There are several organizations in Penticton and beyond that can help you succeed.
Penticton Economic Development Office
The Economic Development Office is based in Penticton City Hall and provides information, research, intelligence and support to businesses with specific focus on recruitment and retention. Contact the Economic Development Specialist for information about incentives for business, opportunities available and more.
Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce
The Penticton Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit, member based association. Members benefit from networking as well as subsidized products and services (insurance, software, office supplies, gas, advertisements, etc.).
Travel Penticton markets our city and operates the Wine Country Visitor Centre. They also promote your event, accommodation or experiential travel business, while attracting major sporting events.
Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen
Community Futures builds entrepreneurial capacity in the community through business support, specifically counseling, loans and advisory services. Survival rates for CF sponsored businesses are above the national average.
Accelerate Okanagan helps develop and support creative entrepreneurs in the technology community. Based in Kelowna, they are a hub of like-minded, ambitious individuals who seek collaboration through coaching, connections, info sessions and a shared workspace.
Women’s Enterprise Centre
WEC helps women entrepreneurs to start, purchase or grow a small business. They provide training, business advice, resources and referrals to other services using a supportive, individual and practical approach.
Downtown Penticton Association
The Downtown Penticton Association is the voice of downtown, bringing together residents, merchants and businesses to enhance the economic development and social fabric of Penticton.
Penticton Hospitality Association
The PHA is the hospitality industry’s authoritative voice, representing a combination of small, medium and large accomodators throughout Penticton and Wine Country.
Opening a Restaurant?
The Province of BC has created an online tool to help guide you through the steps for opening and maintaining a restaurant in BC
Naramata Bench Winery Association
The NBWA represents more than twenty award-winning wineries overlooking Lake Okanagan. Member wineries share marketing costs and benefit from being associated with a positive, established brand that lends their business an immediate level of consumer confidence and recognition.
Okanagan Falls Winery Association
The OFW Association offers the same benefits as the NBWA to another group of premiere wineries just south of Penticton.
Small Business BC
Small Business BC is British Columbia’s premiere resource centre for knowledge-based business development. They have been recognized by several national and international awards.
Canadian Centre for Business Growth
C2BG resolves strategic issues your growing business is facing. They provide analysis in five key areas: core strategy, market dynamics, existing market analysis, qualified sales leads and innovation. .
South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services
SOICS is a one stop shop that works together with immigrants to help them get settled, find careers and learn all they need to know about starting their new lives in Canada—including business services and information about foreign direct investment.
Cowork is a coworking space located in Penticton’s vibrant downtown neighbourhood. They offer a comfortable, affordable, work environment with business amenities, meeting rooms, workspaces, and social opportunities suited to tech start-ups, non-profit organizations, remote workers and small businesses.
WorkBC Employment Services Centres serve local businesses by providing key labour force information and recruitment services, including free job postings. Our local WorkBC Centres are operated by the YMCA Okanagan.
Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation
The PIBDC is the “for profit” business investment and development division of the PIB. They offer residential and commercial development opportunities. In 2015, the Council for Aboriginal Business recognized their success with an Economic Development award.
Penticton Industrial Development Association
PIDA represents the interests of industrial businesses in Penticton. They are a sounding board for business owners to address issues and concerns, and they advocate to the City of Penticton to improve the economic climate. To get involved contact Frank Conci of AC Motor Electric.
Interior Health is responsible for regulating and monitoring many public facilities and those aspects of the environment that have a direct impact on public health.If you're looking to open a business that serves food or drink, cares for children or the elderly, or is involved with personal care such as tanning, tattooinng, or hair, you will need to speak with someone at Interior Health.
Continuing Education and Skills Training
Want to brush up on some additional skills, or perhaps you are considering a complete career change! Penticton has a variety of post-secondary educational opportunities:
- Okanagan College - Adult Education, Diploma, Certificate and Degree programs
- Sprott Shaw College - Early Childcare Education, Healthcare: Medical Care Aide, LPN
- HNZ Topflight - Advanced terrain helicopter pilot training
- BP Aviation - variety of airplane pilot training
- Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen - self-employment and business management workshops
- Okanagan Cosmetology Institute
- Penticton School of Hair: (250) 493 2747