Resource Links for Buyers

Financing

Community Futures British Columbia

Community Futures provide entrepreneurs with small business loans when traditional financial institutions are unable to help. Loans are available for new business start-ups, business expansion, or to stabilize an existing business. 
http://www.communityfutures.ca/programs/programs-for-entrepreneurs/small-business-loans.php 

Our Affiliates:

Community Futures Alberni Clayoquot 
http://cfac.ca/ 

Community Futures Central Island 
http://cfnanaimo.org/ 

Community Futures Cowichan 
http://cfcowichan.ca/ 

Community Futures Mount Waddington 
http://www.cfmw.ca/ 

Community Futures Powell River 
http://prfutures.ca/

Community Futures Sunshine Coast 
http://www.communityfutures.org/
 

Service Providers

Business Development Bank

Business Development Bank offers purchase financing for small business in Canada. 
http://www.bdc.ca/EN/Pages/home.aspx?gclid=CIms2MrVjK4CFeUaQgod5lw06Q

BizPal

BizPal is a service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits and licences from all levels of government. Visit www.bcbizpal.ca to start your customized search now.
http://www.bizpal.ca

Canada Business

Canada Business has a page that details government grants and loans for financing your business. 
http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/search/sof/

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

A provincial initiative designed to facilitate immigration to Canada and the purchase of Canadian business.
http://www.welcomebc.ca

Small Business BC

Small Business BC is British Columbia's resource centre for knowledge-based business products and services. Core activities are supported by funds from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. Small Business BC’s mandate is to provide small businesses at every stage of development with products, services, and support that: • Assist in development and growth • Improve productivity • Increase profitability • Enable businesses to take advantage of new opportunities.
http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA)

The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) is a collaborative partnership spearheading regional economic development for the Vancouver Island region.
http://www.viea.ca/
 

More Information

Why Acquire an Existing Business?

The Business Development Bank of Canada has numerous articles for buying or starting a small business. This article particularly outlines the benefits of buying an existing business as opposed to starting a new business.
http://www.bdc.ca/EN/advice_centre/start_or_buy_a_business/Pages/RelatedArticles.aspx?PATH=/EN/advice_centre/articles/Pages/acquisition_business_why.aspx 

Legalities of Starting a Business

A short article from Small Business BC about the legal requirements of starting a small business.
http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca/starting-a-business/legal-requirements 

A Comprehensive Guide to Buying a Business in Canada

This is a 20 page comprehensive business buying guide created by CanadaOne, Canada's business channel on the Internet. CanadaOne's niche is its focus on Canadian business. The website includes an online magazine, a Canadian business directory, Canadian specific business resources, a technology centre, and several other promotional tools designed to help Canadians grow their businesses.
http://www.canadaone.com/about.html 

Entrepreneur (on-line) - How to Buy a Business

Starting from scratch isn't the only way to get started. Buying an existing business can help you hit the ground running. Here's what you need to know to find a great deal.
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/79638 

New Zealand

A New Zealand article about the benefits of buying or starting a business.
http://www.bdc.ca/en/solutions/financing/Pages/fs_acquire_business_subordinate.aspx

How To Buy a Business in Canada

This article covers the steps needed when considering buying a business registered in Canada. 
http://www.ehow.com/how_6826923_buy-canadian-business.html