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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Every Business is as Unique as You Are

Small Business BC is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that empowers entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to thrive and succeed.

Full SBBC DEI Statement:

Small Business BC is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) environment that fosters a sense of belonging for all community members. We believe that every person, regardless of their background or identity, should feel valued, supported, and empowered to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

As stewards of British Columbia’s small business community, we recognize the importance of listening to and learning from diverse perspectives. We strive to create a space where all voices are heard and everyone can contribute to the conversation. We aim to build trust and strengthen relationships with our community by fostering an environment of authenticity and sincerity.

We acknowledge that feeling supported, represented, and worthy is essential for everyone’s well-being. We strive to be a source of guidance and motivation for our community by providing expert advice and practical solutions. We encourage and inspire you to reach your full potential by providing business resources tailored to your unique needs. We believe that by working together and sharing our experiences, we can create a shared understanding for building a stronger, more resilient business community.

Meet Clavia

Clavia self-identifies as a woman, Latina, immigrant and entrepreneur. Building her life in British Columbia, Clavia founded Up Pet, a small business creating upcycled, sustainable and eco-friendly pet clothing. Newcomers face unique additional challenges, like the language barriers Clavia faced, and often starting a business is done out of necessity. This is why we believe it’s important to share your stories in your words. Not all stories sound the same.

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Read Clavia's Inspiring Story

“It’s not easy for me to expose myself in English, it’s not easy to show my most vulnerable side of not feeling fully myself in another language”. 

Learn More about Clavia’s business and personal story.

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Find Your Community

We understand every entrepreneur is different, and every entrepreneurial journey is unique. No matter where you start, SBBC is here to walk your path with you by providing the resources, support and inspiration you need along the journey.

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Resources for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Where We All Belong is a 3-year diversity and inclusion strategy for the BC Public Service. It ensures they reflect our province and include Indigenous peoples, minority communities, immigrants, persons with disabilities and the LGBTQ2S+ community.

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Learn essential tips and best practices for creating diverse and equitable workplaces.

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Find resources, recommended reading and guides from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

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Further reading and dedicated resources for crafting your DEI policies.

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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.