Starting a Business in British Columbia

Starting a business is both an exciting and challenging venture. EKB has been helping people get established in British Columbia for decades.

Our team of business lawyers recognizes that uncertainty about legal, financial, and other start-up costs is a major challenge facing those starting a business. EKB’s fixed-fee start-up packages help remove some of that uncertainty so entrepreneurs can focus on what’s important: making their business succeed.

Our fixed-fee solutions start with a consultation with one of our business lawyers who will walk you through what services and packages we offer. We’ll provide a tailored approach for what your business needs, offering legal services that address the following issues and more.

Starting a Business in BC Resources

Our resources including the guide below, Starting a Business in BC, focus on a number of issues that aspiring business owners are faced with—EKB offers legal services to address every one.

The Necessary First Steps

There are many necessary initial steps to take in order to successfully start or continue operations.

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Business Structure

One of the very first steps of starting and running a business is choosing a legal structure for your business.

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Shareholders’ Agreements

Shareholders should enter into a shareholders’ agreement in the early stages of starting a business.

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Starting a new business comes with many challenges, such as finding a space to operate.

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At some point in your business’ lifecycle, you’ll probably need cash exceeding what your business is able to generate.

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Get the Guide

To learn more about important considerations and information on starting a business in BC, download our in-depth guide.


About Fraser

Fraser Hartley has worked with clients on a range of transactional matters, with a focus on corporate financings, mergers and acquisitions and financial restructurings. In addition, he provides advice on corporate governance and securities compliance issues and general corporate and commercial matters.

Fraser has acted for domestic, U.S. and international public and private companies and has significant experience acting for financial institutions in public and private capital markets transactions, secured lending and acquisition financings.

Prior to joining EKB, Fraser worked at an international law firm based in New York, practising U.S. law and also as legal counsel at a major U.S. investment bank supporting capital markets transactions.