Business Basics


So, you would like to own a small business. Or, you’re an entrepreneur who’s thought up the next great thing. What now?

Well, we can provide some answers. The Small Business Accelerator at the University of British Columbia is dedicated to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs flourish. Here you will find curated resources to help with all aspects of starting and running a small business — from your initial research to creating marketing material.

You will find:

  • Information on how to critically evaluate your business idea
  • Tools to help with business planning
  • Sources for acquiring funding to start or grow your business
  • Direction for accessing legal assistance, and
  • Tips for effective management of your operation

The resources we share are aimed at helping businesses from all industries. So, be sure sure to explore our Industry Guides for information on industry-specific small-business ideas. We have produced more than 100 different guides that will help you research your unique industry, competitors, and target markets.

We focus on providing and/or recommending free or low-cost resources — perfect for those just starting on their entrepreneurial ventures.

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Video Tutorials

Watch a series of videos to learn the basics of researching industries.



The Beginner's Guide to Business Research

Follow a step-by-step process for conducting secondary market research. 



Evaluating Your Business Idea

Evaluate your specific business idea using these recommended books, articles, and tools.



Business Plans

Draft your business plan with the aid of trustworthy tools. We provide an overview of the Lean Startup methodology for those interested.



Funding & Financing

Access grant, funding, and financing opportunities for Canadian businesses.




Acquire everything you need to keep your launched business running smoothly.



Human Resources

Review resources to help you overcome the challenges of being the boss.



Legal Assistance

Gather insight to help find and work with a business lawyer.




Get inspired to create a marketing plan to let others know about the product or service you provide. The tools and templates here are divided into two sections: Digital Marketing and Graphic Design.