Downtown Kelowna Member Centre
Downtown Kelowna Membership
Whether you are a new business or an established Downtown business, there is lots of important information in the Members Centre for your review. To learn about the benefits of membership, please visit the Services, Programs & Events page.
If you are a new business in Downtown Kelowna … we want to extend a warm welcome to you, your business and employees. We are happy that you have decided to locate your business in Downtown Kelowna, a dynamic centre of commerce, entertainment, recreation and parks, and look forward to working with you!
The Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the Downtown is a safe and desirable place to conduct business, live, work, play and enjoy through the cooperative efforts of its members and local government. The BIA, officially registered in 1989, is funded by a commercial taxation assessment levy paid to The City of Kelowna, by the property owners within the BIA. You are automatically a member of the Downtown Kelowna Association when located within the BIA – click here to view a map of the boundary. There is no membership fee.
You will receive monthly e-newsletters, information on Downtown Kelowna events, emails of pertinent information (i.e. DKA notices, City of Kelowna notices, RCMP & Downtown On Call Security notices), and other Downtown related material throughout the year. We are always happy to hear from our members. Please contact us us with any comments and concerns, or come visit us at #200-287 Bernard Ave.
* To view the Downtown Kelowna Business Improvement Area Bylaw (Bylaw No. 10010), please click here.
Business & Property Owner Information
The Downtown Kelowna Association does our best to keep our database of over 1,200 Downtown members as up to date as possible. However, errors and omissions may occur and information does become out of date. We want to promote Downtown Kelowna and your business through accurate information in our online business directory and Downtown Kelowna Guide. More importantly, we want to be able to communicate pertinent information and opportunities with our members. We would greatly appreciate your help in keeping our database up to date and as free from errors as possible.
Please submit the Business Information Form (click here) as soon as possible. The sooner we receive your information, the sooner we can start showcasing your business to the public. If you ever need to update or add information to your business profile, please re-submit this Business Information Form (click here) with your new information.
If you own property in the Downtown Kelowna BIA area, please complete the Property Owner Information Form (click here).
Opportunities for Members
Business & Community Partnerships Project
How often is your business approached by a non-profit for support? Do you wish you had a gracious way to say no to the organizations that are not a good fit? How do you find organizations that are a good fit? How do you determine what impact your contributions have on your business, the non-profit and those it serves?
Kelowna Community Resources is bringing back, for its second year, the Business & Community Partnership Project. The project is focused on providing business and non-profit participants the tools to work together more strategically, efficiently and with greater impact to the community and partners involved.
The project includes the following:
Workshop: Half day workshop for business participants, covering the elements of successful partnerships; how to identify resources (time, talent, in-kind or financial contributions) and potential partners; how to develop a community partnership plan; and how to assess and measure partnerships and impact.
Networking Event: Facilitated networking event where the business and non-profit participants (who also received training) will come together to explore potential partnerships using the tools and knowledge developed through the workshops.
Measurement: Research will be conducted among both the non-profit and business participants to determine outcomes and impact. Participants should be open to sharing their successes and challenges as they develop and execute their partnership plans.
Participants in the inaugural year of this project realized a number of benefits including:
-more focused approach to their community support initiatives
-ability to recognize which potential partners are a good fit
-greater impact of contributions
-deeper engagement from staff
Confirmation of participants | October 2013
Facilitation of Workshops | November 5 and November 15, 2013
Networking Event | December 2013
Research | Spring 2014
For more information and register click here or please contact:
Government Funding for Business Training
Are you a micro-business owner? Do you not have a University degree or industry certification? Are there skills that you could develop that would help your business?
The Micro-Business Training Pilot Program (“MBT Program”) offers eligible small business owners funded training programs in general business skills such as bookkeeping, marketing, social media, management, and other areas with the goal of improving productivity, decreasing costs and generating new revenue. Eligible micro-business owners can receive up to $1500 as funding support for courses in a variety of formats (online, classroom and/or on-site). Training is offered by institutions across the province including universities, colleges, PCTIA accredited institutions, and Private Trainers.
The MBT Program will complete on March 31, 2014 with the last applications being accepted December 31, 2013 depending on funding availability. Apply online here. Funding is available to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about this opportunity by watching this video, learn if you are eligible here, or download the information sheet and FAQ sheet.