There are a number of business resources available for enterprises with the main ones being the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association.
Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce promotes town
The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is very busy working on behalf of its business and community partners. The chamber plays an active role in the community promoting “Spirit of Ladysmith” awards, Home, Garden and Business show, Golf Tournament at the Cottonwood Golf Course and the annual fall fundraiser along with offering support to the numerous special events held here.
The annual ‘Farmers Market’ starts May 21 and runs every Tuesday afternoon from 4pm to 7pm through to September 24. The Farmers Market will set up along First Avenue in support of local businesses with a theme of “Make it, Bake it, Grow it”.
The recent announcement by WestJet to start daily flight service from Calgary to our Nanaimo Airport is very exciting news for Ladysmith. The new daily service will kickstart new local commerce in our region. The Nanaimo Airport is closer to Ladysmith than Nanaimo!
The Chamber in co-operation with the Town of Ladysmith operates our local Visitor Center and this year is developing an expanded ‘Business Center’ service for existing and new businesses looking to locate in our community.
The temperate climate experienced in Ladysmith is a major magnet especially for “baby boomers” looking for a break from frigid winter temperatures experienced in other North American centres. Ladysmith is a waterfront community with a small town charm, full of citizen pride and is host to many opportunities for continued successes.
The Chambers mission statement is: To promote and improve the commercial, industrial, civic and social welfare of Ladysmith and its trade area. Our Chamber Board is committed to its principals and finds great enjoyment and a sense of pride in developing our community goals!
– Rob Waters, president Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce
LDBA supports members
Moving into 2013, the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association is poised to support our members through additions to our already committed board, a strong partnership with the Town and the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and the desire to see Ladysmith grow. I truly believe that we are positioned to see great things happen in our downtown and town as a whole. We are looking forward to building on last year’s successes that include the Olde Tyme Christmas, the joint economic development meetings and the wide variety of LDBA supported initiatives. We have begun partnering with the Festival of Lights and look forward to other strategic alliances that create opportunity for the downtown core. Our board has begun planning events to strengthen both the knowledge base of our members and business relationships between us all.
– Lesley Parent, president, LDBA