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    Business Expansion Resources

    Check Check ChCheck out these innovative programs and funding options for local businesses:


    The Digital Business Enhancement Program (DBEP)

    Sponsored by the District of Port Hardy and the Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program (REDIP).


    Free Technology and Marketing Services through August 2024:

     Basic new or updated websites

     Photography and videography

     Social media

     Logo design and branding services

     Assistance with brochure or printing advertising

     Help with creating a marketing plan or a curbside pickup program


    Call (250) 902 – 5170, email dbep@porthardy.ca or click the button below to download the fillable form.

    Once filled, send it our way and our team of professionals will get started on your enhancement plan!



    Meet the Team




    Carlye Haggett                              Brandon Slade

    DBEP Coordinator, Brand/Web Design       Web/App Design & Development 


    Carlye is one of two Economic           Brandon has always enjoyed

    Development Officers working.          creating things, starting with

    for the District of Port Hardy.             only a blank canvas or an

    With degrees in both Graphic             idea. Certified in web/app

    Design and Strategic                          design and development,

    Communication, she has                   he is able to create for his

    combined her passion for her           community- enabling growth

    community and her technical            for small business.

    knowledge to create marketing

    and advertising materials, grant

    writing services, strategic planning,

    custom branding and websites for

    all businesses and organizations

    in Port Hardy.





    Patti Smedley                                  Geoff Heith  

    Strategic Planning/Grant Specialist               Photographer & Cinematography


    Patti is the second half of the               Geoff is a cinematographer

    Economic Development Team              and photographer who has

    working for the District of Port             spent the 10 years working

    Hardy. A long-time North                     and traveling the world. He

    Island resident, she has                       specializes inworking with

    worked with the Community                tourism-related  industries

    Assistance Program,Targeted               working in the outdoors.

    WageSubsidies and as the                   Through this program,

    Economic and Community                   Geoff is able to provide

    Development Coordinator for             beautiful media for all

    the District under the tenure of          DBEP clients.

    former Mayors Hank Bood and

    Bev Parnham. She brings her

    passion for North Island life and

    over 25 years of experience in

    strategic communication to

    this program.












    Regional Business Advisory Services

    An Advisory Service delivered by Community Futures Central Island and funded by Island Coastal Economic Trust.

    Advisory services working one-on-one with existing businesses to help stabilize and increase revenues and, if required, help you with a business assessment to determine your specific needs so that they can advise and coach you as a business owner. There are NO fees for business owners. This program will run until August 2024. Their services include:

    Human Resources

    Operations Management

    Financial Management / Financing

    Business Transition

    Business Strategy

    Marketing, Sales and more


    How can coaching make a difference for you and your business?

    Work smarter, not harder

     Increase revenues and profits

     Diversify or expand markets

     Develop a clear strategy and goals for better decision-making


    Get started today and apply by visiting www.cfnanaimo.org/rural-advisory-program-regional-business-advisory-services/ or by clicking the button below:















    Community Futures Mt. Waddington

    A national economic development program that has been supporting rural-based small business and community economic development since 1986. 


    Provides small business loans, expert advice and a wide range of business tools and resources to the Vancouver Island North and Central Coast regions. To learn more, call (250) 956 – 2220 or visit their website by clicking the button below:












    Creative Coast BC

    A collaboration of artists, artisans, creative entrepreneurs and arts organizations working to connect the Vancouver Island/Rural Islands arts ecosystem.


    Free information hub with resources and tools for artists and creative professionals. Sign up to their newsletter to learn about proposed initiatives to fill gaps in supports and services such as early stage business development and career coaching. Visit their blog page to learn about the research and pilot projects they’ve been implementing since 2019.















    Lisa Harrison                                

    Social Media/Curbside Development           


    Lisa is a long-time resident of

    Port Hardy and owner of Love

    Local Marketing. Lisa’s lifetime

    community involvement and

    passion for local business drive

    her to help any company grow

    and flourish. Lisa specializes

    in social media marketing and

    management as well as

    curbside program















































    Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP)

    Developed by the Federal Government of Canada.


    A program created to help eligible small and medium-sized businesses expand online and adopt new digital technology with grants up to $2,400. CDAP is a complimentary program to the District’s Digital Business Enhancement Program (DBEP).



























    Small Business BC

    An independent non-profit organization that exists to elevate every BC business.


    When finding your way through the business world feels daunting, Small Business BC is here to help. We are an independent non-profit organization that  exists to elevate every BC business. Our doors are open to everyone in BC, at every step along your business journey. If you’re just starting out or embarking on a growth stage, our trusted team will help you put your best foot forward.


    Small Business BC sits at the heart of BC’s thriving business community. Whether we offer the service you need or connect you to another source, our goal is the game – to help you succeed. Learn more by going to smallbusinessbc.ca or click the button below.












    North Island Employment 

    A leader in workforce development and the primary employment agency in the Vancouver Island North region. 


    Providing the North Island with support for job seekers and employers since 1986. Visit www.niefs.net, or click the button below to learn more about:


    FREE job postings 

     Wage subsidy 

    Human resource information 

    Labour market information & resources 

    Employer forums & hiring fairs 

    Private office space for interviews and/or meetings 

    Certified personality dimensions facilitators 


    You can also contact Chris Callanan, Regional Manager Employer Services, at (250) 286 – 3441 or email him at chris.callanan@niefs.net.







    Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce

    Over the past 50 years the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce has provided unwavering support to its members and the community we all call home. We focus on what matters most to you and how we can help.

    The Chamber is in the business of:

     Advocacy and Public Policy 

    Workforce Development

    Economic Development

    Communication and Awareness

    Credibility for the Business Community


    Let us know how we can help your business.

    Find out more at www.porthardychamber.com

    Email: manager@porthardychamber.com

    or, you can click the button below: