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Fast Facts About Doing Business in Nanaimo

Like all cities in BC, Nanaimo has gone through its share of economic changes. What started out as a coal town in the mid-1800s has grown into a mostly service-based economy with a skilled local workforce.

If you’re an entrepreneur, retailer, service professional, or home-based business, the time for starting or growing your Nanaimo business has never been better.

  • There are approximately 5500 businesses operating in the city of Nanaimo
  • 25% of businesses produce goods, while 75% offer services
  • About 68% of Nanaimo’s business are locally owned and operated
  • Most local Nanaimo businesses have less than 20 employees
  • Home-based businesses account for 38% of new businesses
  • Construction is the number one new business in Nanaimo (25%), followed by Retail (14%), and Professional Services (12%)
  • Steady population growth continues to drive new business startups in Nanaimo

New Business Startups in Nanaimo

Business Resources

Apply for a business licence

City of Nanaimo business information, including links to city departments

Small Business Seminars for BC entrepreneurs

Overview the Nanaimo business community including descriptions of businesses by sector

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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