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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.

To see all available Education at Small Business BC from June - September 2020, download the catalogue.

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.

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Digital Marketing for the New Normal

Friday, July 3 11:00am to 12:15pm

Digital Marketing for the New Normal

We’ve moved into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers are slowly beginning to return to stores, but how we market to them has dramatically changed. Have you adjusted your marketing tactics to account for our “new normal?” Join Warren Thompson, Managing Director of Ollo Metrics, for this informative and fascinating look at Digital Marketing in the age of COVID-19. Understandably, most business owners view the pandemic as a threat to their business. However, Warren will highlight how…

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Friday, July 3 11:00am to 12:15pm $29
1 hour and 15 minutes
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Managing Your Brand During COVID-19

Tuesday, July 7 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Managing Your Brand During COVID-19

We’re living in an unprecedented era for businesses. As entrepreneurs slowly reopening and scale up their operations, they do so with a mixture of hope and anxiety. Throughout this challenging period, businesses must adapt their brand and messaging to match the prevailing mood. Now is not the time for the hard sell. Nor messaging unsympathetic to the current landscape. Instead, customers will appreciate businesses who take current events into account, and match their product offering/messaging to reflect the new normal.…

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Tuesday, July 7 1:00pm to 2:15pm $29
1 hour and 15 minutes
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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, July 9 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Researching and Understanding Your Market During COVID-19

Customer habits have rapidly changed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses are discovering that customers are still out there, but a different approach is needed to find them. Rather than relying on guess work, market research holds the keys to identifying this elusive customer data. Join Small Business BC’s Market Research Analyst, Mark Eversfield, and find key tips and best practices for researching and understanding your market during COVID-19.  You’ll discover how to conduct useful research in…

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Thursday, July 9 1:00pm to 2:15pm $29
1 hour and 15 minutes
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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, July 14 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Finance Package

Tuesday, July 14 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, July 14 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
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Business Finance 2: Financial Analysis

Tuesday, July 14 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, July 14 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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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, July 15 9:00am to 12:30pm $29 – $39
3 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, July 15 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, July 15 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, July 15 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 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, July 16 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop

Wednesday, July 22 10:00am to 12:00pm

Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop

Businesses across Canada are coming to terms with a vastly changed landscape. In many aspects, the old way of doing things has been discarded, and the transition to the “new normal” is filled with many challenges. The key to succeeding in these times is to be prepared, know the obstacles you’re likely to face, and set goals that will enable you to move forward. With so many strategic decisions to be made, our Back to Business Goal Setting Workshop will…

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Wednesday, July 22 10:00am to 12:00pm $399
Four Weekly Sessions (July 22, July 29, August 5 and August 12, 2020) from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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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Thursday, July 23 10:30am to 2:00pm $69
6 Hours
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Market Research for Your Business Package

Thursday, July 23 10:30am to 2:00pm

Market Research for Your Business Package

This two-seminar Market Research package will equip you with the data tools you need to find and interpret primary and secondary market research.

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Thursday, July 23 10:30am to 2:00pm $119
12 Hours
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Operations Management for Small Business

Friday, July 24 9:00am to 12:00pm

Operations Management for Small Business

Running a business will always be a challenge but having a solid foundation in place can lessen the load. Our Operations Management for Small Business Seminar will teach you how to merge all the essential elements of operating a small business.

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Friday, July 24 9:00am to 12:00pm $39
3 Hours
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How to Stay Competitive in the New Normal

Wednesday, July 29 10:00am to 11:00am

How to Stay Competitive in the New Normal

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the old way of doing business has been disrupted. Customers are interacting with businesses in new ways and many business owners have struggled to adapt their sales and customer service methods to keep up. Learn about a variety of digital tools that small businesses should consider to live in the new normal. Reach consumers at home, offer pre-order/curbside pickup options, create a safe and contactless payment experience in-store, and protect your business from…

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Wednesday, July 29 10:00am to 11:00am Free
1 Hour
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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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Thursday, July 30 10:30am to 2:00pm $69
1.5 Hours
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Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis

Are you sitting on the next big business idea? Our Business Viability 1 seminar will help you determine the start-up viability of your concept.

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Tuesday, August 4 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Viability Package

Tuesday, August 4 9:00am to 4:00pm

Business Viability Package

Are you sitting on the next big business idea? Our Business Viability seminar package will help you determine the start-up viability of your concept and how to map out those first few months financially.

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Tuesday, August 4 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
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Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast

It takes money to make money, and cash flow is arguably the most crucial part of your financial plan. Stay on top of one of business’ greatest challenges with this informative seminar.

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

Thursday, August 6 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, August 6 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, August 13 1:00pm to 3:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, August 19 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, August 19 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, August 19 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, August 19 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, August 19 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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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, September 8 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Planning for Developing Businesses

Tuesday, September 8 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, September 8 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

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

Wednesday, September 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, September 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, September 16 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 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, September 17 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis

Tuesday, September 22 9:00am to 12:00pm

Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis

Are you sitting on the next big business idea? Our Business Viability 1 seminar will help you determine the start-up viability of your concept.

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Tuesday, September 22 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Viability Package

Tuesday, September 22 9:00am to 4:00pm

Business Viability Package

Are you sitting on the next big business idea? Our Business Viability seminar package will help you determine the start-up viability of your concept and how to map out those first few months financially.

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Tuesday, September 22 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
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Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast

Tuesday, September 22 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast

It takes money to make money, and cash flow is arguably the most crucial part of your financial plan. Stay on top of one of business’ greatest challenges with this informative seminar.

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Tuesday, September 22 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
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, October 8 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, October 15 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
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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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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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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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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