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Starting a Business in Fernie

The first step to starting any business is to build a solid business plan.

There are a number of online resource available to help you do this including:

 - ·      Small Business BC – how to write a business plan

·         BDC – free business plan template

·         Community Futures – small business toolkit

BDC and Community Futures are also excellent resource to help with financing questions and strategies.

Locally, you will want to visit EK Employment to learn about their self-employment resources including mentoring, coaching, and financial assistance. 250-423-4204.

The following is a list of resources that will help you set up shop in Fernie, BC.

Business Name Registry can be done at the Service BC office inside the Fernie Courthouse. Depending on the type of business you are setting up, you may require legal advice on your business structure.

Law firms in the area include:

Leffler Law Office

862 – 3rd Ave


Majic & Purdy Law Office

592 - 2nd Ave


Rockies Law Corporation

#202 502-3rd Ave



Local Business LicenseCity of Fernie Business License, click here for more details.
Obtain a business licence with the City of Fernie. A business licence is required for home based, commercial and industrial businesses, and rental properties. Also for businesses that are not located in Fernie but do work in Fernie. For example, contractors and trades persons. Businesses licence fees vary depending on the type of business.

Banking – there are several banking options in Fernie to support your business needs. You should create a partnership with your banker, so it is important to shop around and interview bankers to find one you can work with.
We recommend you talk with the following Chamber member institutions:


501-2nd Ave


East Kootenay Community Credit Union

1601 9th Ave



502 – 3rd Ave


TD Canada Trust

391 – 2nd Ave



Insurance – you should investigate the insurance needs of your new business. An insurance broker can walk you through details specific to your situation. 

We recommend you talk with the following Chamber member organizations.

Western Financial

691 B – 2nd Ave


Westland Insurance

512 – 2nd Ave



Location – there are many realtors in the area that can find you space to buy or rent.

Century 21 Real Mountain Living

2nd Ave


Fernie Real Estate Company

1602 -9th Ave


Re/Max Elk Valley Realty

Box 1049


Royal Lepage East Kootenay Realty

561A Hiway 3



Get connected to the business community. Once you have your business set up, sign-up for your Chamber of Commerce membership to connect you to education opportunities, to meet other business professionals, to save money on benefits and merchant services, and the many other services offered to members. Details available on our website, or come in and visit with us and discuss how the Chamber of Commerce can support your business goals.  


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For our printable Resource Sheet on Starting a Business in Fernie, click here.

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