On May 25th, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect across the EU, with global implications. Canadian organizations – from start-up to enterprise – that do business with the EU or have an online presence that markets to EU customers must ensure policies for managing EU-based […]
This May, gear up for the busy summer season ahead by taking advantage of the many educational options available at Small Business BC. As usual, there’s plenty going on at Waterfront Station this month, headlined by our Disaster Preparedness Week. Delivered in partnership with the Province of British Columbia and […]
Once Bill C-45 comes into force, B.C. consumers aged 19 and up will be able to purchase Cannabis legally. There will be two methods of purchasing cannabis: in stores, through provincially controlled or licensed retailers; or online, directly from a federally or provincially operated online platform. Cannabis legalization will […]
Your business plan is solid. Your product/service is in demand. You have the financial backing. And your work ethic is unquestioned. Anything missing? The reality is, if you sell a product or provide a service to your customers and get paid for it, you need small business insurance to protect […]
Going into business with a friend, family member or acquaintance can be a tempting proposition, but is it the right choice for your business idea and your relationship? When two or more people blend their skills, resources and connections to go into business, the resulting partnership can create a strong […]
Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the wildfires across British Columbia. During this difficult time, there are several resources available to business owners to help with managing the day-to-day situation, as well as planning for the rebuild. Below, we detail answers to some of the most common questions […]
Spring is the perfect excuse to hunker down and learn new skills for your small business. This month’s focus is on digital marketing, business planning, financing, understanding legalese and selling your business. So, what are you waiting for?
Hiring a lawyer is not always a necessity. However, at some point in your journey of being a small business owner, it is likely that you’ll need to seek legal advice.
As entrepreneurs start to think about expanding their product acquisition beyond Canada, they often find themselves trying to do it all on their own to save money. But international trade can be complicated. While some goods are easy to import and classify, others may require an advance ruling done […]
While most B.C. employers are aware that they have a legal duty to provide a discrimination-free work environment for their employees, many employers may not have a full appreciation of what that means in practice. Navigating competing rights and obligations can be complicated. Even the best intentioned employer can find […]