Business Resource Links and Contacts

RESOURCES FOR YOUR 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 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 NAMES, PARTNERSHIPS & LIMITED COMPANIES


Business names, partnerships and limited companies must be registered with the province. Names must be searched before they can be registered with the province. You may operate as a sole proprietor under your own name without need of registration of the company name. Appropriate forms are available from the government agent or online.

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.

BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION


The Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association (DMRBIA) exists to encourage and promote business in the downtown area through various cooperative projects including festivals, events, safety, security, banners, street design and furniture, garbage receptacles, cleanup, graffiti prevention, street and walkway lighting, holiday decorations and other operations which aim to improve the BIA community in general.

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE


Your local chamber of commerce connects businesses through networking, learning and advocacy to promote and protect the interests of their members.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT


Employers must comply with the "Employment Standards Act" available online from the provincial government.

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.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST)


If you anticipate your annual gross revenue, from sales of GST taxable goods and services, will be greater than $30,000.00 you are required to register for the GST. Registration forms are available online at the Canada Revenue Agency or by calling 800-959-5525.

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).

ONE STOP SERVICES


The OneStop Business Registry is a public sector partnership offering integrated business registration and business address change services based on the business number. All OneStop services are available online from the local Government Agent Office or at their office located at 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge.

PROVINCIAL SALES TAX (PST)


If your business entails the buying and selling taxable goods, you will require a provincial sales tax licence (PST). Contact the Consumer Taxation Branch for more information on this.

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.