Kickstart Your Business Goals This January

SBBC is ready to fuel your business goals in 2024. Whether you’re launching or elevating your business, let's make this year a success together.

Explore our January business education, or sign up free for the first Build. Grow. Thrive. event of the year on Thursday, February 8, at the Victoria Conference Centre. Explore  

New Year, New Business? 
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to start a business in 2024? SBBC is here to help! Start with our dedicated Starting a Business page and access practical resources and valuable support.

We’re also thrilled to announce an exciting giveaway. You could win a free Business Plan Consulting and Review Service. All you need to do is enter our Instagram contest - good luck! Start Here  

Apply for the Workplace Accessibility Grant 
Is your business accessible to those with a disability? Get started on creating an inclusive work environment with direct funding from the Workplace Accessibility Grant.

Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of up to $5,000. These funds cover expenses related to approved projects aimed at improving workplace accessibility. Learn More  

We get it: too many inboxes, too little time. The good news: Thryv’s Command Center is here to help you put all your social, text, phone and email into one tidy inbox and comes with a free business phone number. What’s not to like? Use Command Center for Free
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Preparing for Holiday Success

The holiday season is almost here, so how prepared is your business? If you’ve left some of your planning to the last minute, don’t worry. There are still plenty of small but highly effective steps you can take to set your business up for success.

To help, we’ve created some dedicated resources with quick wins and small tweaks you can make to maximize your chances for success.

We start thinking about the holiday season in the Summer. We know it’s going to be busy. We also know there’s going to be weather events and flu season as well. We also know it’s a huge opportunity for us.

Read More: Preparing Your Business For The Holidays

Petition to the Government of Canada


  • Many small businesses have yet to fully recover from the financial impact of the pandemic, and have faced the added pressures of inflation and a tight labour market;
  • Small businesses, Chambers of commerce and business advocates across Canada have called on the federal government to extend by a full year the repayment terms of the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) and Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) programs, including the deadline for accessing partial loan forgiveness; and
  • By extending access to partial loan forgiveness under CEBA/RRRF by only three weeks, the federal government has failed to sufficiently addressed the challenges small businesses are facing.

We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to extend the deadline to qualify for partial loan forgiveness under the CEBA and RRRF until at least December 31, 2024.

Read more: e-4624 (Business and trade)