Top Picks for Business Resources
A team of Gabriola Chamber members have cherry-picked this listing of top picks. Of course there are others, but we think these are the best, easiest to use, and offer excellent support for entrepreneurs.
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Overall Best – Planning tools, training, seminars, advice and more
Small Business BC
The staff is really plugged into the business world. They get what it’s like to own a business. Small Business BC holds dozens of seminars and webinars, has advisory services and all kinds of toolkits and resources.
Women's Enterprise Centre
A government funded agency. Great on-the-ground experience, strong women mentors network. Resources to help women in business develop skills, find professional guidance, get loans.
BC OneStop Business Registry
The provincial government saved small business people a ton of time and bureaucracy by rolling all the “government red tape” stuff under one service. Both online and phone service is clear and straightforward.
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
This site is a little more general as it covers all provinces, but it offers lots of free tools and reading on everything to do with business operations, including website setup.
Community Futures Central Island
Since 1992 Community Futures has been helping grow Central Island Region’s economy by providing small business loans, expert advice and a wide range of tools and resources. Most well-known for small business loans and helping you get serious with your business-planning.
Canada Revenue Agency
The Fed's website for business owners gives you vital info. on taxes and deductions. It's not the quagmire it used to be! The feature "My Business Account" allows access to your GST and tax info. There is also a Tax Reminder Service so you can get email alerts and a Help Desk at 1-877-322-7849.
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