6 Tips for Writing an Effective Export Plan

Exporting offers almost limitless growth potential for Canadian small business, but before you start prepping your product for foreign shores, you need to craft a written strategic export plan. Exports represent a huge driver of the Canadian economy. In September 2017 alone, exporting amounted for CAD 43.6 billion in […]

Make Your Small Business More Eco-Friendly

Here on the West Coast, we’re known for being one of Canada’s most environmentally conscious provinces, but there’s still plenty of scope for improvement. BC businesses accumulated almost three million tonnes of waste in 2014, an increase of over seven per cent since 2012. Despite access to recycling, composting, […]

What’s Going on in December at Small Business BC?

The Holiday Season is often described as a time of giving, and there’s no better gift for your small business than the gift of education. This December we’re decking the halls of Small Business BC with a packed education calendar featuring 19 new and returning seminars and webinars, as well […]

How a Mentor Can Help Your Entrepreneurial Career

The ability to “be your own boss” is often cited as one of the most attractive aspects of entrepreneurship, but it can also raise problems for those new to the craft. Who do you turn to when you get stuck? How do you handle areas of business you don’t have […]

Brian Scudamore’s 5 Tips for Aspiring Franchise Owners

In 1989, Brian Scudamore, serial entrepreneur and founder of O2E Brands, was killing time waiting in line at a McDonald’s drive-thru. In the days before cell phones provided distraction, he happened to glance at a beaten up pickup truck advertising a junk removal service. Thinking it would make a […]

The 6 Benefits of Coworking Spaces

Escaping from the office rat race is often cited as one of the most attractive aspects of starting your own business. No more rush hour commutes, no meetings that drag on, and no more projects landing on your desk at 4:55 PM on a Friday. Working at home, or taking […]

A Bite-Size Look At BC’s Food Truck Industry

Take a stroll around any Farmer’s Market, Night Market, or festival in British Columbia, and you’ll immediately be struck by the variety of food trucks on-site. But, it’s an industry that’s still finding its feet in BC, with regulations and licensing slowly shifting to suit the needs of vendors. The […]

BC Wildfire Resources For Small Business

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the wildfires across British Columbia. During this difficult time, there are several resources available to business owners to help with managing the day-to-day situation, as well as planning for the rebuild. Below, we detail answers to some of the most common questions […]

Why Franchise Your Business for Growth?

Thinking of franchising your business? You can make the process as painless as possible by taking care of the following fundamentals.