Small Business Resources
Access essential business resources for small businesses in BC.
Scroll down to find information on the following:
- Essential Small Business Resources
- Business Planning Resources
- Financial Relief Resources
- Financial Support Programs
- Marketing Resources
- Coquitlam Public Library Digital Resources
Essential Small Business Resources
Resources for All Small Businesses
The Small Business Branch provides access to online publications, including resources in different languages.
Examples of resources available from the Small Business Branch include:
- Small Business Resources Handouts
- Starting a Small Business Guide
If you're looking to start, grow, or exit a business, Small Business BC has a wide selection of free business checklists, how-to guides, and resources, to help you achieve your business goals.
In addition, the UBC SBA also has a BC Business Support Directory, which enables small business owners to connect with experts for support. This directory is led by UBC Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
Resources for Black-Owned Businesses and Entrepreneurs
This program is funded by RBC, with additional loan financing from BDC.
With an investment of up to $350.8 million over four years, it will help Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.
Resources for Immigrant Small Businesses
- Find information on job searching
- Exploring careers
- Start a business
Featured SIIC resources for small business owners include:
- Starting a BC Business for Newcomers
- Financing Your Small Business
- Market Research & Business Plan: Resources for Your Small Business
- Managing Your Small Business During COVID-19
Resources for Indigenous Small Businesses
Resources for Women Entrepreneurs
Business Planning Resources
Not only is this tool dynamic, allowing for user customizations, but Futurpreneur Canada has also provided plenty of examples, tips, and tricks, to guide the business planner along as they put together their business plans.
Financial Relief Resources
COVID-19 Financial Support for Small Businesses
The grant will pay for up to 75% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $7,500 per business. The funds received must be used to hire BC-based companies to do the online store or online booking system development.
Program application intake is open until September 30, 2021, or until the funds have been fully subscribed. Funding will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis to small- and medium-sized BC businesses.
Resources for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
Featured resources include:
Through the use of this tool, individuals are able to generate a personalized list of federal and provincial government programs and benefits that aim to support Canadian businesses
Financial Support Programs
BDC's Small Business Loan is designed to help businesses quickly, and easily, access the funds that they need, with flexible terms that they can afford. There are no application fees and approved businesses can receive up to $100,000 by applying online.
As part of this investment, the ISI program is being expanded to be more accessible and inclusive, making it easier for businesses and workers to use the program.
Applications are not yet open for summer 2021, and updates will be made soon regarding application dates and eligibility. The program is expected to start accepting applications this summer.
BDC offers marketing resources on the following topics:
- Branding and Positioning Your Business
- Choosing the Right Distribution Channels
- Conducting Market Research
- Creating Your Marketing Budget
- Defining Your Target Market
- Developing Your Marketing Plan
- Implementing Digital Marketing Strategies
- Implementing Traditional Marketing Strategies
- Improving Customer Loyalty
- Measuring ROI
- Optimizing Your Strategies and Tactics
With a good marketing plan, business owners can expand their reach, set attainable objectives and launch their new products with success. Base your marketing strategies on knowledge of your target market and the competition and choose the right marketing mix to highlight your competitive advantage.
This comprehensive resource will enable small business owners to have a better understanding of the four P’s of Marketing:
The guide will explain the outside factors that small business owners need to consider, what tools are at their disposal, and which markets to target as they create their marketing and sales strategy.
As a small business owner, whether you need to research your target market, define your brand, develop a sales forecast, close sales or develop your customer service, this guide from Small Business BC can help you get started.
Build your website, design surveys, or manage your social media accounts with various easy-to-use tools, as listed by UBC SBA. The list includes information on the following marketing topics:
- Analytics and Usability
- Blogging / Website
- Email Marketing
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Social Media Management
- Video Creation
- Expand the way they look at marketing
- Develop a marketing plan
- Reach their target audience.
Coquitlam Public Library Digital Resources
The Coquitlam Public Library (CPL) has many digital resources available to support small businesses.
Please note that a CPL card number and pin are needed to access the CPL’s digital resources. If you do not already have an account, Tri-Cities residents are able to apply for free library membership.
The information that is available through the directory includes, but is not limited to:
- Contact Information
- Number of Employees
- Sales Volume
In addition to offering audiobooks, e-comics, movies, music, television shows, and more, Hoopla also offers non-fiction ebooks that may be of interest to Tri-Cities business owners.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to:
- Home-Based Businesses
- Human Resources and Personnel Management
- Small Business
* Please note that, due to the current licensing agreement, this resource may only be accessed by Coquitlam residents.
There is a wide scope of available topics to study, including but not limited to:
- Creative Skills
- Language (English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, etc.)
- Software and Technology
Recommended online courses, learning paths, and videos include, but are not limited to:
- Human Resources:
- Human Resources: Managing Employee Problems Managing High Potentials Strategic Human Resources
- Delivering an Authentic Elevator Pitch
- Digital Marketing Trends
- Learning Personal Branding
- Social Media Marketing for Small Business
- The Step-by-Step Guide to Building your Thought Leadership on LinkedIn
- Marketing for Small Businesses:
- Small Business Secrets
- Social Media Marketing for Small Business
- Social Media Marketing: Strategy and Optimization
- Writing a Marketing Plan
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship:
- Becoming a Small Business Owner
- Becoming a Digital Marketing Specialist
- Creating a Business Plan
- Entrepreneurship Foundations
- Finance & Accounting Tips
- Financial Modeling and Forecasting Financial Statements
- Guy Kawasaki on Turning Life Wisdom into Business Success
- SEO Foundations
Home to many business resources that may be of interest to Tri-Cities business owners, OverDrive is also accessible as an app on your mobile device through Libby.
Recommended business topics include, but are not limited to:
- Business and Finance
In addition to the above, the CPL has also put together a Small Business & Entrepreneurship Booklist for interested members to reference.