Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join the Comox Valley Small Business Association?
Answer: Membership is open to any individual or business that operates, is interested in operating, or has ever operated, a home-based  or small business. The cost of an annual membership (effective June 2013) is $95. If you own more than one home-based or small  business, an ‘additional business membership’ may be purchased for 50% of the cost of a full membership ($47.50). Note, however, that individuals/businesses holding more than one membership are only entitled to one vote. If you have questions, please feel free to contact our membership director.
What are the advantages of membership in the CVSBA?
Answer: The Comox Valley Small  Business Association provides a place to meet like-minded individuals and to exchange essential strategies before and after each general meeting. The meetings provide valuable information for home-based and small businesses and are designed to encourage and assist members in their professional growth. The CVSBA also helps to replace the social setting lost when an individual works from their home.
Do I have to attend a lot of meetings?
Answer: Members may attend as many or as few meetings as they want. However, members are encouraged to participate in monthly meetings in order to promote their businesses, to learn from each other, and to share business experiences. Members are also encouraged to participate in the many networking and social functions organized by the Small Business Association.
Where and when are your meetings held?

Answer: Meetings are held at the Filberg Centre (below the Sid Williams) in the Evergreen Room at the corner of Cliffe Avenue and 5th Street with plenty of free parking.  We meet the first and third Thursdays of each month, September through June.  We don’t have a formal meeting in December of over the summer, but do plan fun social events as a group.

Are there any tax advantages to operating a home-based business?
Answer: There may be many tax advantages to operating your business from at home. They may include deducting a portion of your mortgage and utility expenses, your computer and computer related costs, your household cleaning costs and even some of your child/elder care costs. However, before you decide to deduct any expense related to a home-based business it is important that you consult an accountant to discuss the possible ramifications of those deductions.
What government regulations should I be aware of?
Answer: Each level of government, provincial, regional and municipal has its own regulations and you must comply with the regulations in the area(s) where you conduct business.  You must comply with required licensing, areas designated on your property for home-based business, the amount of space allowed, parking, the number of deliver vehicles allowed per week, and the type and size of signage, to name a few. Consult a specialist such as Invest Comox Valley.
How can I learn more?

Answer: We actively encourage and invite guests to attend our regular Membership Meetings. If you are running, or even considering starting a small business, please feel free to come out to a meeting or two. Get to see more of what we are about and meet some of our members. We are confident that you will see the value of membership with the SBA after only a meeting or two.

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