Goals and Activities

Startups and small businesses are drivers of innovation and creativity in Canada. The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre's Small Business (SBA) library program is committed to making it easier for them to succeed by providing free access to high quality, online, secondary market research and business information.  We value working with community business support agencies and promoting their services and expertise – contributing to the cultural, social and economic dimensions of our diverse BC communities. 

Provide free access to current and trustworthy business information and secondary market research support for BC's small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Activities

  • Maintain a collection of  industry-specific business Accelerator Guides that represent the diverse BC markets that will accelerate research and business development.
  • Simplify the use of complicated online resources and expedite access by developing embedded instruction including search tips, citations, and descriptive annotations.
  • Provide in-person secondary market research training and SBA demos, as requested.
Support BC libraries in their work with local business communities.

Activities

  • Increase access to library licensed resources, including one-time licensing the Gale Business Plan Handbook which increased access to over 2 million BC residents.
  • Contribute to professional networks, including business and library events, conferences and publications.
  • Collaborate with BC libraries to serve the information needs of our diverse business communities.
Facilitate connections between business support providers, libraries, and entrepreneurs to support the success of our BC communities.

Activities

  • Build our online community and encourage website visitors and partners to collaborate by contributing valuable expertise, information, services and ideas.
  • Provide promotional materials to assist BC librarians and other business service providers in referring users to our online tools.
  • Promote or participate in selected BC business events.
  • Maintain a directory of business support and service provider from across BC.