February is shaping up to be a great month for business events in BC. This is our selection of the best free and low cost events for anyone thinking of starting their own business or who has recently done so. 

We also recommend visiting smallbusinessbc.ca and reviewing their full event calendar and seminar line up.

Please note details are accurate at time of publication, all summaries have been reproduced from host descriptions.


Rock my Business Plan - workshop series
Host: Futurepreneur Canada
Target audience: Aspiring business owners aged 18-39 who have recently launched a business or could be ready within the next few months
Location: 5 & 6 February - Langley; 12 & 19 February - Quesnel; 13 & 20 February - Prince George
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Join the next wave of entrepreneurs from your local area at the free Rock My Business Plan workshop series! Learn the steps to get your business plan started, confidently talk about your business idea and connect you to a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs.


How to Apply for a Business Loan with Women’s Enterprise Centre 
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Target audience: Female entrepreneurs
Date: 5 & 19 February 2019
Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm
Location: Phone in session
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Learn how to apply for a loan from Women’s Enterprise Centre. In this FREE session, the facilitator will review our lending criteria, answer your questions, advise you on how to apply and provide you with a resource package. At the end of the session, your Advisor will work with you to determine if you are eligible for a loan with us and ensure that you receive an application.


Me Inc. Workshops
Host: Basin Business Advisors Program
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Dates & Locations: 5 February - Trail & Invermere; 12 February - Revelstoke; 26 February - Cranbrook
Time: Various
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Have you ever wondered about becoming an entrepreneur? Taking your training or skills to a new level and running your own show? Launching a start-up? Maybe buying a business and running it? The Me Inc. workshop is designed to answer your questions. In just 2 hours we will review critical decision points for making the transition, support resources and other details.


Vancouver Small Business Information Expo
Host: Office of Small and Medium Enterprises - Pacific Region
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 6 February 2019
Time: 8.30 am - 3.30pm
Location: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: The 2019 Vancouver SBIE will feature face-to-face opportunities to interact with experts from over 50 support programs who provide valuable resources to small businesses. 


Starting a Business Information Session
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Target audience: Female entrepreneurs
Date: 7 & 21 February 2019
Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm
Location: Phone in session
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Free phone-in for those thinking of starting a business.The session is broken into 2 parts. In Part 1, we explain how to write an effective business plan. We cover each section of the business plan and provide strategies and resources to ensure your plan is well organized and consistent. In Part 2 we uncover how to make your business official.


Startup Basics: Social Media for Startups
Host: Kamloops Innovation
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 12 February 2019
Time: 5.00 - 6.00pm
Location: Kamloops
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Getting the word out about your company to potential customers can be difficult and costly when you’re first starting your business. While the services are technically free, social media can be confusing, time-consuming and difficult to manage. In this workshop, you will identify which social media platforms work for you and your business, and best practices for each.


TANDEM x VANTEC Monthly Financials for Startups
Host: Tandem Innovation Group (in partnership with VANTECH and SFU Venture Labs)
Target audience: Entrepreneurs that have started their business, have a scalable business model and are looking to raise capital
Date: 13 February 2019
Time: 3.00 - 5.00pm
Location: Vancouver
Cost: $15 - $25
Register
Summary: TANDEM is excited to team up with VANTEC and SFU Venture Labs to help entrepreneurs raising capital get their back-of-house investor ready. These monthly sessions will be led by Tandem Advisors that will guide each participant to be Deal Room ready.


Funding & Support for Startups (Tech Companies)
Host: Accelerate Okanagan
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 20 February 2019
Time: 8.30 - 9.30am
Location: Kelowna
Cost: Free 
Register
Summary: There are many funding and support programs and initiatives in Canada that can help startup entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses. Join AO's Community Manager Alex Reid for this one-hour informative session, where she will discuss the programs most relevant to technology companies.


Startup Basics: Lessons Learned
Host: Kamloops Innovation
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 26 February 2019
Time: 5.00 - 6.00pm
Location: Kamloops
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Learn from those who have come before you. Join us for a candid talk with a panel of diverse entrepreneurs and startup owners as they share tips and tricks, struggles and highlights of starting and growing a company in Kamloops.


Start Smart Series
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 20 February 2019
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Location: Online webinar or Small Business BC Office Vancouver
Cost: $49+ GST 
Register
Summary: The Start Smart Series provides a step-by-step guide to starting your business right. This series includes two seminars where five industry experts provide their knowledge and tips to help you start your business smart. Learning Objectives: learn what resources will help you get started; understand the registration process; know what business structure to use and the guidelines of protecting your business.


Entrepreneurship Basics Workshop: Customer Discovery & Presentation Skills
Host: Entrepreneurship@UBCO
Target audience: UBC Okanagan Students
Date: 12 February 2019
Time: 5.00 - 7.00pm
Location: Kelowna
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: This workshop will explain how to figure out who your customer is, how to ask your customer what the problem is that needs solving and then how to align your innovation around that problem. Once you have a handle on the customers’ pain points you can create new products from your innovation that no competitor has ever thought off. From there you can develop a well thought out business model that includes realistic financial projections, a sound risk management strategy and attractive investor pitch to bring in capital to grow your business.


Digital Marketing Social Breakfast Vancouver
Host: Hootsuite
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 26 February 2019
Time: 8.00am - 11.15am
Location: Van City Theatre
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: In this data-packed session, you'll hear from Hootsuite experts as we present the findings of our global study of 230 countries and territories internet, social, mobile, and e-commerce consumer behaviors. Plus, you'll also get strategy guidance from Simon Kemp, a world-recognized expert on digital. Simon's current and past clients include Unilever, Coca-Cola, Google, Nestlé, and Diageo. He'll share what the world's most valuable brands are focusing on and give an insider tour of the future forces changing how brands and consumers connect on digital.


Innovator Meetup
Host: Entrepreneurship@UBC
Target audience: UBC Students interested in entrepreneurship or involved in a startup
Date: 28 February 2019
Time: 5.00 - 7.00pm
Location: UBC Vancouver Campus
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Join us for a casual night of socializing and idea-sharing at our next Innovator Meetup! This meetup will give you a chance to socialize with other innovators, discuss your startup or idea, get support from peers at UBC and learn from experts in the field.


 

Events

February is shaping up to be a great month for business events in BC. This is our selection of the best free and low cost events for anyone thinking of starting their own business or who has recently done so. 

We also recommend visiting smallbusinessbc.ca and reviewing their full event calendar and seminar line up.

Please note details are accurate at time of publication, all summaries have been reproduced from host descriptions.


Rock my Business Plan - workshop series
Host: Futurepreneur Canada
Target audience: Aspiring business owners aged 18-39 who have recently launched a business or could be ready within the next few months
Location: 5 & 6 February - Langley; 12 & 19 February - Quesnel; 13 & 20 February - Prince George
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Join the next wave of entrepreneurs from your local area at the free Rock My Business Plan workshop series! Learn the steps to get your business plan started, confidently talk about your business idea and connect you to a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs.


How to Apply for a Business Loan with Women’s Enterprise Centre 
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Target audience: Female entrepreneurs
Date: 5 & 19 February 2019
Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm
Location: Phone in session
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Learn how to apply for a loan from Women’s Enterprise Centre. In this FREE session, the facilitator will review our lending criteria, answer your questions, advise you on how to apply and provide you with a resource package. At the end of the session, your Advisor will work with you to determine if you are eligible for a loan with us and ensure that you receive an application.


Me Inc. Workshops
Host: Basin Business Advisors Program
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Dates & Locations: 5 February - Trail & Invermere; 12 February - Revelstoke; 26 February - Cranbrook
Time: Various
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Have you ever wondered about becoming an entrepreneur? Taking your training or skills to a new level and running your own show? Launching a start-up? Maybe buying a business and running it? The Me Inc. workshop is designed to answer your questions. In just 2 hours we will review critical decision points for making the transition, support resources and other details.


Vancouver Small Business Information Expo
Host: Office of Small and Medium Enterprises - Pacific Region
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 6 February 2019
Time: 8.30 am - 3.30pm
Location: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: The 2019 Vancouver SBIE will feature face-to-face opportunities to interact with experts from over 50 support programs who provide valuable resources to small businesses. 


Starting a Business Information Session
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Target audience: Female entrepreneurs
Date: 7 & 21 February 2019
Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm
Location: Phone in session
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Free phone-in for those thinking of starting a business.The session is broken into 2 parts. In Part 1, we explain how to write an effective business plan. We cover each section of the business plan and provide strategies and resources to ensure your plan is well organized and consistent. In Part 2 we uncover how to make your business official.


Startup Basics: Social Media for Startups
Host: Kamloops Innovation
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 12 February 2019
Time: 5.00 - 6.00pm
Location: Kamloops
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Getting the word out about your company to potential customers can be difficult and costly when you’re first starting your business. While the services are technically free, social media can be confusing, time-consuming and difficult to manage. In this workshop, you will identify which social media platforms work for you and your business, and best practices for each.


TANDEM x VANTEC Monthly Financials for Startups
Host: Tandem Innovation Group (in partnership with VANTECH and SFU Venture Labs)
Target audience: Entrepreneurs that have started their business, have a scalable business model and are looking to raise capital
Date: 13 February 2019
Time: 3.00 - 5.00pm
Location: Vancouver
Cost: $15 - $25
Register
Summary: TANDEM is excited to team up with VANTEC and SFU Venture Labs to help entrepreneurs raising capital get their back-of-house investor ready. These monthly sessions will be led by Tandem Advisors that will guide each participant to be Deal Room ready.


Funding & Support for Startups (Tech Companies)
Host: Accelerate Okanagan
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 20 February 2019
Time: 8.30 - 9.30am
Location: Kelowna
Cost: Free 
Register
Summary: There are many funding and support programs and initiatives in Canada that can help startup entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses. Join AO's Community Manager Alex Reid for this one-hour informative session, where she will discuss the programs most relevant to technology companies.


Startup Basics: Lessons Learned
Host: Kamloops Innovation
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 26 February 2019
Time: 5.00 - 6.00pm
Location: Kamloops
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Learn from those who have come before you. Join us for a candid talk with a panel of diverse entrepreneurs and startup owners as they share tips and tricks, struggles and highlights of starting and growing a company in Kamloops.


Start Smart Series
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 20 February 2019
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Location: Online webinar or Small Business BC Office Vancouver
Cost: $49+ GST 
Register
Summary: The Start Smart Series provides a step-by-step guide to starting your business right. This series includes two seminars where five industry experts provide their knowledge and tips to help you start your business smart. Learning Objectives: learn what resources will help you get started; understand the registration process; know what business structure to use and the guidelines of protecting your business.


Entrepreneurship Basics Workshop: Customer Discovery & Presentation Skills
Host: Entrepreneurship@UBCO
Target audience: UBC Okanagan Students
Date: 12 February 2019
Time: 5.00 - 7.00pm
Location: Kelowna
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: This workshop will explain how to figure out who your customer is, how to ask your customer what the problem is that needs solving and then how to align your innovation around that problem. Once you have a handle on the customers’ pain points you can create new products from your innovation that no competitor has ever thought off. From there you can develop a well thought out business model that includes realistic financial projections, a sound risk management strategy and attractive investor pitch to bring in capital to grow your business.


Digital Marketing Social Breakfast Vancouver
Host: Hootsuite
Target audience: Anyone can attend
Date: 26 February 2019
Time: 8.00am - 11.15am
Location: Van City Theatre
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: In this data-packed session, you'll hear from Hootsuite experts as we present the findings of our global study of 230 countries and territories internet, social, mobile, and e-commerce consumer behaviors. Plus, you'll also get strategy guidance from Simon Kemp, a world-recognized expert on digital. Simon's current and past clients include Unilever, Coca-Cola, Google, Nestlé, and Diageo. He'll share what the world's most valuable brands are focusing on and give an insider tour of the future forces changing how brands and consumers connect on digital.


Innovator Meetup
Host: Entrepreneurship@UBC
Target audience: UBC Students interested in entrepreneurship or involved in a startup
Date: 28 February 2019
Time: 5.00 - 7.00pm
Location: UBC Vancouver Campus
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: Join us for a casual night of socializing and idea-sharing at our next Innovator Meetup! This meetup will give you a chance to socialize with other innovators, discuss your startup or idea, get support from peers at UBC and learn from experts in the field.


 

Events

UPDATE – move went well with few problems reported!

Due to a migration to new servers by our third-party eResources Discovery provider, the eJournal Portal (our ejournal linking from the “Journal Titles” tab on the Library Homepage) and our Citation Linker (also known as UBC eLink – the page with a big blue button that links citations to full text) will be offline for 24 hours starting at 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, February 8th.

Summon and the Catalogue will be partially affected. Only links that go directly to articles, journals, books, videos, etc. will work during this time.

Users can also use direct article links on Google Scholar during this time, but not UBC eLink.

Much more technical info HERE.

For additional assistance, please contact your nearest library branch, or report any problems via the Help Form.

For a 24-hour period beginning on Friday, February 8th at 5:00 pm (PST), the following discovery services will be unavailable:

UBC Library’s third-party discovery provider is moving these services to a new data centre. UlrichsWeb will also be down for the same time period.

The Catalogue and the Summon discovery service will continue to function, but linking will only work for results that point directly to the item on the Provider’s site. Results pointing to the Citation Linker / UBC eLink will not work.

Users who encounter a problem with the Citation Linker or the eJournal Portal during this time, are encouraged to look for a Resource Page under the “Indexes & Databases” tab on the Library Homepage that points to the publisher’s or the database site. Please note that not every publisher or database has a Resource page. Users can also use direct article links on Google Scholar during this time, but not UBC eLink.

For additional assistance, please contact your nearest library branch, or report the problem via the Help Form. Reports sent through the Help Form will be sent a response the following week after the outage.

Apologies for the temporary inconvenience.

 

 

While 3MT was created by The University of Queensland in 2008, UBC was and still is one of the first universities in North America to host a 3MT competition since 2011.

 

Commencing annually in February, UBC 3MT heats get underway with winners advancing into the Semi-Finals and Finals’ rounds in March.

 

Below are the top five things to know about 2019 UBC 3MT:

 

  1. Currently, over 350 universities across 59 countries worldwide hold 3MT competitions
  2. For 2019 UBC 3MT, there are six workshops designed to help participants successfully prepare and deliver their presentations
  3. 2019 UBC 3MT prizes range from gifts (People`s choice) to $1,000 and a trip to Prince George, BC (where the finalist will represent UBC at the represent UBC at the Western Regional 3MT competition)
  4. Testimonials from past UBC 3MT finalists, semi-finalists and other honourable mentions give an insight into what it feels like to participate and deliver 3MT presentations in a memorable and engaging way
  5. UBC 3MT affords an exciting opportunity for presenters, audience members, heat organizers, sponsors, judges, and volunteers who help showcase just a small sampling of UBC research to a non-specialist audience here and beyond

 

All the best to the 2019 UBC 3MT participants and supporters in the coming months!

 

 

Browse UBC Theses and Dissertations in cIRcle via Open Collections

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In response to a growing concern about the increasing concentration of control of research communication functions by a small number of players, SPARC and COAR have developed a list of seven Good Practice Principles for Scholarly Communication. The List is meant to “provide a framework to ensure that services are transparent, open, and support the aims and values of the scholarly community” (SPARC).

To learn more about the principles and download a copy, refer to the SPARC website.

The University Archives has added a feature to our website that enhances access to our historical photograph collections.

Most of our photographs are acquired as part of a distinct fonds or collection.  As the records are arranged and described, each photograph is given a distinct catalogue number or “identifier”.  Each identifier has two parts, a collection number and an item number, separated by a forward slash.  For example, this photograph has the identifier “UBC 3.1/52”, showing that it belongs to collection UBC 3.1 (part of the Department of University Extension fonds) and is image 52 of that collection.

Our new UBC Archives Photograph Collections page lists those collections which include photographs, by collection number and title.  This allows researchers to easily limit their searches by specific collections, instead of having to compile an Open Collections “advanced search“.  For example, a researcher wanting to search for images from UBC’s Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (now Land and Food Sciences) simply clicks on collection number 24.1/.  Similarly, images acquired as part of a photo album created by UBC student Albert E. “Ab” Richards (B.A. 1923) can view them by clicking 158.1/.

Researchers can also still search the entire historical photograph database, if they wish.

Come and celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Asian Library and the Department of Asian Studies on Friday February 8 at the Nest Atrium Lower Level. Enjoy wonderful performances and participate in interesting cultural activities. It is free and open to the public!

Drop by our Pop-up Library booth between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. We will feature our Great Reads Collection and language learning materials. You can also test your knowledge on the Lunar New Year and the UBC Library. Same as the past years, all visitors to the Asian Library booth will receive a pocket of luck (while quantities last)!

The celebration organized by the Department of Asian Studies will run from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. Performances include lion dance, Korean drumming, K-pop dance, and Chinese music, etc. They also offer hands-on activities like Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving, Cantonese Mahjong, Ring Toss, and more. Check out more details HERE!

The Asian Library would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig. We look forward to seeing you on February 8!

This two-part series features some of the earliest Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) hotels in British Columbia. Many of these hotels have since closed down but formed an important part of early Canadian railway history. You can view Part 1 here. In previous blog posts, we profiled the two largest surviving CPR hotels in B.C.: Hotel Vancouver and the Empress Hotel.


Hotel Revelstoke and Hotel Sicamous

Located in central B.C., Hotel Revelstoke and Hotel Sicamous were popular stops for hunting and fishing. Hotel Revelstoke opened in 1897 in Revelstoke. Just a few years later, Hotel Sicamous opened in 1900 in nearby Sicamous, overlooking Shuswap Lake.

Here is a map showing the route between the two locations:

Across Canada by Canadian Pacific Railway, 1913, p. 81.

 

These images from the Chung Collection show Revelstoke, B.C. and the train station:

Revelstoke, B.C., [between 1930 and 1939?].

[Revelstoke C.P.R. railroad station], [1975?].

 

These photographs from the Uno Langmann Collection and the Doug and Joyce Cox Research Collection show Sicamous Hotel and Shuswap Lake:

Depot & C.P.R. Hotel, Sicamous, B.C., [between 1920 and 1935?].

Photo from A series of views illustrating points of interest between Golden and Ashcroft, B.C., including Revelstoke, Kamloops, and Nicola, [1900?].

Meeres, George. A. [Sicamous Hotel & Shuswap Lake], [between 1940 and 1949?].

 

Through the 1930s and 1940s, CPR hotels leased Sicamous Hotel to another operator. The building was destroyed in 1964. Hotel Revelstoke closed earlier, in 1928.


Emerald Lake Chalet

Located by Emerald Lake near Field, B.C., the Emerald Lake Chalet opened in 1902. According to brochures in the Chung Collection, the hotel only operated during the summer months.

Here is an exterior photo of the hotel:

Suggestions for your summer vacation to and through the Canadian Rockies, 1937, p. 2.

 

This pamphlet features a painting of the lake:

Resorts in the Canadian Rockies, 1929, p. 26.

 

This image shows the view from the deck of the chalet:

Emerald Lake Chalet : Canadian Pacific Railway, 1900.

 

This pamphlet from 1926 summarizes nearby attractions:

What to do at Emerald Lake in the Canadian Pacific Rockies, 1928.
(Click to view the full pamphlet.)

 

And this brochure from the 1950s includes interior views of the hotel, as well as views of the surrounding nature:

Emerald Lake Chalet in the Canadian Rockies, [not before 1950].


Hotel Incola

Located in Penticton, B.C., the Hotel Incola (also known as the Incola Hotel) opened in 1912. Shortly after opening, this description appeared in CPR pamphlets:

Hotel Incola – Penticton, B.C.: A new first-class tourist hotel at the foot of navigation on Okanagan Lake reached by the C.P.R. Steamers. An ideal resort for any time of the year, owing to the sunny, dry climate of the Okanagan Valley. Rates, $3.00 per day and upward. American plan. Managed by H. Vince, for the Kettle Valley Railway.

Great Britain to Canada and the United States also Japan, China, the far east and Australasia, 1913, p. 6.

Below are some photographs and an illustration of the Hotel Incola from our collections:

Across Canada by Canadian Pacific Railway, 1913, p. 85.

Resorts in the Canadian Rockies, [between 1910 and 1919?], p. 23.

Stocks, Lumb. Incola Hotel, Penticton, B.C., [between 1912 and 1935?].

 

The Incola Hotel closed in 1979, and the building was demolished in 1981. For more details on this hotel, check out Elizabeth Pryce’s 1999 essay, which is available through our Okanagan Historical Society Reports collection.


Kootenay Lake Hotel

The Kootenay Lake Hotel in Balfour, B.C. was only open for a short time. After opening in 1911, it closed during World War I, then reopened in 1917 as a “sanatorium for convalescing soldiers.” The building was eventually destroyed in 1929.

A CPR pamphlet from the 1910s provides this description of the hotel and the surrounding area:

This, the most modern of the Canadian Pacific mountain hotels, is situated to the south of the Main Line at the end of the Crow’s Nest branch. It is essentially a hotel where the tourist can profitably spend a real holiday. Situated amongst scenery, not so rugged as that of the Rockies in the north, but which has a softer fascination, all its own, it stands high on the shores of a lake and among mountains, which have been favorably compared with the Italian Alps. The climate, too, is that of the Italian lakes—deliciously warm in the daytime and cool at night.

But it is as a fishing, hunting and boating resort, that the Kootenay Lake Hotel has its greatest claim to favor. The lake abounds in rainbow trout and salmon, for the capture of which every facility in the way of boats, guides and equipment, is offered by the hotel. The wooded sides of the mountain in the near vicinity, contain bear, caribou, white-tail deer, partridges, etc., all of which can be successfully hunted in their proper season. There are good trails for many miles over the mountains, and a wagon road of twenty-one miles has just been completed to the town of Nelson.

– Resorts in the Canadian Rockies, [between 1910 and 1919?], p. 19-20.

Here are some images of the hotel and the Kootenay Landing train station from the Chung Collection:

The challenge of the mountains, [between 1910 and 1919?], p. 43.

Kootenay Lake Hotel, Balfour, BC, [1910?].

Kootenay Landing, BC, [1910?].


Cameron Lake Chalet

The ten-bedroom Cameron Lake Chalet opened in 1912 by Cameron Lake, B.C., on Vancouver Island.

Here’s a description and image of the hotel from a CPR pamphlet:

Cameron Lake Chalet—Snugly located  at  the  southern  end of the Lake. Excellent fishing at the proper season of the year, and a delightful resort for tourists in limited numbers, Cameron Lake Chalet being owned by the Company, and operated privately. A trail to the timber line of Mount Arrowsmith makes a delightful day or two’s outing for mountain climbers. From Cameron Lake the line skirts the foothills of Mount Arrowsmith (6000 feet high), of which a magnificent view can be had as the train passes along the high cliffs on Cameron Lake.

– Across Canada : Western Lines, west bound, 1923, p. 86.

Across Canada : Western Lines, west bound, 1923, p. 86.

 

The hotel was open during summers and remained in business until 1966, shortly after the closing of the Port Alberni line passenger service.

 

References

 

Starting a small business is challenging and there is so much information out there it can be difficult to know where to start. These are our pick of key BC websites and organizations that provide the best tools, resources and events for entrepreneurs. All of our choices are deliberately budget friendly and the majority of them are free. 


1. Small Business BC offer a broad range of seminars covering all the practicalities of starting and running your own business. Some events are free and most cost from $49 - $119. They also have an excellent blog and resources centre. 


2. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada provide a host of services and information about setting up a business in Canada, including grants and financing, business structure, permits, regulations and much more. They also provide step-by-step guides for certain industries. 

  • Don’t miss: Starting a business, the steps to consider before operating a business in Canada

3. Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) offers financing solutions for entrepreneurs for projects and working capital. Even if you don’t need them for financing the free tools and resources on their website are great for business planning. 


4. The Small Business Accelerator - that’s us! - assists with secondary market research by offering curated access to credible information vetted by business librarians for entrepreneurs, micro and small businesses across BC. The site includes a Business Basics section, which has links to free and low cost resources such as business plan templates. The SBA also features more than 100 industry market research guides, offering step-by-step research tips. We are also available to provide email reference support and referrals to UBC services.


5. Futurpreneur Canada provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. 


6. Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization created to help BC women launch, lead and scale their own businesses. They offer a variety of resources, training and advice as well as business loans.

  • Don’t miss: twice monthly phone in sessions for Business Loans Information and Starting a Business Information 

7. entrepreneurship@UBC provide incubator and accelerator programs for UBC-related startups*, they also host workshops and events and can provide general advice on how to get your venture started. 

  • Don’t miss: sign up to their monthly newsletter to make sure you never miss a thing!

*“UBC-related” means at least one of the founders of the startup must be a UBC student, faculty, staff, or recent alumna/alumnus (up to 5 years from graduation).”
 

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