Other Business Resources
Contains information on starting a business, operating a business, sales and marketing, finance, human resources, technology, industry-specific information, and much more.
American Express Open Forum
Contains straightforward information on all aspects of business planning and management. This site also includes various interactive opportunities for the business layperson to use - e.g. business plans, marketing, accounting, etc.
BC Business Registry
OneStop Business Registry offers integrated business name approval, business registration and incorporation, business address change services, and more.
BC Trade and Investment Office
The British Columbia Trade and Investment Office (BCTIO) is a division of the Province of British Columbia's Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. This organization offers a variety of services and assistance to British Columbia investors and exporters including:
- Informing investment and export proponents about potential joint venture partners, consultants, sources of capital and industrial land locations.
- Identifying and accelerating the development of key private sector investment projects.
- Providing information on government policies, programs and regulatory requirements.
- Establishing contacts and arranging meetings between clients, regulators and decision-makers.
- Developing sector trade opportunities and strategic alliances in such areas as value-added manufacturing, knowledge-based industries and service industries.
- Coordinating projects and sector opportunities that have both trade and investment opportunities.
- Serving as a link with other provincial and federal government departments and agencies involved in trade and investment activities.
For more information, view the website at trade.britishcolumbia.ca.
A comprehensive free resource of small business management information with guides, tools and ideas.
Business Owner's Toolkit - Total Know-How for Small Business
Includes information on starting, financing, and marketing a business. Also included are some basic contractual agreements. This site is American, but the majority of information is applicable to BC businesses.
Business Owner's Toolkit
Business plan information and outlines - industry specific e.g. manufacturing a service. Includes financial information outline.
Information on where to use and how to create financial projections.
Business Owner's Toolkit - Employee Termination
Employee termination checklist and procedures
Business Development Bank of Canada
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) provides consulting services that cover such high-end business services as strategic planning, succession planning, ISO 9000, marketing and more. BDC specializes in knowledge-based industries and also provides financial support. Unlike regular financial institutions, BDC doesn't make their lending decisions based on security, but based on cash flow and quality management. Therefore they complement regular financial institutions.
For more information, contact BDC's office at 604-927-1410 or visit their website:
Government of Canada site with information on services for entrepreneurs.
Employers' Advisors - Workers Compensation
Employers' Advisors provide independent advice, assistance, representation and training to employers, potential employers and employer associations concerning workers' compensation issues.
Employment Insurance provides temporary financial assistance for unemployed Canadians while they look for work or upgrade their skills.
Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs site includes information and templates for all aspects of running a business. Marketing articles are included as well as downloadable forms, legal forms, and business plans.
Human Resources for Employers
Federal government site that deals mainly with legal issues of employment and human resources management needs.
Service Canada - Regions
Region specific services for individuals, business, and organizations.
Small Business BC
Small business information, resources, and services.
Small Business Information
This site is structured like a newspaper and has an interactive business plan. Articles here tend to be short summaries.
Western Economic Diversification
A department of the Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) works to improve the long-term economic competitiveness of the west and the quality of life of its citizens by supporting a wide range of initiatives targeting inter-related project activities - innovation, business development and community economic development.
In Chilliwack, WD's main point of service is the local Community Futures Development Corporation. Over the last 25 years, Community Futures in BC has played a significant role in entrepreneurial and community development. Comprised of 34 locally and stratgically positioned organizations, the BC Community Futures Network has a significant impact on the socio-economic development and diversification of the rural communities it serves.
For more information (in BC), contact WD at 604-666-6256 or view their web site at www.wd.gc.ca.