Step 14: Check Out Other Useful Resources

In addition to Small Business BC and the OneStop Business Registry, there are a number of other places where small business owners can look for new business opportunities, practical advice and helpful services.


Aboriginal Entrepreneurs

Aboriginal Business Service Network

Tel: 1 888 576-4444

TTY (Teletypewriter): 1 800 457-8466

Hosted by the Government of Canada, the Aboriginal Business Service Network website brings together information, resources and services specifically intended to help Aboriginal entrepreneurs improve their access to capital and establish or develop their businesses. In the Aboriginal Business Service Network you can find information about starting and financing a business, developing a business plan and many other topics – all from an Aboriginal perspective.

Aboriginal Business Entrepreneurship and Skills Training (BEST) Program

Toll Free: (ENQUIRY BC) 1 800 663-7867 (Outside Greater Vancouver/Greater Victoria)

Tel: 250 387-6121 (Greater Victoria)

Tel: 604 660-2421 (Greater Vancouver)


Aboriginal BEST is a 12-session training series – offered by the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and Service Canada – that provides young B.C. Aboriginal entrepreneurs, aged 18 to 35, with the tools they need to start their own business. Through this program, you can conduct market research, write a business plan and explore financing options.

First Citizens Fund

Tel: (ENQUIRY BC) 1 800 663-7867


The provincial Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation manages the First Citizens Fund to expand cultural, educational and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in B.C. One of the fund’s primary goals is to help Aboriginal people and organizations start and expand businesses through business loans and business advisory services. Funding is also provided to the All Nations Trust Company for a business loan program. 

Young Entrepreneurs

Futurpreneur Canada

Tel: 1 800 464-2923 / 604 673-9967

Futurpreneur Canada is a national non-profit that turns great ideas into successful businesses. They look at character, not collateral, when providing youth aged 18-39 with pre- launch coaching, start-up financing (loans up to $45,000) and mentorship to help launch and sustain successful businesses.

Women Entrepreneurs 

Women’s Enterprise Centre

Tel: 1 800 643-7014

Women’s Enterprise Centre is the leading business resource for B.C. women who own a business or are thinking of starting a business. Their team of professionals provides business loans up to $150,000 to start, grow or buy a business. They also offer workshops, business advisors, mentors, resources and a supportive community to help women succeed in business.

General Information 

Small Business BC

Tel: 1 800 667-2272


Twitter: @smallbusinessbc Facebook: /smallbusinessbc

Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business.Their team of business experts can assist with everything from business registration to marketing strategy. They offer guided support, one-on-one advisory services, business plan reviews, seminars and webinars on over 50 topics and dozens of free resources designed to save you time and money. So, no matter what stage or what skill level, when you find yourself asking “How do I…?” Small Business BC can help.

Service BC

Victoria: 250 387-6121 Vancouver: 604 660-2421

Elsewhere in B.C.: 1 800 663-7867 Outside B.C.: 604 660-2421

Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) Vancouver: 604 775-0303 Elsewhere in B.C.: 1 800 661-8773

Service BC makes it easy for British Columbians to find and access the government information and services they need. They provide services to citizens, business and government through multiple channels, including in-person, telephone, e-mail and online. Service BC Centres help citizens get the services they need, when, where and how they wish to access them. Each of the 61 Service BC Centres throughout the province provides in- person service for the delivery of hundreds of government services. Individuals and businesses can access information, complete transactions and receive assistance with forms, permits, licences and registrations from highly trained local staff. Service BC Centre staff can help you and your small business obtain information and conduct registration and payments.

All Service BC Centres are OneStop Business Registry locations. 

FrontCounter BC

Tel: 1 877 855-3222


FrontCounter BC offers a citizen-centred approach aimed at providing clients with one source of information for all natural resource-sector related licences, permits and registrations needed to conduct business on Crown land in any part of the province. Clients may access FrontCounter BC services by telephone, Internet, e-mail or face-to-face with staff specifically trained and knowledgeable in authorizations and permits required for sectors such as energy, mining, forestry, agriculture, transportation, environment, commercial recreation, etc. FrontCounter BC services include guiding clients through required authorizations; helping clients complete application packages; interpreting land information, maps and management plans; following up and tracking the status of applications filed; liaising between ministries, agencies and governments; and free Internet access to services such as Base Maps Online Store, BCeID, Integrated Land Resource Registry and Mineral Titles On-Line. Find the location closest to you.


Tel: 250 952-6914 Toll Free: 1 877 952-6914


WorkBC is the provincial government’s access point to the world of work in British Columbia. It was created with one key goal – to help all British Columbians successfully navigate B.C.’s labour market. provides a single access point to connect job seekers and employers to labour market information and services available across government. WorkBC helps workers find jobs, explore career options and improve their skills. WorkBC also helps employers fill jobs, find the right talent and grow their businesses.

Concierge Service

Tel: 1 855 53-GUIDE (1 855 534-8433)

The Government of Canada’s Concierge Service assists small to medium enterprises in navigating the many available innovation resources and support programs offered by the government. Concierge Advisors, located across Canada, provide one-on-one assistance and will use their industry experience and depth of knowledge to help guide clients to the most appropriate innovation programs and services available. The bilingual Concierge Service is delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) in collaboration with over 40 federal and provincial partners.

Community Futures

Tel: 604 289-4222 Toll Free: 1 888 303-2332

There are 34 Community Futures offices strategically located throughout rural B.C. Supported by Western Economic Diversification, Community Futures are non-profit organizations that provide business financing, business counselling and training to small- and medium-sized enterprises in their rural communities. Find the Community Futures office that serves your community.

Canada’s Pacific Gateway

British Columbia is the preferred gateway for Asia Pacific trade, with the most competitive supply chain on the west coast of the Americas. B.C.’s integrated, seamless supply chain includes airports, seaports, railways, roadways and border crossings, connecting Canada and the North American market to Asia and the world. Government and industry partners have made investments to increase capacity, eliminate congestion, and streamline operations. Projects that are underway to expand and enhance port, rail, road and airport infrastructure total more than $22 billion. In 2013, additional public and private sector investments were announced that will increase bulk and container capacity and improve supply chain performance.

Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction

B.C. is committed to supporting and listening to its small businesses and has developed numerous valuable resources for business owners at various stages in their endeavours, including the development of the Small Business Accord, a commitment to fostering a progressive business culture where government initiatives support current and future generations of small business owners across British Columbia. Visit us online to learn more about what government is doing to support your business.Or join the conversation:

Western Economic Diversification Canada

Tel: 604 666-6256 or 1 888 338-9378


Western Economic Diversification (WD) is committed to advancing priority areas of Innovation, Trade and  Investment, Skills Development, and Aboriginal Economic Development. WD supports western Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the Western Canada Business Service Network, which includes Community Futures, Aboriginal Business Services Network Society of B.C. (ABSN), the Womens Enterprise Centre of British Columbia, and Small Business BC. Through the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative, WD also offers repayable contributions to western Canadian SMEs to commercialize innovative processes and technologies.

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