The Bureau would like to warn small business operators about directory companies selling publications on how to obtain government funding, when you can access this information for free.
Advertisements for government assistance programs may actually turn out to be companies selling guides allegedly showing small businesses how to get these grants and loans.
This information is available, at no charge, at your public library or through the Canada B C Business Service Centre, a non-profit society.
You can contact the Canada B C Business Service Centre at 604-775-5525 within Greater Vancouver and 1-800-667-2272 from the rest of BC, fax them at 604-775-5520, or visit the organization's website at www.smallbusinessbc.ca.
For information about other government grants and loans you can find out about provincial programs by calling Enquiry BC at 604-660-2421 within Lower Mainland BC and 1-800-663-7867 outside the Vancouver area, and federal funding at 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232).