Nominations are open for the 2024 Small Business BC Awards - Learn More
Veuillez sélectionner la façon dont vous souhaitez voir nos options de langue française

Accédez la page d'accueil dédiée aux ressources en française de SBBC


Utilisez notre outil de traduction pour le site entier


Preparing Your Business for the Holidays

Preparing for Holiday Success

The holiday season is almost here, so how prepared is your business? If you’ve left some of your planning to the last minute, don’t worry. There are still plenty of small but highly effective steps you can take to set your business up for success.

To help, we’ve created some dedicated resources with quick wins and small tweaks you can make to maximize your chances for success.

Quick Ways You Can Prepare Your Business for the Holidays

Two small business owners share how they prepare for and make the most of the holiday season to drive sales year-round.

Learn More

How to Build Customer Loyalty During the Holidays

If you focus on customer service this holiday, your business can turn gift buyers and one-off purchasers into brand loyalists. Here are a few simple ways to build customer loyalty during busy times.

Learn More

Final Shipping Dates for the 2023 Holiday Season

Each year, it seems like the holidays come sooner and sooner. This year, be ahead of the game by knowing the final shipping dates to ensure packages and cards get delivered before December 25.

Learn More

How to Look After Your Mental Health During Busy Times

The holidays are coming, meaning demands on your time will increase as a business owner. Though it’s hard, prioritizing your mental health should be top of mind. Here’s some ways you can check in on yourself and look after your mental health.

Learn More

Key Holiday Shopping Dates for 2023

The holidays always seem to come before we know it. This year, why not be ahead of the curve, reduce stress, and make better plans by knowing the busiest shopping days, both online and in-store?

Learn More

Learn How Other Businesses Are Preparing

We start thinking about the holiday season in the Summer. We know it’s going to be busy. We also know there’s going to be weather events and flu season as well. We also know it’s a huge opportunity for us,

Learn how Smoking Gun Coffee Roasters in Chilliwack, BC, handles holiday preparation for their busiest season of the year.

Brandon Litun

Latte art featuring a snowman.

Be realistic about everyone’s limits (including your own!) and don’t be afraid to hire extra staff if needed. We have never regretted getting more help when we needed it.

We asked some of the awesome small businesses from our SBBC community for their thoughts on how to prepare for the holidays. Learn from their expertise and employ some of these tips in your business.

SBBC Community

Start-Up Resources

Get Started

Financing and Grants

Get Started

Growing Online

Get Started

Other Ways SBBC Can Help Your 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.

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!

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.