There are at least one hundred businesses on Hornby Island. That is one business for every ten residents! These range from established commercial operations with unionized employees to relatively new one-person ventures.
Many enterprises are small-scale home-based businesses. HICEEC has prepared From Passion to Profit, a tool to assist such entrepreneurs in reviewing their operations.
There are important considerations in starting a new business. One is to understand the local context, Hornby's economy, and the particular opportunities and challenges. Another is to be aware of the various regulations that might apply.
Creating a business plan is an important step in starting a business. It is the road map for operating your business and for measuring progress along the way. It is also essential for the next important step, obtaining financing. There is a range of resources available to assist in the development and operation of businesses.
HICEEC can assist with marketing through its realHornby community marketing service. Many businesses benefit directly or indirectly from tourism, a key element of Hornby's economy. Local employees can be sought through The Job Shop.
HICEEC can provide information, connections and support for people considering new business ventures or expanding existing ones. We can also arrange workshops and training in response to interest and demand and connect you to training programs.