Testimonials

To the thousands of Coquitlam business owners, we thank you! Our community wouldn’t be the same without you.

Join us in celebrating BC Economic Development Week from May 6-11. We’re paying tribute to our business community while raising awareness of all the ways we can help.

The City’s Economic Development division has created new initiatives to fuel economic growth and support the local business community. This includes:

  • a new tourism website, www.visitcoquitlam.ca, raising the profile of local events, festivals, shopping, dining opportunities and adventure activities;
  • a new online tool at www.coquitlam.ca/ecdevstats to provide customized data on specific industries on the local economy, customers, competitors and the workforce; and
  • the launch of a Business of the Month program to recognize the successes and contributions of local companies.

Spread the word! Share your local business stories on social media using #BCEcDevWeek.

Provide a testimonial

Are you a Coquitlam business owner who would like to submit a testimonial? Please email us at economicdevelopment@coquitlam.ca

Business ​Testimonials

To the thousands of business owners who are based in Coquitlam, we thank you! Our community wouldn’t be the same without you.

Coquitlam is a hub of innovation. Our central location and easy access by all modes of transit are just a few benefits to being based in this city. But wait, don’t just take it from us.

These local businesses speak about what they feel are the greatest benefits to doing business in Coquitlam. If you would like to submit a testimonial, please email us at economicdevelopment@coquitlam.ca

Associated Labels and Packaging

Shaun Ashworth is the president of Associated Labels and Packaging, which started as a small label printing plant in 1981. Today, the company supplies labels and packaging to clients around North America.

“The benefits of being located in Coquitlam would have to be the centralized location within Metro Vancouver. We are lucky to be so close to the highway to receive raw goods and also to send out finished goods. We are also surrounded by a diverse and skilled workforce both in Coquitlam and the surrounding cities.”

“Other companies should come to Coquitlam for the livability of life in terms of the mountains, water and amenities; and accessibility for work in terms of workforce, transportation, and close proximity to other companies.” associated-labels.com

Ayoub’s Dried Fruits & Nuts

Co-owner Ray Rostami and his family moved from Tehran, Iran in 2003 and set up this business based on Glen Drive in Coquitlam. Today, they have five locations throughout Metro Vancouver. He speaks about how the local community has embraced his business.

“Coquitlam is a great city and has nice people. It’s like a family. It has the second-largest community of Persians after North Vancouver. We had the same business in Tehran for over 25 years, so people remember us. I like how Coquitlam is central, easy to get around.” ayoubs.ca

CustomizePress

Since starting up this web design and digital marketing company in 2016, Gary Karki has quickly accrued a loyal clientele and top ranks among Google reviews. CustomizePress specializes in digital marketing, web development and SEO, based out a home office in Burke Mountain. Client meetings are held at Headquarters Office Services, a shared office rental space on Lincoln Avenue.

While Karki has generated a strong customer base in Coquitlam, clients approach him from all over Metro Vancouver. Business has been busy and he often hires contractors on a project basis.

“Most of my customers are starting up a new business and need a professional website. There are so many professional people living here and businesses are thriving. It seems like many people are moving here – starting a family – and there are lots of opportunities. I am constantly busy, all year round.” customizepress.ca

Eco Paving

Eco Paving was recently named one of B.C.’s fastest-growing companies. President Bradley Lavigne speaks about the benefits ​of being based in Coquitlam.

“We chose Coquitlam due to its central location in the Lower Mainland and the many opportunities available here. There are also many great businesses close by where we get our supplies. A lot of people are surprised as we are based in Coquitlam. The majority of our clients in the area appreciate the fact we are a local company.” ecopaving.com

Finaeo

This tech company, which has a head office in Toronto, selected Coquitlam over Vancouver for its B.C.-based office. Finaeo recently secured $2.25M in seed round funding for its CRM software platform for financial advisors.

"We chose to open up our sales and marketing satellite office in Coquitlam because of the city’s growing focus on supporting emerging technology startups. It is a transformative ecosystem that is enabling entrepreneurs and their teams to be successful with the added benefit of being able to get home to our families in 10-15 minutes." – Aly Dhalla, co-founder & CEO

"The benefit of having an office in Coquitlam is its easy access to talent coming out of Douglas College and surrounding institutions. Our office, located in CMPNY co-working space on Glen Drive, is situated in the heart of Coquitlam with easy access for our staff to the SkyTrain,  restaurants and parks. The local ecosystem is chock-full of technically trained experienced professionals who are passionate about growing our company and the startup community in Coquitlam.”  – Jason Leo Carvalho, head of marketing & communications

"Coquitlam is building infrastructure to support startups and partnering with companies like CMPNY to build space for emerging entrepreneurs and their teams to succeed. Since working at Coquitlam-based CMPNY from the time it opened, we've had the amazing experience of working at a stunning co-working space, where we're not only proud to bring our clients, but also privileged to be able to work with like-minded business owners in Coquitlam." – Steven Sinclair, VP of Sales, finaeo.com

Mariner Brewing

Coquitlam’s first brewery opened this summer in City Centre. Co-founder Byron Vallis speaks about why Coquitlam was their #1 choice for location.

“Coquitlam is growing rapidly, and with it interest in craft beer is growing. The community and the culture really make it a great place to brew, and to enjoy craft beer. We grew up in Coquitlam so it really seemed perfect to open up in our home turf. Coquitlam’s central location and active culture make it a great place for a brewery. Our tasting room is located a five-minute walk from the SkyTrain on Barnet Highway.” marinerbrewing.ca

MedRay Imaging

Med Ray Imaging located and expanded its business to Coquitlam in 2007. CEO Randy Webster cites the city’s large population base, significant growth, central location and easy SkyTrain access.

“Coquitlam is a growing, diverse community that provides for a robust customer base. We also have access to quality talent and a supply of local businesses that can support our business needs. The transportation system in Coquitlam and the introduction of the Evergreen Extension to SkyTrain really was a game-changer for businesses, connecting the Tri-Cities with the rest of the Lower Mainland.” medrayimaging.com

REX Marketing + Design Inc.

Allison Bran, marketer and founder of REX Marketing + Design Inc., which specializes in brand development, speaks about why she chose to move her business to Coquitlam.

“We used to run REX from a downtown [Vancouver] office but, when I got married and started a family, the downtown commute wasn’t productive. As an entrepreneur, part of what convinced me that the Tri Cities was a great place to raise my family was the growing business district in Coquitlam – and it’s surpassed my expectations! It’s clear that the City has put a lot of thought in to planning for business growth and opportunity, from office space, proximity to services and amenities, polished City landscaping, and the awesome Evergreen Line. Our clients come out to visit our office and, every time, they remark on how much Coquitlam has grown and how they can’t believe the professional polish of the area. I’m always proud to showcase our Coquitlam head office and our community. It is a great place to grow a business.” startwithrex.com

Sharon Perry Inc. Chartered Professional Accountant

Chartered professional accountant Sharon Perry, whose office is located in Austin Heights, speaks about why she loves being based in Coquitlam.

“Coquitlam is a city central to everything within the Lower Mainland. Coquitlam is also my home and where I raise my family. I love being part of building the community to be more thriving and a draw for businesses and residents alike.” sharonperry.ca 

Tech Futures 

Tech Futures recently transitioned to a new headquarters in Coquitlam. Founder Andrew Gee said they needed a bigger space to support the infrastructure side of the company, which also requires easy access to a fibre optic network. 

“Coquitlam’s QNet was a major deciding factor, in that it’s economical and quick to get up and running. For businesses looking for office space or looking to move locations, the fact that Coquitlam has fibre network is a huge plus. Working with QNet has also opened up opportunities, connecting customers to us who are looking for internet services. We would recommend QNet and encourage others to select the City of Coquitlam.” techfutures.xyz

​​Support for Local Business

If you are thinking about establishing a business in Coquitlam, here are four ways the City can help:

  • 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.
  • 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.  

Quick Facts

  • Business licences grew 3% in 2018, a net increase of 112, to a total of 6,950.
  • Film revenue increased 30% in 2018.
  • A new tourism website, visitcoquitlam.ca, promotes Coquitlam’s tourism assets and local businesses while attracting users on a regional scale.
  • Small business makes up 98 per cent of all businesses in B.C. A total of 79% of small businesses are micro businesses with fewer than five employees. Source: BC Stats: Small Business Profile 2016.

Contact Us

For further information on business development opportunities, please contact:

Economic Development Office
P:  604-927-​3905
economicdevelopment@coquitlam.ca