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Resources for 2SLGBTQI+ Entrepreneurs

If you’re a 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneur, welcome! Small Business BC is a safe space for everyone – regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. We’re British Columbia’s largest resource centre for entrepreneurs, and we’re here to help you find success – whatever that means for you and your business.

Canada has a long track record of 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurship. In fact, recent estimates put the number of 2SLGBTQI+ owned businesses at over 100,000. No matter what stage of the journey you’re at, or problem you encounter, we’ve got the supports and resources your business needs.

Read on to discover some of the ways we can help. If you don’t find answers to your question, contact us and our business advisors can help you untangle the knot.

Pride 2024 - A Message from SBBC CEO, Tom Conway

Small Business BC CEO Tom Conway celebrates 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurs for Pride 2024.

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Find Business Resources For 2SLGBTQI+ Entrepreneurs

Find out more about the organizations, programs and opportunities available to 2SLGBTQI+ owned businesses in British Columbia.

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Why Getting Rainbow Registered Is Good for Business

Discover Canada’s Rainbow Registered program and learn how you can create more welcoming and accepting spaces for 2SLGBTQI+ customers and staff.

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Pride in our Community

We felt like a project of this type has been needed in our community for many years. Pride hasn’t had really bold representation in Salmon Arm and it was time to change that.

Pride Festivals aren't just the preserve of big cities. Learn how the Salmon Arm Pride Project is adding a splash of colour to the Shuswap and celebrating the diverse individuals who call this beautiful region home.

Salmon Arm Pride Project

Salmon Arm Pride Project

Being queer gives us an advantage, because everyone in this lovely community just wants to support each other.

PHRSH is an inclusive Queer clothing brand based in Vancouver, BC. Learn how founder, Diane Shaher, started and grew this awesome business that's built on representation.

Diane Shaher, PHRSH Threads

PHRSH Threads

Meet Lucian and Nick, Rain City Dogs

Rain City Dogs is a Vancouver-based dog walking company that’s making waves across Canada. Learn more about this Indigenous (Métis), and 2SLGBTQI+ owned business.

Lucian and Nick, Rain City Dogs

Rain City Dogs

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is don’t be scared to ask for help. I’ve been blown away by how helpful people are when I’ve reached out.

Nicole Ling is the founder of Nima Apparel, a queer-owned small business that manufactures stylish and functional scrubs for healthcare workers. Learn how Nicole left a career in accounting to launch this passion project and grow it to success.

Nicole Ling, Nima Apparel

How 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.

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.

This page has been created in partnership with CGLCC, Canada's 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce

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.