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City makes it easy on new biz

Setting up a new business has never been easier says the City of Kelowna. 

In a new partnership with Service BC within the BC Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Kelowna is streamlining the process for starting a new company.

Under the Ministry, BC Registry Services offers the OneStop Business Registry service for entrepreneurs registering a new business. This month, OneStop began offering new business owners the convenience of also completing a City of Kelowna Business Licence at the same time.

“This online service further streamlines the process for Kelowna’s business community, eliminating the need to visit multiple locations to complete the steps necessary to establish a new business,” said Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray.

Currently, 98 per cent of all new B.C. general partnerships and sole proprietorships register online with OneStop’s integrated business services. It provides entrepreneurs with “single window” web-based access to documentation for federal and provincial agencies and local governments.

“Kelowna and B.C. have a well-deserved reputation for cutting red tape – and we can always do better,” said Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “With this step, Kelowna is an even better place to set up shop.”

The service now gives clients the option of also initiating a Kelowna Business Licence as they register their business and obtain their PST number, WorkSafeBC and Canada Revenue Agency registrations.

“This is a great benefit to our business community and yet another way the City supports ease of doing business in Kelowna,” said Curtis Darmohray, President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. “We live in an online, in-time era and it’s a real plus having our City become a municipal partner with BC Registry Services.”

The OneStop partnership provides the City of Kelowna the added benefit of providing city staff with notification and contact information for all new local business registrations.

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