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Business Resources

We understand the needs of small business and recognize the local contributions they make in our community.  Contact us to find out more about how we can help you launch, expand or relocate a business in Ladysmith. 



Besides the assistance you will receive from the Town of Ladysmith you can also source assistance from the following not-for-profit organizations:


  • Economic Development Cowichan  – Supports and attracts businesses and develops sectors as an agency of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, which includes Ladysmith.

  • Futurepreneur – Helps entrepreneurs aged 18 to 39 years across Canada.

What Business Owners Say

Ladysmith has a great community spirit. There are so many events that go on here that bring people together. It’s friendly, central to the Island’s amenities such as ferries, airports and major cities, and just a beautiful location in general. The town is progressive and growing. I live, shop, work and play here.

Pharmasave Ladysmith owners Steve Robinson, Steve Wilkinson and Satnam Lalli

“It was an easy choice to open our business in Ladysmith as it's only minutes from home and we’ve met so many people that we really feel part of the community. Ladysmith has so much to offer to both locals and tourists alike that it's a wonderful place to have a business!”

Antique Addict owners Paul Joy and Cathy Goldie

We always wanted to be our own boss and our own business. Ladysmith provided a perfect fit for our family situation … as well as opportunities for growth and involvement in the community.

49th Parallel Grocery owners Wayne and Hrmina Richmond

Yes, we had the plan, the vision, the determination and the know-how. Yes, we understood the risks of building a “metro store” in a small community. However, the acceptance and support of the beautiful people of Ladysmith of all ages, the town of Ladysmith, the heritage council, the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association … we would not have come this far without them.

The Worldly Gourmet Kitchen Store owners Kamal and Therese Saab

We wanted to create a business that would help support the extensive art community in Ladysmith. Ladysmith is a town of people who care about their community. They invest in it by being a part of it through volunteering for all the different events and organizations. It is a safe, happy place to be.

Bayview Framing owners Wanda and Bruce Whittington


You can use the Ladysmith Heritage Trails & Opportunities app to explore our key development zones and business opportunities. It gives you the detailed information you need as a potential investor, in real time.  The app also gives you cultural insights into our community. You can learn about the First Nations and industrial heritage of Ladysmith.