The City of Enderby and Community Futures of the North Okanagan are pleased to launch an innovative Business Beautification Program. By participating in this program, Enderby businesses will be able to access a financial incentive that will go towards façade improvements.
Through the Enderby Business Beautification Program, eligible businesses will be able to access an incentive fund covering 10% of the material costs associated with a commercial façade improvement. The minimum incentive value is $200 (for projects with at least $2,000 in material costs) and the maximum incentive value is $1,000 (for projects with $10,000 or more in material costs). The total value of the incentive fund is $10,000. All applications must be pre-approved.
If fully subscribed, at least $90,000 worth of private sector investment in beautification of commercial premises within Enderby will occur. This will stimulate the labour market and create new social and economic opportunities through beautification.
As Enderby Mayor Howie Cyr explains, “I’m really excited by this initiative as it has the potential to strengthen and add vitality to our business community while also building key partnerships. This program could really stimulate the local economy and support our great local businesses. Revitalizing our commercial sector is a high priority not only for Council but also for the broader community, as we’ve heard through our recent public consultations.”
In addition to the incentive, businesses will also be provided with information about the range of services and programs offered by Community Futures of the North Okanagan. These include Targeted Wage Subsidies, employee training programs, entrepreneurial workshops, job postings, loans, and other related business services.
Norm Metcalf, General Manager for Community Futures of the North Okanagan, says of the partnership that his organization “is delighted to work with the City of Enderby in this Business Beautification Project. Partnerships like this further Community Futures’ objective to support small business and the dedicated entrepreneurs that run them. Our organization also provides several other programs and services that will provide assistance to business owners, all at little or no cost. Visit www.futuresbc.com for more information.”
Local business owners within Enderby may pick up a Business Beautification Program application at Enderby City Hall. For more information, please contact Kurt Inglis at 250-838-7230.