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Kimberley wins provincial Open for Business Award

Kimberley is open for business and it has the hardware to prove it

An emerald award Open for Business Award

At the Small Business BC Awards Gala, held February 23, 2018, in Vancouver, Mayor Don McCormick was proud to accept Kimberley’s Open for Business award in the medium-sized community category.

Receiving the award is reinforcement that staff and elected leaders are working to create a welcoming small business environment, but according to McCormick, the recognition goes to hardworking entrepreneurs in the business community.

“In my opinion, our incredible business community is responsible for Kimberley’s revitalization and the positive vibes everyone feels in the community,” he said.

The win can be credited to Kimberley’s Investment Incentive Program, which offers a three- or five-year tax hiatus to new commercial workspace or existing businesses that are expanding.

McCormick said the 0% tax increase on commercial properties in 2017 and the partnership Kimberley has with Cranbrook were also taken into consideration when Small Business BC and the Province of British Columbia handed out the award.

“Implementing the mobile business license with Cranbrook and our CKDI partnership were a major part of the consideration,” said McCormick.

Cranbrook and Salmon Arm were the other finalists in the medium community category.

“For small businesses to thrive and create good jobs for people throughout our province, all levels of government need to support a friendly environment for growth,” said Bruce Ralston, BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “The Open for Business Awards are important because they recognize municipalities that have created the conditions for small business success. Congratulations to all the winners and their communities.”