Start a business
Follow these steps to start a business in B.C.
Do some research. Use these tools and articles to see if your business idea will work:
- Tool: Small Business BC > Evaluate your business idea
- Tool: Small Business BC > Market Research Resources Guide
- Article: Business Development Bank of Canada > Turning your idea into a successful business
- Article: Business Development Bank of Canada > A practical guide to market research to help you make better decisions
Write a business plan. It will help you explain to others what you are doing and how you will achieve your goals. Keep it realistic and concise.
- Article: Small Business BC > Business planning
- Article: Small Business BC > 10 common business plan mistakes
- Tool: Small Business BC > Sample business plans and templates
Explore financing options. If your business needs start-up money, learn about business financing options.
Choose from a sole proprietorship, partnership, or an incorporated company. Each structure has different legal and financial implications. You could also get advice from a lawyer or chartered accountant.
Businesses must have their name approved and confirm that it doesn't conflict with a name already being used by a corporation. Only incorporated companies, cooperatives or societies can guarantee exclusive use of their name. Find out how to choose the right name.
Small Business BC
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