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Starting a Business

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 startup 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.

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Enjoy 50% Off Our Business Planning Service

Work with our expert Business Plan Advisors and get the professional advice you need to make your business dreams a reality. Enjoy 50% off thanks to our partners, FortisBC.

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Attend Our Start Smart Webinar

Our Start Smart Package is a full-day instructional seminar that touches on every basic element of starting a business. Your one-stop shop.

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Other Ways 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.

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.

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.

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.

Linda Adimora

“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.

Andrea Dobbs

If you’re passionate about what you do the tasks that seem impossible – those mountains you need to climb – all of a sudden, they seem possible.

Learn how Andrew Paradis leaned on Small Business BC's Business Plan Advisory service to start his dream business.

Andrew Paradis

Paradis Wine and Spirits

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