Business Victoria provides a one-stop shop for business assistance to the local community.

Small businesses are the backbone of Greater Victoria’s economic strength, with over three quarter of the region’s companies having fewer than five employees.

To help ensure these small businesses have the support they need to grow and remain healthy, Business Victoria has developed a variety of business resources and entrepreneurial training.

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The Firestarter Entrepreneurial Training Program is designed to help you to research, plan, start and grow your own business. It includes ideas help, workshops, mentoring sessions and a range of free services at a heavily subsidised cost.

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EntreActive has been developed to help people with disabilities – in particular those who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits – in developing and implementing their business concepts.

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Learn how you can improve your business by taking a one-off workshop. Business Victoria runs workshops throughout the year on subjects ranging from law and financing, to social media and business planning.

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Loans & financing

We've put together some resources to help you with the financial challenge of starting a business. Business Victoria is also a community partner of the Canadian Business Youth Foundation, which assists young people (18-39) with starting a business, including providing start-up loans.

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