We're proud of our community.

Great achievement takes great team effort and frankly, working alone sucks!

The entrepreneurs behind SOHO Nanaimo have designed a distinctive experience to accelerate small business productivity and we have strategically aggregated best in class speakers, sponsors and
cross-promotional partners to help us deliver an exceptional program and event.

Our partners share similar values. They add value to the event and to the business owners in the community in which they service. A huge welcome and thank you to our community partners!


Small Business BC

Small Business BC is a government funded not for profit organization recognized by the province as the number 1 resource centre for small business within BC. As a resource, we offer a range of services for small business owners and local entrepreneurs at all stages of business. For example, we offer services such as:

  • Over 300 seminars/webinars per year ranging from starting your business to digital marketing, business operations, financials, popup shops/farmers markets and many more… (refer to SBBC website for a full education calendar)
  • We have a range of business advisory services that will guild you in creating a business plan, importing and exporting and doing your market research

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smallbusinessbc
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/smallbusinessbc
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/small-business-bc
Website: http://smallbusinessbc.ca/


Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce specializes in building relationships while breaking down barriers to success for all businesses in Nanaimo. We are a non-profit society receiving no government funding enabling us to advocate strongly for business interests. While we’re the ‘voice of business’ with government, we also organize and manage many events promoting business connections and networking. From our monthly networking luncheons to Business After Business mixers to major public festivals and events like ‘Business Expo’, the Chamber is the go-to group for building your business through personal connectivity. And there’s benefits to boot!

Membership available – click here.
Already a Member: Contact the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce team for your SOHO Nanaimo Promo Code

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NanaimoChamber
Twitter: @NanaimoChamber
Website: nanaimochamber.bc.ca
Promo Code: Contact the Nanaimo Chamber team for your SOHO Nanaimo promo code


Community Futures Central Island

At Community Futures, we work for you! Our Nanaimo office supports small and medium sized business from Ladysmith to Bowser and Whiskey Creek, to Gabriola and Lasqueti Island. We specialize in business loans with customized re-payment schedules. We can fill the financial gap and leverage funds that will take any idea from rocky to possible.

More Information available – click here or email wanda@cfnanaimo.org.

Facebook: facebook.com/CommunityFuturesCentralIsland
Twitter: twitter.com/CommFuturesCI
Website: www.cfnanaimo.org/
Promo Code: Contact Wanda for your SOHO Nanaimo Promo Code


Young Professionals of Nanaimo

Young Professionals of Nanaimo

YPN’s mission is to create a vibrant and connected community of young professionals in Nanaimo.

Their organization is structured around four pillars: Professional Development, Community Involvement, Business Networking and Social Networking. Thank you for being our first Community Partner!

Membership available – click here.
Already a Member: Contact the YPN team for your SOHO Nanaimo Promo Code

Facebook: www.facebook.com/YPNanaimo
Twitter: @YPNanaimo
Website: www.ypnanaimo.com
Promo Code: Contact the YPN team for your SOHO Nanaimo promo code


Gabriola Chamber of Commerce

Gabriola Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1984, the GICC is made up of a diverse group of entrepreneurs and family-owned enterprises working together for the common good of their island community. They do this by providing services, support and networking opportunities for businesses to succeed. Contact the chamber for more information on how to do business on Gabriola, the island’s economic profile or getting to know the marketplace. If you are planning a visit, contact the Gabriola Vistor’s Centre. Thanks for letting SOHO Nanaimo be one of your “off-island pals“.

Membership available – click here.
Already a Member: Contact the GICC team for your SOHO Nanaimo Promo Code

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Gabriola-Island-Chamber-of-Commerce
Website: www.adventuregabriola.ca

Promo Code: Contact the GICC team for your SOHO Nanaimo promo code


Downtown Business Improvement Association

Downtown Business Improvement Association

The DNBIA is a not-for-profit organization created to facilitate revitalization of Downtown Nanaimo. The DNBIA grew out of the work started in 1999 by the Downtown Strategy Team and continued into 2001 by the Downtown Action and Advisory Committee. The DNBIA represents over 700 businesses and 300 property owners in the centre of the City. Great to have your support for our inaugural event in downtown Nanaimo!

Membership available – click here.
Already a Member: Contact the DNBIA team for your SOHO Nanaimo Promo Code

Facebook: www.facebook.com/downtown.nanaimo.bia
Twitter: @downtownnanaimo
Website: www.dnbia.ca
Promo Code: Contact the DNBIA team for your SOHO Nanaimo promo code


Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Vancouver Islandchba775_logo_vancouverisland_cmyk

For more than 65 years, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association has been an effective and respected “Voice of the Residential Construction Industry”. They are a voluntary organization, run by members for members. They understand what our members need and work to support their business success. The Vancouver Island local of the Canadian Home Builders Association currently boasts over 117 member companies and is steadily growing.  Their area covers all of Vancouver Island. We look forward to helping support the business success and professionalism of CHBAVI’s members!

Membership available – click here.
Already a Member: Contact the CHBAVI team for your SOHO Nanaimo Promo Code

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CHBAVI
Website: www.chbacvi.com
Promo Code: Contact the CHBAVI team for your SOHO Nanaimo promo code


Nanaimo Women’s Business Network

Nanaimo Women's Business NetworkNWBN is a place where you can connect with other business women for support, encouragement and empowerment.

The purpose of NWBN is to offer networking opportunities, inspire, educate, and motivate women to be the best they can be in their business and personal lives. A huge thank you to Shari Molchan for being a part of SOHO, looking forward to hearing you speak.

Membership available – click here.
Already a Member: Contact the NWBN team for your SOHO Nanaimo Promo Code

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nanaimowomensbusinessnetwork
Website: www.nanaimowbn.com
Promo Code: Contact the NWBN team for your SOHO Nanaimo promo code


Hub City Cinema SocietyHub City Cinema Society

The Hub City Cinema Society is a non-profit community organization based in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island run by filmmakers for filmmakers to connect, learn, and collaborate. We host a variety of events and services that foster a supportive community of passionate individuals that work together to create great entertainment and art.

Membership available – click here
Already a Member: Contact the HCCS team for your SOHO Nanaimo Promo Code

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hubcitycinema/
Website: http://www.hubcitycinema.ca/
You Tube: www.youtube.com/user/hubcitycinema
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hubcitycine
Promo Code: Contact the HCCS team for your SOHO Nanaimo promo code


Nanaimo Arts CouncilNanaimo Arts Council

The Nanaimo Arts Council provides opportunities for people to participate in creative activities through our programs and partnerships. We are the only arts organization in the community with a mandate to serve all forms of creative expression. Their mission is to be the catalyst for creative community.

Membership available – click here

Already a Member: Contact the NAC team for your SOHO Nanaimo Promo Code

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nanaimoartscouncil
Twitter: @NanArtsCouncil
Website: www.nanaimoartscouncil.ca
Instagram: www.instagram.com/nanaimoartscouncil
Promo Code: Contact the NAC team for your SOHO Nanaimo promo code