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Start-Up Financing and Grants

When starting a new business, there are so many things to consider. A common topic that comes up in our conversations with new entrepreneurs is early-stage financing. Should they approach a lender or investor? What kind of grants are out there to help? We understand there’s no instruction manual with these answers, but we can address some of the most common questions.

If you’re stuck on your options for early-stage financing, this page is designed to take some of the mystery out of the process. You’ll discover how to prepare for meetings with lenders, what kind of information they’re looking for, and whether lending or investing is right for your business. You’ll also find information on the almost $5,000 in grants available through Small Business BC to improve your e-commerce, and make your business more accessible for those with disabilities.

If you’re still left with burning questions, Small Business BC is always here to assist. Contact Us and we’ll help untangle the knot.

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Apply for the Canada Digital Adoption Grant

The Government of Canada and SBBC have partnered with Digital Main Street to deliver Government of Canada grants to small businesses looking to grow their business online.

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Learn What Lenders are Looking for in a Business

When you approach a lender for finance, you’re hoping to enter into a mutually beneficial partnership that helps your business get off the ground. Learn how to prepare in advance and ensure your business meets the criteria for what they’re looking for,

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What are the Differences Between Lenders and Investors?

Unsure whether your business is suited to lending or investment? Discover how the process works when approaching lenders and investors, and the key differences between both. You’ll discover which path is more suited to your business.

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Apply for the Workplace Accessibility Grant

The Workplace Accessibility Grant provides direct financial assistance of up to $2,500 towards creating an accessible work environment for persons with a disability(ies).

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Glossary of Financial Terms

Doing research on financing can be a daunting prospect, especially with a whole new world of financial terms to unpack. If you aren’t familiar with terms like ‘Debt to Coverage Ratio’ and ‘Working Capital,’ you’ve come to the right place. Read our glossary of financial terms and understand what these commonly used words mean.

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Learn How Other Businesses Received Financing

Know your numbers and know your why. Lenders want to see that confidence from you that you believe in the business, and you know your plans inside out.

In five short years, Milena Canta has grown Vela Academy of Movement from an idea on a napkin, to a thriving dance studio and community in beautiful Port Moody. Discover how she navigated the start-up process and found early success.

Milena Canta

A strong business plan allows you to confidently articulate your business concept to people you don't know. Knowing your financials inside-out doesn't hurt either.

Learn how three Small Business BC clients navigated their Business Plan process and approached lenders for the financing they needed to get started. Businesses include, The Garden Strathcona, Hastings Overland, and Blanche Neige Laser.

Multiple Businesses


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


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