Announcing the 2019 Small Business BC Awards and Open for Business Awards

For the last 16 years, the Small Business BC Awards have recognized the contributions and achievements of BC small business owners. In our province, small business is big business. In fact, 98% of all businesses operating in British Columbia are classified as small businesses. These entrepreneurs form the backbone of […]

How to Create an Age-Friendly Business

By 2021, Canada’s senior population is projected to exceed the number of children aged 14 and under for the first time ever. In British Columbia, over 650,000 residents are aged 65 and over. This vibrant and active group not only has a lot of purchasing power, they’ve also got […]

7 Things to Consider Before Starting a Small Business

Entrepreneurs continue to be the driving force behind the economy of British Columbia. Small business represents a remarkable 98 per cent of all business in the province, employing over one million people in the process. With incubator programs, grants, and support from services like Small Business BC, there’s never been […]

Staying Productive in an Open Office

Open offices, the hotbed for procrastination and the design of doom for the eternally distracted. Dating back to the 1950s, the original aim of the open office was to instill a sense of cross learning and collaboration with open space, large plants, and traditional furniture. Somehow, offices across the globe […]

The Biggest Fear of Selling Your Business

You will be hard-pressed to find a business owner who doesn’t love what they do. It’s a remarkable feeling to immerse yourself in an industry that you’re passionate about. Those feelings of pride are only enhanced when you turn that passion into a solid cash flow. However, being a business […]

Join Small Business BC for INSPIRE 2018 on October 1

Entrepreneurship exists where intelligence and creativity meet. All that’s needed is a little inspiration. Luckily, we’ve got just the right event for you! Small Business BC is thrilled to announce the return of INSPIRE, an event featuring an evening of networking, celebration and education taking place October 1, 2018 […]

Are You Thinking of Selling Your Business?

Selling your business is one of the most important decisions you’ll face as an entrepreneur. You’ve spent long hours building it into a viable enterprise. And, with a little preparation, you can increase your business’ value and make sure you get the best sale price. Below, we examine the different […]

10 Energy Saving Tips for Small Business Owners

Are you a small business owner struggling with the high cost of electricity? Are you motivated to lower your power bills but are uncertain which upgrades will bring a return on your investment?  You’re not alone! As small business owners, we understand the critical importance of keeping costs under control. […]

My Experience with Requests For Proposals

The e-mail pops into your inbox. It’s three weeks after you sweated through that Request for Proposal (RFP) response and you can see it’s from the requesting organization. You worked so hard on it, agonized over the fees to make sure you were very competitive, spent long hours making sure […]

5 Steps You Should Be Taking to Protect Your Business

You’ve done it! You are now a business owner. But what’s next? The time and financial investment you have put into making your dream a reality is extremely valuable. So what steps should you be taking to ensure you protect your business? The following steps will help your business operate […]