How to Start a Small Business

Starting a small business can be a rewarding, yet challenging, endeavor. We're here to support your journey and help you get your business up and growing. If you're in the seed stage of starting a small business, the following resources may be helpful for you.
Start Writing a Business Plan.
Writing out a business plan will help you zero in on ideas and aspects of the business that you may not have otherwise considered. Even if you're not seeking financing for your startup, a business plan is a helpful tool.Research The Market.Decide On Your Business Structure.Seek Financing.Choose a Name for Your Business.
​Register Your Business.Secure Your Online Presence.Register for PST and GST.
  • Register for Provincial Sales Tax (PST) at
  • Register for goods and services tax (GST) here.
  • Other provincial, federal or local government registrations (
  • If you plan to hire employees you need to register with WorkSafeBC
  • Need help finding the right people? The CEAS can help.
Investigate Additional Regulations and Requirements.Identify Permit and Licence Requirements.  Get Support From a Mentor. Further Resources:Need more advice after starting your business? Check out our membership page here.