Doing business in the Town of Carman and RM of Dufferin is about more than buying industrial property – it’s also about joining a growing community of companies who have taken up residence in our designated industrial zones and are reaping the benefits of entering into a community that provides you with everything you need for success.
Here are just a few of the features and benefits of working in Carman.
The Town of Carman and RM of Dufferin make up the agricultural hub of Manitoba. Every major crop grown in Western Canada is represented here, and a variety of agricultural services – including soil fertility, implement dealerships, chemical dealers, veterinarians, grain marketing services, aerial chemical applicators, a feed mill, a transportation equipment manufacturer, among many others – support them. Numerous livestock operations, a greenhouse and commercial tree nursery are also nearby.
The area’s unique geographic advantages have also prompted several large agricultural, chemical and seed companies to set up bases in Carman, as well as several research farms – including the Soil & Crops branch of Manitoba Agriculture, and the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agriculture & Food Science – putting our community on the map as a Canadian agricultural powerhouse.
The Town of Carman and RM of Dufferin’s industrial parks and business base is growing steadily, aided by low overhead, low taxes, affordable services and an eager labour force. Many businesses benefit from close proximity to Winnipeg and the U.S. border, connectivity with major transportation networks, and location in the heart of a progressive farming region.
Carman may be small, but don’t let that fool you. It offers a host of services and amenities that are comparable to those of a larger locale. These include:
Shopping and other retail services also reflect Carman’s modern outlook. From clothing, groceries and hardware to nurseries and golf supplies, it’s all here. In fact, there are many businesses that are not usually found in a community of Carman’s size including professional photographers, a self-storage facility, computer repair, travel agencies, legal firms and many specialty stores. If you can’t find what you want, local merchants do their best to get it for you.
The Town of Carman’s ideal size means healthcare and education professionals can offer the personal touch that’s often sought after in larger communities. The 25-bed Carman Memorial Hospital, located on the south edge of town, is served by five doctors and a staff of 65. The community also includes: two medical clinics, three dental clinics, an optometrist, two chiropractic services, a denturist, physiotherapists, massage therapists and a foot care service.
Carman is home to the Prairie Rose School Division, which administers kindergarten-to-Grade 12 public schools, while the Dufferin Christian School administers private kindergarten-to-Grade 12 schooling affiliated with the Canadian Reformed Church. The town also offers an outstanding nursery school program, various childcare centres, and licensed home-based daycares. The Midland Adult Education Centre is located in Carman and runs educational programming for adults in the community.
From stately character homes and modern bungalows, to elegant split-levels, apartments and seniors’ complexes, the Town of Carman offers a full spectrum of housing choices and low-cost rental options. Whatever your family’s size and style, there’s a home in our community for you.
Do you need help finding financing for your small business? Entrepreneurship Manitoba and Community Futures Heartland offer information about financial programs available to business owners and entrepreneurs. These financial programs are in the form of loans and guarantees, grants, tax credits, wage subsidies and equity contributions. This information can help you determine what financial programs may be available to help you start or grow your business in Carman.
Carman’s EDO seeks to improve the economic well being and quality of life for residents and businesses by creating and retaining jobs, and supporting and growing incomes and the tax base. The Director of Economic Development is very willing to help your business in whatever capacity possible. The local businesses are what keep the town and the municipality active and thriving. Please don’t hesitate to call or drop by our office in the Memorial Hall.