Ladysmith Business Resources
Whether you are looking to establish your business in Ladysmith or searching for resources that will provide you with the support you need to maintain and grow your existing business, here are some valuable links to support local entrepreneurs.
Local Business Resources
410 Esplanade, PO Box 220
The Town of Ladysmith puts forward policies, strategies and programs designed to ensure that the community is positioned as a destination of choice for business. In 2011, the Town won the “Most Small Business Friendly Community Award” from the B.C. Small Business Roundtable. Business & development support includes:
P.O. Box 2462
The LDBA actively works to cultivate an environment of economic and cultural vibrancy in the Ladysmith downtown core. To help achieve these goals are avenues of promotion for your business to take advantage of the marketing channels currently being nurtured and growing every week.
33 Roberts Street
The Ladysmith Chamber is broadly recognized as a preferred community partner and as the advocate for business. Its mission is to promote and improve local business.
- To enhance and advance the commercial, industrial, civic and general trade interests of the Ladysmith and its surrounding area
- To undertake an active leadership role in the community by initiating, coordinating, and developing programs for the benefit of the business community
- To encourage communication between private and public sectors, business and labour
- To be a representative of the business community and speak on behalf of the business community to municipal, provincial and federal governments
Commercial Lenders and Credit Unions
RBC ROYAL BANK – Ladysmith
527 1st Avenue
CIBC – Ladysmith
540 1st Avenue
BMO – Ladysmith
370 Trans Canada Hwy
ISLAND SAVINGS CREDIT UNION – Ladysmith
370 Trans Canada Hwy
COASTAL COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION – Chemainus
9781 Willow St
LADYSMITH & DISTRICT CREDIT UNION – Ladysmith
101-12600 Trans Canada Hwy
Regional & National Business Resources
135 Third Street
Canada V9L 1R9
Governed by a 15-member board (from North Cowichan, Duncan, Ladysmith and Lake Cowichan), Economic Development Cowichan is the economic development arm of the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Their purpose is to build connections between community, business and local government. They provide details about population and workforce, access, commercial and industrial lease and purchase rates, research tools, business resources and other important news and detailed information related to economic development in the Cowichan area.
- Community Futures Cowichan supports small and medium-sized enterprises throughout rural BC, paving the way for diversified local economies and job creation. They provide financing alternatives when access to credit is a challenge to starting or growing their business. Community Futures also works with community partners to help foster entrepreneurship and economic development in our region.
- Business Development Bank of Canada is a federal Crown Agency dedicated to assisting small and medium sized Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and capital.
- Farm Credit Canada maintains an office in Cowichan that provides financial assistance and business supports to agricultural producers in the region.
- Women’s Enterprise Centre provides skills training, business loans, advice and mentoring and other resources to women entrepreneurs in British Columbia.
- Canada-BC Job Grant (CJG) is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that helps employers invest in training for their current or future employees.
- Cowichan Intercultural Society assists newcomers with finding and maintaining employment. Services provided include: employment readiness, insight into the labour market, comprehension of labour laws and culture in Canadian workplaces, as well as employment in the community.
- Global Vocational Services (GVS) delivers a range of employment services through Work BC Employment Service Centre storefront locations in Duncan and Ladysmith, as well as a satellite office in Lake Cowichan. Resources can also be accessed online through this website and via E-Coaching.
- Duncan ESC: #301-80 Station Street | Phone (250) 748-9880
- Ladysmith ESC: #1 – 740 First Avenue | Phone (250) 924-2884
- Lake Cowichan: 121 Point Ideal Road | (250) 749-6822
Provincial Resources for Starting a New Business
- Small Business BC provides businesses at every stage of development with products, services, and advice that will assist in their growth and sustainability.
- One Stop BC Business Registry provides valuable information and links on incorporating and registering your business.