‘Tis The Season to Avoid Holiday Party Issues

Temperatures are dropping, decorations are going up, and lists for Santa are excitedly being prepared. It can mean only one thing – the Holiday Season is almost upon us. This annual celebration brings a chance to catch up with family, enjoy some classic festive songs, and exchange gifts with […]

Is Your Business Equipped to Handle Disaster?

As we approach the end of a summer that’s seen much of British Columbia affected by wildfires, small business owners have been forced to confront whether they’re prepared to survive an emergency. It’s only natural to shy away from confronting the worst-case scenario, but as a small business owner you’ve […]

Avoiding the Pitfalls of a Family Business

Approximately 80% of all businesses in Canada are family owned. Ranging in size from behemoths like Bombardier and McCain Foods Limited, to small mom and pop corner stores, these companies form the backbone of the Canadian economy and face the same challenges as any other. However, more personal relationships exist within a family business and create many different considerations, especially when things go awry.

What’s Happening in June 2017 at Small Business BC?

Summer is finally here, which means one thing…summer school! Take advantage of our flexible learning options and access our webinars and Skype appointments, wherever you are this summer. This month’s focus is on growing your business. Start by understanding your financials and go on to learn how to explore new […]

Boost Your Productivity and Your Bottom Line

A poorly organized workplace could be costing you a lot of money, without you realising it. Here are five steps to help you assess and change your workspace to increase productivity:

4 Ways to Make Employee Training Painless

Training is a challenge for many small businesses. The cost. The time employees spend away from doing their job. But keeping your team’s training up-to-date is not only crucial for career development and employee retention, it helps your business stay on top of industry trends and best practices. So, how […]

Investing in Training? What’s Your ROI?

You’ve found that money. You’ve boosted your employees’ morale. But how has the training your employees participated in affected your bottom line? The Human Capital Institute estimates that it can take more than six months for a new employee to make enough of a contribution to your business to […]

Can’t Afford Pay Rises? Consider Training as a Reward

Trying to compete with annual pay increases just isn’t viable when you’re growing your operations. But fear not. A 2015 Glassdoor survey found that four in five (79 per cent) employees would prefer new or additional benefits to a pay increase. Specifically 19 per cent said that they would prefer on-the-job training and professional development.

How to Select Leaders for Your Business

Leadership and management. Understanding the differences between the two terms is your first step for choosing the right people for the roles.