Where are you with your Small Business?
For the last eleven years October 1st has signified the start of the Small Business BC Awards. The awards recognize the outstanding achievements to BC’s entrepreneurs and celebrate the contribution they make to both their local community and the global economy. The awards have a simple four-stage process, with rewards at every step.
Succession planning is something seldom thought about by small business owners. In fact a recent survey conducted by Insights West, on behalf of Small Business BC found that less than one-quarter of small business owners currently have a succession plan, while over one-third do not believe it is important. Why?
The things we say to ourselves can be pretty disheartening sometimes. Especially when it comes to asking for help. In business, many perceive asking for help as a sign of weakness, but it is a natural part of life. From birth to young adulthood we’ve had parents, teachers or friends who have guided us along our path.
A collection of step by step guides.
- How to Choose and Register an Effective Domain Name
- How To Write a Business Plan
- How to Import Commercial Goods into Canada
- How to Export Commercial Goods into New International...
- How to Evaluate Your Business Idea
- Launching Your Website: A Guide to Going Online
- How to Finance Your Start-up Business
- How to Start Your Business: Your Legal Requirements
- How to Hire Your First Employee
From the blog
Posted by: Manpreet Dhillon
Let’s face it: we live in a society where we constantly hear about cultural diversity, the ethnic vote, South Asian, Asian, Aboriginal and the list goes on. Many times, we choose to ignore these labels; other times, we feel angry about them. And then there are the times when we learn to live with it. Culture, gender, family, society and belief systems influence us as individuals. All these influences help shape our identity.
Posted by: Lorna Van Straaten
So you have taken the plunge and are the proud owner of a new business. Now, along with managing your business you have to find clients or customers. That means you need to let people know that your business exists and what you do.
Not everyone is a natural marketer. How can you advertise your start up effectively, and spend as little as possible doing it?
Posted by: Rob McGarry
Having been involved in three hardware start-up/exit cycles over the past 20 years, Robert McGarry has learned that there are always funding gaps that must be filled along the way.The good news is that there are numerous government programs that can help top up these funds and also offer expertise to help you succeed. The bad news is that it can be very difficult to wade through the options to find the right program and the right person to talk to.