Those looking to start a business in Gimli are encouraged to contact the Gimli Community Development Corporation.
The development corporation is dedicated to promote and enhance economic development in the RM of Gimli including the Gimli Business Park and Airport.
Its diverse role includes research, planning and prospecting to attract outside business and resources, community promotion, monitoring growth and impact, business assistance, liaison and advocacy functions to various clubs, groups and organizations.
The Gimli CDC is dedicated to our community's development in all aspects that support the growth of our economy.
Business people establishing enterprises in the Gimli area have the potential to obtain financial assistance and consulting advice from a wide range of government agencies.
They should start by contacting two Interlake agencies - Community Futures East Interlake in Riverton and the Interlake Development Corp. (IDC) located in Arborg.
Community Futures East Interlake, funded by the federal government, helps Eastern Interlake communities develop their economies and also has a division that provides loans and advice to individual businesses.
IDC, funded by the Manitoba Government, undertakes a wide range of projects to spur the region's growth. If these agencies can't provide the solution to a problem, they can introduce business people to officials of other government programs that may be of help.
Businesses, for example, may want to tap Ottawa's Western Economic Diversification Program, the Manitoba Government's Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) program and the province's Grow Bonds program.
Here are other government assistance programs that may be applicable:
Province of Manitoba - Feasibility study assistance, manufacturing adaptation program, small business start-up, environmental industry development initiative, cooperative loans and loan guarantees, Workforce 2000.
Government of Canada - Small business loans act, program for export market development, industrial research assistance program, Canada job strategy programs and the advanced manufacturing technology application program.