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.
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/
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.