Congratulations! Starting a business is one of the most exciting decisions a person can make. You get to be your own boss, to call the shots, and build something amazing in your own vision.
At Small Business BC, we’re British Columbia’s largest non-profit resource centre for entrepreneurs. We offer a range of business resources and tools for those starting a business and we’re proud to have helped thousands of small businesses start across our province.
Whether you’ve spotted a gap in the market, want to do something that you’re passionate about, or turn that side hustle into something longer term, we can help. On this page, we’ve gathered several resources to help you navigate those early start-up days. You bring the passion, we’ve got the support!
Register Your New Business
Take the stress out of registering your business – with the expert guidance of a SBBC Business Advisor you’ll be up and running in no time.
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.
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-Up Stories from our Community
One of my favourite quotes is: ‘We cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love’ and I think that really speaks to supporting small businesses.
Hear how Linda Adimora moved from Zimbabwe to BC to found a Fair Trade-friendly textiles company that's rich in culture and beautiful designs.
“When I first took an interest in cannabis, I found the environment in many of the available dispensaries kind of daunting. For me, The Bloomery represents the kind of place we’d enjoy shopping for cannabis.”
Andrea Dobbs is a trailblazer in BC's rapidly growing cannabis industry. Her Village Bloomery is working to smash the misconceptions surrounding the industry.
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