Resources for Business

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No matter what stage of business you're at—from developing the initial concept to running an established business—businessSTART can connect you to a wealth of resources that can take your business to the next level. 

AgPAL
AGPAL offers BC farmers, producers and food processors information and links to a variety of federal and provincial programs for funding, insurance, marketing and technology adoption.

BC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

The BC Chamber of Commerce of advocates to provincial and federal governments on behalf of its 125 members and more than 36,000 businesses to ensure their concerns are being heard.

BC Technology Industry Association

Centre4Growth
connects start-up and mid-size companies from across the technology spectrum with seasoned mentors, focusing on revenue growth, executing on customer and revenue expansion plans, and providing access to global experts and connections. 

BIZPAL
BizPaL  provides a convenient one-stop source for the business permits and licences that may be required to start and grow your business.

BUSINESS COUNCIL OF BC 

The Business Council is a policy and business advocacy organization in the province. Membership provides opportunities to participate in roundtable meetings, working committees and conferences, which allow you to stay informed about current developments and stay connected with other business leaders and government.

Business Development Canada (BDC)
BDC helps create and develop Canadian businesses through financing, venture capital and consulting services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. 

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE 
Your local chamber of commerce connects businesses through networking, learning and advocacy to promote and protect the interests of their members
Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce 
Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce 

Farm Credit Canada (FCC)
Farm Credit Canada is Canada's leading agriculture lender, providing financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations.

FUTURPRENEUR 
Futurpreneur focuses on helping aspiring young entrepreneurs aged 18-39 with pre-launch expertise, mentoring and character-based (not collateral-based) financing of up to $15,000.

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA CONCIERGE SERVICE

Concierge Service is 
a one-stop-shop for all Governmental programs (grants, funds or other programs of value). The Concierge Service is accessible to the public through the Concierge Service website or by calling the Client Contact Centre at 1-855-53-GUIDE (1-855-534-8433).

SMALL BUSINESS BC 

Small Business BC assists small businesses at every stage of development with products, services and support in order to foster development and growth, improve productivity, increase profitability and create new opportunities. Western Economic Diversification Canada Western Economic Diversification Canada works to strengthen western innovation, business development and community economic development. Mentorship BC MentorshipBC, a new online resource that connects small business owners with mentorship programs, can help you figure out what mentorship resources exist so you can find the right business mentor.

Starting a Restaurant in BC
A comprehensive online guide on the requirements for starting a restaurant in BC. 

WOMEN'S ENTERPRISE CENTRE 
The Women's Enterprise Centre provides a wide variety of resources for women entrepreneurs including skills development, business loans, free business guidance, business resources, mentoring, networking and events.

WORKBC
WorkBC provides BC employers with information to help support and grow their business, as well as access to a job board that helps them find quality talent through free job postings.

WORKSAFEBC

WorkSafeBC promotes workplace health and safety for the workers and employers, provides return-to-work rehabilitation, compensation and health care benefits, and enforces occupational health and safety regulations in BC.