Indigenous Small Business Resources

This handout provides information on small business start-up and growth support services tailored to Indigenous entrepreneurs and small business owner needs. The list of services is not exhaustive, but it identifies resources to support all aspects of business start-up and growth.

Confused? Follow These 7 Steps to Business Planning Success

As a Business Planning Advisor, I meet with lots of entrepreneurs full of ideas and energy. They’re always excited to share their dreams and vision for their business. But when I dig a bit deeper and ask questions about how they’ll accomplish their goals, I often hear responses like, “I […]

3 Signs You’re Ready to Productize Your Services

If you’ve noticed the proliferation of online courses, products and programs lately, you may be feeling the pressure to have a digital product to sell. In the last decade of working with online business owners, I’ve had the privilege of seeing behind the scenes of countless online product launches, including […]

Confessions of a Solopreneur

The first time I jumped head-first into being self-employed, I did it without a game plan. Frustrated and struggling to grasp everything I needed to learn about managing myself and a business, I realized much of my suffering could have been be avoided. I’ve collected some business secrets over the […]

What to Charge as a Freelancer

One of the biggest challenges that freelancers face is determining what to charge for their services. Many factors can influence what you ultimately bill your client, such as the quality of your work, what your competitors are charging and your perceived value in the marketplace. Your cost of doing business […]

Do I Have to Be Canadian to Start a Business in B.C.?

If you’re wondering whether you can start a business in British Columbia if you’re not Canadian, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to sort through government regulations to find the answer to this frequently asked question. But it’s essential you know what you can and cannot do when it […]

No, Business Plans Aren’t Dead – So Write a Good One

There’s some debate about whether business plans should go the way of the dodo, or whether they’re essential to business success. But when you face the facts, it’s obvious that business plans aren’t dead. Banks need them before granting a loan, and potential partners or investors often want them as […]

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Youth Business Innovative Idea Startups (Youth BiiS)

The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Youth Business Innovative Idea Startups (Youth BiiS) Program is an initiative funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-BC Job Fund to empower eligible young adults between 18 and 29 in their process for self-employment / business start-up in Metro Vancouver. Youth BiiS provides free business coaching for young […]

Rebuilding Your Business in BC and Across Canada

Making the decision to move from a foreign country to BC or elsewhere in Canada can be both exciting and overwhelming – especially if you are an entrepreneur with hopes of rebuilding your business outside your country of origin. You worked hard attaining higher education and or developing your business […]