More than 614,000 individuals of working age in British Columbia have a disability. Not all of these disabilities are visible outwardly, initially, or in ways one might assume. Despite comparable education and skill sets, these talented and diverse people represent an important talent pool that remains under-represented and overlooked in our workforce. When you prioritize accessibility in the workplace, you access the ability of thousands of skilled individuals who can help your business grow.
At Small Business BC, we’re proud to be a diverse and accessible employer. Through our partnership with the Presidents Group (Accessible Employers), learn how SBBC encourages and uplifts our team through the inspiring stories of Roop Johal, Business Development & Sponsorship Manager and Tom Conway, our CEO.
Our goal is to make SBBC’s educational resources as widely accessible as possible, while acknowledging we still have progress to make in providing barrier-free access to education year-round for this underserved community.
Catch Up On Our Accessibility Month Webinar Recordings
If you missed out on Accessibility Month 2022, we’ve got you covered. Watch recordings of three of our most popular webinars accompanied by closed captioning.
The Workplace Accessibility Grant program provides direct supports of up to $2,500 to small business employers in British Columbia by providing direct financial assistance towards creating an inclusive work environment for persons with a disability(ies).
How to Remove Barriers for People with Disabilities in Your Business
Check out the recording of our recent webinar on best practices in removing barriers for people with disabilities in the workplace. This webinar was delivered in partnership with the Presidents Group (Accessible Employers).
Are you an entrepreneur and self-identify with a disability or ongoing health condition? EDP through Community Futures can provide financial assistance to cover the cost of Small Business BC’s advisory or education fees.
Our company culture has only benefited from hiring someone with a disability. They provide a wonderful new outlook on the positions we have created and help our team grow in many different ways
Katie Gamble is the founder of Nature Bee, an award-winning small business based on Vancouver Island. As her company has grown, Katie has prioritized the creation of an accessible workplace. Learn how Nature Bee is benefitting from their position as an accessible employer.
The process of making gave me that fulfillment that I was doing something worthwhile and not letting blindness stop me
Eliana Fragrance is a Vancouver-based candle company that produces beautifully scented, small batch soy candles. Learn how Laetitia Mfamobani, a blind entrepreneur, started and grew her small business.
When we designed The Alinker, we wanted to make something so cool that it overcomes the discomfort other people have with disability
The Alinker is a non-motorized walking bike without pedals. It’s designed for anyone who wants to maintain an active life regardless of their movement abilities or disabilities. Hear the story of founder, Barbara Alink, and why she's passionate about creating a more accessible world for those with disabilities.
Small Business BC provides practical business education tailored for small businesses right here in BC. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC is here to help. View our full calendar of business education.
Starting a business? Start with Small Business BC’s comprehensive list of free downloadable resources. We’ve got everything covered, from business plan templates, cash flow forecasting and our starting a business checklist. View Resources.
Our self-directed E-Learning courses are available anytime, anywhere. Each on-demand course consists of bite-sized topics filled with features like readings, handouts, videos and quizzes. Discover our range of E-Learning education today.
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.