How do I write a business plan?
Everything you need to know about developing a business plan. The site includes sample plans as well: Government of Canada Business Planning
How do I register a business?
One Stop provides entrepreneurs the ‘A, B, C’s’ to obtaining a business name and registering a business. The name says it all! BC Onestop Business Registry
Do I need licenses or permits to operate my business?
Bizpal is a service provided by federal, provincial, and municipal governments to streamline your businesses permit and licensing experience.
Where do I go to learn about business? (Other than Community Futures)
Small Business BC is British Columbia’s resource centre for learning about all aspects of owning and operating a business.
Where can I access free business support
Taking Care of Business offers free workshops, mentoring, coaching, and training tailored to rural business needs. These resources aim to help businesses stay profitable and sustainable to enable owners to connect with each other and receive expert advice.
DREAI is the Disaster Recovery and Economic Adjustment Initiative that provides relief funding and resources to support small businesses in rural areas affected by challenges, such as wildfires, flooding, mill closures, and curtailments.
How to prepare your business for unexpected emergencies?
Business Continuity Plan will help you react to disruptions like COVID-19, floods, fires, and more so you can protect your employees and assets.
How Can I Help My Business GROW?
The Export Navigator Program offers free expert guidance to businesses on exporting. Whether your business already exports at volume or you run a smaller enterprise that hasn’t yet crossed borders, you will be put in touch with a helpful advisor who
will demystify the export process. Although the current climate has disrupted the flow of goods and services, we can help you diversify your market and strengthen your business.
The program is available to all B.C. businesses located outside of Greater Vancouver and Greater Victoria and offers specialized advisors for businesses owned by Indigenous Peoples, youth (under 30 years of age), and women.
How Export Navigator’s Advisors help.
Exporting can seem intimidating, but your advisor will guide you through each step of the process in a way that is easy to understand and applicable to your business.
Your advisor will provide:
- Hours of export advice at no charge.
- Step-by-step guidance tailored to your pace.
- Help with business growth strategy and planning.
- Connections and information specific to your market and industry.
- Access to the most up-to-date resources for interprovincial or international exporting.
- An assessment of your business’s export readiness.
Who is the program for?
Export Navigator was designed to help businesses located in non- metropolitan areas expand. If your business is looking to grow and is in one of our regions, we can help you on your export journey!
Supporting under-represented groups is important to us. We offer specialized services for businesses owned by women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples located in the regions Export Navigator serves.
How to join the program.
Fill out our online form.
Your advisor will reach out to you to learn more about your business.
If accepted into the program, your advisor will offer one-on-one
guidance to help your business reach its exporting potential.
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm
The office is closed on weekends and on all statutory holidays
33163, 2nd Ave,
Mission BC V2V 6T8
604 826 6252