Small Business Week 2022

Public Notice

The Town of Smithers invites community members to celebrate Small Business Week, October 16 – 22, 2022! This annual celebration of entrepreneurship, organized by Business Development Bank of Canada, recognizes the vital role of small businesses in providing local jobs and strengthening the economy. There are more than 1.2 million businesses in Canada, 98% of which are considered small businesses with under 100 employees. Small business is big in Canada! 

The Town of Smithers has approximately 680 licensed businesses operating within the community. This number grows every year as small businesses start up or move to Smithers. These businesses are owned and operated by our friends and family who live in our community, support local initiatives, and volunteer throughout the Bulkley Valley.

If you are interested in starting a business in Smithers or have questions about your existing business, check out these Town of Smithers resources:  

  • Business License 
    • Includes a step-by-step checklist, application guide, and home-based business information    
  • Local Economic Development Web Portal 
    • Showcases local business and community data. For any additional inquiries, contact the Economic Development Officer directly. 
  • Remember to Live Love Local
    • This regional campaign encourages supporting and shopping local across seven Northern BC communities

Supporting local businesses not only assists in keeping the products and services we love available but also helps attract new industries and stores to town. When we buy from locally-owned businesses, more money is cycled back into our local economy, strengthening our whole community.

Five Reasons to Support Small Businesses

  1. Money Stays Local. Spending at a small business supports owners and staff who live, work, and play in the Bulkley Valley.
  2. Provide Local Jobs. Small businesses provide local jobs in our community and grow local employment opportunities.
  3. Part of the Community. Many small businesses support our local fundraisers and community projects, from the new Skate Park to the Bulkley Valley Exhibition & Fall Fair.
  4. Creative Business Approach. Small businesses can be more flexible if you require additional services or are looking for a product that is not in stock.
  5. Forward Thinking. A large majority of our small businesses have been established for many years. This solid economic foundation provides employment opportunities for residents now and in the future. Supporting local small businesses supports our local community. 

The Town of Smither encourages residents to shop locally during Small Business Week and in the coming months. Help celebrate and support the small businesses unique to our community and region. 

Events to Participate in During Small Business Week 2022: 


For more info on Small Business Week or business support initiatives in the Town of Smithers, contact the Economic Development Officer. 

Contact Info:

Will George
Economic Development Officer (EDO)