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Accessibility Month at SBBC

September marks Disability Employment Month in BC. During this month, we recognize inclusive employers creating accessible workplaces, as well as the important contribution people with disabilities make in the workplace.

20 percent of British Columbians identify as living with a disability. Not all of these disabilities are visible outwardly, initially, or in ways one might assume, but what they all have in common is their under-employment compared to those without disabilities.

With funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia WorkForce Development Agreement, Small Business BC is marking this occasion by hosting Accessibility Month: It Matters. All month long, we’re offering free access to business education for our entire community – regardless of disability status. Our webinars will be accompanied by live ASL interpretation and closed captioning.

Our goal is to make SBBC’s educational resources as widely accessible as possible, while acknowledging we still have progress to make in providing barrier-free access to education year-round for this underserved community.

Free Webinars for Accessibility Month

Financial Planning for Your Small Business

Tuesday, September 27
10am to 12pm

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 to help you grow during the life of your business. Join Rinette Lagace, NET Bookkeeping as she helps you understand how to establish the right business strategy for your company.

Marketing for Small Business

Tuesday, September 27
1pm to 4pm

You know what your small business has to offer, but how do you get that message across to potential customers? Marketing is the single most effective way to spread the word. Presented by Mary Charleson, Charleson Communications, Marketing for Small Business will help you focus on what your unique value proposition is and how to communicate your message effectively.

You’ll learn about the most effective marketing tools, the changing media landscape, and how to spend your marketing budget.

Get Started with Email Marketing

Wednesday, September 28th
9am to 12pm

Email Marketing makes money. In fact, a recent study showed that for every $1 you spend on email marketing, you can expect an average return of $38. Find out what you need to start an effective email marketing campaign and reach your target audience via their email inbox.

Join Mhairi Petrovic, Out-Smarts Marketing as she delivers an action plan to get your email strategy up and running.

Learn About the Workplace Accessibility Grant

The Workplace Accessibility Grant program provides direct supports of up to $2,500 to small business employers in British Columbia by providing direct financial assistance towards creating an inclusive work environment for persons with a disability(ies).

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How to Remove Barriers for People with Disabilities in Your Business

Check out the recording of our recent webinar on best practices in removing barriers for people with disabilities in the workplace. This webinar was delivered in partnership with the Presidents Group (Accessible Employers).

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Identifying the Cost-Benefit of Accessible Design

Discover how your business can reap long-term gains by investing a relatively small upfront spend on accessibility.

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How to Create an Age-Friendly Business

Accessibility isn’t just creating inclusion for those with disabilities. When you create an age-friendly business, you improve quality of life for older Canadians with mobility challenges.

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Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Are you an entrepreneur and self-identify with a disability or ongoing health condition? EDP through Community Futures can provide financial assistance to cover the cost of Small Business BC’s advisory or education fees.

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Hear from Businesses Focused on Accessibility

Our company culture has only benefited from hiring someone with a disability. They provide a wonderful new outlook on the positions we have created and help our team grow in many different ways

Katie Gamble is the founder of Nature Bee, an award-winning small business based on Vancouver Island. As her company has grown, Katie has prioritized the creation of an accessible workplace. Learn how Nature Bee is benefitting from their position as an accessible employer.

Katie Gamble

Nature Bee

The process of making gave me that fulfillment that I was doing something worthwhile and not letting blindness stop me

Eliana Fragrance is a Vancouver-based candle company that produces beautifully scented, small batch soy candles. Learn how Laetitia Mfamobani, a blind entrepreneur, started and grew her small business.

Laetitia Mfamobani

Eliana Fragrance Candle

When we designed The Alinker, we wanted to make something so cool that it overcomes the discomfort other people have with disability

The Alinker is a non-motorized walking bike without pedals. It’s designed for anyone who wants to maintain an active life regardless of their movement abilities or disabilities. Hear the story of founder, Barbara Alink, and why she's passionate about creating a more accessible world for those with disabilities.

Barbara Alink

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Other Ways Small Business BC Can Help Your Business

Small Business BC provides practical business education tailored for small businesses right here in BC. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC is here to help. View our full calendar of business education.

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Starting a business? Start with Small Business BC’s comprehensive list of free downloadable resources. We’ve got everything covered, from business plan templates, cash flow forecasting and our starting a business checklist. View Resources.

Join our free online hub of BC-based small businesses and reach a province-wide audience of engaged customers that are passionate about small business. Sign up now.

Our self-directed E-Learning courses are available anytime, anywhere. Each on-demand course consists of bite-sized topics filled with features like readings, handouts, videos and quizzes. Discover our range of E-Learning education today.

We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.