10 Steps to Start

  • 10 Steps to Start

Ten steps to starting your business

The Canadian Business Network has identified ten key steps to starting your business. Our Resources and Tools will help you through the list.

  1. 1. Considerations before starting your business
  2. 2. Checklists and guides for starting a business
  3. 3. Business planning
  4. 4. Financing your new business
  5. 5. Naming your business
  6. 6. Registering your business
  7. 7. Permits, licences and regulations
  8. 8. Employees, payroll and taxes
  9. 9. Choosing and setting up a location
  10. 10. Social enterprise and non profits

Small Business Guides

Produced by the Government of BC:

> Starting a Small Business

> Small Business Resources Handout

> Starting a Restaurant in BC

> Starting a Franchise in BC


> WorkBC

Access a range of business planning tools, including a business plan check list and resource guide


> Small Business BC

Small Business BC offers a range of affordable tools, advice and education for starting or growing a small business.

> Access a comprehensive range of guides, checklists and how-tos.


> UBC, Small Business Accelerator Program

The Small Business Accelerator offers free online access to information and tools for market research for BC business and entrepreneurs.


> Women’s Enterprise

Women’s Enterprise is a leading business resource for BC women who own a business or are thinking of starting a business.


> Futurepreneur

Futurepeneur provides financing, mentoring, funding and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.


> Canada Business Network

The federal government provides a range of resources and information to get businesses going and growing.


> Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

A range of tools and resources to start your business.

If you are conducting business within the District of Squamish, a valid business license is required. Please contact the District of Squamish.


> Permit Search

Find out what permits you need to open your business.


> Small Business BC

Access a range of registration services.


> BizPal

BizPaL is an online service that provides you with simplified access to information about business permits, licenses and other requirements needed to establish, operate and grow your business.


> OneStop Registry Services

Take care of the most common business registrations online.

When starting a business in Squamish, you can get all the business services you need, right here in town. From legal services to marketing, your business can access services at the quality and cost your business needs. By supporting local businesses, you support the Squamish economy and help create a thriving community where businesses support and reinvest in one another. In turn, the community benefits from the support of Squamish businesses, from sponsoring minor hockey to developing trails and mentoring young entrepreneurs.

You can find all the services you need start your business in our business listings:

• Lawyers to set up your operation <link to legal category>

Realtors to find a location

• Accountants and book keepers to look after the finances < link to finance and insurance>

• Business consultants to develop strategy <link to business and prof>

• Promotions and marketing to help you gain customers <link to ad and media>

• Trainers and coachers to help you and your team grow <link to education and coaching>