Tumbler Ridge is ripe with untapped opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to spread their wings in a community that is relatively underserved, yet is poised to reap the benefits of economic growth expected to take place from a variety of sources.
What We Need - Where to Start
A good place to begin identifying opportunities is by taking a look at Tumbler Ridge's existing community of local businesses.
Retail and Commercial Service Opportunities
At this point in its development, Tumbler Ridge can be considered relatively underserved in terms of locally-available products and services. As a result, there is a variety of opportunities available for entrepreneurial spirit to thrive, while meeting the needs and desires of the community.
Consider this: the majority of Tumbler Ridge’s workforce receives some of the highest wages, per capita, in the country. At the same time, the town is 125km from the nearest shopping centre.
Tourism Business Opportunities
Tumbler Ridge’s existing position as a tourism destination can be likened to a theathre play. Our natural features and extensive recreational infrastructure set the stage for a small handful of pioneering actors. We now need to fill in the rest of the cast in order to take the production to the next level.
Here are some tourism operation opportunities to consider (pdf)
Industrial Service Opportunities
If you specialize or have experience in providing services to the mining or natural gas industrial sectors, there’s a good chance that you will have opportunities for business in Tumbler Ridge. One of the best places to identify service gaps is to look through the listings of our Business Directory.
As with any other business, industrial companies are always looking to minimize their expenses. Many products and services have been sourced, out of necessity, from out of town suppliers. There are prime opportunities for anyone that is able to offer these products and services locally, at a quality/standard that matches or surpasses the regional competition.
Here are some specific industrial service opportunities available in Tumbler Ridge:
- Environmental and reclamation services
- Exploration services
- Industrial Equipment Service and Repair – specifically pump and cylinder repair
- Light Vehicle/Fleet Maintenance
- Sewage disposal
- Site clearing/harvesting
- Waste oil disposal