What we do

  • Provide you with no-cost, individualized business advice and support
  • Work with you to refine your business concept and identify a viable business venture
  • Help you overcome gaps in skills and experience and other barriers to developing a successful business
  • Provide expert advice on market trends and regulatory requirements
  • Help you establish your business including initial launch
  • Support you in growing your business to operate independently of the Ignite program

Ignite Small Business Start-ups is a joint initiative between Settlement Services International (SSI) and ISSofBC. SSI is a community organization and social business based in Sydney, Australia that “supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential.”

You can join if you are:
  • Refugee, Permanent Resident or Canadian citizen
  • BC Resident
  • Employed, unemployed or underemployed
  • Not a full-time student
  • Not participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program
  • At minimum CLB 5 (Intermediate to Advanced English)
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  • Working with an Ignite facilitator one-on-one until the business is start-up ready
  • Assistance with business plan development and financial management
  • Connections to industry experts and other professionals who offer targeted business advice and support in various aspects (registration, marketing, regulatory and legal requirements, etc.)
  • Product or service testing and development
  • Referrals to other services and supports (eg., settlement) as required
  • Advice and referral options to support next steps after exiting the program

Contact us

Phone: 604-683-1684
Email: sparkandignite@issbc.org