Downtown Kelowna Members 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 download your copy of the Membership Guide and 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.
The Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) 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 by the property owners within the BIA to the City of Kelowna through Bylaw No. 10880. 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 additional 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 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. 10880), 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 However, errors and omissions may occur and information does become out of date.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 Membership 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 Membership 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
LIGHTEN UP DOWNTOWN KELOWNA GRANT PROGRAM
What is the Lighten Up grant? The Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) has grants available to Downtown property and business owners who wish to better illuminate their buildings and properties. Matching grants of up to a maximum of $2,500 or 50% per building or property of the cost of approved work, whichever is less, are available for the installation of lighting which better illuminates a property to improve security and/or enhances pedestrian access. The overall objective of this incentive program is to create a more appealing Downtown, with an enhanced comfort level for all who visit, work, and live here.
How does it work? Financial assistance is available to assist with the costs of retaining professional services of lighting designers, lighting products, and their installation. Grants will be allocated on a case-by-case basis until the budget has been spent or the program year has ended. Submitting an application does not guarantee a grant or a specific grant amount. Grants will be paid upon satisfactory completion of work and presentation of all original receipts to the DKA. All work must be completed by November 30 within the same calendar year of your proposal being approved.
Who is eligible? To be eligible for a grant, a property or business must be located within the boundaries of the Downtown Kelowna Association (see DKA boundary map below). The application for assistance must fully outline and illustrate the scope of work and the proposed lighting products. Unless circumstances warrant otherwise, more than one quote is required for proposed services or product. All work must receive necessary heritage and design approvals, as well as building permits from the City of Kelowna. An application must be received and approved by the DKA Board of Directors in advance of any work proceeding.
How do I apply? Please complete the online form here.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.862.3515 for more information on the Lighten Up Downtown Kelowna grant program.
BIKE RACK PROGRAM
Don't let your customers or patrons ride on by! With a continually growing pathway and bicycle network, more Kelowna residents are using bicycles for transportation, recreation and leisure. Now you can provide bicycle parking for your patrons and staff at a huge discount. The City of Kelowna Bicycle Rack Program will cover up to 50% of the purchase and installation costs of a high quality bicycle rack in a publically accessible area near you.
Who is eligible? Commercial businesses and institutions that attract visits from the general public.
How much will it cost? You can have a rack installed for as little as $185 (includes installation by City crews). through this program, installed racks range from $185 - $380, depending on design and capacity.
How do I apply? Fill out the online application form here. Preview and submit. Got questions, call 250.469.8531. Apply now, as supplies are limited. Within a week of receiving your application, the City of Kelowna will contact you directly. Our bicycle rack specialist can assist you in choosing the appropriate rack and installation location for your needs. Please note that racks will only be installed where they are accessible to the public.
September 16, 2015
Small Business BC and The Province of BC will be coming to Kelowna on September 16th on the inaugural MyBizDay regional small business education tour.
This full-day event feature education and panel discussions showcasing the various programs and resources available to entrepreneurs to help start and grow their businesses. This event is FREEto attend and will feature notable guest speakers and government representatives.
More info: http://sbbc.co/mbdok
Business theory is one thing. Applying it is another. At Small Business BC they teach practical skills and knowledge you can use in the real world.
Choose from over 40 subject areas, from marketing to accounting to sales and more. Many of their instructors are small business owners themselves, and all have real-life experiences to draw from.
Whether you need help branding your business, hiring employees, managing operations or anything else, Small Business BC has a seminar to help.
Participate live through Webinar from the comfort of your home or office. When you purchase a webinar it also includes a recording, which you can watch for up to seven days after the live seminar.
Okanagan co+Lab is hosting a series of workshops over the next few months that will be very beneficial to businesses and startups called co+Learn. Local experts with experience in teaching skills like copywriting, marketing, project management and design will be hosting various workshops over the following month. Check out the complete schedule (here) and register at co+Learn.
The Wellness @ Work series will kick off on June 2, 2015. Learn new ways of bringing health into your work environment and life. The first session will include a presentation from Zen Corporate Yoga on yoga and meditation. CLICK HERE for the details and Eventbrite registration.
GOVERNEMENT GRANT 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 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 $1000 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.
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, and determine if you are eligible here. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, contact Maelina DeGrasse at 778.410.2324 ext 703 or by email at Maelina@BCMicroBusiness.com.
BC HYDRO: PRODUCT INCENTIVE PROGRAM
The Product Incentive Program provides financial incentives to help you replace old, inefficient technologies, with new energy efficient products. Products can include: lighting, ovens, refrigeration units, dishwashers and much more.
The Product Incentive Program will help your business:
* Save money
* Improve the work environment
* Contribute to environmental sustainability
* Receive a financial incentive
Find out how other businesses have benefited from this program on the BC Hyrdo website here.
Register today and find out how BC Hydro's Product Incentive Program can help your small business.