The City of Penticton offers its businesses access to some great tools:
Get local statistics
Looking for information about Penticton's economic drivers, demographics, and infrastructure? Visit the Penticton Business Toolkit, a site dedicated to help you access ready-to-use local data & intelligence.
Hire & Get Hired
If you're looking to recruit some great new talent to our community or hire some local skills, look no further than StartHereOkanagan.com. This platform allows you to create company profiles to promote your workplace culture and to post jobs for free. Jobs are marketed locally and across Canada in such key target markets as Toronto, Edmonton, Calcgary and Vancouver.
Catch up on HR Fundamentals
The City of Penticton is proud to share this 9-part video series designed to provide businesses with key Human Resources fundamentals to support hiring, onboarding and to provide the foundations for successful employment relationships. The Toolkit Intro Video will explain how this series is laid out so we recommend starting there. Following on from the Intro Video, each video tackles a standalone HR topic. It is recommended to watch them in order for the first viewing. An accompanying PDF provides an overview of the series and a helpful checklist for employee file management.
- HR Fundamentals Video Series - Video - Intro
- HR Fundamentals Video Series - Video 1 - HR 101
- HR Fundamentals Video Series - VIdeo 2 - Recruitment and Orientation
- HR Fundamentals Video Series - Video 3 - Coaching and Mentoring
- HR Fundamentals Video Series - Video 4 - Personal Information
- HR Fundamentals Video Series - Video 5 - Agreement and Compensation
- HR Fundamentals Video Series - Video 6 - Performance Management
- HR Fundamentals Video Series - Video 7 - Attendance
- HR Fundamentals Video Series - Video 8 - Education, Other, Benefits
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 - or visit our online local data portal: Penticton Business Toolkit
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 Visitor Centre, open to tourists and locals alike. 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, 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.
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.
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
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.
WorkBC Employment Services Centres serve local businesses by providing key labour force information and recruitment services, including free job postings for employers. Our local WorkBC Centre is found at 50 Calgary Avenue, Penticton
K'uL Group Development Corporation
Previously known as PIBDC (Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation), the K'uL Group leads and manages the business interests of the Penticton Indian Band. K’ul Group is governed by its own independent board of seasoned business professionals and the shares are wholly owned by the Penticton Indian Band.
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.
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.
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.
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