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Bicycle Business Guide

Bicycling is a very popular activity in British Columbia. The bicycle business is a diverse industry, and includes activities such as bicycle retailing and repair, and the manufacturing of bicycles and bicycle parts and accessories.

Bookstore Guide

Bookstores are establishments that sell new/used books, magazines and other related materials in a physical or online store. Many independent bookstores offer additional services such as coffee or snacks, in order to create a welcoming environment. Bookstores are often seen as being important to their communities as they may host local events, promote community literacy, and offer other services of value. .

Clothing Retailer Guide

Clothing retailers are establishments that sell apparel products to a target group of consumers (men, women, children, petite, tall, etc.). Retailers develop their inventory from a combination of sources: wholesale distributors, local designers, consignment, or sometimes even their own unique fashion creations.

Fashion Design Guide

Fashion design is the applied art of creating clothing and lifestyle accessories. Apparel manufacturing includes businesses that are engaged in manufacturing clothing using a variety of different techniques and styles. Fashion designers also work with clients to help them create a wardrobe or a particular look for an event.

Florist Shop Guide

A florist shop is a retail establishment that sells cut flowers and ornamental plants. The floral trade involves activities such as flower care, flower arranging, floral design, merchandising, and often flower delivery.

Grocery Store Guide

Grocery stores exist in many shapes and forms. Both big cities and small communities have a need for basic grocery products, and many family grocers have had long-term success across BC. Running a grocery store requires good planning - inventory, pricing, marketing and employee management are all critical factors to success in this industry.

Jewellery Design Guide

Jewellery designers create, craft or fabricate items of jewellery. Jewellery designers are often goldsmiths, silversmiths, or metalworkers, but can also work with a variety of other materials. Jewellery designers often work with distributors and retail store owners to get their jewellery to consumers. 

Online Retail Guide

Online retail stores are virtual establishments that may sell a variety of consumer or business-to-business products through e-commerce transactions. Locating a retail store in an online setting allows an owner to reach a larger and more geographically diverse group of potential consumers, and can lower operating costs by eliminating the need to rent or lease a bricks and mortar storefront location. As e-commerce continues to grow in popularity, the opportunities for successful online businesses will also expand.

Pet Products Guide

The pet industry is one of the fastest growing businesses, with Canadians spending nearly $3 billion annually on pet expenses including food, veterinary care, and supplies. The pet products industry includes businesses that manufacture pet food and treats, pet clothing, pet housing, and pet toys and training accessories.

Specialty Foods Guide

Specialty food refers to items that cater to a specific audience such as organic, gluten-free, halal or artisanal food products. Specialty food retailers may offer a broad array of goods or focus entirely on one type of product. Retailers may also be food producers themselves, selling wares online or through a home-based business.

Toy Manufacturing Guide

Toys come in all sizes and shapes and are sold to children of all ages. Small business owners can specialize in a certain category such as stuffed toys or board games or they can work with particular materials such as recycled plastic or wood. Manufacturers can sell through retailers or directly at a shop or online.

Wholesale Guide

Buy big, sell big, think big - that's the guiding idea behind wholesaling for profit. Wholesale businesses are involved in trade, often international, of either durable or non durable goods of all sorts. A wholesale business might specialize in a particular product (such as books or shoes) or offer a variety of bulk products in a large retail environment, sometimes called mass merchandising.