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Ec Dev Toolbox

Tools from BCEDA and Partners


Curate an Experience: Easily customize the look and feel, locations and content in your app. Name and brand your brand, including logo, icon design and color scheme.

Reward Exploration: Assign points to each location in your app, creating incentives for users to visit points of interest and make purchases while earning rewards at local businesses.

Instantly Update Your App: Easily set up, manage and dynamically update information within your app through a user-friendly online control panel.

Generate Insights: Your control panel provides valuable data about visitor activity. Generate reports to show popularity of individual locations, periods of peak activity, and where visitors are from.


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Shop Local

Tourism

Marketing

Business Retention & Expansion



BCEDA has developed workshops to help communities be better prepared to overcome the economic impacts of disasters. Please contact BCEDA for pricing and more details. Training can be delivered virtually or in-person, adhering to social distancing measures with under 50 capacity.

  • Community-Delivered Training: Making Resilience and Recovery the New Norm
  • Community-Delivered Training: Business Continuity Planning
  • Community-Delivered Training: Business Retention and Expansion (1, 3, and 5-day options)
  • Community-Delivered Training: Economic Development for Local Leaders

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Training

Professional Development



Business Retention is best performed as a community driven activity to maximize local development of existing industry. Each community or region develops its own approaches to conduct business outreach. A robust CRM is an integral part of this approach. The BC BusinessCounts Program, powered by ExecutivePulse™ has the ability to upload your business database, enter survey results in the system and run robust reports.

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Business Engagement

Business Retention & Expansion



BCEDA has partnered with Spring, a global incubator and accelerator that empowers entrepreneurs and entrepreneur ecosystem organizations, to launch the Business Resilience Program, an online program created to help businesses recover, adapt, and survive challenging economic conditions. 



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Resilience & Recovery

Training



Province-Wide Shop Local Program

Support Local BC is an online gift certificate marketplace where 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to the local business owners. To date, the website features over 1,330 businesses and has sold more than $400,000 in gift certificates. To ensure this platform is the right fit for your business, please visit the website to confirm that you meet the criteria.  

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Shop Local

Resilience & Recovery



BCEDA is continuing to seek success stories to highlight on the Economic Development in Action website. The website is advertised internationally and used as a tool to market your community and attract investors. Economic Developers can use the website to collaborate on ideas and gain inspiration from others. We a looking for a brief summary of your successful projects, partnerships and initiatives.

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Best Practices

Resilience & Recovery



To support economic development at the local and regional levels around B.C., the Province provides online tools and resources that can be found at gov.bc.ca/economicdevelopment:

  • Economic Development Funding and Grants Search Tool: a database that helps communities to locate funding and grants through existing provincial and other (non-governmental, regional and federal) programs and initiatives.
  • Strategic Planning Toolkit: a customizable, self-guided process that allows communities to quickly and effectively develop a concise, measurable and actionable economic development plan.
  • Performance Measurement Toolkit: a tailored, step-by-step approach that helps communities to track their economic development successes, communicate the value of their activities and ensure their efforts remain focused.
  • Business Attraction Toolkit: a step-by-step guide that helps communities to prepare and implement a business attraction strategy.
  • BC Ideas Exchange: a webinar series and library of success stories that share economic development ideas, promising practices and community collaboration happening in B.C.
  • BC Economic Atlas : web-based mapping application that integrates and displays spatial economic and natural resource data to support business and investment opportunity identification, business case analysis, and business and investment decision-making in B.C.
  • Economic Development Organizations and Groups: a growing directory of more than 200 organizations, including trusts, Crown corporations, provincial and regional organizations and groups supporting economic development in B.C.
  • What is Economic Development?: an online resource that provide the economic development basics including economic strategies, economic models, the role of local government and regional districts.