This wet Spring is the perfect excuse to hunker down and learn new skills for your small business. This month’s focus is on digital marketing, business planning, financing, understanding legalese and selling your business. So, what are you waiting for?
Marketing is a fundamental pillar of your business. It communicates who you are and what you do to the people that need to know. But it’s a tool that’s constantly evolving. Get up-to-date with our experts.
SBBC Meetup: Powerful Branding
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 4:50 PM to 6:30 PM
Learn from marketing and branding experts, Sarah Bundy (All Inclusive Marketing) and Jason Wong (Spence Diamond, Herschel Supply Co.), about what makes a successful brand and how to use it.
Ask a Social Media Expert *NEW EXPERT*
Friday, May 19, 2017, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sharing photos. Keeping in touch. Learning about what’s happening in the world. Find out how to make your business relevant and stand out in the wave of daily posts. Book an appointment with our social media guru Dennis Pang, and learn about the ways you can improve your success.
Create Your Starter Website on WordPress
Friday, May 26, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Looking to build a website? This seminar will provide a step-by-step tour of WordPress and leave you with a basic website of your own. Come with your content. Leave with your site and a plan of how to grow it.
Get Started with Email Marketing
Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Want to make email part of your marketing strategy but not sure where to start? Join Mhairi Petrovic to find out which email marketing platform is right for your business, the components of a successful campaign and the analytics you need to monitor its success.
Marketing Essentials for Small Business
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This hands-on seminar will help you craft your message and reach your target market. You’ll learn about how digital media is changing the consumer decision-making process, and the most cost effective solutions for your business.
Starting the Smart Way
True, you can learn from your own mistakes, but why not avoid them altogether. Learn how to start the right way, assess your viability, strategically plan and set up your operations from the ground up.
Ask an Insurance Expert
Friday, May 5, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Too often, insurance is overlooked until it’s too late. Whether it’s physical injury, data breaches, human error or damage to your business, you could be at risk. But every business is different, so what’s the right insurance for you? Book an appointment with Mike Gaba and find out more.
Start Smart Series
Monday, May 8, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Have a business idea? Start with our most popular seminar. Find out how to register and structure your business. The basics of tax, business planning, market research, idea viability, legal requirements and employment standards.
Anatomy of a Business Plan: What You Need to Get Started *NEW*
Monday, May 29, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Every business advisor and financer will tell you that you need a business plan. But what is a business plan? What are the core components? And how do you make it appealing to lenders and investors? Join us with your idea and leave with a framework for your plan.
Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The truth is, you might not need a full business plan. But you do need a roadmap, to know where you are going and how you will do it. This seminar will provide worksheets to help you to determine your idea’s viability, the key areas you can’t avoid planning, and financing options for your new venture.
Understanding Legal Issues
Whether it’s choosing a business structure, leasing property, signing contracts, seeking financing or hiring workers; understanding business law will help you make informed decisions and avoid mistakes.
Ask a Lawyer
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Need general legal business advice but not sure where to turn? Book an appointment with a lawyer from Benchmark Law Corporation and get the answers you need to your legal business questions.
Negotiating Contracts: Get the Right Deal
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Every business owner is faced with contracts. But do you know what the terms and conditions mean, or if you’re getting a good deal? Learn the methods of strategic negotiation from lawyer, Brian Rudy.
Getting financing and the right support can be the most challenging part of starting a business. If you’re looking for money for your business, start here.
Early Stage Financing and Resources for Entrepreneurs *FREE*
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Understand your financing options and requirements when starting your business and learn how to get a ”yes” from a lender. Presented by Vancity, Futurpreneur and Small Business BC.
Business Planning for Developing Businesses
Monday, May 1, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
So, you just launched your business. Now it’s time to grow. But where do you start? Learn which activities are going to help you build a strategy for sustainable growth.
Good Money TalksTM Taxes and Financing in Tri-Cities *FREE*
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
This half-day event in Coquitlam combines networking and learning, and will include a complimentary breakfast and lunch, 30-minute presentations by business experts, exhibition booths from Small Business BC and Vancity and tools and resources tailored for entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to start or grow their business.
Ask an Accountant
Wednesday, May 3 & 11, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Have questions about business taxes, deductions or the business structure most financially suited to your business? Book a one-on-one session with a CPA and get the tax advice you need for your small business.
Selling Your Business
It’s taken years of blood, sweat, tears and careful planning to build your business. So, once you’ve decided you’re ready to sell, be sure you’re just as calculated.
Ask a Business Broker
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 10:00 AM to 1:15 PM
Looking to buy or sell your business, but don’t know where to start? Book a one-on-one appointment with business broker from Pacific M&A and Business Brokers Ltd. to get your brokerage questions answered by an expert..
What is My Business Worth: Preparing Your Business for Sale
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 10:30 AM to 12:00 pm
If you’re considering selling your business, this seminar is a good way to understand what it’s worth and how to plan, strategically, to drive it’s value and marketability.
Whether you’re in Vancouver or not – our services are accessible everywhere
Attend seminars in-person at Small Business BC at Waterfront Station (601 West Cordova Street) in Vancouver, or join by live webinar. And Ask the Expert sessions in person or by Skype or phone.
Register early as space is limited!