Small Business Week

Coquitlam has nearly 7,000 licensed businesses, many of which are small enterprises run by people who live, raise families, support local fundraisers and volunteer in this community. 

With the prevalence of online shopping, it’s easy to forget that money spent at Coquitlam’s small businesses often stays in the community, providing local residents with a livelihood. 

Every October, the City celebrates Small Business Week – an annual celebration of entrepreneurship organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada – to highlight the important role played by local small businesses in supplying goods and services, providing jobs, paying taxes and fees that support the community, and contributing to vibrant, complete neighbourhoods.

Local businesses need more support than ever this year as many face unprecedented challenges related to COVID-19. Coquitlam is asking all local residents to challenge themselves to shop locally during Small Business Week and in the months to come. Help celebrate and support the small businesses that are the backbone of our community.

Build a Free Web Presence

Coquitlam is offering its businesses the opportunity to quickly build a free web presence – something that is more important now than ever. 

The City has partnered with Webnames.ca, a B.C.-based domain registrar and website management firm with roots in Coquitlam, to host two free one-hour webinars Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. and Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. The sessions will show Coquitlam businesses how they can launch a simple website for no cost for the first year, as well as how to grow web traffic. 

The project is offered through the Coquitlam COVID-19 Community Support and Recovery Plan (CSRP).

Sign Up for Webinars Today 

Many businesses are struggling during the pandemic, and small businesses that are not online are among those suffering the most. A consumer survey conducted by the City in late spring showed that while about a third of Coquitlam residents are supporting local businesses more now, more of them are turning to online shopping, delivery and ordering for curbside pickup. Additionally, most indicated they research business information online including store hours, menus and other offerings.

Coquitlam small businesses that attend the free, no-obligation webinars Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 26 will get information on how to set up a Webnames.ca LiteSite package at no cost that includes a .CA domain name (web address), a one-page website with free hosting for one year, an email address reflecting the domain name, and a SSL certificate (security encryption). 

Participating businesses will own their own domain name and have a professional email address that provides credibility. Having a dedicated web presence is an important component of an overall brand and marketing strategy, in addition to a social media presence.

After the first year, renewals will be available at $50 per year – a good value even if only for the domain name and email. However, there will be no obligation to continue the service beyond the first free year.

The Nov. 17 webinar will teach participants how to plan and launch a website, while the Nov. 26 webinar will focus on how to grow web traffic to make the most of their new online presence. 

Businesses can sign up by contacting the City’s Economic Development team at economicdevelopment@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3905.

The offer is open to any Coquitlam small business (up to 50 employees) with a valid City business licence. 

Recordings of the webinars will also be posted online at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/business as well as on the City’s YouTube channel following the sessions.

Five Reasons to Support Small Businesses

  1. Your money stays here. Spending at a small business supports owners and staff who often live in the same community.   
  2. They provide jobs. Local small businesses not only provide employment for their owners and their families, but for others in the community.
  3. They’re members of our community. Many local small businesses support worthy causes, sponsor sports teams and give back to their community in other ways. 
  4. They reward loyalty. Once local small businesses get to know you, they’ll often go the extra mile to meet your needs.
  5. We are all in this together. Without a reliable supply of customers, many small businesses could face hardships during these challenging economic times. Supporting your local business is supporting your local community.  

How Coquitlam is Supporting Local Businesses

City efforts to support businesses and the local economy during the pandemic have included:

  • Creating a Business Support Portal with comprehensive information about opportunities and resources at our Business Support Portal;
  • Changing practices and regulations to cut red tape for businesses, including more online services, relaxing regulations for using outdoor space, and adapting development application processes and fee schedules;
  • Building restaurant promotion and paid business opportunities into civic events such as Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day and the Summer Concert Series;
  • Participating in and promoting the Tri-Cities #SupportLocal initiative;
  • Conducting surveys to identify local business needs and consumer spending habits; and
  • In-person outreach to share resources and opportunities available through the City’s economic development action plan and multi-sector Community Support and Recovery Plan.

Resources for Businesses

Businesses are encouraged to check out the City's Business Support Portal for comprehensive information and resources to support them through the pandemic and beyond, including news and updates, opportunities to provide input, a Q&A forum, a calendar of events and business resources and opportunities. 

The City’s Economic Development team is also available to support local businesses. Contact 604-927-3905 or email Economic Development for information about resources and opportunities.

Getting Your Business Online

Coquitlam is partnering with Webnames to help small businesses get online. Supported by the City’s Community Support and Recovery Plan, two free webinars will be held Nov. 2 and 16 to provide small businesses with a website presence at no cost. 

Businesses can also promote themselves online for free by: 

  • Going to wegotthistricities.com and clicking the I’m Open for Business button to be included in the online business directory; and 
  • Emailing Tourism Coquitlam to be included in the retail or restaurant listings on the Tourism Coquitlam website.

Resources for Shoppers

Local businesses are at the heart of our community and need our support during these challenging times. Think local first when you’re in the market for goods, services, meals, gifts and other purchases. Find out what’s here:

  • Visit the Tourism Coquitlam website for great places to eat, drink and visit in Coquitlam; and
  • Go to wegotthistricities.com for a comprehensive – and searchable – list of businesses currently operating throughout the Tri-Cities.

Like shopping online? You may be surprised how many local businesses offer online shopping with delivery or curbside pickup. Before clicking that generic shopping website, search for your favourite local businesses and restaurants online to see what convenient shopping options they have available.

Get to Know Your Local Businesses

This year, we are putting a face to local businesses by showcasing the people who run them. We asked local businesses why they chose Coquitlam to be the home of their business. Here is what they have to say. 

Mariner Brewing

“I have a passion for craft beer and wanted to bring that to the City I grew up in. That’s why I created Mariner Brewing: Coquitlam’s first craft brewery. I’m proud that our hangout provides a fantastic environment to catch up with friends over food and drink inside or on one of our outdoor patios. We only opened three years ago but we’ve already accomplished so much. I’m also really proud of how we give back to our community. We raised funds for the Coquitlam Animal Shelter through Dog Month, and recently we created a special pilsner in support of Coquitlam Search and Rescue. When you support my business, you are also supporting this great community we all love.”

You can support Mariner Brewing by stopping in for a pint, ordering delivery online, or finding them in your local liquor stores craft beer section. 

Volleyball Stuff

“We chose Coquitlam for its central location, mix of local businesses and strong sense of community. We have been in Coquitlam for more than 10 years providing quality sports apparel that athletes from different sports as well as schools and associations are proud to wear. But we are not just a volleyball company. Recently, when the pandemic hit, we partnered with Foodbanks Canada for an online sale that saw more than $25,000 given back to foodbanks across Canada. We support local sports teams in partnerships as well as donating prizing for local sports competitions/events whenever possible. We donate unworn clothing or samples to local groups when possible and we are always open to growing our local footprint .”

You can support Volleyball Stuff by shopping for sports apparel in-store or online

Noura Construction

“We moved to Coquitlam in 1989 and did our 1st subdivision and 5 home development on Austin and Schoolhouse in 1992. With our prior knowledge and construction experience in Iran, we wanted to contribute and be a part of the growth and improvement of our community here in Canada. Over the years Noura has been building neighbourhoods and supporting the community through volunteer work and donations to organizations including the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Coquitlam Foundation, SHARE Family and Community Services, New View Society and the Talitha Koum Society.

In the market for a new home or just want to show your thanks and support for all Noura Homes has done in the community? Visit their website.

C Market Coffee

I chose Coquitlam because it was home for me for a very long time and I only have fond memories of the community. With its robust and diverse community, I wanted to join it again as a business to involve the community even further, just as I benefited from its welcoming nature years ago.

My inspiration for starting the business was to promote my philosophy in bringing quality and health back into our food and coffee. At C Market Coffee, our simple mission is to make quality coffee and fresh food to support a healthy lifestyle for the people we cherish the most.

We hosted Coquitlam's very first Tri-City Latte Art Competition with local vendors. With the help of sponsors for the event, we were able to raise $1,100 for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation in the expansion of their Emergency Department. During the start of the pandemic, we offered free drinks for front-line workers and also participated in #ThankfulThursday with the Eagle Ridge Hospital. We also love to help promote small businesses in the community by showcasing their products in our store. We are proud to have participated in various programs offered by the City of Coquitlam and look forward to continuing our contributions!”

You can support C Market Coffee by stopping in for a freshly roasted cup of coffee or specialty beverage, or visit their website to order online. 

Climb Base5 Coquitlam

“We opened our business in Coquitlam in 2004 because it is centrally located in Metro Vancouver. Our team is the most incredible and supportive group of people you could ever imagine. It might seem cliché, but I can tell you first hand they will stop at nothing to make anyone feel comfortable in any situation or challenge. We have a passion for climbing and creating opportunities for people to develop themselves as powerful and unstoppable.

We hold community events and sponsor small and large organizations from local schools to Easter Seals national fundraising efforts. Our business model is derived from providing what is missing in people lives to be empowered. These efforts include financial support – especially during COVID, where we provide access to anyone regardless of their financial situation and both physical and psychological support.”

Try something new and visit Climb Base5 Coquitlam for a fun indoor activity, or consider giving the gift of a climbing lesson this upcoming holiday season. Check out their website to learn more. 

Ballistic Arts

“I’m a Coquitlam boy, born and raised; I was proud to start a business here. I love marketing, sales and creativity, so running a marketing agency makes a lot of sense for me.

Being a child of immigrants, we welcome diversity on our team. Our team member’s hail from every part of the globe and through the years, we have supported many local initiatives in the diverse Tri-Cities community. We were the creative sponsor for SHARE Family & Community Services Just Desserts event, which is now the IMAGINE event. We’ve participated in the Tri-Cities Soroptimist Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event, participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up by cleaning up the Como Creek, we’ve sponsored the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society, and put on fundraisers to raise awareness about mental health in the workplace for the Canadian Mental Health Association.”

Learn more about the Ballistic Arts team and how to grow your business by generating quality leads with the Ballistic Arts Lead Generation Digital Marketing program by visiting their website.