Small Business

We aim to support small business, improve investment readiness and encourage economic development and competitiveness through the development of programs, initiatives, publications and resources designed to break down barriers to doing business in British Columbia.

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Small Business is Big Business in British Columbia

Entrepreneurial drive and spirit are hallmarks of the B.C. culture. This is represented in the fact that 98% of all businesses in the province are small businesses, having fewer than 50 employees and employing over one million people.

Our province’s ability to compete with other jurisdictions as a desirable place to liveinvest and do business is dependent on enhancing and supporting our small business sector.

In support of the BC Small Business Accord and its principles the Small Business Branch works closely with other governments, ministries and private-sector organizations to help foster a progressive business culture where government initiatives support current and future generations of small business owners across B.C.

16th Annual BC Small Business Profile

SB Profile 2016

The BC Small Business Profile (PDF, 2.5 MB) is updated annually, and tracks small business growth and development in British Columbia.     

View the Profile Highlights. (PDF)

Looking to Start a Franchise?

Starting a Franchise

A printable checklist (PDF) and questions to ask (PDF) resources are now available to help you make informed decisions before purchasing a franchise in B.C.

Resources are also available in Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Korean and Punjabi.

Small Business BC

Small Business BC

B.C.’s key resource centre for comprehensive small business information and services.

October Education and Events

Contact Small Business BC with your business related questions.

Telephone: 1 800-667-2272 

In The News

In The News Read the latest news that relates to small business in B.C.
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