The Mainland/Southwest includes Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Sunshine Coast, and stretches north to include Whistler, Pemberton and Lillooet. It is home to 3 million people or 61.1% of the provincial population. Vancouver is the financial and business capital of B.C. with many businesses headquartered in the region. Major sectors include trade and financial services, transportation, education, secondary manufacturing, tourism and agriculture.


The following list of organizations offer services and programs dedicated to helping small businesses succeed in the region.

Small Business BC, Vancouver

Futurpreneur BC

Women's Enterprise Centre, Vancouver

Chambers of Commerce

Mobile Business Licence Agreements

The following areas hold a Mobile Licence Agreement for mobile businesses in their areas. Check with the local municipality to see if a Mobile Business Licence can apply to your mobile business type.

  • Fraser Valley: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Delta, Hope, Kent, Langley City, Langley Township, Maple Ridge, Mission, Pitt Meadows, Surrey, Harrison Hot Springs, Merritt
  • Metro West: Burnaby, Delta, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver
  • Tri-Cities Area: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody
  • North Shore: North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District, West Vancouver
  • Sunshine Coast: Gibsons, Sechelt, shíshálh Nation

Aboriginal Financial Institutions


Spotlight on Big Bros Barbershop

Categories: Lower Mainland/Southwest

Big Bros Barbershop is unique because they are one of the very few brick-and-mortar spaces dedicated to trans wellness and where you can buy gender-affirming products in person. They have clients and visitors from across the lower mainland and sometimes internationally, including families with young trans teens. View the full interview: Big Bros Barbershop Website: Big Bros… Read More

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