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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.

Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

Market Research takes the guesswork out of making business decisions. Find out where you can find the data you need to succeed in this interactive and fun seminar.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours Seminar Webinar
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Market Research for Your Business Package

Tuesday, January 19 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Market Research for Your Business Package

This two-seminar Market Research package will equip you with the data tools you need to find and interpret primary and secondary market research.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:00pm to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours Seminar Webinar
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, January 20 9:00am to 12:30pm

Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Starting a business is one of the most exciting decisions a person can make in their life. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you need to get it off the ground with Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours Seminar Webinar
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, January 20 9:00am to 4:00pm

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package offers a step-by-step guide to starting your business right. This package includes two seminars presented by several industry experts.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:00am to 4:00pm $49
6 Hours Seminar Webinar
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Receive Tailored 1-on-1 Advice for Your Business with Our Experts

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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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If you are thinking about starting a business, go talk with Small Business BC first. They have guidance, seminars and resources on almost every aspect that will allow you to move forward, informed. Margo M., Seminar 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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An amazing resource - more people should be made aware of the service SBBC is providing. Susan D., Webinar Attendee

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