Your Two Primary Resources

Last updated on March 19, 2024


Many helpful resources appear throughout the Starting a Small Business guide. The two that provide essential services and information for B.C. entrepreneurs are Small Business BC and the BC Registries.

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Small Business BC

Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Supported by the B.C. Provincial Government and Western Economic Diversification, Small Business BC offers a wide range of free and affordable business services, education and resources. 

No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking “How do I…?,” Small Business BC can help. 

  • General Business Information Advisory Service:Book a complimentary 30-minute consultation with a Business Advisor to help answer your business inquiries. 
  • Business Plan Advice: Meet with a Business Plan Analyst for a business plan review to help you prepare to approach lenders, or coaching to develop your overall business strategy. 
  • Market Research Advisory Services:Schedule a one-on- one consultation with a Market Research Analyst to assist you with market research in areas such as target market analysis, industry analysis and competitive analysis. 
  • Talk to an Expert: Book one-on-one consultations with professionals in human resources, accounting, legal, market research, branding, social media, websites and more.
  • International Trade: Meet with a Trade Advisor for a consultation on business requirements and to register your import or export business. 
  • Live Education: Education tailored to help you reach your goals. 
  • Business Articles:Get up-to-date information from real-life entrepreneurs and business experts on the Small Business BC website. 
  • Business Bookstore: Offering the most popular how-to publications to help your small business grow. 

Advisors are available 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday, and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday.

Call: 1-800-667-2272 Email:

BC Registries

BC business registry application 

The Business Registry manages the creation (incorporation and registration) and listing of businesses and organizations in British Columbia. For more information, visit: BC Registries and Online Services.

BC business registry access

To find the nearest location, please visit Service BC or contact through: