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July 2021

FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

July 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Bookkeeping and Business Records Explained COURSE DESCRIPTION Starting a business can be a lot like starting a family. Nurture it, put in the time and it can be one of the most rewarding things a person can do. Your first year in business represents the perfect time to nail down your financials and grow strong. Start with our Financial Planning for Small Business seminar. Establishing your financial records and bookkeeping system early on is a good habit that will continue…

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HOW TO START SELLING ON AMAZON CANADA

July 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

A Step-By-Step Guide to Selling Products on Amazon.ca COURSE DESCRIPTION As consumers increasingly shift towards online shopping, e-commerce is becoming a bigger and bigger consideration for businesses. Do you want to sell your products online but lack the technical know-how and strategy? Perhaps you already have an online store but want to tap into Amazon’s vast audience as another revenue stream? Amazon already supports 30,000 third-party sellers from across Canada, many of which are small businesses. Combined, they grossed more…

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FINDING OPPORTUNITIES ON BUYANDSELL.GC.CA

July 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Navigating the Government of Canada Procurement Website COURSE DESCRIPTION Did you know – The Government of Canada purchases between $20-$25 billion of goods, services, and construction each year. Many of the suppliers of these goods are small businesses. Finding and Bidding on Opportunities with the Federal Government can provide a fantastic way to grow your revenue. Get an overview of buyandsell.gc.ca, which offers access to all the Government of Canada’s tenders and other related procurement information. You’ll receive guidance on…

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August 2021

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

August 5 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Free

Assessment and Feedback Best Practices COURSE DESCRIPTION Performance management helps employees realize their full potential and employers align individual performance to organizational goals. Implementing effective performance management is something all business owners should invest time in, but it can be a challenging process. Join us for this informative webinar session and understand how to streamline the process and support the continuous development of your staff. Presented by Thao Tran, Senior Advisor of Human Resource Business at ADP, this session covers best…

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OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT FOR SMALL BUSINESS

August 9 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

How to Run a Business Effectively COURSE DESCRIPTION Running a small business can sometimes seem like putting together a piece of furniture. You’ve got lots of little parts that slot together to make the whole but how can you build it without a set of instructions? Operations Management can provide the necessary direction. Join us for this seminar and explore how you can determine who does what, where, when, how and most importantly – why? You’ll learn how to plan,…

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BUSINESS MAPPING: DEVELOPING A SMART BUSINESS MODEL

August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

Mastering the Business Model Canvas COURSE DESCRIPTION Struggling with the complexities of a business plan? Business mapping helps to deconstruct the formal elements of a business plan, simplifying a lot of the information into bite-sized pieces. It covers the same aspects as a more traditional business plan, without going into as much granular detail. Join John Baxter, Small Business BC as he provides you with a lean start-up canvas for developing a new business that segments your potential enterprise into nine…

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DOING BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

August 12 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 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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START SMART 1: BASICS OF STARTING A BUSINESS

August 18 @ 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

August 18 @ 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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CREATING A WEBSITE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

August 24 @ 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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SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SMALL BUSINESS

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Free

Using Social Media for Success COURSE DESCRIPTION While it’s amazing for catching up with old friends, social media can also be a huge driver of traffic and attention to your small business. And, just because you know what social media is, does not mean you necessarily understand how to use social media to grow and develop your business. This workshop focuses on understanding social media for small business, what it is and how it’s connecting people. WHAT WILL I LEARN?…

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BIDDING ON OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

August 26 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Understand the Bid and Procurement Process with the Federal Government COURSE DESCRIPTION Did you know – The Government of Canada purchases between $20-$25 billion of goods, services, and construction each year. Many of the suppliers of these goods are small businesses. Finding and Bidding on Opportunities with the Federal Government can provide a fantastic way to grow your revenue. Get an overview of buyandsell.gc.ca, which offers access to all the Government of Canada’s tenders and other related procurement information. You’ll…

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September 2021

WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN

September 1 @ 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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