Love Dogs? Start a Business in the Booming Dog Industry

If you love dogs and have been thinking about starting a small business in the dog industry, it couldn’t be at a better time. A 2014 study by Packaged Facts, which monitors the pet market and surveys owners to gather data, estimates that pet spending will rise to $8.3 billion […]

Small Business BC is at Vancity’s North Delta Branch Every Wednesday

Did you know only 30 per cent of small businesses make it past the two-year mark?  According to Forbes Magazine, one of the biggest reasons small businesses fail is because of poor business planning. Seeing a Business Advisor is one of the best ways you can get the advice you […]

Year End Tax Planning Strategies for the Small Business Owner

Strategy and planning are always a key focus area for any small business. From an accounting perspective, there are a number of simple, but effective ways in which small business owners can optimize their tax planning approach. 1. Income Splitting In Canada, taxpayers are subject to a system […]

3 Ways to Think Bigger With Your Small Business

It’s easy to get caught up in the details as a small business owner. When you spend all day balancing budgets and doing market research, new ideas can be hard to come by. But new ideas are key to growing your business. Think bigger with these three ways to boost […]

4 Ways Corporate Social Responsibility Benefits Your Business

Corporate social responsibility lets you combine doing social good with your business model. According to a study by Nielson, 55 per cent of online consumers are willing to pay higher prices for products and services from companies dedicated to having a positive impact on the world. But while owning a […]

3 Marketing Questions to Answer Before You Launch Your New Business

There’s nothing quite like the enthusiasm for business that entrepreneurs hold. Often fueled by a great idea or a passion, they run in a variety of directions to get things launched. But unless there’s focus and an understanding of the basics for success, plans can falter. From a marketing perspective, […]

Hiring Co-op Students – Why It’s Good for Business

It’s a formula that works: employers looking for innovative short-term support find success by hiring students through BC co-operative education programs—and both parties reap the benefits. What is Co-operative Education? Co-operative education, or co-op, is an innovative learning strategy where students alternate study terms with terms working for employers in […]

The Key to Online Success is Great Content

Everyone wants to generate more buzz, earn more traffic and generate more leads online. The secret to doing just that can be summed up in just two words: great content. Providing useful, informative content that appeals to your target market is the key to getting the most out of your […]

3 Ways to Maximize the Cash Flow Efficiency of Your Business

While the financial health of your business is not always determined by the amount of cash you have on hand, having cash available is crucial to your business’ operations. Operating activities, such as purchasing inventory or paying bills, often occur before your business receives payment from customers. It is important […]

Public Speaking Tools to Communicate Confidently

When we grow up, we learn not to judge a book by its cover, and that we should get to know someone before we decide if we like them or not. While this sounds good, in the competitive world of business, it doesn’t happen. This may be because people are […]