Business Walk Program

The Town of Smithers will be conducting the 2024 Annual Business Walk throughout the community on Thursday, June 27, 2024, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Smithers Business Walk Program is an annual event to better understand the business climate in Smithers, share business support resources and strengthen communications between the Town of Smithers and the local business community. Town of Smithers Council, staff and business support organizations visit local businesses to speak with owners about challenges and opportunities for growth. Businesses across various industries are visited during the Business Walk to ensure the program reflects the diversity of business in Smithers.

Originally started in Sacramento, California, the Business Walk Program has been adopted by municipalities throughout the Province of BC. The program was initially started in BC in 2012 by the Central Okanagan Regional District and is now a part of many communities’ economic development outreach programs across BC.

The Smithers Business Walk is scheduled to provide short in-person visits between Business Walk volunteers and business owners. Follow-up information and further engagement with business owners may be provided after the Business Walk if requested. Information gathered during the Business Walk will help inform Town of Smithers bylaw and policy reviews, grant opportunities, and new business support initiatives.

Business owners interested in learning more are encouraged to contact the Town of Smithers Economic Development Officer. All information collected during the Business Walk will be kept confidential, with the final report providing only aggregate data. 

Our local businesses are a vital part of our local economy, and we want to answer your questions, offer business resource information, and hear how we can better support your business to thrive in Smithers!