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New Partnership Brings Free Online Business Resources To Support Local Entrepreneurs

July 13, 2020

Comox Valley, BC:    To encourage business start-up and growth in Comox Valley, entrepreneurs now have access to in-depth market information about their local neighbourhoods, thanks to a new partnership between Small Business BC and Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism (CVEDS).

Bizmap is an interactive, online research tool that provides users with key market insights on neighbourhoods across Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Users can find data on area demographics, business types, building information, neighbourhood history and area activities — all at the local level. As BC’s Restart Plan takes effect, this service will provide important market research that supports economic growth, recovery and resiliency for Comox Valley small businesses.

Whether you’re starting a new business, or expanding an existing one, having a thorough understanding of your customer base is invaluable,” says Tom Conway, CEO of Small Business BC. “If you know who you’re serving, Bizmap will help you find your customers and choose the best place to locate your business.”

The new, enhanced Bizmap website was launched in Vancouver in 2018 in partnership with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Business Improvement Associations. Bizmap is now proud to expand outside Vancouver for the first time, bringing critical data to Comox Valley business owners.

“We are proud to have collaborated with Small Business BC and the Downtown Courtenay and Comox BIA’s to become the first region outside of Vancouver to develop these investment area profiles for the downtown areas. These are powerful tools, not only to support existing businesses with robust data and information, while also supporting potential investors in analyzing and comparing key market data to make key business decisions,” said Geoff Crawford, Manager, Business Development.

While advice, education and resources are always available for entrepreneurs through Small Business BC and CVEDS, we’re extremely pleased that we’re able to support Comox Valley businesses and potential investors with this very localized market information, thanks to our partnership with CVEDS,” says Tom Conway, CEO of Small Business BC.

The downtown Courtenay and downtown Bizmaps are available at and


Media Contacts

Small Business BC
Felix Trash
Marketing Coordinator Special Projects, Small Business BC
Direct: 604-718-5450  [email protected]

Geoff Crawford
Manager, Economic Development, Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism
Cell: 250-792-2197  [email protected]


About Small Business BC

Small Business BC is here to help British Columbia’s entrepreneurs grow successful and sustainable businesses through expert business advisors, educational services and easy-to-use free tools. For anyone who’s a business owner, or thinking of starting a new business, they’re here to help.

About Bizmap

Bizmap is a collaboration between Small Business BC and Comox Valley Economic Development. Bizmap provides easy access to market data tailored to customized business districts. Presented in a clear and relatable way, the area-specific information will help local businesses and communities to grow.

About Comox Valley Economic Development

The Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism office was formed in 1988 and is a non-profit society with annual funding from the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, and the Comox Valley Regional District areas A, B and C.

Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism assists companies and entrepreneurs access key services and resources, and act as a catalyst for economic growth in the region.

Its Mission is to encourage responsible expansion of the economic base of the Comox Valley with the intent of enhancing wealth and employment opportunities.

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