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Business Resources for Newcomers

Business Resources for Newcomers

Find the business help you need as a newcomer to BC

Ever Thought of Starting Your Own Business? You’re Not Alone

Many newcomers who come to Canada will end up starting their own business. In fact, according to the 2016 Census, there are more than 600,000 self-employed immigrants across Canada. If you’re a newcomer and you’re considering your own business, you will want to arm yourself with as much information as you can. Luckily, there are many free, or relatively inexpensive, resources available to you!

Business Resources in BC

  1. The Vancouver Public Library’s Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre is an online and in-person resource centre that helps newcomers to Canada find the information they need to get a job, explore careers, or start a business. Their services and resources are free. Their Small Business Guide will help you find materials at the Vancouver Public Library and on the internet to help you start a small business in British Columbia. Small Business Support offers information on Starting a New Business for Newcomers, Financing Your Small Business, Market Research and Business Plan, and more.
  2. DIVERSECity Community Resources Society is a registered charity helping newcomers to Surrey, Delta, Langley, and White Rock. They provide specialized services for newcomers, including a free Immigrant Entrepreneur Program designed to help newcomers explore business ideas, do market research and competitor analysis, write a business plan, register their business, understand financial loan options, learn about marketing, sales and operational plans, and more. You will receive one-one consultations and referrals to business resources in the community to help you launch your business. 
  3.  Small Business BC helps entrepreneurs with products and services to assist their successful entry into small business ventures and supports to help them grow and become resilient. They offer several free to low-cost seminars on many topics that will benefit your small business. With a team of advisors on hand to answer your questions, you can take advantage of a wide range of services including: Guided Business Registration, Import/Export Advisory and Registration, Business Plan Review Services, Market Research Advisory Services, and more.
  4. The Business Development Bank of Canada offers a free online course to guide you through all the aspects of starting a business in Canada. You’ll be introduced to key business concepts and discover what information to gather to write your business plan. Along the way, you’ll also get advice from experts in a variety of fields, including financial management, human resources, and sales and marketing. And, you’ll be inspired by the real-life stories of entrepreneurs and learn how they succeeded.
  5.  ISSofBC provides a supportive environment for newcomers to Canada of all backgrounds. They offer newcomers two free options for entrepreneurs:  Spark – If you’re a newcomer interested in exploring your ability to become self-employed, Spark can help you take the first steps. Ignite – If you’re a newcomer with a clear business idea or need help to improve an existing business, Ignite can connect you to opportunities and resources to help you build and grow.

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With the many resources and services available, you can know you’re in good hands when exploring your small business plan in BC. If you have questions, or you need help finding information, you can be assured that one of these organizations will know which direction to point you. Good luck!

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at Your Local Library

Rosh Hashanah

Children celebrating Rosh Hashanah

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at your local library!

L’shanah Tovah! Celebrating the New Year

Jewish communities are gearing up for a new year! Rosh Hashanah (which translates to “Head of the Year) is just around the corner. This important holiday marks the beginning of the Days of Awe – a 10-day period of reflection, repentance, and renewal leading up to Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah starts in the evening and lasts for two full days.

Traditionally, Rosh Hashanah is a time to gather with loved ones, reflect on the past year, and set intentions for the new year. It is customary to have big feasts: some traditional dishes include honey cake, brisket, and tzimmes (an Ashkenazi Jewish stew made with sweet root vegetables).

A common practice during this important holiday is to attend the High Holy Day services, where the shofar (a musical instrument typically made of a ram’s horn) can be heard. Many people also go to a Tashlich service (a ceremony recited alongside a body of running water) where people can throw bread crumbs into the water as a means of casting away their sins. On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to eat a new fruit as a  symbol for the newness of the year to come.

Celebrate the Jewish New Year at Your Local Library!

If you would like to learn more about the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, head to the Vancouver Public Library’s website for a list of books and resources available. However, the best way to learn is always through experience! The Richmond Public Library will host The Bayit on September 22nd, 2019 so that everyone can learn all about this important holiday and the cultural traditions associated with it. There will be a chance to make holiday crafts to prepare for the new Jewish year. You can sing, dance, and learn all about the special High Holidays! This event is brought to you by The Ben & Esther Dayson, Judaica Collection, the Richmond Public Library, and The Bayit. All ages of children are welcome to join! Drop by between 2 pm and 3:30 pm. No registration is required.

Shanah Tovah!

Homework Help at Your Public Library

It’s hard to believe that summer is over and school is starting up again! Before we know it, we’re going to be in the thick of homework assignments and our kids are going to need help. Thankfully, many libraries throughout the Lower Mainland have the resources needed; specifically: Homework Help. Below are only some examples of the free homework help available at libraries – check your local library to see what else may be offered.

Homework Help at the Library

The librarians at Burnaby Public Library are always ready to help students with their research. From basic tips students can use on their own, to information resources compiled at the library, students will find successful ways to start on any assignment. Librarians offer study help, writing help, research help and a list of school library websites to get you started. Most of this can be accessed online which allows flexibility to your student’s schedule.

Head over to the New Westminster Public Library and you will find more of the same. There are many books and magazines on a variety of subjects. They offer study guides for Math, Science, and English, as well as online magazines and newspapers from Canadian Newsstand and Pressreader. Librarians are available for help where it is needed.

The North Vancouver City Library offers Teen Tutors to assist with homework.  Teen tutors will help students reach their academic goals. Students can register to book an appointment and work one-on-one with another teen. They can also provide resources to help by subject area. These are available online, providing them flexibility with any schedule.

The Richmond Public Library has homework help from grade 8 up to post-graduation. They offer databases, websites, and books in the myriad of subject areas taught specific to each grade and beyond, ensuring that your child has the most up-to-date information at their fingertips.

At the Surrey Public Libraries, you will find Reading Buddies who can help your child with their literacy skills. You will also find tools and resources online, ranging from Ancient and Medieval History to Science Online. All services are free with a library membership.

Homework Help at the Library

The Vancouver Public Library also offers free access to online resources with a library card ranging from access to encyclopaedias to online tutorials in many subject areas. They also offer an online collection of young adult and teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, audiobooks and more with their free access to TeenBookCloud.

The West Vancouver Memorial Library also offers Homework Help. Whether you’re looking for something to help study for exams, or reliable articles for a paper, they’ve got it. Librarians can help at any stage of the research process from identifying the main concepts or keywords for questions, through searching and exploring the library collections to find the right resources.

With the above resources and knowledge available to you, your child will be able to research the topic completely and fully. Your child will learn the skills required to think critically and evaluate the information more closely and become one step closer to becoming a contributing member of this beautiful world we live in.

I wish you a happy start to your school year. I hope you tap into the resources of your public library as you move forward through this school year. Librarians have been working hard to ensure you have what you need to get you through this school year. Good luck.