Participate in the Great BC Business Sale

Older male business owner smiling with arms crossed, workshop and tools in background.

Business
OWNERS

2 out of every 5 business owners in rural and non-metropolitan BC are expected to exit their business in the next 5 years. It's a challenging market out there - one that needs you to compete in order to stand out and attract the kind of buyer that your business needs. 

On average it takes 2+ years for a business to sell.
Now is the time to act! 

Exhibit Your Business!

Get Your Business Noticed

The GBCBS is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase your business for sale and to meet serious buyers from BC lower mainland, BC, inter-provincial and international markets all in one venue over the course of one day. The downtown Vancouver location makes it simple and convenient for buyers to attend, view business listings for sale, and interact directly with sellers like you. 

Buyers will be encouraged to take part in free Buyer Training Sessions to get informed about what it takes to purchase a business. While on site, they will be greeted by representatives from your community who will inform them about local business resources, incentives, and the lifestyle perks that come with relocation. These representatives include partners and stakeholders from government, real estate, the Commercial Real Estate Council, economic development offices, business lending institutions, and other service providers. Together, we are working to help you achieve the greatest exposure to sell your business and to transition out of it successfully.

Money-Back Guarantee

Take action now as space is limited! If your business happens to sell prior to September 1st, 2020 the GBCBS will reimburse you the full cost of your Storyboard purchase. Proof of sale will be required.

Image

Ask Yourself

  • Are you planning to move on from your business but don't know where to start?
  • Are you concerned that a family member won't be buying your business?
  • Do you feel like your business is perfect for the right person, but don't know how to find them? 
  • Are you not finding any success using traditional advertising methods to sell your business?
  • Do you wish you could reach out to a larger market of buyers, but don't know where to find them?

If you answered yes, the GBCBS was made for you.

How to Get Started

1

List Your Business on Venture Connect.ca

Create a user account with GBCBS affiliate Venture Connect and list your business on their website free of charge. Once you are logged in as a user, select "add new listing" and will be asked a series of questions about your business. If you are working through a broker or realtor, they may do this for you.
2

Ensure Your Business is Vetted or Certified

All certified or vetted business listings will be automatically pulled from the Venture Connect website and uploaded to the GBCBS website for buyers and investors to view before the tradeshows. They will also be included in the Show Guide. If you are working with a broker or realtor and they have added your listing to Venture Connect.ca, they will be responsible for certifying your business. If you are not working with a broker or realtor your you will need to contact Venture Connect and request your business be vetted to ensure eligibility for inclusion in the GBCBS website and tradeshow. There is a $250 fee for vetting services.
3

Attend a Seller Workshop

Refer to our Workshops page to view a schedule.
4

Review the Seller Workbook

Contact GBCBS affiliate Venture Connect to receive your free copy of the Business Seller Workbook: Pathway to a Successful Sale. Available by request only.
5

Become an Exhibitor: Purchase your Storyboard

Visit the Exhibitors page for exhibitor information and to register. Purchase of a Storyboard includes 1 Event Ticket. Attendance is optional.
Image

Additional Services for Sellers

Want to make your business more competitive and attractive to buyers? GBCBS affiliate Venture Connect can help. These additional services are offered on a fee-for-service basis and are optional (not mandatory) for participation in the GBCBS.

  • Sale Preparation Package
    Designed to take your business from where it is today to maximizing your options from its sale.
  • Business Fact Sheet
    A multi-page professional marketing document presenting the key elements of your business to buyers. Note that the Fact Sheet information can be used as the basis for your Exhibitor Storyboard.
Image
Image

January 2021: The Virtual GBCBS Tradeshow

In January 2021 the GBCBS goes online as Canada's first virtual tradeshow to buy and sell businesses! Your experience at the Vancouver tradeshow will put you in a good position to apply what you learned to another group of buyers and investors. When you register to become an Exhibitor your business will automatically be listed at the Virtual tradeshow at no additional cost!

Moving Forward with a Sale

Found a buyer or investor? Community Futures can provide services and connect you with other experts for buyer/investor follow-up and ongoing support to manage a sale.

GBCBS affiliate Venture Connect can also provide support with purchase follow-through including mediation services. Find out why they have a high-than-average track record of successful sales transitions across BC.