skip to Main Content

Join Us!

You are invited to participate in the Great BC Business Sale (GBCBS), British Columbia’s largest showcase of vetted businesses for sale, taking place October 3rd, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Brought to you by Community Futures, it’s the only tradeshow in the province where BC lower mainland, inter-provincial, and international buyers meet with business sellers, government, community representatives and business service providers to learn about business and investment opportunities in rural and non-metropolitan BC. Adding additional value, the GBCBS will be followed by a Virtual Tradeshow in January 2021.

These are unprecedented events – the first of their kind!

What is the GBCBS?

The GBCBS is a tradeshow for buying and selling business opportunities in non-metropolitan British Columbia. It is part of a two-year long initiative developed by Community Futures in collaboration with government and non-governmental partners. The tradeshow is a platform for business buyers and investors, business owners, brokers and realtors, communities and other stakeholders to meet together under one roof.

The GBCBS has 5 distinct components starting well before the Vancouver tradeshow and lasting long after its completion:

  1. Pre-Tradeshow(s) support, education and resources for exhibitors and attendees.
  2. The GBCBS Tradeshow: October 3, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre
  3. The Virtual GBCBS Tradeshow Online: January 2021
  4. Post-Tradeshow(s) support and resources for buyers and sellers.
  5. Metrics & Analytics: Sharing data regarding business attraction and retention in non-metropolitan BC communities.

Who Is Participating?

  1. Business buyers and investors
  2. Business sellers
  3. Brokers & Realtors
  4. Community Stakeholders

GBCBS participants are:

Any community representatives who have an interest in business retention and attraction in non-metropolitan BC are welcome to participate. 

I’m Interested in Buying a Business. What Can I expect from the GBCBS?

The GBCBS is a chance to find just the right opportunity to get started on a brand new chapter of your life. Over the course of one single day you can view hundreds of business listings for sale from across the province and be positioned to make an educated decision about your next steps.

Meet with hundreds of exhibitors including representatives from non-metropolitan BC communities, government, real estate, economic development offices, business lending institutions and other business service providers.

Together, we are here to help you discover business opportunities, incentives, and quality of life in non-metropolitan BC.

More Info

I Want to Sell my Business, either Now or in the Next Few Years.

The GBCBS is a brand new way to showcase your business and compete like never before. It’s a major opportunity to meet hundreds of serious buyers from local, regional and international markets all in one location.

If you need a little help along the way preparing to exhibit your business, we provide expertise and support, including Business Seller Workshops held across the province by Community Futures. 

More Info

I am a Broker or Realtor with an Inventory of Businesses for Sale.

The GBCBS is a simple, efficient and convenient way to showcase your business listings and meet with hundreds of serious buyers, all in one venue over the course of one day.

We have a strong network of partners and sponsors in commercial realty, business, and all three levels of government who are helping to spread the word. New and international buyers can attend pre-tradeshow Buyer Training Workshops to learn more about the buying process. Community stakeholders will be on site to promote their local business resources and relocation incentives alongside the business listings in their area. Additional exhibitor booths will be held by GBCBS partners/sponsors and representatives from government, economic development offices, business lending institutions, and other service providers. Together, we are working to help you achieve the greatest exposure to sell your businesses. 

More Info

I am a Community Stakeholder Interested in Business Retention and Attraction.

GBCBS buyers and investors will be looking to buy a business, start a business, or expand an existing business into a new location. They may have limited knowledge about communities outside of the lower mainland and will be looking to you for guidance. 

At the GBCBS you can showcase the business opportunities, resources, incentives and lifestyle perks your community has to offer, whether you are a small rural community or a larger regional hub. Communicate directly to a hundreds of interested buyers and investors from lower mainland BC, provincial, inter-provincial and international markets that you would otherwise not be able to reach.

More Info
Community Stakeholders

How Can I Sponsor the GBCBS?

There are 4 levels of sponsorship available. Visit the GBCBS website for details.  

Where Can I get More Information?


Find us on Facebook:

The Great BC Business Sale starts in:

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.