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If you are a resident of the NWT and are located outside of Yellowknife please contact us to see if you can access an online webcast. You may be required to provide proof of NWT residency and prior approval is required.

Upcoming Events

September 2021

BIDDING ON OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 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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HOW TO REMOVE BARRIERS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AT YOUR BUSINESS

September 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Start By Measuring Disability on Your Team COURSE DESCRIPTION Organizations measure what they want to improve, so if hiring people with disabilities is a priority for you as an employer, measuring for disability is a key place to start. With the right tools, employers can tap into the tangible business and social benefits of collecting and sharing disability data. This webinar will cover why organizations should measure for disability, recognize ways to build an inclusive organizational culture, remove barriers, and…

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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WORKSHOP

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

How to Create Authentic and Transformative Land Acknowledgements COURSE DESCRIPTION Land Acknowledgements are becoming increasingly commonplace at event openings and gatherings made by organizations and individuals alike. Land Acknowledgements are crucial to visibilizing Nations that have cared for our land for thousands and thousands of years. But where do we start, and how do we respectfully do this? Join Erika Doehring, Gwich’in granddaughter for an interactive workshop to reflect on our relationship to our location while we strengthen our connections to…

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THE FOUNDATION OF PAYROLL

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

What to Consider When Thinking About Payroll COURSE DESCRIPTION As a small business grows, its payroll needs change and become more complex. At a time when entrepreneurs are trying to focus on growth, this process brings stresses and challenges. The good news is, help is at hand. Whether you have an established payroll department, or you’re hiring your first employee and need to understand the basics, this webinar will help you unravel and understand the complexities of your small business…

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BUSINESS VIABILITY 1: THE BREAK-EVEN ANALYSIS

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Understanding Costs, Revenue and Profit COURSE DESCRIPTION No matter how good your idea for a product or service is, it doesn’t automatically translate into a successful business. Avoid the pitfalls of launching your business based solely on your idea. Join Bill Erichson, Pacific Training Innovations for Business Viability 1 and learn how to identify the costs to start and operate your business for the first year. You’ll calculate the starting capital and annual sales required to break even, as well as…

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BUSINESS VIABILITY 2: THE CASH FLOW FORECAST

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Avoiding Cash Flow Pitfalls COURSE DESCRIPTION The financial health of your business ultimately depends on your cash flow – even if you’re already turning a profit. Keeping your cash flow positive is one of the best ways to improve the financial health of your business and ensure you continue to grow. Join Bill Erichson, Pacific Training Innovations, as he details how to stay on top of your business cash flow. You’ll learn the three factors that determine how cash enters your…

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October 2021

TAXSENSE FOR INCORPORATING YOUR BUSINESS

October 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Tax Benefits from Incorporating COURSE DESCRIPTION The act of incorporating your small business creates a legal entity that’s separate from its shareholders or members. In many situations it can lead to lower taxes for the business owner, thanks to a range of tax benefits only available to incorporated businesses. Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn how a registered corporation can help separate you from your business, or partners, while optimizing tax benefits and efficiencies. WHAT WILL I…

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STEPS TO INCORPORATE YOUR BUSINESS

October 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Key considerations for incorporation COURSE DESCRIPTION As a small business owner, the realities of your legal and tax situation will change as your company grows. Incorporating offers a business structure with many advantages you might not have considered. Join Dana Gordon, Benchmark Law Corporation, and learn about the benefits of incorporating, how to incorporate your business and legal tips to help you with “life after incorporation”. This seminar is ideal for anyone who wants to get incorporated properly within BC…

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HOW TO DRIVE MORE TRAFFIC TO YOUR WEBSITE

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Search Engine Marketing and Analytics for Your Website COURSE DESCRIPTION 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine. Understanding how to improve your visibility in Google and other search engines is crucial for driving traffic to your website. Learn free online tools to find out who your website visitors are, what they’re searching for, and how you can get more visitors and paying customers. This seminar will provide you with an overview of the digital ecosystem including search engines…

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DOING BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

October 7 @ 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

October 13 @ 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

October 13 @ 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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FINDING OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

October 14 @ 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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HOW TO HIRE AND RETAIN STAFF FOR YOUR BUSINESS

October 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Employers COURSE DESCRIPTION As the BC economy opens up, businesses are struggling to maintain adequate staffing. Finding suitable candidates, hiring the right employees, and keeping employees you already have are all critical to your bottom line. Before you begin your search you need to understand what makes your business a great place to work. This will help inform your approach to attract, select, and retain your team. Join Christina Stewart from Praxis Recruitment and learn strategies on…

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CREATING ENGAGING VIDEO CONTENT USING YOUR PHONE

October 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

How to Reach Customers with Simple Videos From Your Phone COURSE DESCRIPTION If marketing has taught us anything in recent years it’s that customers love video content. Many business owners think it’s expensive and time-consuming to create this content but this is no longer the case. Thanks to the humble smartphone, professional-looking videos can be made quickly and easily. In the era of physical distancing, now is the perfect time for business owners to become comfortable with producing their own…

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ONLINE LEAD GENERATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS

October 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Drive Sales Leads Through Digital Marketing COURSE DESCRIPTION In these challenging times, it is more important than ever for small business owners to learn cost-effective ways to increase their sales leads and reach new customers. Thankfully, Digital Marketing has levelled the playing field for small businesses online. With the right tactics, businesses of all sizes can compete effectively online, reaching customers in several different places without breaking the bank. Join Ted Lau, Ballistic Arts, and learn practical, DIY tips for generating…

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MARKET RESEARCH 1: FIND BUSINESS DATA AND INSIGHTS

October 19 @ 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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BLOGGING TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS

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

Building a Content Strategy with Blogs COURSE DESCRIPTION Blogging allows a business to easily create and share valuable and relevant content with their target audience. Whether it’s blogging, social media or newsletters, content marketing is critical for entrepreneurs looking to promote their business in a budget-conscious manner. Join Ashley “WriterGal” Doan, Writergal Marketing Services, and learn how to increase visitors to your site organically and keep them there longer by publishing great content. Takeaways from this interactive session include a…

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TAXSENSE FOR SMALL BUSINESS

October 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Finding Tax Savings for Small Business COURSE DESCRIPTION Whether you are starting or looking to grow your business, the business structure you choose can have a massive impact on your profits and tax situation. Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn accounting essentials, responsibilities and dates involved with managing a small business. You’ll discover the deductions available to you, the tax benefits of each structure and discuss when it’s time for your small business to incorporate. WHAT WILL…

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BUSINESS NETWORKING SKILLS FOR SUCCESS

October 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Networking and Connecting During COVID-19 COURSE DESCRIPTION COVID-19 and the need to maintain physical distancing has dramatically impacted on our ability to network and make new contacts. Don’t despair, there are still plenty of ways to make the connections you need for your business to succeed. Now is the perfect time to assess your network and increase your connections so your business is well poised to benefit as our economy gradually reopens. Join Cathy Kuzel, Business Development Strategies and Advisor, and learn…

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BUSINESS MAPPING: DEVELOPING A SMART BUSINESS MODEL

October 21 @ 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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FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

October 22 @ 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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TRADEMARKS, COPYRIGHT, PATENTS AND MORE

October 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

How to Protect Your Intellectual Property COURSE DESCRIPTION Do you know if the work you create belongs to you? Or how to prevent others from copying your ideas? Attend our Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More seminar and hear from an intellectual property lawyer on the various forms of intellectual property protection and how they can safeguard your business. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Overview of Types of Intellectual Property - when to consider patent, trademark, copyright, or design protection Why geography…

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MARKET RESEARCH 2: SURVEYS AND FOCUS GROUPS

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Primary Market Research to Understand Your Customer COURSE DESCRIPTION Primary market research helps to take the guesswork out of important business decisions. Harnessing tools like surveys and focus groups, it can tell you how much your clients will spend, what motivates them to buy, and a greater understanding of customer needs and pain points. Join Mark Eversfield, Small Business BC’s Market Research Analyst, as he teaches you effective tools for collecting primary market research. Please prepare: A laptop or tablet Credentials…

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT APPS FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Tech Tool Combos Based on Your Needs COURSE DESCRIPTION In today’s technologically-driven world full of software solutions, choosing a seamless combination of frameworks, tools, and apps can be very challenging for small business owners. The right combo, also known as a “tech stack,” can give your business the edge it needs to grow and thrive. Join Joe Collins, co-founder and managing partner of the online accounting firm, Avalon Accounting to learn how you can choose the right tech stack for your…

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