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Small Business BC provides practical business seminars and online education to develop your business skills and strategy to run a successful business. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC has a business education seminar for you.

For the time being, due to COVID-19, all our education is now available remotely. We are hosting a series of specialized back to business webinars to tackle the challenges faced by COVID-19. These webinars are geared at equipping businesses in our province with the skills and knowledge they need to survive the new realities of our COVID economy.

Small Business BC is joining the national celebration of Small Business Week by offering FREE access to webinars occurring from Monday, October 19th to Friday, October 23rd.

Demand is expected to be high, so register now to avoid disappointment. When individual sessions reach capacity, we will be opening a waitlist.

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WorkSafeBC: Workplace Health and Safety Series

Thursday, October 22 10:30am to 12:00pm

WorkSafeBC: Workplace Health and Safety Series

In this free four webinar series, learn from WorkSafeBC representatives and gain a stronger understanding of workplace health and safety. Topics covered include workplace ergonomics in the COVID era, the WorkSafeBC claims process, and preventing violence in the workplace. Scheduled on Thursdays between 10:30am – 12:00pm PST, webinars included in this package are: Oct 22 Ergonomics in the COVID Era: Working from Home and Beyond Nov 12 Understanding the WorkSafeBC Claims Process Nov 19 Basics…

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Thursday, October 22 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
4 webinars totaling 6 Hours (1.5 Hours each)
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Google Strategies for Your Local Business

Friday, October 23 9:00am to 10:00am

Google Strategies for Your Local Business

This pandemic is forcing small businesses to pivot and go online. Your Google My Business profile could be that quick win to reach customers and convey what’s unique about your business. It’s more important than ever to effectively utilize this channel to keep new and existing customers informed about your business, from new hours of operation and procedures to fresh product offerings. Updating the information on your GMB profile is critical as it has become your online “front door”. In…

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Friday, October 23 9:00am to 10:00am Free
1 Hour
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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Friday, October 23 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Starting a business or recently started one? Find out the early stage financing options for small business by attending this practical seminar.

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Friday, October 23 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
1.5 Hours
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How to Stay Relevant in Uncertain Times

Friday, October 23 3:00pm to 4:00pm

How to Stay Relevant in Uncertain Times

Wondering how you can meet customer needs and remain relevant amidst massive lifestyle changes as the pandemic lingers on? There are many questions about what to do and how to adapt, particularly as the pandemic draws on, and changes in consumer behaviour risk becoming more permanent. Start by creating your conceptual framework for staying relevant by drawing inspiration from other businesses in BC. The webinar will highlight numerous examples of businesses doing things differently to stay relevant and top of…

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Friday, October 23 3:00pm to 4:00pm Free
1 Hour
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TaxSense for Small Business

Tuesday, November 3 1:00pm to 4:00pm

TaxSense for Small Business

The business structure you choose will have important small business tax considerations. In this seminar, you’ll learn the tax benefits of each business structure.

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Tuesday, November 3 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Thursday, November 5 10:30am to 12:00pm

How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Interested in how to do business with the Government of Canada? Join us for this FREE seminar and learn how to get started.

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Thursday, November 5 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

Thursday, November 5 1:00pm to 3:00pm

How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

This search engine and analytics seminar will guide you through tools such as Google Search Console, Audience Insights and Demographics Reports from Google Analytics. You’ll discover your “rock star” products that drive new business, and research your competitors’ marketing strategy as you attract more customers online to grow your business.

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Thursday, November 5 1:00pm to 3:00pm $49
2 Hours
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Writing a Business Plan

Friday, November 6 9:00am to 12:00pm

Writing a Business Plan

Writing a business plan massively increases your chances of start-up success. In this seminar, Laura Aveledo teaches you how to write a cohesive and compelling business plan.

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Friday, November 6 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Financial Planning for Your Small Business

Monday, November 9 9:00am to 12:00pm

Financial Planning for Your Small Business

A carefully planned business is a resilient business. Plot the first year of your financials with our Financial Planning for Small Business seminar to save time and money.

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Monday, November 9 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

Business Mapping offers a more accessible alternative to the traditional business plan process that will leave you with a strategic plan to direct your business. This introductory seminar will empower you to create a fleshed-out business map.

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Monday, November 9 1:00pm to 3:30pm $59
2 Hours
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Business Finance 1: Understanding Financials

Tuesday, November 10 9:00am to 12:00pm

Business Finance 1: Understanding Financials

Reading a financial statement can sometimes feel like reading a foreign language. This seminar cuts through the jargon, teaching you how to decipher financials like balance sheets, income statements and much more.

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Tuesday, November 10 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Finance Package

Tuesday, November 10 9:00am to 4:00pm

Business Finance Package

Having difficulty understanding vital financial statements? Once you understand your financials you can use them to unlock the potential of your small business. Join us for our Business Finance seminar Package and learn how to analyse your financial statements.

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Tuesday, November 10 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
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Business Finance 2: Financial Analysis

Tuesday, November 10 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Business Finance 2: Financial Analysis

Once you understand your financial statements, you can use them to unlock the potential of your small business through financial analysis. Join us for this informative seminar and learn how to analyse your financial statements

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Tuesday, November 10 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Understanding the WorkSafeBC Claims Process

Thursday, November 12 10:30am to 12:00pm

Understanding the WorkSafeBC Claims Process

Have you been injured in a work-related incident? Perhaps a member of your team has suffered an injury on the job? After dealing with an injury in the workplace, navigating the WorkSafeBC claims process can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry, help is at hand. Join Elise Kobylanski, WorkSafeBC, for this webinar and receive an overview of the life cycle of a WorkSafeBC claim and key return-to-work best practices for employers. This webinar, tailored for business owners, will instruct on best practices…

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Thursday, November 12 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Finding and Bidding on Opportunities with the Government of Canada

Interested in finding out about the Government of Canada’s tendering process? This FREE seminar will equip you with the knowledge you need to bid on government contracts.

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Thursday, November 12 1:00pm to 3:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Emerging Trends in Small Business

Monday, November 16 10:00am to 11:00am

Emerging Trends in Small Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted Canadian businesses. Small businesses especially have been forced to adapt and pivot in several different ways. From restaurants quickly moving to contactless pickup, to retailers making the jump to ecommerce, to the surge in video and teleconsultantions, small business owners have found ways to make our “new normal” work for their customers. Many of these changes are likely to stay. Join us for this informative and fast-paced webinar to learn more about a variety…

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Monday, November 16 10:00am to 11:00am Free
1 Hour
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Marketing for Small Business

Monday, November 16 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Marketing for Small Business

Marketing builds awareness, increases sales and engages your customers. Our fast-paced and interactive Marketing for Small Business seminar teaches you the essential marketing concepts.

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Monday, November 16 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Tuesday, November 17 9:00am to 12:30pm

Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Starting a business is one of the most exciting decisions a person can make in their life. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you need to get it off the ground with Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business.

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Tuesday, November 17 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Tuesday, November 17 9:00am to 4:00pm

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package offers a step-by-step guide to starting your business right. This package includes two seminars presented by several industry experts.

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Tuesday, November 17 9:00am to 4:00pm $49
6 Hours
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Start Smart 2: Key Considerations of Starting a Business

Starting a business is tricky enough without adding unnecessary risks. Our Start Smart 2 seminar focuses on how entrepreneurs can protect their business, their employees and themselves during the start-up phase and beyond.

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Tuesday, November 17 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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Basics of Workplace Health and Safety

Thursday, November 19 10:30am to 12:00pm

Basics of Workplace Health and Safety

During the startup phase, entrepreneurs devote countless hours to honing their business plan, securing their financials and all the other tasks needed to get a business off the ground. Unfortunately, health and safety often goes neglected, with many business owners commencing operation without a health and safety plan. Join Sat Combow, WorkSafeBC, and discover your requirements with regards to workplace health and safety; from an employer’s rights and responsibilities, to a worker’s right to refuse unsafe work. Creating a…

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Thursday, November 19 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Social Media for Small Business

Thursday, November 19 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Social Media for Small Business

Want to increase your business’ social media presence but don’t know where to start? Join Mhairi Petrovic, Out-Smarts Marketing as she teaches you how to use social media for small business.

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Thursday, November 19 1:00pm to 4:30pm $39
3.5 Hours
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Negotiating Contracts: Get the Right Deal

Friday, November 20 10:30am to 12:00pm

Negotiating Contracts: Get the Right Deal

When negotiating contracts, small details can make a big difference. Arrive prepared and learn about key strategic contract negotiation methods and contractual terms you will encounter.

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Friday, November 20 10:30am to 12:00pm $49
1.5 Hours
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Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

Friday, November 20 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

Trademarks, copyright and patents are the main way entrepreneurs can protect their intellectual property. Join us for this informative seminar and learn how to protect your business.

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Friday, November 20 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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How Much is Your Business Worth?

Tuesday, November 24 10:00am to 11:30am

How Much is Your Business Worth?

As small business owners approach retirement, or adjust to the realities of COVID-19, many are contemplating selling their businesses. As Warren Buffet once said, “Price is what you pay: Value is what you get.” In this seminar you’ll learn how businesses are valued, how buyers think, and practical tips for maximizing value. Join Liisa Atva, CPA and Chartered Business Valuator, and learn the basic principles of business valuation, which methods to use and how to apply them. Knowing how much…

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Tuesday, November 24 10:00am to 11:30am $49
1.5 Hours
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Debt Restructuring in Difficult Times

Tuesday, November 24 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Debt Restructuring in Difficult Times

Against a backdrop of serious financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are facing a difficult decision on their financial futures. If a permanent closure is something that has crossed your mind, have you considered debt restructuring options to help weather the storm? Small businesses have several restructuring options available to them to stave off closure. However, in order to make the right decisions, you need to understand concepts and terms such as incorporation, personal guarantees, secured vs…

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Tuesday, November 24 1:00pm to 2:30pm $29
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Using Google Ads to Grow Your Business

Wednesday, November 25 9:00am to 12:00pm

Using Google Ads to Grow Your Business

Google Ads and SEM (Search Engine Marketing) have the potential to showcase your business to a whole new audience. Are you taking advantage? In this informative and fast-paced webinar, you’ll learn the basics of how SEM can drive traffic to your website and add an effective weapon to your marketing mix. You’ll discover how pay-per-click advertising works, and best practices for creating eye-catching, relevant ads that draw customers to your website.

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Wednesday, November 25 9:00am to 12:00pm $49
3 Hours
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Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

Market Research takes the guesswork out of making business decisions. Find out where you can find the data you need to succeed in this interactive and fun seminar.

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Wednesday, November 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Violence Prevention in the Workplace

Thursday, November 26 10:30am to 12:00pm

Violence Prevention in the Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven change and fueled stress in almost every corner of society. More than ever, employers need to be vigilant against violence in the workplace, while ensuring they provide a work site that’s safe for everyone. This begins with an assessment of the risk of violence, before determining the control measures that are in place to protect the health and safety of workers. Join Jacqueline Holmes, WorkSafeBC, and receive an overview of legislation in BC designed…

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Thursday, November 26 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Marketing and Branding for Indigenous Businesses

Thursday, November 26 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Marketing and Branding for Indigenous Businesses

Storytelling has always held a special place in Indigenous culture. At its most basic level, branding is storytelling. It allows a business owner to communicate exactly what their business is, and why a customer should be interested in it. Join us for this informative webinar and learn the foundations of branding and marketing, with a focus on Indigenous businesses. From visuals and colours, to logos and design tools, attendees will discover what it takes to create an effective brand that…

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Thursday, November 26 1:00pm to 3:00pm Free
2 Hours
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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Friday, November 27 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Starting a business or recently started one? Find out the early stage financing options for small business by attending this practical seminar.

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Friday, November 27 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Cybersecurity Advice to Protect Your Business

Monday, November 30 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Cybersecurity Advice to Protect Your Business

Digital Security is a key part of protecting your business in today’s increasingly connected world. As small businesses like yours move operations, sales, communications and data online — particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — if you are not ensuring appropriate protections, the risk of serious damage to your reputation and livelihood continues to grow. Join Sukhmani Dev, Head of Digital Payments & Cybersecurity Solutions for Mastercard Canada, and learn practical and actionable steps to mitigate cybersecurity risks…

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Monday, November 30 1:00pm to 2:00pm Free
1 Hour
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Pricing Strategies: Pricing and Costing Your Product

Part art, part science, pricing your product or service correctly can make or break your business. This informative seminar will question your assumptions about pricing strategies, costing and how they effect your overall strategy.

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Tuesday, December 1 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Planning for Developing Businesses

Tuesday, December 1 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Business Planning for Developing Businesses

Ready to grow your business and transition to the next stage? This Business Strategy seminar will help you build the right strategy to ensure sustained success.

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Tuesday, December 1 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Mythbusting Government Procurement

Thursday, December 3 10:30am to 12:00pm

Mythbusting Government Procurement

Each year, the Government of Canada spends $15-20 billion in procuring goods and services. While you may think they only deal with big companies, many of these contracts are awarded to small businesses across Canada. Small businesses just like yours! Interested in learning more? Let us help you decide if selling to the Government of Canada is appropriate for your business.

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Thursday, December 3 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 hr
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Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Primary market research empowers you to collect important data straight from the source. Learn how your small business can leverage these numbers by attending Market Research 2, our fascinating, hands-on seminar.

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Friday, December 4 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Tuesday, December 8 9:00am to 12:00pm

TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Thinking about incorporating? As your business matures, the realities of your legal and tax situations will change. Incorporation for Small Business will teach you how a registered corporation can help lower risk and optimize tax benefits.

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Tuesday, December 8 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Small Business Incorporation Package

Tuesday, December 8 9:00am to 4:00pm

Small Business Incorporation Package

Incorporating can unlock a range of benefits for you and your business. Our Small Business Incorporation Package is all-day tax and legal information series that instructs on how to do business as a corporation in BC.

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Tuesday, December 8 9:00am to 4:00pm $99
6 Hours
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Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Tuesday, December 8 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Incorporating can unlock a range of benefits for you and your business. Join us and learn how to become an incorporated business.

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Tuesday, December 8 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Creating Your Business Pitch

Wednesday, December 9 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Creating Your Business Pitch

A great business pitch is crucial for selling your brand. It needs to convince investors, customers or partners about the validity of your business. Join us for this informative seminar and craft your start-up pitch to success.

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Wednesday, December 9 2:30pm to 3:00pm $39
0.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

Interested in doing business with the Government of Canada? Join us for this FREE half-day seminar and learn about the various aspects of doing business with the federal government.

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Thursday, December 10 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, December 14 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Creating a Website for Your Business

Wondering how to make a website? Thanks to platforms like WordPress, Shopify and Squarespace, it’s not as difficult as you think. Our Creating a Website for Your Business seminar will guide you through the basics.

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Monday, December 14 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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Get Started with Email Marketing

Tuesday, December 15 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Get Started with Email Marketing

Reach your target audience via their email inbox and unlock the secrets of email marketing with this fascinating seminar hosted by Mhairi Petrovic, Out-Smarts Marketing.

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Tuesday, December 15 3:30pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, December 16 9:00am to 12:30pm

Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Starting a business is one of the most exciting decisions a person can make in their life. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you need to get it off the ground with Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business.

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Wednesday, December 16 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, December 16 9:00am to 4:00pm

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package offers a step-by-step guide to starting your business right. This package includes two seminars presented by several industry experts.

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Wednesday, December 16 9:00am to 4:00pm $49
6 Hours
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Start Smart 2: Key Considerations of Starting a Business

Starting a business is tricky enough without adding unnecessary risks. Our Start Smart 2 seminar focuses on how entrepreneurs can protect their business, their employees and themselves during the start-up phase and beyond.

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Wednesday, December 16 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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Supplying Professional Services to the Government of Canada

Are you interested in providing professional services to the Government of Canada? Join us for this seminar and find out how.

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Thursday, January 14 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

Interested in doing business with the Government of Canada? Join us for this FREE half-day seminar and learn about the various aspects of doing business with the federal government.

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Thursday, January 21 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Thursday, February 11 10:30am to 12:00pm

How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Interested in how to do business with the Government of Canada? Join us for this FREE seminar and learn how to get started.

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Thursday, February 11 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Finding and Bidding on Opportunities with the Government of Canada

Interested in finding out about the Government of Canada’s tendering process? This FREE seminar will equip you with the knowledge you need to bid on government contracts.

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Thursday, February 18 1:00pm to 3:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

Interested in doing business with the Government of Canada? Join us for this FREE half-day seminar and learn about the various aspects of doing business with the federal government.

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Thursday, March 18 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Operations Management for Small Business

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TaxSense During COVID-19

October 20 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Staying Resilient During COVID-19

October 20 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Market Research: Emerging Trends in Consumer Behaviour

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Blogging to Promote Your Business

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How to Launch Your Product in Today’s World

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Google Strategies for Your Local Business

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