including: writing business plans, sources for finding business plans, rationale for business planning, approaches to business development (e.g., business modelling)

Business Planning

Business Research Resources for UBC Alumni

Apr 4, 2015

As alumni, UBC graduates have access to a rich source of business information by getting and registering their UBC Alumni A-card, which grants them access to Business Source Alumni Edition. If you are thinking of starting your own business and have obtained a degree from a UBC campus, consider the following to help you with your business research. Below we have highlighted some of the best ways to use the A-Card to access business research for recent (and not-so-recent) UBC graduates.

Co-founder Partnerships: Four Tips for Buddying Up – Video Content Roundup

Mar 3, 2014

There’s no getting around the fact that entrepreneurship is hard work. The rewards can be tremendous, but the time and effort that goes into building a company from the ground up is more than most people can handle—by themselves, anyway. To ease the burden of managing a startup, many entrepreneurs go into business with a co-founder. Splitting the responsibility takes some of the load off your back while also providing a second set of opinions and strategies that can steer your company in the right direction. However, co-founding a startup is a tricky endeavour in itself.

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Coworking Spaces are Entrepreneurial Incubators

Apr 4, 2022

Aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs often have a long list of questions about taking their ventures from idea to implementation, ranging from How do I write an appropriate business plan? to How can I secure funding for my website or storefront? Answering these requires time, space, and a dedicated environment in which to work and learn.

Family Business & Succession Planning

Feb 2, 2017

With Family Day just around the corner, it’s time to talk “The Talk” with your kin. That’s right: we’re talking about family succession planning. Business owners want to see their businesses grow and succeed into the future. Yet, according to PwC Canada, only 18% of Canadian family businesses have a comprehensive succession plan.

Five Quick Tips For High-Tech Small Business

May 5, 2016

Vancouver is establishing itself as a prime location for technology start-ups in Canada; this emergence will provide benefits to the technology sector. Tech businesses need to get these five things right to establish themselves and grow. The five key components to successfully starting a high-tech small business are listed below, along with additional resources for further reading.

Gen X, Y or Z? British Columbia’s Demographic Breakdown

Feb 2, 2017

We often come across the terms such as Millennial, Gen X, Baby Boomers, Gen Y and Gen Z in the news, read about future trends or hear business leaders talk about their future customer base.  What do these age groups really mean?