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Keep it Local Kitimat!

Stay tuned for more upcoming events in 2024

Keep it Local Kitimat
 

Local businesses are the heart and soul of our communities. They also have big economic impacts, by creating jobs, circulating profits, buying local products/services and supporting local causes.

But what is a local business anyway? How do we define it and why does it matter? In an increasingly competitive market, consumers and businesses understand the value of supporting businesses that benefit their communities. 

The new "Keep It Local Kitimat" campaign aims to support local businesses by providing marketing, research opportunities and resources. This new 5-year campaign is replacing all the other buy local campaigns before it - Love Kitimat, Live Love Local, Focus Local, etc. All businesses are welcome, whether yours is home-based, brick-and-mortar, service-based, or a local franchise! 

If you would like to be added to an email list regarding upcoming "Keep it Local" events please share your request and contact information with us here.

 

Business Facade Improvement Program

We're excited to return to Kitimat the Business Facade Improvement Program.

 

This program will provide eligible and approved businesses a reimbursement grant of 50%, up to a maximum of $5,000, for exterior improvements.

 

Deadline for applications: November 1, 2024 (All work must be completed in the 2024 calendar year)

 

Click here to download our application and guidelines.

 

 Entrepalooza 2023

 


 

Entrepalooza is an event organised to provide startups and aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to network with other entrepreneurs and resource providers.  This year the event was held on Thursday October 19th at the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club.

At the end of the evening, one lucky entrepreneur will go home with $1,000 towards their start-up costs.

You know best what your business needs, so we’re offering the $1,000 as a reimbursable prize. You might use it for:

  • Paying for a business license
  • Buying inventory
  • Paying website hosting fees or merchant fees on a credit card reader
  • Advertising or marketing costs
  • Much more…


2023 Registration is free and can be completed through the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce website prior to the event. This year’s event is proudly sponsored by LNG Canada and the Northern Sentinel.

 

Kitimat Business Bootcamp

Through the Spring of 2024, the District of Kitimat and the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce hosted an exciting series of free workshops, called "Kitimat Business Bootcamp".

This program was sponsored by LNG Canada and Rio Tinto.

Leaders of Kitimat’s small businesses attended to learn about topics most affecting business ownership.

These topics included:

  • Temporary foreign workers
  • Succession planning
  • Grants and external funding
  • Housing supports
  • Negotiation and Finding a Space
  • Digital Support

At the end of the series, participants were invited to take the next step by joining the Kitimat Business Builders Competition. Presenting to a panel of special-guest judges, local business leaders expressed how they would use the up to $10,000 in prize money offered.

We’re proud to share the 2023 winners of:

  • Vitality Spa and Clinic ($2,000)
  • Big Jim’s Liquor Store ($3,000)
  • Harmonized Soul ($5,000)

 

The District and Kitimat Chamber will return in 2024 for a new series of workshops and competition. Look for advertising in the new year. 

Commercial Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption Program

NEW as of October 2022! - Read more about the Commercial Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption Program.

 

The Commercial Centre Revitalization Tax Exemption will provide eligible business owners with a 50 per cent reduction in their municipal property taxes, potentially up to 10 years, for improvements made to their buildings, including for work to their business’ exterior.

Improvements to the building must be at least $50,000, with at least $25,000 applied to the building’s exterior. Successful applications will see a five-year reduction in their municipal property taxes.

EXTRA | Eligible applicants could also see their reduced municipal property taxes extended up to an additional five years, through energy efficient improvements to their buildings. These could include:

  • A project certified as being compliant with Step 4 of the B.C. Energy Step Code
  • New siding with enhanced thermal resistance. (See guidelines for further details)
  • New windows with a U-Factor of .32 or less
  • Other improvements are also considered. Refer to Page 4 of the guidelines for more details on all of these items

View the program guidelines here to find out the full eligibility requirements, and find all the required documentation and forms for an application.

Temporary Patios for Commercial Businesses on Public Land

To support food and liquor serving premises in Kitimat, businesses can now apply for a free permit for 2024 to set up a temporary patio on public lands. More information on the program is available here

Ready to apply? Please fill out the application and provide the requested documents and drop off to City Hall front desk or email the information to the Planning Department Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, closed for statutory holidays.

Shop Local, Love Kitimat and Love Bucks

Love Kitimat Sign

The Love Kitimat program will be closing down at the end of 2024 and instead become the "Keep it Local Kitimat" program.

Love Kitimat was originally launched in 2015 and established for independent, non-franchise Kitimat business selling retail goods and services.  It provided:

  • A web presence to help promote your business
  • Eligibility to accept Love Bucks from your customers
  • Eligibility to participate for free in annual Plaid Friday and Focus Local events
  • Notification of webinars and info sessions to help grow your business

Love Bucks

  • Love Bucks are similar to gift certificates.  As of 2024 Love Bucks are no longer being sold.

Love Bucks $25

  • However some Love bucks are still in circulation as there is no expiry.  They can still be spent at Love Kitimat business listed on the Love Kitimat website.  No credit can carried over (one time use)
  • Love Kitimat businesses redeem these for their cash value at the District of Kitimat Main Office during regular business hours.

Love Kitimat is part of Love Northern BC, a marketing program managed by Northern Development Initiative Trust out of Prince George and will run until the end of 2024.   

 

For more information contact the Economic Development department by email or call 250-632-8900.

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