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.
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
The Town of Ladysmith is currently targeting recruitment and business support efforts towards these six sectors:
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.
Click here to find contract and tender opportunities with the Town of Ladysmith.