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Upcoming Events

April 2021

COVID-19 WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE

April 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free

How Employers Can Prepare for the Next Stage of the Pandemic COURSE DESCRIPTION As mass vaccinations have begun in British Columbia, businesses are making plans for the return of more staff to the workplace, but questions remain about COVID measures like barriers, distancing, PPE and so forth. Chris Back from WorkSafeBC will cover health and safety planning as we enter a new stage of the pandemic. You will come away with more clarity on what to expect as an employer…

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WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Tips for Successful Business Plan Writing COURSE DESCRIPTION Writing a business plan provides a roadmap to success for your business. It will outline your goals and the steps you will take to achieve them. This seminar will take a deep dive into the various aspects of a business plan and the key questions you need to address in each. You’ll identify the gaps in your plan and the areas you need to develop further. You’ll also find out about business…

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OPPORTUNITIES AND TRENDS IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY IN 2021 AND BEYOND

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

COURSE DESCRIPTION This webinar is for entrepreneurs looking for support and knowledge on how to start or grow a business in the Cannabis industry in British Columbia. In this panel we bring together three Cannabis experts and ask them to think about the future. From what they’ve seen so far what does 2021 hold in store, and where do they think are the opportunities and gaps in the market for small businesses in the years beyond. WHAT WILL I LEARN?…

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MARKETING FOR SMALL BUSINESS

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Marketing Strategy for Small Business Marketing for Small Business COURSE DESCRIPTION You know what your small business has to offer, but how do you get that message across to potential customers? Marketing is the single most effective way to spread the word. Presented by Mary Charleson, Charleson Communications, Marketing for Small Business will help you focus on what your unique value proposition is and how to communicate your message effectively. You’ll learn about the most effective marketing tools, the changing media…

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START SMART 1: BASICS OF STARTING A BUSINESS

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Free

From Registration and Licenses to Business Structure COURSE DESCRIPTION Starting a business? It pays to have a plan. Whether you have a winning business idea, or you’re just fascinated with the idea of launching a business, this seminar delivers a beginner-friendly course on how to start your own business. As the first half of the Start Smart two-seminar package, this seminar will help you discover what’s involved in starting your own business. Join a representative of Small Business BC, and Kimberly…

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START SMART 2: KEY CONSIDERATIONS OF STARTING A BUSINESS

April 21 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

From PST to Protecting Your Business COURSE DESCRIPTION The business start-up phase is an exciting time full of opportunity and big decisions. Don’t let your potential business be derailed by taking unnecessary risks. Start Smart 2: Key Considerations of Starting a Business highlights the ways you can protect your business, your employees and yourself from harm. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Employment standards including bonding, employees and running a small business Discover ways to protect your business How to handle Provincial…

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DOING BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

How to do Business with the Federal Government COURSE DESCRIPTION Did you know: The Government of Canada spends up to $25 billion annually on goods, services, and construction. Many of these contracts are fulfilled by small businesses, meaning plenty of opportunities to engage with. This seminar will guide you through the various aspects involved in doing business with the federal government as well as the recourse mechanisms and services available to suppliers in the event they encounter issues with a…

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CREATING A WEBSITE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Make Your Own Website COURSE DESCRIPTION Thinking of creating a website for your business? WordPress websites make up almost 30% of the internet and it was recently named the world’s fastest growing Content Management System (CMS). Similar to Shopify, Wix and Squarespace, WordPress offers a free-to-install, flexible and simple interface to make the most of your business website. Join Simon Rai, Raize Digital, and take an interactive step-by-step tour of WordPress and leave with a basic website of your own. Getting…

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MARKET RESEARCH 1: FIND BUSINESS DATA AND INSIGHTS

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Secondary Market Research That Works For You COURSE DESCRIPTION As an entrepreneur, it’s vital to conduct market research before making important decisions. Analyzing available data allows you to understand your target market, conduct a competitor analysis, view market trends and enhance your business operations. Join Small Business BC’s Market Research Analyst, Mark Eversfield, as he explains how secondary market research can help you make an informed decision about the viability of your business idea by tapping into already existing market data.…

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KEY TIPS FOR BUILDING A PERFORMANCE-BASED CULTURE

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Structure, Measure and Motivate Your Team Effectively COURSE DESCRIPTION Hailed as the father of modern business management, Peter Drucker once stated “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” While Drucker’s words were seen as innovative in his day, those ideas have slowly seeped into the mainstream, forming the foundation of modern management. As a small business leader, key metrics can improve your team’s performance when deployed correctly. Ask yourself this question: Have you structured your company for performance…

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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: KEY TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES

April 29 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Understanding the Money Side of Business COURSE DESCRIPTION Looking to build your understanding of financial management? Join us for this fascinating webinar that will equip you with the tools and techniques you need to understand your business numbers. Presented by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, this session covers budget creation and monitoring, cashflow management, product/division/customer analysis, planning/forecasting and trend analysis. You’ll leave equipped to evaluate your business and make data-driven financial decisions. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Understand financial management…

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