BC Chamber of Commerce quick facts

•The chamber network is the largest, most broadly based business organization in B.C.

•The chamber network is the largest, most broadly based business organization in B.C.

• More than 125 chambers and boards of trade represent 36,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors of the economy.

• Small business makes up 98 per cent of all business in the province and employ over one million people.

• According to BC Stats — B.C.’s small business sector grew 1,400 per cent above the national average last year.

• British Columbia ranks first in Canada for the number of small businesses per capita, with 83 businesses per 1,000 people (national average is 70.3).

• Small businesses account for 35 per cent of British Columbia’s GDP, tied for first place in the country and higher than the Canadian average of 32 per cent.

• Small business provides nearly 54 per cent of all private-sector jobs in British Columbia, the highest rate in the country.