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.
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 counselling and assistance, loans, and business planning.
Self-Employed Women’s Network (SEWN) – Sunshine Coast
PowHerHouse Women’s Networking – Sunshine Coast
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 Licence, BizPaL and Building Skills for Small Business.
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.
This program has offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna, offering workshops, business advice and financial support to BC women who are starting, growing or purchasing a business.
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.
This is a one-stop-shop for all federal grants and programs to support business development and innovation. 1-855-53-GUIDE (1-855-534-8433)
The Government of Canada purchases approximately $20 billion of goods and services each year. The top 10 commodities supplied by companies in the Pacific Region include Architect and Engineering services, Custodial Operations and related services, Environmental services, Instruments and Laboratory Equipment and various R and D work, professional services including consulting services and IT services.
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) came to the Sunshine Coast to give a seminar on How to Sell to the Government of Canada. A PDF of the presentation is available here. For further information, contact OSME.
Funding is available to non-profit organizations (including business organizations and local government) for projects that support the development and diversification of the western Canadian economy.
The Investment Agriculture Foundation strategically invests federal and provincial funds in support of innovative projects to benefit the agri-food industry in British Columbia. Funding is available to help industry seize new opportunities and deal with emerging issues.
The database contains information about First Nations Communities, Companies, Agreements, and their relationship to Major Projects in BC.