Join Small Business BC for INSPIRE 2018 on October 1

Entrepreneurship exists where intelligence and creativity meet. All that’s needed is a little inspiration. Luckily, we’ve got just the right event for you!

Small Business BC is thrilled to announce the return of INSPIRE, an event featuring an evening of networking, celebration and education taking place October 1, 2018 at Vancouver’s iconic Science World.

On this night, we’ll hear from some of British Columbia’s leading business figures, as we launch the 2019 Small Business BC Awards alongside 400 of BC’s entrepreneurial movers and shakers, government representatives and industry influencers.

The 8th annual INSPIRE will feature complimentary drinks, canapes, networking and the following agenda of education.

Inspire 2018

Panel Discussion: How to Operate a Consciously Minded Business

In our modern world, companies who embrace a triple bottom line of profit, people and the planet are becoming more prominent than ever before. This fascinating panel discussion will teach you the importance of developing consciously minded policies to guide the future of your business.

Topics covered will include:

  • Developing strong fundamentals within an organization
  • How technology can be used to help drive sustainability and success
  • Implementing systems and processes to achieve the next phase of sustainable growth
  • Using business innovation to create social change


Peter van Stolk, CEO, SPUD
Brian Smith, Owner and CEO, Persephone Brewing
Janice Taylor, Founder and CEO, Mazu
Denise Taschereau, Co-Founder and CEO, Fairware
Mickey McLeod, Co-Founder, President, and CEO, Salt Spring Coffee

Inspire 2018

Keynote Speech: Operating with Purpose

Ratana Stephens is known as the “heart and soul” of Nature’s Path Foods, a company she founded with her husband more than 30 years ago. As Co-CEO and Co-Founder, she is proud to have seen the company grow to become North America’s largest certified organic breakfast and snack food company, while remaining firmly committed to its mission of helping people eat well, by doing good.  Join her for this fascinating keynote speech and hear how Nature’s Path grew while remaining true to the triple bottom line philosophy of social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and financial viability.

With Ratana Stephens, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Nature’s Path.

Don’t Miss Out!

Taking place at Science World on October 1st, INSPIRE 2018 is an event you aren’t going to want to miss! Tickets are now on sale. Join us for this amazing evening as we celebrate BC’s entrepreneurial community.