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Business & Investing

Online Databases – Resources Requiring Login (Library card and password)

CBCA – Canadian business magazines, trade journals, general business publications, academic journals, topical journals and professional publications.

Lynda.com – Online video tutorial site with over 6,300 courses in software, business, technology, creative skills, and more. Courses are taught by industry experts and include tutorials at beginner to advanced levels.


Subject Guides – Open Resources (no login required)

In the Library

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Business planning 658.4012
Home-based businesses 658.041
Entrepreneurship 658.11
Marketing 380 or 658.8
New business enterprises 658.11
Success in business 650.1

Doing Business in the Capital Regional District

Links to main websites in the following areas of the CRD:

City of Victoria Saanich Oak Bay Esquimalt
Colwood Langford Metchosin View Royal
Central Saanich Sidney Highlands North Saanich

Business Directories

BC Manufacturers’ Directory – A database of 4800 manufacturing companies, with product lines, locations, employee size, and more.

Fraser’s Directory – Canadian industrial manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers.

Canadian Company Capabilities

Thomas Register – North American industries, searchable by location or industry with over 67,000 categories.

Corporations Canada – Search over 500,000 federally incorporated businesses, by location, corporate name, or status.

Kompass International

Kelly’s Directory of B2B Suppliers – Search for suppliers and product lines worldwide.


Business Plans

Business Planners – A variety of business plan samples and templates from profit and nonprofit organizations.

BDC’s Business Planning – Blank business plan templates (requires Word and Excel) and sample business plans (PDF).

Encyclopedia of Small Business – Over 160 real business plans from service, retail and manufacturing sectors.


Market Research

Statistics Canada CANSIM – CANSIM is Statistics Canada’s key socioeconomic database. Updated daily, CANSIM provides fast and easy access to a large range of the latest statistics available in Canada.

Small Business Accelerator – Research and planning sources for BC businesses, sponsored by UBC.

Business Gateway – From BC Stats (our provincial statistical agency).

Capital Regional District – Factsheets and profiles of regional statistics.

Neighbourhood Profiles of Victoria – From the City of Victoria.

2006 Census Profile for Victoria

Tables by Metropolitan Area, Victoria

Market Research Handbook, 2008 – From Statistics Canada

Housing Price Statistics for Greater Victoria – From the Victoria Real Estate Board


Business Support Services

OneStop Business Registry – Information on registering your business name, incorporating your business in BC, and applying for your business licences.

Canada Business: Government Sources for Enterpreneurs

Resource Centre for Small Business (BC Government website)

Industry Canada – Industry profiles for Canada and internationally; company profiles; market research.

Business Podcasts – Daily business podcasts from a variety of sources, courtesy of Dailysplice.com


Business News

Victoria Times-Colonist – Business section

Business Examiner (Vancouver Island edition)

BC Business Magazine

Canadian Business Magazine

CBC – Business

Financial Post (National Post)

Report on Business (Globe and Mail)

Canada Newswire

Reuters News – Business section


Local Business Associations

Downtown Victoria Business Association – Phone:250-386-2238 Email:info@downtownvictoria.ca 

Oak Bay Business Improvement Association – Phone: 250-595-1500 Email:infooakbaybia@ayhoo.ca

Sidney Business Association – Phone: 250-655-6417 No email, webform only.

Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce – Phone: 250-704-2525 Email:admin@esquimaltchamber.ca

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce – Phone: 250-383-7191 Email:chamber@gvcc.org

Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce – Phone: 250-656-3616 Email:info@peninsulachamber.ca

WestShore Chamber of Commerce – Phone: 250-478-1130 Email:chamber@westshore.bc.ca

Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island – To encourage ethical standards in business and to educate consumers. Phone: 250-386-6348 Toll Free: 1-877-826-4222 General inquiries: info@vi.bbb.org

Greater Victoria Economic Development Commission (Business Victoria) – Phone: 250-384-2432 Email:info@businessvictoria.net

HOST Victoria (Home Office Support Team) – Host supports local home-based businesses in the Greater Victoria area.

Vancouver Island Women’s Business Network – Phone: none given. Email: info@viwbn.org

VIATeC  Promotes the development of the advanced technology industry on Vancouver Island. Phone: 250-483-3214 Email: info@viatec.ca

Canadian Youth Business Foundation – This national charity provides start-up mentoring, financing and business resources for young Canadians, age 18-34, to create their own successful business.

Small Business BC – Non-profit organization collaborating with public and private sector partners to help entrepreneurs fully access business resources.
Phone: 1-800-667-2272 Email:askus@smallbusinessbc.ca

Women’s Enterprise Centre – Assists women in starting and growing businesses in British Columbia. Phone: 1-800-643-7014. E-mail:inquiry@womensenterprise.ca

Francophone Economic Development Organization – La Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDECB) représente les intérêts du secteur économique de la communauté francophone. (SDECB, Services aux Entreprises) Sans frais : 1-877-732-3534 Email: info@sdecb.com