Besides the assistance you will receive from the Town of Ladysmith you can also source assistance from the following not-for-profit organizations:
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce – Promotes and supports the local business community.
Ladysmith Downtown Business Association – Provides information about being a business owner in our downtown core.
- Coast Salish Development Corporation – Build a sustainable local economy that respects and supports traditional Stz’uminus First Nation values.
- Community Futures Central Island – Offers business loans, training and support services.
Economic Development Cowichan – Supports and attracts businesses and develops sectors as an agency of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, which includes Ladysmith.
- Innovation Island – Helps tech entrepreneurs as a regional start-up accelerator.
- Futurepreneur – Helps entrepreneurs aged 18 to 39 years across Canada.
- Small Business BC – Serves as resource hub for entrepreneurs.
- Women’s Enterprise Centre – Helps B.C. women start and scale their own business.
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
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES APP
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.