Take the confidential Survey until May 15, 2017 and help us understand the needs of home based businesses in the Slocan Valley.


We are reaching out to home-based businesses!

If you run a home-based business, we want to hear from you. The Slocan Valley Economic Development Commission  (SVEDC)and the Slocan District Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Rural Development Institute at Selkirk College, have created a survey for home-based business people. The results of the survey will help the SVEDC and  the Chamber respond to the needs of home-based business.

“We’re always looking for ways to support local businesses,” says Leah Main, chair of the SVEDC. “We want to reach out specifically to home-based businesses because they make up a significant part of the business community in the Slocan Valley, but they’re less visible and often overlooked.”

The SVEDC and Chamber surveyed storefront businesses in the Slocan Valley in 2013. In response to the needs expressed through the survey, they organized a succession planning workshop and a series of‘lunch & learn’ events with guest speakers from business support organizations such as Community Futures and Work BC. “We expect that the home-based business survey will inspire other events,” says Jan McMurray, chair of the Chamber. “We’re looking forward to coming up with creative ways to help meet the needs of home-based business in the valley.”

The survey is available online and on paper. The online survey will be live April 1 to May 15. The link can be found at slocanvalley.com and slocanlake.com. The paper survey– in the provided sealed envelope –can be picked up and dropped off at Slocan Valley Co-op, New Market Foods, and the Valley Voice office. The confidential survey does not ask for personal identifiers. It takes 10-15 minutes to complete.