Business Links

It's easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information on the internet. Hopefully we've made your search easier with this list of business related sites below:

Aboriginal

Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada

Funding for Aboriginal entrepreneurs, communities, and organizations. The National Procurement Strategy helps Aboriginal businesses do more contracting with the government.

Aboriginal Business and Community Development Centre

The Aboriginal Business and Community Development Centre (ABDC) is a results-oriented team of professionals working together in unity to provide a full spectrum of culturally, client-sensitive, business, and economic development services to assist Aboriginal individuals, organizations and communities to achieve their full potential.

Aboriginal Business Service Network

The ABSN is a non-profit society under the BC societies act and was implemented following a regional research study (Gap Analysis) titled “Assessing the Business Information Needs of Aboriginal Entrepreneurs in B.C.”, published in January 2001. The steering committee that acted as advisors to this report are now the volunteer members of the ABSN BC, which is administered by the Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations and supported by Western Economic Diversification.

All Nations Trust Company
The New Relationship Trust (NRT) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening First Nations in BC through capacity building. 

New Relationship Trust
The New Relationship Trust (NRT) is an independent non-profit organization that is dedicated to strengthening the First Nations in British Columbia through capacity building. NRT invests in First Nations by supporting them in five key capacity areas: governance, education, language & culture, youth & Elders, and economic development.

Agriculture

BC Cattlemen Association
The British Columbia Cattlemen's Association (BCCA) has been the official voice of cattle ranchers throughout British Columbia since 1929. For more than 80 years, the Association - whose membership is close to 1,200 ranchers - has represented the interests of beef cattle producers in the province of BC. BCCA is proud to work on behalf of approximately 72% of the provincial cattle herd.

Centre for Sustainable Development
The Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) is a research unit of Simon Fraser University.  We use the resources and talents of the University to deepen understanding and create solutions to advance sustainable development.  The Centre is affiliated with SFU’s Sustainable Development Program, which offers related academic programs and courses.

Environmental Farm Plan
Farmers that have an Environmental Farm Plan are seriously dedicated to learning to reduce agriculture's impact on the environment. More than 4,000 BC farmers and ranchers already have an EFP, and enjoy peace of mind knowing their farm operates in harmony with current environmental standards.

Farm Management Canada
Farm Management Canada is a well-trusted management resource for farm business owners and managers, as well as others in the agriculture industry. It is the only national organization that is solely dedicated to providing leading resources to help Canadian farmers to make good management decisions.

Business Succession

Business Succession Planning Resources
The Business Succession Planning Resources provides information about supporting organizations, business tools, business immigrant opportunities, and more.

Venture Connect
Sell your BC business fast and easily with help from the resources at Venture Connect.

E-Commerce

E-Commerce Times
The latest news on e-commerce, social media, and internet security, all in one convenient place.

Webopedia - Encyclopedia about Technology
This website is a massive encyclopedia about technology.

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Business Abilities
Business Abilities is run by the Canadian Society for Social Development (CSSD), which is a federally incorporated nonprofit organization with a charitable status. CSSD provides employment and skills training to people who face challenges with employment: people with disabilities or chronic health issues, youth, stay-at-home parents, older workers, Aboriginals, new Canadians, LGBTQ individuals, and people living in rural areas.

Canadian Abilities Foundation
The Canadian Abilities Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity founded in 1986 and is a leader and partner with other organizations on various projects related to disabilities and communications. Their vision is an inclusive, universally accessible society, where all people belong and are valued.

Community Futures BC - Entrepreneurial Development Programs
The Canadian Abilities Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity founded in 1986 and is a leader and partner with other organizations on various projects related to disabilities and communications. Their vision is an inclusive, universally accessible society, where all people belong and are valued.

RISE
Rise empowers Canadians with mental health and addiction challenges to achieve greater economic and social inclusion through entrepreneurship training, small business loans, and custom supports.

Financing

Business Development Bank of Canada
The Business Development Bank of Canada is the only financial institution that is exclusively dedicated to entrepreneurs. Their mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, consulting services, and security, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Industry Canada - Financing Directory

A helpful website for financing, loans, grants and contributions for your business.

Government Sites

BC Stats

BC Stats is the central statistical agency of the Province of British Columbia. This site has the provincial government's largest concentration of statistical products, services, and expertise. BC Stats maintains a function that has been present in BC since 1894.

Business Structure Options
The type of structure you choose for your business has a significant effect on the way you report your income. The business structure impacts the type of tax returns you file each year, and many other matters.

Canada - Business and Industry
Business taxes, permits and regulations, intellectual property, business support, and how to sell to government.

Export Navigator
We help B.C. businesses diversify and grow by guiding them through the export process.

FrontCounter BC and Natural Resource Online Services
Welcome to FrontCounter BC and Natural Resource Online Services, the one-stop information hub for all Natural Resource Services.

Ministry of Finance
The Ministry of Finance plays a key role in establishing, implementing, and reviewing the government’s economic, fiscal, financial management, and taxation policies.

Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation manages government services that help support and maintain the strong and diverse economy that British Columbians need for long-term prosperity. It supports the growth of BC’s tech sector, champions innovation across the economy, nurtures small businesses, supports economic development throughout the province, and promotes BC internationally as a preferred place to invest and do business.

OneStop Business Registry

The OneStop Business Registry is a public sector partnership that offers integrated business registration and liquor licensing services based on the business number. It is the first service in Canada to facilitate business registration with municipal, provincial, and federal governments.

Pacific Economic Development Canada
Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) is the regional development agency focused on British Columbia’s evolving economy. PacifiCan leads in building a strong, competitive Canadian economy by supporting business, innovation and community economic development unique to British Columbia.

Western Economic Diversification Canada

For more than 30 years, WD has been working to diversify the western economy while improving the quality of life of western Canadians. We aim to be a leader in building a strong, competitive West by focusing on business development, innovation and community development.

Human Resources

Employment Standards BC

Employment Standards BC provides helpful guidelines for employers and employees for workers in British Columbia. This includes information about the Employment Standards Act, Regulation, and more.

Hire Immigrants
Hire Immigrants is a partnership between Maytree and the Royal Bank of Canada. It supports the recruitment, retention, and promotion of skilled immigrants.

Immigrant Employment Council of BC
The Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia (IECBC) is the provincial non-government organization that stimulates the integration of skilled immigrant workers into the province's workforce.

Ideas

TED - Ideas Worth Spreading
TED is a non-profit organization that is devoted to spreading ideas. These ideas are presented in short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less.

Legal

Small Business Accelerator - Small Business Legal Assistance
One of the Small Business Accelerator's key resources is legal assistance - because receiving legal help for your business issues can be very expensive. On this page, they have collected a list of comprehensive sites and guides to help you out before approaching the pros.

Local

Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association

Whether you are starting out or scaling up, we have resources, in-house experts, and accelerator programs for entrepreneurs who are ready to grow.

Chamber of Commerce - North Shuswap

To provide a safe and nurturing community for families and individuals to live, work and play in the North Shuswap. Where businesses can thrive and support one another for positive change and sustainability. Where quality of life is all of our responsibility.

Chamber of Commerce - Salmon Arm & District

The Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization comprised of businesses, professionals, residents, and other community groups that work together to achieve a healthy economic and socio-economic environment that benefits the entire community.

Chamber of Commerce - South Shuswap

We are a non-partisan organization established to foster, promote, and to improve business development and tourism in our area. We provide value to our members through networking, communications, advocacy, benefits, and other initiatives.

City of Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm is the regional business, service, and cultural centre of the Shuswap. The city has a primary retail trade area of 15,000 people and a secondary trade area of 35,000 people.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is located in the heart of the scenic southern interior of British Columbia on the Trans Canada Highway between Calgary and Vancouver.  The Regional District is situated on the northern end of the Kootenay, Columbia and Okanagan valleys.

Okanagan College
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is located in the heart of the scenic southern interior of British Columbia on the Trans Canada Highway between Calgary and Vancouver.  The Regional District is situated on the northern end of the Kootenay, Columbia and Okanagan valleys.

Salmon Arm Economic Development Society
SAEDS is a non-profit society under contract with the City of Salmon Arm to provide economic development services for our community. SAEDS is governed by an inclusive and diverse Board of Directors comprising business leaders representing the major sectors of our economy.

Shuswap Economic Development Society
Our mission is to nurture a strong sustainable economic future for our communities.

Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust

Our Economic Trust contributes to economic growth and diversity in the Southern Interior of BC.

School District No. 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap

Visit their website for current information on all things to do with students, teachers, and parents of students in public school.

Work Hub Shuswap

The Hub serves as a single, visible and central point of contact, providing a consistent, clear path forward for all Shuswap business clients seeking support services – all at no cost to the individuals accessing these services.

Small Business

BC Angel Forum
Angel Forum provides a community for new or seasoned angel investors with our wealth of resources, knowledge, and investment opportunities. We are a non-profit organization and successfully connect promising tech startups with accredited angel capital since 1997. In addition, we also offer in-depth workshops on angel investing to both entrepreneurs and investors. 

BC Small Business Accelerator
The Small Business Accelerator offers free online access to reliable business information and tools for secondary market research for BC businesses and entrepreneurs. 

Biz-Pal
Streamlining your business permit and licensing experience.

MERX Canada's Electronic Tendering Service
Canada's #1 Source of Business Opportunities.

Small Business BC
Small Business BC helps British Columbia’s entrepreneurs grow successful and sustainable businesses through expert business advisors, educational services, easy-to-use free resources and engaging community events.

Venture Connect
Venture Connect is uniquely positioned to help both business sellers and buyers.

Women's Enterprise Centre
Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own businesses.

Youth

Futurpreneur Canada
Futurpreneur Canada is a non-profit organization helping Canadians become business owners with loan financing, mentoring and business resources.
Join the many Canadians aged 18-39 we’ve helped create their own future.