• Business Resources

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    Covid Recovery Support & Resources

     

    BC Chamber of Commerce Resource Guide for Recovering Businesses

    In partnership with the provincial government, the BC Chamber of Commerce has developed seven regional Resource Guides for Small Business Resiliency – a live resource tailored to your region that will help you tackle all aspects of pandemic recovery and business resiliency.

     

    Covid Financial Support & Resource Guide - Government of BC

     

    Covid Financial Support & Resource Guide - Government of Canada

     

    Govt of Canada  - Interactive Business Benefits Finder

    Get an interactive, tailored list of Covid supports that fit your business situation.  Discover other federal & provincial programs and services designed to help Canadian businesses grow.

    You can also sign up for the notification feature to receive emails when there are changes to your favourite programs, when application deadlines are approaching, or when a new program that meets your needs is introduced. 

     


    Start Up / General

    BizPal

    Streamline your business permit and licensing experience

     

    Small Business BC (SBBC)

    Small Business BC helps British Columbia’s entrepreneurs grow successful and sustainable businesses through expert business advisors, educational services, easy-to-use free resources and engaging community events.

     

    Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI)

    ETSI works with the region’s local governments, economic development practitioners, non-profit business support organizations, post-secondary institutions, industry associations, and accelerators to grow and diversify our region’s economy. We partner with these organizations and provide grant funding on an ‘intake’ basis throughout the year. 

     

    Government of Canada

    A variety of resources for business & industry needs

     

    WorkSafe BC

    Businesses of all sizes must maintain health and safety standards at the workplace and maintain coverage for workers. Self Employed individuals may not require coverage but may be eligible for optional coverage.

     

    OneStop Business Registry

    OneStop lets you apply for and complete registrations for a new or existing business with local, provincial and federal governments.
    Once you've set up your account you can complete registrations or applications at any time and in any order.

     

    Accelerate Okanagan

    A local support and resource organization for Technology related enterprises. 

     

    Futurpreneur Canada 

    Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 3,000 volunteer mentors.

     

    Innovate BC

    Innovate BC is a one stop service centre to connect innovators — large and small — with B.C. government funding, tools, resources and support.

     

    Community Futures Okanagan-Similkameen

    Acting as a catalyst for initiating and coordinating community economic development and facilitating entrepreneurship, training and educational opportunities to enhance the socio-economic diversity and well-being of our communities.

     

    Overview of Federal Government Services for Small Business

    Programs and initiatives for small business - all in one place!


    Employer Supports

     

    Work BC

    Grow your business with WorkBC. Learn about funding, training and how to secure talent with our job board’s free job postings.

     

    South Okanagan Immigrant Community Services (SOICS)

    Support for newcomers to Canada and their employers

     

    Immigrant Employment Council of BC

    Employer Resources - connecting employers to immigrant talent


    Buying or Selling a Business

     

    Venture Connect

    List your business for sale for free! Our mission is to maintain strong communities in British Columbia through business retention. We help businesses find new owners, and buyers find the right businesses. 

     

    BC Business Match

    We connect buyers, sellers, and communities!  BC Business Match helps entrepreneurs and their families to find the right business for their skills and interests, and relocate from large urban centers. It's an initiative designed to sustain and grow the local economies of non-metropolitan BC communities and is spearheaded by Community Futures, a non-profit organization with offices throughout BC. 


    Financing & Grants

    Canada Small Business Financing Program

    This program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders. 

    Up to a maximum of $1,000,000 for any one borrower, of which no more than $350,000 can be used for purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property and purchasing or improving new or used equipment. Financial institutions deliver the program and are solely responsible for approving the loan. 

     

    Community Futures Okanagan-Similkameen

    Acting as a catalyst for initiating and coordinating community economic development and facilitating entrepreneurship, training and educational opportunities to enhance the socio-economic diversity and well-being of our communities.

     

    Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

    We are BDC, the Business Development Bank of Canada and the financial institution devoted to Canadian entrepreneurs. We help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and capital, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

     

    Women's Enterprise Centre

    Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own business.

    Since 1995, WEC has fueled the success of women-led businesses by providing business loans up to $150K. We also provide business skills training, personalized business advice, mentoring, practical business resources and a supportive community to help women business owners gain the skills, mindset, financing and networks they need to realize their business potential.

     

    Futurpreneur

    Futurpreneur’s programs offer financing, mentoring, and business support for every business stage.
    We’re here to help you succeed!

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