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Business Planning for Small Business

Many entrepreneurs write a business plan only when they need to secure start-up financing. However, your plan is far more than a document for banks and investors to read; it’s an invaluable roadmap for launching and growing your business.

In order to put your business concept on paper, you need to think through and research the many factors that are needed to make sure your business is a success. With a plan, not only can you spot potential weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, your plan can help you make informed decisions about your venture before you commit yourself legally or financially.

Download our Business Plan Checklist

So you have decided you want to run your own business, but have you started your business planning process? Start with Small Business BC’s Business Plan Checklist.

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Business Plan Consulting and Review Service

No matter what stage you’re at in the business planning process, our review service can keep you on course for success. Currently 50% courtesy of a subsidy from Fortis BC.

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Download Our Free Business Plan Template

Our business plan template allows you to map sales forecasts, project costs, coordinate marketing and determine an optimal financing request all in one simple easy to use tool.

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Hear from clients, meet our team and more


Hear from Ruby and Kuljit Rakhra of Takasa about how Laura Aveledo, our business plan advisor, helped them hone in on their unique selling point, focus on market research and their marketing plan to achieve their vision of starting a socially and environmentally responsible retail business.

The Garden Strathcona + More

Hear how several SBBC Business Plan clients have navigated the unique challenges of their industries and achieved success.

Business Planning Webinars

TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Tuesday, January 25 9:00am to 12:00pm

Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, January 26 9:00am to 12:30pm

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, January 26 9:00am to 4:00pm

Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

Tuesday, February 8 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Business Planning Series Package

Tuesday, February 8 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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