Learn about the size, shape and diversity of the island's business community and economy …
In the fall of 2015, the Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce launched the Gabriola Economic Readiness Project (GERP). This project was funded by the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) and the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation (NEDC).
Through a community-based process, the Chamber surveyed and gathered the most meaningful economic information and insights we needed to build on our island’s unique strengths, and find out what we are missing. Reporting back to the community, the Chamber hosted a "Gabriola Economic Summit".
Here is the slide presentation from the event:
Also, two reports were prepared by Wave Consulting Ltd. for the Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce. If you would like a deeper insight into Gabriola Island’s economy – both its opportunities and challenges – please download the pdf documents below.
2012 Gabriola Community Profile
This document was prepared by VIU Recreation & Tourism Program students: Matthew Klaver, Serena Klaver & Audrey Park, on assignment for Dr. P. Parker. 18 pp. The report gives an overview of Gabriola's social, environmental, cultural and built capital, as well as a Community SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) analysis.
Other local sources & informal networks . . .
To get an idea of businesses operating in the Gabriola market, check out the Chamber’s Membership Directory, and get a copy of the annual Gabriola Phone Directory. It's published each year in January/February. Most businesses buy a listing.
Consider joining the Chamber, attending events and getting involved in our Island Biz Network. Often, great new opportunities are not advertised, so networking, collaborating and getting the inside scoop is the best approach.
The larger regional snapshot . . .
Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation (NEDC)
NEDC is the regional economic planning office. Through our local taxes, Gabriolans contribute over $50K yearly to NEDC, so use this service. Check out their resources and get help from their talented and resourceful staff. That’s why they are there.
Thinking of buying a Gabriola business?
There may also be partnership or business succession and gradual takeover opportunities too. So it pays to get involved with the Chamber and network! Island businesses for sale tend to do the following . . .
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