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The strength of small business continues to drive the economy in British Columbia.

A remarkable 98 per cent of all businesses in British Columbia (B.C.) are small businesses (those having fewer than 50 employees or self-employed), providing employment for over 1 million people. These jobs account for 54 per cent of private sector employment within the province.

In 2016 there were approximately 396,100 small businesses operating in B.C. They range from agriculture to technology, hospitality to tourism, construction to manufacturing, and education to mining and resource management.

This publication has been developed as an introductory guide to help you with planning and starting a small business. It provides essential information as well as links to additional resources to help ensure that your new business is successful.

Further resources can also be located through the Small Business Section of the website for the Province of B.C.

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