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A lifestyle that means business ….A friendly, small-town ambience ….An endless array of cultural, historical and recreational treasures ….And just far enough from downtown Vancouver to enjoy the perfect balance between lively commerce and pastoral tranquility …Now this is living... in Gibsons!

Thinking of moving to the Gibsons area? Visit www.gibsonsanddistrict.ca for an introduction to living and doing business in this region, with detailed statistics, demographic data, land use maps, community information and more. Look around. We think you'll want to stay.

Contact the Gibsons & District Chamber of Commerce for information on the Sunshine Coast economy, particularly as it pertains to the Town of Gibsons and surrounding areas in the Sunshine Coast Regional District. Working in close collaboration with local government and business partners, the Chamber provides assistance to site selectors and potential investors. They assist new and existing businesses by providing strategic information, forming connections and advocating for policies and procedures that are business friendly. Call 604-886-2325 or visit their office in Sunnycrest Mall, Unit 21, 900 Gibsons Way, Gibsons, BC.

Survey Reveals a Strong Local Economy

A survey of local business conducted this year by the Town of Gibsons reveals a snapshot of a surprisingly strong local economy. "This survey is part of a wider strategy outlined in our Economic Development Strategic Framework." notes Mayor Wayne Rowe, "The Town has been focusing its efforts on reducing the regulatory burden and creating condition to attract investment in Gibsons.”

At the suggestion of the town's Economic Development Select Committee, the Town of Gibsons sent out the survey with their annual business license renewal mail-out. Twenty-eight percent of the businesses renewing their licenses responded.

Eighty-three percent of respondents reported that they were able to maintain or increase their staffing levels in 2013. Sixty percent expected their businesses to expand in the next five years, while only 14% expected to sell or close the business. Forty-four percent reported an increase in revenues from 2012 to 2013, versus 28% who saw a decline and a further 28% who saw no change.

Of the 120 respondents, 46% were in retail or consumer services, 19% in tourism-related services, 18% in business and professional services, 13% in construction, and 4% in manufacturing.  Seventy-eight percent had fewer than 5 employees and the average length of time in business was 15 years.

"It's encouraging to see these signs of economic resilience in our community," stated  stated Greg Russell, committee chair.  "I hope to see the Town repeat this survey in coming years. It's important to use these opportunities to increase our understanding of the local economy, especially since we have less census data available to us."

Read the full report on the survey here.


Resources:

BizPaL - an online tool that generates a personalized list of permits and licenses that may be required from three levels of government – local, provincial and federal – to start up your business. If your business is up and running, BizPal can help verify that you have the correct permits and licences.