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Business Checklists

Looking to start, grow or even exit a business? No matter what stage of the journey your business is at, use our free business checklists, how-to guides and resources to achieve your business goals.

Starting Your Business Checklist

Want to start a sole proprietorship or partnership in British Columbia and not sure where to start? Download our Starting Your Business Checklist and find out the key steps you should take to start your small business.


BC Starting a Small Business Guide

This easy to reference guide offers a basic roadmap for planning and starting a small business. It provides essential information as well as links to additional resources to help ensure that your new business is successful.


Business Plan Checklist

Download Small Business BC’s Business Plan Checklist and find out the eight key core components of a business plan and advice on the information you should include in your plan.


Business Plan Template and Cash Flow Forecasting Tool

Download Small Business BC’s Business Plan Template and begin crafting a professional document that will help you achieve your business goals.


Business Planning Resources Guide

This supplementary guide to our Business Planning Checklist provides useful links and resources to help you in your business planning process. Links include business plan guides, templates and samples to help you write your plan.


Need Personalized Support?

Contact us to learn more about our one-on-one business advisory services

Marketing and Sales Guide

The first time you write a marketing plan it can be quite a daunting task, knowing what to consider, what tools to use, which markets to target. Small Business BC’s guide to effective marketing and sales can help.


Evaluate Your Business Idea

Do you know if your business idea has real potential? Using these steps, you can determine if your business idea is viable.


How to Choose the Right Business Structure

Before registering your business, you should consider the different options available to you. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of the three common types of businesses: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, and Corporation.


How to Export Goods from Canada

Are you looking to export goods from Canada internationally? This step-by-step guide takes you through the points to consider before exporting and reaching the Canadian border.


How to Import Goods into Canada

Are you looking to import goods to Canada? This step-by-step guide takes you through the points to consider before importing and reaching the border.


Discover our Business Webinars

Check out our range of live business webinars and learn key skills to reach your goals

Lawyer & Accountant Referral Services Information Sheet

This resource will help you find a professional in the accounting or legal field.


Market Research Checklist

Get clear on understanding your target market, competitors, trends and operations with our handy Market Research Checklist.


Market Research Resources Guide

The Market Research Resources Guide provides recommendations of key databases, organizations and associations which can help you research your market. The guide supplements the Market Research Checklist.


Municipal & Registrations Contact List

This resource provides a list of city hall license offices in the Lower Mainland, as well as contacts for the Corporate Registry.


Employment Equity Toolkit

This toolkit, from BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, provides resources on how to improve employment equity in the workplace.


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