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Organizations for Small Business

Starting A New Business | Small Business Associations | Industry Associations | Other Useful Organizations |

Starting A New Business

Small Business BC
Small Business BC is British Columbia's premiere resource centre for knowledge-based business products, services and small business education. Inspired by our clients, the Small Business BC Education Centre offers information packed seminars and workshops delivered by industry experts by and designed to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Our core activities are supported by funds from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Finance. Through our ongoing operations and private sector partnerships, we're able to offer additional products and services to the small business community.

Community Futures British Columbia
Founded in 1992, the Community Futures Development Association, now operating as Community Futures British Columbia, was established to promote, coordinate and facilitate community economic development initiatives; to foster a better understanding of the Community Futures program; and to serve as a catalyst in promoting strong partnerships between key stakeholders involved in the community economic development process.

BCIT Venture Development Centre
The BCIT Venture Development Centre has provided "hands on" entrepreneurial skills training to British Columbia residents since 1989 - helping individuals turn their dreams into reality.

British Columbia OneStop Business Registry
The OneStop Business Registry is a public sector partnership offering integrated Business Registration and Business Address Change services based on the Business Number.

Junior Achievement British Columbia
To inspire and educate young Canadians to value free enterprise, understand business and economics, and develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

Women's Enterprise Centre
Women's Enterprise Centre is British Columbia's leading resource for women who are starting, purchasing or growing a small business. We provide essential resources and services designed for women, by women, to build business capacity and fuel success.

Small Business Associations

British Columbia Chamber of Commerce
B.C. Chamber, through local member chambers and corporate members, represents over 25,000 businesses throughout British Columbia.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Continuing advocacy role for small business.

Vancouver Board of Trade
For more than 100 years, The Vancouver Board of Trade has helped businesses of all sizes to grow and prosper.

Industry Associations

SOHO Business Group
"SOHO Business Group is a membership-based, marketing organization in the business of developing unique programs, benefits, savings, incentives, group-buying systems, and association management opportunities for business success and growth."

The Shelfspace story began nearly a century ago (as Retail Merchants Association of BC and Retail Merchants Association of Alberta also known as Retail BC and Retail Alberta) meeting the needs of a select group of professional retailers. Over the years, the association has become stronger and expanded to serve those with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for retail.

Restaurants Canada
Restaurants Canada is a national, not-for-profit association representing Canada's diverse and dynamic restaurant and foodservice industry.

Retail Council of Canada
Founded in 1963, Retail Council of Canada is the Voice of Retail. RCC is a not-for-profit association whose more than 9,000 members represent all retail formats, including national and regional department stores, mass merchants, specialty chains, independent stores and online merchants.

The British Columbia Wine Institute
The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) was created by an act of the provincial legislature in 1990. It functions as a component of a strategic plan developed by the industry and government to create an internationally competitive wine industry.

BC Landscaping & Nursery Association
The BCLNA has over 600 member companies, representing nursery, landscape, retail, education, supply, service and government organizations working in the landscape horticultural industry.

Restaurants Canada
Restaurants Canada is a national, not-for-profit association representing Canada's diverse and dynamic restaurant and foodservice industry.

National Restaurant Association
The U.S.-based National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry. Its 43,000 member companies represent more than 220,000 restaurant establishments. Its membership base consists of many different facets of the industry.

Other Useful Organizations

Employers' Advisers Offices
With work centers throughout the province to assist small employers with WCB matters, the Employers' Advisers are independent of the WCB and are available to provide impartial advice on assessment, prevention, and claims matters.

Canada Safety Council
The Canada Safety Council is a national, non-government, charitable organization dedicated to safety.

BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
The new Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, created March 14, 2011, combines programs and services that were part of the former ministries of Tourism, Trade and Investment; Regional Economic and Skills Development; and Science and Universities.

BC Stats - Ministry of Management Services
BC Stats is the central statistical agency of the Province of British Columbia. They have the provincial government's largest concentration of statistical products, services and expertise.

Industry Canada
This site is all about Industry Canada. Through its programs and services, the department is helping to build a dynamic and innovative economy where all Canadians have the opportunity to benefit from more and better-paying jobs, stronger business growth, and a marketplace that is fair, efficient and competitive.