In British Columbia, small business is a big deal.
That’s why the Government of British Columbia established a permanent Small Business Roundtable in 2005 to champion small business interests to government. The Small Business Roundtable facilitates an ongoing dialogue between government and the small business sector to identify key issues and opportunities facing B.C. small businesses, and develop recommendations for small business and government on strategies to enhance the sector’s growth and success.
B.C. has the highest number of small businesses per capita in Canada. Enterprising entrepreneurs forge the businesses and opportunities that provide the economic foundation for communities across the province, creating over half of B.C.’s private sector employment and jobs to over one million British Columbians.
In B.C., small business is big business!
Who we are
Our board is comprised of small business leaders from across British Columbia who collectively represent the broad and diverse interests of small business from all regions and sectors. Our board members engage with small businesses in their region and throughout the province to understand the issues that are top of mind for small business owners. They provide advice to government on policies and programs, and recommend actions government should take to help small businesses thrive and grow.
How we work
The Roundtable engages with the small business community ongoing: informally through business and community networks, from feedback we receive through the website’s Get Involved pages, and through formal community consultations. Our board meets quarterly to share what we’ve learned and provide feedback and advice to government. We encourage you to engage with us.
In 2018, the Small Business Task Force was formed as a special Roundtable initiative to engage with small businesses in community consultations held throughout the province and an online survey to hear from small businesses first hand.