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Small Business BC helps British Columbia’s entrepreneurs grow successful and sustainable businesses through expert business advisors, educational services, easy-to-use free resources and engaging community events.

Please Note: The Small Business BC office remains closed to in-person visits at this time. All of our services remain available remotely.

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Upcoming Business Education

Small Business BC provides practical business seminars and online education to develop your business skills and strategy to run a successful business.

Exporting for Artisans

Tuesday, March 9 9:30am to 11:00am

Exporting for Artisans

As an artisan in B.C., have you ever wondered what it would be like to export your craft to another province or country? You can respond to global enquiries by discovering how to start exporting. Learn the basics from shipping terms to regulations and grow your sales beyond B.C. in […]

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:30am to 11:00am Free
1.5 Hours Seminar Webinar
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The New Art of Selling

Wednesday, March 10 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The New Art of Selling

2020 has been a year of change. Human interactions have rapidly shifted to socially distant, online environments and many businesses have had to pivot the new COVID economy. One of the biggest changes companies have had to adjust to is how to achieve sales in this quickly changing world. Join […]

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:00pm to 2:30pm $49
1.5 hours Seminar Webinar
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Mythbusting Government Procurement

Thursday, March 11 10:30am to 12:00pm

Mythbusting Government Procurement

Each year, the Government of Canada spends $15-20 billion in procuring goods and services. While you may think they only deal with big companies, many of these contracts are awarded to small businesses across Canada. Small businesses just like yours! Interested in learning more? Let us help you decide if […]

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Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
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Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, March 15 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Creating a Website for Your Business

Wondering how to make a website? Thanks to platforms like WordPress, Shopify and Squarespace, it’s not as difficult as you think. Our Creating a Website for Your Business seminar will guide you through the basics.

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Monday, March 15, 2021 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours Seminar Webinar
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Your Business Community is Strong

Did you know you can access free tools and resources to help you write your business plan?

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Did you know you can access a free personalized list of government financing programs for your business?

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Did you know we offer a variety of webinars that also include access to a recording for 7 days after the live session?

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Did you know 98% of all businesses operating in British Columbia are classified as small businesses?

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Did you know that businesses commonly fail due to having no market for their idea? Market research can help validate your idea and reduce your risk of failure.

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Did you know Small Business BC has conference rooms available for rent?

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Did you know you can start a business in B.C. even if you're not Canadian?

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Did you know you can book a free introductory business advisory session to speak with us about your business idea?

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Did you know we can also help you with a corporate search over the phone?

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Did you know that the type of business structure that you choose will have different legal implications? A lawyer can help you understand these considerations.

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Did you know that third party reviewed business plans have a higher chance of getting approved for financing from a bank?

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Did you know you can access free market research at a neighbourhood level?

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Did you know you can access free, personalized, one-on-one advice to help your business get export ready?

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Did you know most municipalities in British Columbia require you to obtain a business license to operate your business?

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Did you know that if you own an incorporated business in BC, you’re required to file an annual report within two months of your company’s anniversary date, to confirm your corporation is active?

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Did you know that we can help you replace your registration documents if you've lost them?

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Did you know that you are required to register your business for GST if your gross annual revenue exceeds $30,000?

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Did you know you can access free resources for statistical information for Canada and BC?

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Did you know that entrepreneurs can claim a variety of business expenses which can help bring down the amount of tax that needs to be paid?

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Did you know that there are great digital marketing tools available to help you maximize the return on your marketing spend?

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Did you know that as a corporation or employer, you must register your business for workers compensation coverage?

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Did you know that one in four manufacturing jobs depends on exports?

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Many Canadian companies think that exporting is too risky. With appropriate coaching and guidance exporters can minimize risk.

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Free Virtual Event Build. Grow. Thrive. Returns on November 18th

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A great starting point for all interested to do business in BC. Their wealth of knowledge and the amount of caring for your business to succeed works like magic! Dana F., Webinar Attendee

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Find Business Resources and Support for Indigenous Peoples

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Meet Mike Willie, Sea Wolf Adventures

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If you need to gather experience with the knowledge you have to get to Small Business BC. Leonardo D., Seminar Attendee

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