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May 01, 2018 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Celebrates BC Economic Development Week

by Katya Irwin |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 1, 2018 – The City of Coquitlam invites residents and local businesses to join us in celebrating BC Economic Development Week from Monday, May 7 to Saturday, May 12.

The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness about local programs that are creating jobs, advancing career development opportunities and increasing quality of life in the community.

While Economic Development Week is widely celebrated throughout the United States, this is the first time British Columbia has conducted a campaign of this kind, which is organized by the BC Economic Development Association. 

The City of Coquitlam will raise awareness of programs available to local businesses and potential startups, while shining a light on some recent success stories. Watch the City’s social media channels and visit www.coquitlam.ca/bcecdevweek for updates.

Ways the City of Coquitlam can help your business:

  • Coquitlam Business Connects supports companies of any size, type and sector. Services include assisting with site searches, providing local business contacts, and supplying statistics and market research to support business planning, to list a few.
  • Coquitlam Film Office: Those interested in filming in Coquitlam can contact this one-stop office for help with coordination, licences and fees, and applications.
  • Business LinQ: This drop-in business resource centre is located in Coquitlam City Hall, offering a convenient way to link to resources and get help with navigating City processes such as permitting and licencing. Ask advice, meet one-on-one with staff and pick up relevant publications. For more information, visit www.coquitlam.ca/businesslinQ.
  • Starting a Business: Read our brochure online at www.coquitlam.ca/business.

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
Coquitlam’s Economic Development office works with the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce to create programs and initiatives that help local businesses succeed.

Michael Hind, CEO of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, said such programs not only benefit local business but are hugely beneficial to the local economy.

“We have a valuable partnership with Coquitlam’s Economic Development Division,” he said. “Over the years, we have been working together to create jobs and investments, and assist businesses to perform better.” 

Support Local Business
The number of businesses in Coquitlam continues to grow each year, buoyed by access by SkyTrain, new commercial developments and the city’s centralized location within Metro Vancouver. 

The total number of Coquitlam business licences increased 4.2 per cent in 2017 from 2016, to a total of 6,736.

As we celebrate BC Economic Development Week, the City would like to encourage everyone to support your local businesses. Share your positive stories on social media and be sure to tag #BCEcDevWeek.

Local Success Story: TriCelerate
For local technology entrepreneurs, TriCelerate has proved to be an invaluable resource, and its meetup group today has 460 members. This accelerator project has given rise to a number of success stories including Finaeo Inc., Base Relocation Inc., and Netcoins Inc.

Coquitlam’s Economic Development division worked with a group of entrepreneurs to set up TriCelerate in 2014. The City was also instrumental in the development of TriCelerate’s Innovation Hub at Coquitlam City Centre Library, where entrepreneurs receive the resources needed to grow their businesses or ideas.

TriCelerate co-founder Jason Leo Carvalho said it’s astounding to think about the innovative companies that are coming to life at the Coquitlam Library. He credits the City of Coquitlam for helping to open those doors.

“We believe this type of relationship between a local government, library, Chamber of Commerce, educational institutions and a not-for-profit (TriCelerate) is the first of its kind in Canada,” said Carvalho.  “It takes a village to raise a child, and in TriCelerate’s case, it has taken an entire community to help to build a technology entrepreneur, all thanks to the City of Coquitlam.”

Media contact:

David Munro
Manager of Economic Development, City of Coquitlam
604-927-3442
dmunro@coquitlam.ca

 

Media Inquiries

Manager, Corporate Communications - Kathleen Vincent
Phone: 604-927-3019
Cell: 604-218-1319
Email: media@coquitlam.ca