Virtual Commuter and Creative Class

Hope has a higher than average number of self-employed workers (18%) compared to the rest of British Columbia (13%).  Our location adjacent to larger centres is well-suited to entrepreneurs in the creative and professional class who are looking for a high quality of life in addition to easy access to a large market share and large client base.

Technology is changing the professional landscape.  There is an increasing number of businesses that can headquarter almost anywhere and still serve their clientele through virtual services.  Whether you are moving your business or launching a start-up, Hope has a lot to offer.

Reasons to Telecommute from Hope

  • Reduce your commute:  less time in the car contributes to an improved quality of life
  • High speed fibre optic internet:  some of the fastest internet service in the province
  • Easy access to market share:  95 000 people within 53km, 2.5 million people within 150km
  • Work/life balance:  why drive to your outdoor playground on the weekend when you can live here instead?
  • Raise a family:  safe neighbourhoods, small class sizes, excellent parks and playgrounds, accessible Recreation Centre
  • Feel connected to your community:  have the opportunity to actually get to know your neighbours

 

Currently, 9% of the workforce in British Columbia telecommutes to their work place.  Many skilled professionals can choose to work from anywhere in the world.  High speed fibre optic internet service has paved the way for professionals in Hope to enjoy a small town lifestyle while pursuing their professional careers.

Fibre Optic Internet

Hope is a pilot community for Telus high speed fibre optic internet service.  According to their website, “Telus is building a new network made from flexible, transparent fibres of glass that are slightly thicker than a strand of hair.  These fibres transmit data as pulses of light, which allows large amounts of information to be sent to your home or business at close to the speed of light.”

Regulations and Licensing for Entrepreneurs and Virtual Commuters

Form and Character Development Permits are not required for high-tech industry related developments as this is a community identified targeted sector.  All other development requirements for commercial property applies.

Even if your business is home-based, there are still requirements to operate.  Considerations include zoning, acquiring a District of Hope (of Mobile) business license, and income tax reporting to Canada Revenue Agency.

Corporate Services Available

Location, location, location.  Hope provides easy access to the city for those days when you need to meet your market directly.

Being conveniently located halfway between Metro Vancouver and Kamloops/Kelowna makes Hope a natural place to meet with clients from across the coast/interior.

There are plenty of options for inviting business to meet you in Hope.  Project partners, consultants, contractors, and clients can all meet you in Hope for a round of golf, a lunch meeting, a board meeting, or a corporate retreat.

Meeting Space for Rent

Hope has a number of meeting rooms available for rent.  Whether you’re looking for a one-on-one meeting with a client or wanting to host an annual strategy session, you can find a space in Hope.  A number of local restaurants welcome corporate gatherings and local churches with halls will often rent to corporate users.  The following is not an exhaustive list of traditional meeting/event space available for rent.  Please contact venues directly for rental rates and booking information.

Free Rein Associates – 895 3rd Avenue

  • 2 board rooms
  • co-work space
  • AV equipment for presentations
  • kitchen access

 

Hope Golf Club – 900 Golf Course Road

  • Outdoor event space
  • Conference room / event space
  • kitchen access
  • licensed bar
  • on-site catering

 

Recreation Centre (Hope) – 1005 6th Avenue

  • Mezzanine
  • Meeting space
  • Conference room / event space
  • AV equipment for presentations
  • kitchen access

 

FVRD Regional Airpark Flight Centre – 62720 Airport Road

  • Meeting and event space

 

Hope Library – 1005 6th Avenue

  • Workspace
  • Small meeting space

 

Catering

Many of our local restaurants provide mobile catering services for any size group.  If you have a favourite food establishment in mind, it is always a good idea to contact them directly to see if they can accommodate your mobile food needs.

The following restaurants actively advertise as caterers:

Owl Street Cafe

  • Mobile catering services to your meeting site

 

Hope Golf Club

  • Provides catering for events at the club