Business Retention and Expansion
Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) is an action-oriented and community-based approach to business and economic development. It promotes job growth by helping communities to learn about the concerns of, as well as opportunities for, local businesses and to set priorities for projects to address those needs. Ultimately, communities will have greater success in attracting new businesses if existing businesses are content with local economic conditions and community support. Business development and job creation are key factors in fostering healthy and vibrant communities—depending on the characteristics of a community’s economy, anywhere from 40 to 90 per cent of new jobs come from existing businesses.
Chance favours the connected mind” – Steve Berlin Johnson
Business Connect is a monthly membership-based meet-up for local area business leaders. Members receive support, mentorship and the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs. Our guest presenters offer expert advice on Marketing & Sales, Product Innovation, Consumer Psychology, Driving Social Change, HR, Finance, Leadership Coaching and more. Business Connect is there to connect, educate, and empower. We all have unique areas of wisdom and expertise, and sharing them makes us stronger.
Monthly meet-ups take place at the Community Futures office, every 1st Monday of the month, and include breakfast.
Business Connect is a membership-based group. Membership costs $350 per year,
Criteria for eligibility:
- Must be in the growth stage of a business cycle
- Must have at least 3 employees
- Must be interested in learning, networking and sharing ideas.
To apply click here.
To find out more contact Rose Hoeher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcoming Communities and Workplaces Program
This program was developed in 2009 to encourage the settlement of migrant and immigrant workers and their families to the region. Four communities: Nelson, Trail, Grand Forks and Castlegar formed a cooperative to improve services to newcomers. In 2012 a new action plan was developed. Highlights included: a new Welcome Map, relocation packages for newcomers, the hiring of a settlement support coordinator, a mentoring and volunteer program and training for individuals who are first points of contact with workers and their families. https://www.welcomemap.ca/
Kootenay Boundary Productivity Project
The Kootenay Boundary Productivity Project was designed to address businesses’ productivity and innovation challenges. The project involved researching business productivity strategies from other jurisdictions, creation of a productivity assessment tool and delivery of productivity enhancement strategies for local businesses. The goal was increased investment by small and medium enterprises in key productivity drivers such as physical capital, human capital and innovation.
Junior Dragons’ Den
The goals of Junior Dragons Den are to promote entrepreneurship as a viable and exciting career choice amongst today’s youth age 13-17 throughout the West Kootenay/Boundary region by supporting the development of: business skills in youth, a network of youth entrepreneurs, providing mentorship opportunities and increasing regional stakeholder involvement in developing the youth business community.