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Everyone has a different reason for starting a business, but one fact remains the same — creating and running a successful enterprise is hard work. Perhaps you're in school, just finishing your studies, well into a professional career or looking to re-enter the workforce. Whatever your situation, if you are planning to go into business for yourself, remember that it takes time, planning, discipline, money and perseverance.


Banking

Royal Bank

Scotiabank

Business Development Bank of Canada

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Published by the Canadian Bankers Association, Getting Started in Small Business will give you an idea of what's involved in the planning and preparation stage.

The booklet offers information on:

  • things you should consider from a personal perspective
  • understanding your market and the importance of planning a marketing strategy
  • the value of a business plan
  • sources and types of financing for a new business
  • what you'll need to get your business up and running

Throughout you'll find checklists and tips, and a glossary of terms.  PDF Version


British Columbia

BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue

Small Business Profile 2015  A profile of small business growth and development in British Columbia.

Starting a Small Business in BC  The guide provides information and resources useful to anyone considering starting a small business in the province.

Women's Enterprise Centre helps women in BC start, grow and succeed in their own businesses. Their resources and services include: essential skills development; empowerment lending; and personal access to business expertise.

Provides key information and resources specially selected for women starting a business in BC.

British Columbia Exporting and Importing Information. As part of growing your business, you may be considering exporting, importing and investing. Find out what this means for you and your business.

Small Business BC provides comprehensive orientation service to information on all business-related topics pertinent to entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-up companies.
  • BizPal can help you identify regulatory requirements by providing a single point of contact where you can access a comprehensive list of applicable business permits and licenses.
  • OneStop Business Registration provides easy access to business information and online business registry for small businesses throughout British Columbia.
The Business Gateway (BC Stats) presents links to dozens of useful pages and sites, all organized under headings intended to speed up your search for business planning information and resources.  More info ...

The Community Futures Development Association of BC is a community driven economic renewal initiative with a network of 34 Community Futures Development Corporations throughout BC. CFDCs help communities develop businesses through loans, technical support, training and information.

CFDC of Peace River - Liard


Alberta

Alberta Small Business Resources


Canada

Starting a Business

Do you have a great business idea but aren't sure where to start? Service Canada has compiled a list to help you start your own business.

Aboriginal Business Service Network  provides business information, advice and referral services to meet the needs of potential and existing Aboriginal business people in BC.

Canada Business is a government information service for businesses and start-up entrepreneurs in Canada. Canadian Youth Business Foundation helps young Canadians who have a great business idea and require financing, mentoring and the right business resources to start a business.

Community Futures Development Association Your gateway to a network of 268 Community Economic Development offices across Canada.

Canadian Society for Social Development (CSSD), is a federally incorporated non-profit organization with charitable status. CSSD delivers online, instructor supported training in the areas of web design and web entrepreneurship and business planning. Western Economic Diversification Canada is committed to helping Western Canadian small and medium sized businesses grow and create jobs.