Join our Free Starting a Business Info Session

Learn how to start a business in BC

Join us to get inspired and excited about starting a business in BC!

If you think you’re ready to start a business, we encourage you to participate in our FREE virtual Starting Your Business Information Sessions (SBIS).

There are lots of steps to starting a business, so these sessions will provide tips and resources as you work through each aspect of starting a business.

SBIS is offered each week on Wednesday at noon (unless otherwise noted on the form below), and we alternate between parts 1 and 2 from week to week. These FREE virtual sessions are from 12pm to 1pm Pacific Time. While we recommend you participate in both parts, you may register for one or both sessions.

What You Learn in Each Session

SBIS Part 1: How to Write a Business Plan

You have a business idea—congratulations! Now it’s time to get it down on paper. 

A business plan can help you test your ideas, make decisions, minimize your risk, get funding and so much more. 

In SBIS Part 1, we use the document “How to Write an Effective Business Plan” to break down business planning into 10 steps. 

You will learn about:

  • How to structure your business plan and where you can go for industry-specific samples
  • What to include in each section and how to think through them
  • How each part of your business plan works together to create a roadmap for your business.

SBIS Part 2: How to Make Your Business Official

How do I name and register my business? Where can I get funding? What kind of licenses do I need? 

In SBIS Part 2, we uncover how to make your business official.

You will learn about:

  • The pros and cons of different types of business structures
  • The steps to name and register your business
  • Where to find information about taxes, licenses and permits
  • What to consider when developing your online presence
  • Sources of funding for your business

Registration form

Simply phone-in using the number emailed to you when you complete the registration form.