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. 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 However, errors and omissions may occur and information does become out of date.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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Support Your Downtown Kelowna Neighbours
KELOWNA CANSTRUCTION 2015 - Kelowna Community Food Bank
Kelowna’s Canstruction design/build competition is a great way to help feed the hungry while showcasing the Kelowna design community’s best and brightest. This year’s theme: Uniquely O-CAN-oagan! Think you have what it takes to design and build a structure made of nothing more than canned food and ingenuity? We invite you to participate in the 7th annual event!
Last year, thanks to our sponsors, Save On Foods, The Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation, Dockside, Kelly O’Brians and all participating teams, we were able to donate $3,694 and 28,000 pounds of food to the Community Food Bank! That’s a lot of hungry mouths fed!
October 24, 2014 - Deadline for entries.
November 22, 2014 - Deadline for design submission
December 17, 2014 - Deadline for purchasing cans.
Food delivery to the Orchard Park Mall takes place on February 16-17, 2015, and build night is on February 16, 2015. Winners will be recognized on Award Night on February 21, 2015. The structures are to be delivered to Food Banks February 22, 2015 after a period of display.
To submit, complete the entry form (click here) along with the appropriate entry fee. Please make cheques payable to “The Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation” and mail to Canstruction, c/o Focus Corp, 1464 St Paul St, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6. Questions? For further information or to donate, please contact Tammy Jackson. For more information, please visit www.kelownacanstruction.ca
Tammy Jackson; KCFB Special Events