Sunshine Coast Economic Development - British Columbia, Canada

Economic Development Programs

Economic Development Programs

Starting Up or Tuning Up?

Whether you’re starting up or tuning up your business, here are some resources and information sites that may be helpful.

Community Futures Development Corporation — Sunshine Coast

  • Loans
  • Business Planning and Advisory Services

Based in Sechelt, Community Futures is a non-profit, federally and provincially funded organization focused on developing the economic and entrepreneurial capacity of the Sunshine Coast. It supports new and existing business development through business counselling and assistance, loans, and business planning.

Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization (SCREDO) – Sunshine Coast

Self-Employed Women’s Network (SEWN) – Sunshine Coast

PowHerHouse Women’s Networking – Sunshine Coast

Small Business BC

  • Free Online Tools and Resources
  • Seminars and Webinars
  • Advisory Services
  • Assistance with Business Registration
  •  Information on permits and licenses
  • Checklists and templates
  • Links to services and publications

This government service has resources and tools to help small business–with a focus on breaking down barriers to doing business though programs such as the Mobile Business Licence, BizPaL and Building Skills for Small Business. Located at the Waterfront Skytrain Station in Vancouver, Small Business BC’s mandate is to assist entrepreneurs in starting up small business ventures, and to help small businesses grow and improve profitability.

Women’s Enterprise Centre

  • Training and mentoring
  • Business Loans
  • Business advice

This program has offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna, offering workshops, business advice and financial support to BC women who are starting, growing or purchasing a business.

Small Business Accelerator Program

The Small Business Accelerator, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia, is curated by professional librarians to help you to research your business idea. Use this website to write a business plan, gauge your growth potential, learn about market trends and to discover new opportunities.

Other Business Links

Concierge Service:

This is a one-stop-shop for all federal grants and programs to support business development and innovation. 1-855-53-GUIDE (1-855-534-8433)

Doing Business with the Federal Government

The Government of Canada purchases approximately $20 billion of goods and services each year. The top 10 commodities supplied by companies in the Pacific Region include Architect and Engineering services, Custodial Operations and related services, Environmental services, Instruments and Laboratory Equipment and various R and D work, professional services including consulting services and IT services. The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) came to the Sunshine Coast to give a seminar on How to Sell to the Government of Canada. A PDF of the presentation is available here. For further information, contact OSME.

Western Diversification Fund

Funding is available to non-profit organizations (including business organizations and local government) for projects that support the development and diversification of the western Canadian economy.

BC Agricultural and Buy Local Project Funding

The Investment Agriculture Foundation strategically invests federal and provincial funds in support of innovative projects to benefit the agri-food industry in British Columbia. Funding is available to help industry seize new opportunities and deal with emerging issues.


First Nations Economic Development Database

The database contains information about First Nations Communities, Companies, Agreements, and their relationship to Major Projects in BC.

Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization

District of Sechelt Sechelt Indian Government District SCRD   Gibsons


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