The Sunshine Coast hosts very few large businesses, but is proving to be an ideal “incubator” location for small and medium sized and start-up enterprises. Its traditional resource-based economy (forestry, marine industry and gravel extraction) remains strong, although the profile has changed in recent years along with the industries themselves.
Currently, tourism and the service sectors are experiencing strong growth and this trend is expected to continue.
Five years ago Persephone Brewing and Beer Farm opened the craft beer industry on the Lower Coast (Powell River’s Townsite Brewing had opened just a few years previously). Its strong growth now anchors the Coast’s Ale Trail, as 2017 saw two new craft breweries open their doors in Gibsons (Gibsons Tapworks and 101 Brewhouse and Distillery) while Brickhouse Cidery began production in Sechelt. These industries are drawing a new workforce of young entrepreneurs and skilled artisans to the community.
It’s an exciting time to be building a business on the Sunshine Coast.
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