Business Resources

Ladysmith is a Business Friendly Community

Ladysmith is located in a highly desirable location on southern Vancouver Island. Its mild climate and proximity to major urban centres and transportation networks makes it a natural choice for business seeking a high quality of life in a well-connected, strategic location. The Town recognizes that these characteristics must be augmented by forward-thinking policies, strategies and programs designed to ensure that the community is positioned as a destination of choice for business. In fact, in 2011 the Town won the 'Most Small Business Friendly Community Award' from the B.C. Small Business Roundtable.

Business Licences                         Applications and Information

The Town of Ladysmith is pleased to offer inter-municipal business licences with the City of Duncan, the District of North Cowichan and the Town of Lake Cowichan. Your Ladysmith business licence is valid when you offer mobile business services within these three other communities.

The cost of an annual business licence is $100.  If you are a new business to Ladysmith and apply between July 1st and December 31st, your cost will be prorated to $50.

Ladysmith business owners that travel to other municipalities to carry out work, can now purchase an Inter-Community Business Licence for an additional $150.00.  Following are the participating municipalities:
City of Campbell River
City of Parksville
Town of Qualicum Beach
City of Courtnay
City of Port Alberni
Village of Cumberland 
City of Duncan
District of Lake Cowichan
 
City of Nanaimo
Town of Ladysmith
 
For more information about Town of Ladysmith Business Licences or the Inter-Community Business Licence, contact Kari-Anne at 250.245.6414 ext 6207, email bl@ladysmith.ca .

BizPal

If you are planning to open a new business or are involved in an existing enterprise in Ladysmith, there may be permits you need to apply for and guidelines you need to follow. The Town offers a streamlined permitting process to ease the way through BizPaL. BizPaL is an automated service which can assist you with finding information about federal, provincial, and municipal permits and applications that may be required for your business. Click here to access this service: www.bizpal.ca

Community Profile

Each year a “Community Profile” is published which provides an overview of Ladysmith's population, local economy, quality of life, and other business investment information. 

To view the current “Community Profile” click on the picture or the link listed to the right.

 

 

 

 To view past "Profiles", click on the links listed to the right.

Target Sectors

The Town of Ladysmith is currently targeting recruitment and business support efforts towards these six sectors:

Tourism Infrastructure

Tourism has emerged as a significant economic pillar in Ladysmith due primarily to the community's stunning West Coast location, waterfront recreation, hiking trails and boutique-style shopping experience.  This sector will continue to expand significantly as new marina amenities are developed.  According to the Ladysmith Visitor Information Centre, 32% of the visitors who accessed the Centre in 2010 were overnight visitors.  Tourism Investment Profile

Forestry and Wood Products Manufacturing

With a number of mills operating in and near Ladysmith, this is an important activity with a large number of highly skilled residents employed in the sector.  Training and educational opportunities already exist to serve new and expanding businesses.  Value-added wood products manufacturers are also increasingly present in the community, taking advantage of the proximity to Vancouver Island's forestry operations. 
Value Added Wood Profile

Green Industry

The community's vision for sustainable leadership includes a focus on green industry.  This emerging sector includes eco-tourism, green and innovative companies, eco-industrial parks, live-work, green building, buy local and green business leadership.

Marine Manufacturing and Services

Ladysmith's natural harbour and marina facilities make the community a perfect fit for a variety of marine-related industries.  Local marine related-industry companies have a distinct advantage in terms of location, expertise and customer base.  Business Opportunities in the Marine Sector and Boat Building Profile

Professional Services

Many knowledge-based businesses can compete globally from anywhere, and more and more entrepreneurs are choosing quality of life over big city living.  Ladysmith's small-town atmosphere, coupled with incredible recreational opportunities and proximity to major transportation networks and urban centres makes Ladysmith an ideal location for professionals.  Professional Service Profile and Business Opportunities in the Professional Services Sector

Food and Beverage Processing

Primarily shellfish processing (oysters, clams, scallops and more) is a sector with many opportunities.  Local growers and producers enjoy superior market access and growing conditions, thereby minimizing production costs.  Support services are also nearby for the industry, including supplies, workforce and transportation to markets.

Economic Development Cowichan

Economic Development Cowichan provides economic development, tourism marketing and film attraction services for the Cowichan Valley Regional District. (The Town of Ladysmith is located in the Cowichan Valley Regional District.) To learn more about Economic Development Cowichan click here: www.sustainablecowichan.com

Economic Development Cowichan has created a Cowichan Sustainable Economic Development Strategy 2011 for the Cowichan Region. This strategy outlines objectives and strategic actions to ensure a healthy economy in the region.

Climate Action and Business

Climate Smart:  Three Ladysmith businesses recently benefitted from 'Climate Smart' training to reduce their corporate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).  The 49th Parallel Grocery, Island Savings, and Island Documents Storage and Shredding Inc. completed an inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions and took action to reduce the carbon footprint of their business.  Congratulations to these businesses for helping to make Ladysmith a more sustainable community!  The 49th Parallel Grocery and Island Savings have signed on for a second year and will work to reduce their GHG emissions even further in 2011/2012.  This training opportunity was made available to all medium sized businesses in Ladysmith and was supported by the Town of Ladysmith, Economic Development Cowichan, and the Pacific Carbon Trust.

The LiveSmart Small Business Program made a couple of announcements February 1, 2012.  Please see the announcements for more information and check out the LiveSmart BC Small Business Incentives website page.
Livesmart Small Business Announcement 1            Livesmart Small Business Announcement 2

For more information about the Climate Smart program see www.climatesmartbusiness.com

Clean Technology:  Clean technology is an industry sector that is gaining momentum in the Cowichan Region.  The region has 14 companies that are related to the clean technology industry.  The Cowichan Valley Regional District Economic Development Commission has commissioned two reports to advance the sector and these reports can be viewed below.

Cowichan Valley Clean Technology  - Clean Tech Phase I                        - Clean Tech Phase II

Tourism Industry Resources

In 2006, the Town developed a Tourism Plan with funding from Tourism British Columbia. The Vision for the Tourism Plan is:
"Ladysmith is committed to growing tourism while maintaining small town charm, heritage, and cultural aspects of the community. This will be accomplished by encouraging the development of high quality tourism experiences that are of interest to visitors, working in partnership with area communities, other tourism organizations and tourism related businesses."
The Town’s priority tourism products are: 
• Heritage, arts and culture, and related festivals and events
• Marine tourism and outdoor adventure

The Town’s tourism brand is “Ladysmith: A View to Sea”.
A tactic in the Tourism Plan is to make tourism education and training tools easily available to tourism-related businesses. The resources and links below provide local tourism operators easy to use tools to help grow your business.

Tenders

Click here to find contract and tender opportunities with the Town of Ladysmith.

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