & Company)

 

  • Tony Bradwell, Director (Urban Systems)

 

  • Tammy Gellatly, Director (RBC)

 

  • Shatha Al-Reihani, Director (Plaza Hotel)

 

  • Maeghan Summers, Director (Noble Pig Brew House)

 

  • John Hanson, Director ( National Hospitality Group)

 

  • Mike O’Reilly, Director (Venture Kamloops)

 

KCBIA publishes BIZNEWS, focusing on business development, marketing & communications, and safety & social issues.  We won the Best in the West Award for:

 

 Backalley

Photo:  KCBIA BIZNEWS

 

Public and Private Spaces:  Clean & Beautiful for our Back Alley Art Gallery Project, with Ken Wells as the lead artist.  “Our dedication to make our alleys part of our walkable and livable downtown public realm impressed the jury panel”  (Back Alley Murals Are Alive With Life, Summer 2013 BIZNEWS, p. 3). 

We also act as a liaison with municipal resources and help you navigate them.  Your $20 annual membership in the KCBIA includes your business information in the annual Downtown Directory.  KCBIA represents 850 businesses and 250 property owners.

KCBIA is a sponsor of the CAP (Customer Care & Patrol) Team of Ambassadors to greet visitors from May through August.  In 2012, the CAP assisted 857 tourists on the street and 2,005 tourists at the downtown tourist information kiosk.  It is on the 300 block of Victoria Street from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday (250-572-3017; 250-572-3008; 250-572-3009).  They provide information about key events, activities and attractions, with a sense of community.  CAP partners with the RCMP with regular foot and bicycle patrols.

 

 

Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

 

 kcc

 Photo:  http://kcbia.com/bia/directory2012.html

 

Mandate:  To enhance the vitality and perception of business in the Kamloops Region.

 

Workshops/ Seminars:

The Kamloops Chamber holds luncheons with various government officials who speak on topics of interest.  They host the annual Business Excellence Awards, monthly networking socials, tradeshows and an Annual General Meeting where the Mayor delivers his state of the City address.

 

Training Programs:

The Chamber hosts a 5-month business training series, PowerHour, which discusses key strategies for business.  They offer basic business education in PowerHour 1 and more advanced information in PowerHour 2.  They also provide annual board training seminars on governance and Robert’s Rules of Order.

 

1290 Trans Canada Highway West, Kamloops, BC V2C 6R3

Phone: 250-372-7722; Fax: 250-828-9500

Email: mail@kamloopschamber.bc.ca

Website: www.kamloopschamber.bc.ca

 

The website includes the Business Directory and Chamber events, such as:

 

May 8, 2013:  Protocols for Doing Business with First Nations 

Neil Leonard, Leonard Consulting Services, presented on the protocols for doing business with First Nations. Topics included:

 

  • History (Secwepemc; please see also Kamloops Resources, KIB );

 

  • Overview of the Indian Act business models (joint ventures, partnerships, leasing and contracts);

 

  • taxation factors, consultation and accommodation; and

 

  • land management models.

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Business Licensing, City of Kamloops

 

105 Seymour Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2C6

Phone: 250-828-3481; Fax: 250-828-7848

email blicensed@kamloops.ca

 

 

Kamplan – Official Community Plan

 

KAMPLAN 2004 is the official community plan.  For a hard copy, call 250-828-3553 or e-mail planning@kamloops.ca.

 

KamPlan 2004

 

  • Table of Contents
  • Growth Management
  • Neighbourhoods
  • Quality of Life
  • Economic Development
  • Municipal Infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Implementation
  • Development Permit Area

 

 

Community Futures – Thompson Country

 

Mandate:  To work with start-up and entrepreneurs for higher-risk lending.

 

Workshops/ Seminars:

 

Community Futures offers business workshops and in-house seminars.  On Mondays, on a bi-weekly basis, CFTC hosts an Orientation Session that is specifically related to the Self-Employment Program (SEP).  On alternating Mondays, CFTC hosts a workshop that provides detailed information on how to develop the Concept Paper that is particular to your self-employment project as it relates to the SEP.

 

Please refer to the SEP (Self-Employment Program) for details on eligibility requirements and the application process.  Small Business BC webinars are also hosted at the CFDC office.  Topics are specific to small business issues and vary.

 

Collaboration:

 

Community Futures has worked with the Chamber of Commerce, Venture Kamloops and BDC if they are looking for Venture Capital Lending or Angel Investors.  CFRDC has also collaborated with the Barriere Fall Fair Society to create community plans.

 

101 – 286 St. Paul Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6G4

Phone: 250-828-8772; Fax: 250-828-6861

Email: spemberton@communityfutures.net

Website: www.communityfutures.net

 

 

Home-Based Business Association

 

PO Box 22, Kamloops, BC V2C 5K2

Phone: 250-571-5001

Email: info@khbba.com

Website: www.khbba.com

 

Home Business Fair and Craft Show @ Dufferin Elementary School

Held on June 8, 2013

Dufferin Elementary Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) had a Spring Craft Fair & Home-Based and Small Business show. Tables rented for $20.00. The PAC had a bake sale table, raffle, silent auction items, and an entry fee by donation.

 

 

Interior Science Innovation Council

 

Mandate:  To be the catalyst for economic revitalization through advancing innovation, science and technology initiatives.

 

Workshops/ Seminars:

 

Regular Business Development Workshops

 

  • How to Create and Sell Your Own App

 

  • Intellectual Property

 

  • Financing for Tech Business

 

Collaboration:

 

ISIC has worked with Thompson Rivers University, Venture Kamloops and the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.

 

http://www.isic.ca

 

203-635 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2B3

Phone: (250) 828-1713

Fax: 1-866-623-1491

Twitter: @interiorscience

 

 

Junior Achievement of BC:  Kamloops Region

 

Mandate:

 

To inspire and educate young Canadians to experience free enterprise, understand business and economics, and develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

 

Workshops/ Seminars for School Districts #73, 74, 27 and 58:

 

  • Investment Strategies:  A province-wide competition of a mock stock market simulation where students trade stocks to create the most money

 

  • Our Business World:  Information on the Basics of Starting a Business

 

  • A Business of Our Own:  Grade 7 students develop a retail item and create a stand in the school to sell their product

 

  • Economics for Success:  Encourages junior high school and high school students to reflect on the advantages of remaining in school to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills that are needed for long-term career success

 

  • Dollars with Sense:  Gives junior high school students personal money management skills, challenging them to apply these concepts in their own lives

 

  • JA TITAN:  An interactive experience to engage students in critical economics and management decisions

 

  • Company Program:  A Student Venture inspires high school students to understand the role of business in our society by creating an enterprise of their own

 

Training Programs:

 

Junior Achievement of BC trains all volunteers through the programs that they offer to students.  Anyone can volunteer for JABC.

 

Provides Financial Support:

 

  • Dr. Donald Rix “Inspiring Business Excellence” Scholarship recognizes immigrant students who have demonstrated significant growth in business excellence skills

 

  • Award for Excellence and Leadership recognizes achievement in the development of effective leadership, personal initiative and business management skills

 

  • JA Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Studies recognizes entrepreneurial skills and desire to start a business

 

  • CIBC’s Student Venture Awards recognize excellence in teamwork and cooperation, creativity and innovation, and outstanding planning and operation of a Student Venture Company

 

  • JA Sales Awards (two awards) recognize outstanding performance in sales and marketing in Company Program, A Student Venture, at both the corporate and individual levels

 

  • Award for Best Investors’ / Shareholders’ Report recognizes excellence in reporting Student Venture company finances and operations.

 

 

http://british-columbia.jacan.org/contact

T: (250) 828-7901

F: (250) 828-7905

Gemma Gowling, Regional Manager, Kamloops

 

 

Kamloops and District Real Estate Association

 

Mandate:

 

We provide programs, services and resources that meet the current and future interests and needs of its REALTOR members in all areas of Kamloops and District.

 

Suite 101-418 St. Paul Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2J6

(250) 372-9411

www.mls-kamloops.ca

 

 

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Innovation

 

Mandate:

 

Ministry programs, policies, research intelligence, sector leadership and relationship-building all work together to ensure a strong future for British Columbia’s economic position, capitalizing on emerging opportunities, and tapping into the potential for exceptional job growth and a robust economy.

 

Services:

 

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Innovation partakes in programs that promote a supportive and attractive business environment in BC.  These programs bolster innovation and competitiveness, economic development in all regions, market BC’s goods and services and investment opportunities, and promote tourism opportunities in BC.  Their immigration and labour market programs ensure that British Columbia’s highly-skilled andglobally-competitive workforce drives innovation and economic growth in all sectors and all regions.  Ministry programs, policies, research intelligence, sector leadership and relationship-building all work together to ensure a strong future by enhancing British Columbia’s economic position, capitalizing on emerging opportunities, and tapping into the potential for exceptional job growth and a robust economy.

 

Workshops/ Seminars:

 

The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Innovation collaborates with other organizations to host workshops.  Usually the Ministry provides content and speakers.

 

Training Programs:

 

They have participated in the Going Global workshop to help export-ready companies get the recognition that they need to succeed.

 

Contact us Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm, Pacific Time.

Victoria: 250-387-6121

Vancouver: 604-660-2421

Elsewhere in B.C.: 1-800-663-7867

Outside B.C.: 604-660-2421

Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD)Vancouver: 604-775-0303

Elsewhere in B.C.: 1-800-661-8773

 

 

 

North Shore Business Improvement Association

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Logo:  http://www.nsbia.com/

 

Mandate: 

 

The NSBIA‘s mandate is to assist with business development goals and attract new business in co-operation with public and private sector partners.

For 2014, there are five returning board members and five new ones:

 

Doug Anderson (Magnum Machine)

Valerie Hostyn (Capri Insurance)

Ed Ratuski (Kamloops Airport)

Marg Spina (City of Kamloops liaison)

Lynda Vigor (PCT Computers)

 

Darren Hicks (Interior Crafts and Hobbies)

Ian MacRae (National Money Mart)

Don MacMillan (Big Don’s Super Pawn)

Greg Power (Western Restaurant Supply)

Andrew Watson (No Limits Fitness)

 

Workshops/ Seminars:

 

The NSBIA organizes many events promoting local hospitality:

 

  • Community Beautification Project

 

  • North Shore Farmers Market

 

  • North Shore Festival of Banners

 

  • North Shore Artwalk, Sidewalk Sale, Golf Tournament/ Business Mixer

 

  • Building Makeovers, Infrastructure & Street Lighting

 

  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

 

The NSBIA is celebrating 25 years of serving the North Shore community, representing:

 

  •  500 businesses and

 

  • 350 property owners.

 

There was an Open House at the Wilson House at 115 Tranquille Road on July 17, 2013, where the entire board was in attendance to answer questions.

 

The Wilson House, 115 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC V2B 3E5

Phone: 250-376-2411; Fax: 376-1996

E-mail:  info@nsbia.com

Steve Puhallo, Manager

Dorothy, Executive Assistant, dorothy@nsbia.com

Website: www.nsbia.com

 

 

Tourism Kamloops

 

1290 West Trans Canada Highway, Kamloops

Phone: 250-372-8000

Email: inquiry@tourismkamloops.com

Website: http://www.tourismkamloops.com

 

 

Women’s Enterprise Centre

 

Women’s Enterprise Centre is the place for BC women business owners for:

 

  • loans,

 

  • training,

 

  • business advisory services,

 

  • resources,

 

  • publications and

 

  • referrals!

 

Call us today to see how we can help you with your BC business!

 

Toll Free: 1.800.643.7014

E-mail: inquiry@womensenterprise.ca

 

Mandate:

 

We exist to be the leading business resource centre for women who are, or are considering starting, purchasing or growing a small business in BC.

 

Services:

 

  • Business skills development

 

  • Business loans

 

  • Advisory skills

 

Head Office:

 

Suite 201, 1726 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9R9

Local Telephone: 250.868.3454

Fax: 250.868.2709

 

 

 

City of Kamloops:  Business & Client Services

 

Mandate:  To be the liaison between the business community and the City of Kamloops, both administration and political divisions.

 

Business & Client Services (BCS) at Kamloops City Hall has services for local government processes. The BCS team provides services to City departments to help businesses.

 

Contact:

 

7 Victoria Street West, Kamloops, BC V2C 1A2

Phone: 250-828-3572

email: info@kamloops.ca

 

Hours:

Victoria Day (May 20) to September:  8:00-4:00

September to Victoria Day (May 20):  8:30-4:30

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Note:

In some countries, it is customary to give gifts or bribes to government officials in order to get a business license.  This is not the way that we do things in Canada.  Find out the proper procedures for dealing with institutions and learn how to ask for help or guidance.

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For References, please go to the Kamloops Education section.

 

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