Entrepreneurs and Local Businesses

Compass Adventures owners pose in their surf shop, which sells long boards, surf boards, wax, and other essentials for time on the water.

We believe entrepreneurs and local businesses thrive in a strong, inclusive coastal economy.

We encourage proposals that invest in public infrastructure and initiatives that will directly result in new opportunities for entrepreneurs and local businesses to invest, grow, and thrive in coastal communities. Where opportunities exist, we work to foster partnerships between communities and the private sector.

Project Highlight

Marine Services Building in Comox

In 2023, the Town of Comox and the Trust invested in a new 2,000 sq ft marine services facility at Comox Marina, adding much-needed retail and community spaces. This investment enabled family-owned businesses within the marina, including Compass Adventures and Big Animal Encounters, to expand their operations because of this development in public infrastructure.

Learn More About the Project

News Release:

Town of Comox Invests in New Marine-Services for Local Businesses
Expansion of building to enable more services and amenities for visitors.

Local Business:

Big Animal Encounters – Comox
Whale watching tours cruise deep into the Salish Sea and Desolation Sound.

Local Business:

Compass Adventure
A family business for more than 30 years, Compass Adventure is ready for your next adventure in Comox.

More Entrepreneurs and Local Business Projects

News Release:

Outdoor Retail Markey in Campbell River Will Grow Local Business
New public infrastructure will be a platform for entrepreneurs and artisans

Funded Project:

Alberni Valley Regional Food Hub
The Dock+ Food hub enables marine harvesters to create value-added food local food products.

Salt Spring Farmers' Market: Photo credit Stasia Garraway + BC Farmers' Market Trail

News Release:

Innovative Marketing Initiative Elevates New and Existing BC Farmers’ Market Vendors
Hatch + Hype offers multiple economic benefits to promoting farm and food products