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How to start a business in Surrey

Follow the business tools and resources to create a plan for your successful business.

Step 1 - Do research.  Get resources on how to start your business, create a business plan, and decide what type of business structure is right for your business.

Step 2 - Choose your business name and get it approved. Register and receive name approval for your business name.

Step 3 – Register your business. Learn how to register your business, register for PST, and learn what other requirements you may have, or what other permits you may need. All of these requirements depend on the type of business you're starting.

Step 4 – Get your business license with the City of Surrey. Obtain your business license in Surrey after you learn about bylaws and the type of license you need.

Then, learn more on incorporating your company, and learn how to get funding by securing financing.

Contact our Economic Development Office at 604-591-4128 if you have any questions as you follow the steps to creating your business.

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Go Green With Your Business

Learn about the different ways you can make your business more sustainable.

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Getting a Business Started

Use resources from BizPaL, Small Business BC and the One Stop Business Registry to help you get your business started.

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Deciding on a Business Structure

Choose which 1 of the 5 business structures meets your business needs best, as part of research, step 1 in starting your business.

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Developing a Business Plan

Develop a business plan to spot potential weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, as part of research, step 1 in starting your business.

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Getting Approval for a Business Name

Complete your research, then move to step 2 in registering your business and getting approval of your business name.

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Registering a Business

Register your business with the province of BC to get your business number, after you choose your business name and get it approved.

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Obtaining a Business License in Surrey

Make sure your business conforms to applicable City of Surrey bylaws, before applying for your Surrey business license.

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Registering for PST

Register your business for PST as part of your BC business' tax obligations.

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Securing Financing for Your Business

Get resources to secure financing, once you have your business plan developed.

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Business Requirements

Determine your list of potential permits and licenses for your business in Surrey.

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Funding for a Business

Learn about the financial incentives for doing business in Surrey.

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Locating or Expanding Your Business

Verify that the location you have selected is zoned to permit your business to operate.