Build a Business

Downtown Williams Lake is home to over 300 businesses and organizations.  Join our lively community of entrepreneurs, artists, non-profits, and professionals.  There is lots of support right here in the downtown core to get you started!

Seeding Startups

  • Seeding Start-Ups is a pilot program funded by the Provincial Rural Dividend Initiative and community partners including, Downtown Williams Lake, Community Futures of the Cariboo Chilcoltin, Thompson Rivers University, The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce and the City of Williams Lake. Aimed at diversifying and strengthening the local economy, contributions of $1000-1500 are available to business start-ups who are in their first year of operations. The program runs until March 1 2018. Contact our Program Manager to discuss your business idea!  Beth Veenkamp at 250-392-8480 / Email
    • Read our Seeding Success Stories!
      • Seeding Start-Ups funded 24 new businesses in Williams Lake!

Community Futures

  • Located in the heart of Downtown WL, Community Futures offers entrepreneurs a wide variety of training programs, funding opportunities, and resources.  You definitely want to stop in and talk with the staff:  Their job is to help you be successful in your business.

Economic Development Officer Access

  • We’re so fortunate in Downtown WL to work closely with the Economic Development Officer Beth Veenkamp.  Contact her with your business/enterprise ideas and she can help you navigate your path from where you are right now, to where you want to be. Beth also runs the LOVE Williams Lake program.