STARTING UP OR TUNING UP?
One of the most frequent questions we get at the Chamber is: where do I find resources and information for small business owners? Whether you’re starting up or tuning up, here are some places to look.
COMMUNITY FUTURES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION — SUNSHINE COAST
- Business Planning and Advisory Services
Based in Sechelt, Community Futures is a non-profit, federally and provincially funded organization focused on developing the economic and entrepreneurial capacity of the Sunshine Coast. It supports new and existing business development through business counseling and assistance, loans, and business planning.
SMALL BUSINESS BC
- Free Online Tools and Resources
- Seminars and Webinars
- Advisory Services
- Assistance with Business Registration
Located at the Waterfront Skytrain Station in Vancouver, Small Business BC’s mandate is to assist entrepreneurs in starting up small business ventures, and to help small businesses grow and improve profitability.
BC RESOURCE CENTRE FOR SMALL BUSINESS
- Information on permits and licenses
- Checklists and templates
- Links to services and publications
This government service has resources and tools to help small business — with a focus on breaking down barriers to doing business though programs such as the Mobile Business License, BizPaL and Building Skills for Small Business.
SMALL BUSINESS ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
The Small Business Accelerator, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia, is curated by professional librarians to help you to research your business idea. Use this website to write a business plan, gauge your growth potential, learn about market trends and to discover new opportunities.