Education and Networking

Make the Connections You Need to Succeed

The Basin Business Advisors Program (BBA) provides free education and networking services to entrepreneurs in the Columbia Basin region. Our team of experts can help you navigate the wealth of programming and financial supports available through the Columbia Basin Trust, our regional partners, and the provincial and federal governments. Our navigators know who to talk to and what you can learn to help make your business a success in our community

Common areas of networking support include:

Education Gap Analysis and Referral

  • BBA HR and Tech Education Series
  • External partner webinars and workshops
  • Post secondary technical training courses

Grant and Subsidy Referrals

  • Columbia Basin Trust business support programs
  • Province of BC and other provincial opportunities
  • Government of Canada, IRAP, Pacific Economic Development Canada

Networking and Mentorship Referrals

  • Introductions to other BBA Clients
  • Participation in the BBA Mentorship program
  • BBA General Advisors, Columbia Basin Trust Sector-specific Advisory Partners

How to Access this Free Service

Eligible businesses must be:

  • headquartered or management based in the Columbia Basin region;
  • a for-profit business that is actively conducting business and earning revenue;
  • in compliance with all Canadian laws and regulations; and
  • registered and have a business number.

Ineligible business include:

  • concept or start-up businesses that have not generated revenue;
  • multi-level marketing businesses;
  • regulated industries such as cannabis/tobacco production or retail liquor sales; and
  • franchise owners or businesses

Not sure if you’re eligible? Contact Us and we can talk about it!

One to one Advisory Services

Our Navigators may recommend you meet with a BBA Business Advisor to dig deep into a challenge or opportunity your business may be facing. This referral will be made as part of your needs assessment and the advisory services are provided free of charge.

Ready to get started?

Each business is required to complete our online application form.

Have questions before you apply? Contact Us and we can talk about it!

If you are an Agriculture Based Business, you may prefer to reach out to our Agricultural Specialist. Learn More.