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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. Here’s how Small Business BC can help you prepare your business plan.

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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Watch our Writing a Business Plan Webinar Recording

Hear from SBBC Business Plan Advisor, John Baxter, as he shares his expertise on how to approach writing a business plan.

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Province of BC - Business Structures Wizard Tool

One of your most important early decisions when starting a new business is your choice of business structure. Use the Province of BC’s handy tool to compare your options and determine the best fit for your needs.

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Creating an Accessible Workplace

Discover tips, resources and best practices for creating a workplace that’s accessible to those with disabilities.

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Hear from Business Plan Clients

Our Advisor asked probing questions about things like inventory, marketing expenses and sales forecasts – it made us recalculate our assumptions and made sure we realized our potential.

Discover how SBBC's Business Plan Advisory service helped Takasa hone in on their unique selling point to achieve their vision of starting a socially and environmentally responsible retail business.


Working with a Business Plan Advisor really helped me understand what was coming down the line six months, and a year from now

Hear how several SBBC Business Plan clients, including The Garden Strathcona, have navigated the unique challenges of their industries and achieved success.

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Other Ways Small Business BC Can Help Your Business

Read our simplified guide to each area of the start-up experience, highlighting the services and help you can lean on to achieve your goals.

10 Step Guide to Starting a Business

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.

Sign up for Small Business BC’s newsletter and be the first to discover our latest news, special offers, and practical resources for your small business. Sign up now, it’s free and easy!

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.

Join our free online hub of BC-based small businesses and reach a province-wide audience of engaged customers that are passionate about small business. Sign up now.

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.

Start Grow, and Expand Your Business

The Western Canada Business Service Network (WCBSN) is a group of independent organizations that receive WD funds to help Western Canadians start, grow and expand their businesses.

Accelerated Growth Service

The Accelerated Growth Service (AGS) helps growth-oriented Canadian businesses to expand by helping them access the key government services they need to grow, such as financing, exporting, innovation and business advice.

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.