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About Small Business BC

A Non-Profit Resource for British Columbia’s Small Business Community

A Champion for British Columbia’s Small Business Community

British Columbians possess an entrepreneurial flair unmatched across Canada. In fact, 98 per cent of business in our province is small business. Small Business BC is the premier resource centre for these entrepreneurs. We are a non-profit organization that exists to help BC entrepreneurs start and grow their own businesses. Like the entrepreneurs we serve, we are a small business made up of a small and mighty team with a passion for entrepreneurship.

History

Over 30 years ago, Expo ’86 brought the world to British Columbia highlighting the opportunities and potential that existed in our Province. To help avail of this changing business landscape, the Province of British Columbia created a Provincial agency to help entrepreneurs get off the ground. In 2002, Small Business BC was established out of this agency, standing as an independent, forward-facing non-profit. Since then, we have transitioned with the times to build a roster of products and services designed to equip entrepreneurs with the skills needed to thrive in our digital world.

In any given quarter, Small Business BC can serve almost two hundred and fifty thousand clients via our website, in person, or over the phone. Our presence creates a tangible, positive resource within a province that ranks first in Canada in terms of small businesses per capita.

How Small Business BC Helps Entrepreneurs

It’s often said entrepreneurship can be a lonely endeavour. Small Business BC exists to provide support throughout the process. From starting a business, to building resiliency and long-term growth, when an entrepreneur decides to start a business, we are standing by with the products, services and advice they need to achieve their business goals. Our range of supports includes free resources like our business plan template, to seminars/webinars, one-on-one expert advisories and programs we administer such as Bizmap and Export Navigator. Unsure of where to start? Book our free 30-minute advisory and learn the programs, resources and supports available to BC entrepreneurs. Learn more about the impact of Small Business BC.

Our Mission and Vision

SBBC supports British Columbia’s entrepreneurs to start and grow successful and resilient businesses through expert business advisors, educational services, high-value, innovative and professional resources and engaging community events.

Our vision for achieving this is by empowering entrepreneurs and contributing to the economy in every community throughout British Columbia with the resources and skills that fuel innovation, sustainability, and growth.

Our Values

  1. Entrepreneur Focused: We proactively provide programs and individualized services that exceed the expectations of business owners and startups.
  2. Integrity: We are honest and forthright. We act ethically and deliver what we promise.
  3. Diversity and Inclusion: We strive to create an open, accessible, inclusive, and equitable environment in which every individual has the opportunity to flourish.
  4. Collaborative Partnerships: We advocate and collaborate with individuals and organizations to meet the business owner and startup needs.
  5. Innovation and Excellence: We are constantly improving, pursuing excellence in all we do to be the preeminent business service provider in British Columbia.
  6. Community Oriented: We are an active member and vital part of the communities we serve.
  7. Wellness: Pursuing a balanced, healthy and fulfilling life.
  8. Stewardship: We manage all SBBC resources effectively and transparently.

Our Service Guarantee

Small Business BC is committed to providing the highest levels of customer service to our clients. Our team is invested in your success and nothing gives us greater pleasure than seeing your business idea come to life.

If, for any reason, you’re not satisfied with the service you receive, we encourage you to let us know and we will do our best to correct the issue promptly.

Our Partners

Our core services are provided in partnership with Western Economic Diversification Canada and Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness. Through strategic partnerships with public and private sector organizations like WorkSafeBC, we can refine our product offerings to match the ever-changing needs of our small business community.

Our Annual Reports

Small Business BC is founded on the belief small business owners need ready access to relevant information, appropriate tools and resources to achieve their long-term goals. This foundational principle is not possible without the valuable contributions of our committed board members, volunteers, knowledgeable staff, contractors and partners. To find out more about Small Business BC, please refer to our annual reports.

Board of Directors

Small Business BC's Board of Directors ensures our organization efficiently delivers our strategic mandate. Get to know Small Business BC's Board of Directors and discover available openings.

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SBBC Staff

At Small Business BC, our team are passionate champions for British Columbia's small business community. Meet the faces behind the names and learn about the services they offer.

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Co-op at SBBC

Small Business BC's Co-op Program aims to harness the next generation of entrepreneurs through fulfilling and rewarding placements. Discover how our Co-op Program works.

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Working at SBBC

What's it like to work at Small Business BC? Discover more about our exciting work environment and how our staff make a difference for entrepreneurs around our province.

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We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.