Business Resources Online

Doing your research is an important first step to starting your business. This research will help you write a strong business plan to guide your start-up. Begin by researching your industry and potential competitors and finally research your target community and population. We have put together a list of valuable online resources to help you get started.

Small Business Accelerator (BC)
A one-stop information source for new entrepreneurs the Small Business Accelerator offers instructions on starting your business research, curated business resources, and industry specific how-to guides.  Don’t miss the sections on writing a business plan and funding and financing.

Small Business BC
A great starting place for any BC-based entrepreneur, Small Business BC has online seminars, success stories, business trends and more.

Canada Business Network
This Government of Canada site for entrepreneurs provides information on financing, permits and other legal obligations as well as links to regional business centres.

Industry Canada
In-depth, industry-specific analysis and information on Canadian business.

BC Stats
Provides current and historical tables and maps of demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the people of the province of British Columbia. (available in the Library only)

British Columbia Codes
Full text of the BC Building Code, Fire Code, and Plumbing Code. (available in the Library only)

Statistics Canada
Official government data including the latest census information. Enter a postal code or place name on the Census Profiles page to find regional demographic data.

BC Work Futures
Check this site for employment predictions and geographic distribution of BC’s workforce.

Canadian Companies Capabilities
Start your competitor research here. This database includes information on more 60,000 Canadian businesses.

SME Benchmarking Tool
Through this Industry Canada link you can find balance sheets and income statements for small and medium sized businesses in Canada. This is a great tool for estimating operating costs and finding industry averages for financial projections.  

Rural BC
A grant database of funding opportunities for rural communities.

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