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Join Small Business BC’s Digital Meetups

We believe this is a time, more than ever, for small businesses to come together to help each other overcome challenges and find solutions.

To help facilitate this, SBBC is pleased to share our new Digital Meetups, a community video call for the small businesses community during COVID-19. Every Monday – Thursday at 11:00 AM, we will be hosting a Digital Meetup focused around one pressing issue re:COVID-19: from how to generate revenue, to employment law, all specific to small businesses.

Our guest speakers will include small business owners and industry experts – with a large component focused on Q&A and knowledge sharing among those in the call. Upon registration, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar call as well as a phone number to call in. The medium to participate is up to your comfort level.

This is new to us, so we will learn as we go, but we want to provide a forum for our community during these difficult times. We also don’t want to over-promise, we don’t have all the answers but collectively we come together to share as best we can.

Upcoming Meetups

  • Wednesday April 8 - COVID-19: Managing Your Cash Flow

    In this digital meetup we speak to Iain Rogers, Founder of Entreflow, on how to pivot your business plan and manage your cash flow during this challenging time.  Contents covered include:

    1. Common questions regarding Cash Flow and how to adapt your business due to Covid-19
    2. Questions & answers for Iain
    3. Opportunity for other small businesses to share ways that they are finding creative solutions during these challenging times.

    You can attend the session  via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration.

    Register Now

  • Thursday April 9 - How You can Help - Business Initiatives that Bring the Community Together

    Join us, as we speak with two individuals who decided to launch life-changing initiatives to bring the community together during this time.

    Emily Hannan, Co-Founder of the YYJLocalsforLocals initiative. YYJLocalsForLocals is a group of community-minded tech and marketing professionals offering pro-bono assistance to local small businesses, restaurants, and bars – for free! They are 100% volunteer run and have grown tremendously in the past few weeks, with the slogan: “You serve us when times are good — let us serve you while times are tough.”

    Christoph Barrow is the co-owner of Pacific Poke and launched the Feed the Frontline Workers initiative in Vancouver. Their mission is to support the local healthcare and hospital heroes who are working in wartime-like conditions, while also support our local restaurants who are really hurting during this period! The initiative has raised $65,000 in less than two weeks, feeding 200+ meals daily to our frontline workers.

    You can attend the session  via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration.

    Register Now

Past Meetups

  • Tuesday April 7 - Commercial Lease and Contractual Law - Your Questions Answered

    In this digital meetup we speak to Dana Gordon about the current difficulties businesses are having with Commercial lease and Contractual law. She outlines the approach businesses should have with these issues  – content covered include:

    1. Common questions regarding Commercial Leases due to Covid-19
    2. Questions & answers for Dana
    3. Opportunity for other small businesses to share ways that they are finding creative solutions during these challenging times.

    You can attend the session  via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration.

    View Recording

  • Monday April 6 - Small Business Community Chat

    Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
    Moderator: Tom Conway, CEO, Small Business BC

    Every Monday we plan to host a digital meetup that will be a platform to hear from you – content covered will include:

    1. Introduction from Tom Conway, and any updates from Small Business BC
    2. We will then open the floor to participants on a first come first served basis, to talk through their experiences with COVID-19 and what their learning process has been.

    You can attend the session  via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration.

    View Recording

  • Thursday April 2 - COVID-19: Pivoting Your Export/Import Business

    Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
    Speaker: Allison Boulton, Export Navigator

    Join us, as we speak with Allison Boulton, Program Manager for Export Navigator, on how to pivot and adapt your trade oriented business during this unprecedented time.

    You can attend the session  via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration.

    Video Recording

  • Wednesday April 1 - Creative Ways to Help Your Business Thrive Digitally

    Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
    Speaker: Darryl Julott and Digital Main Street Team

    As we navigate the new COVID economy, businesses are quickly pivoting to service a digital audience, growing their online presence. If you want to succeed in this space, and boost your business through online channels, you’re going to need a plan. Join Darryl Julott and the team from Digital Main Street as they provide tips and guidance on Creative Ways to Help Your Business Thrive Digitally

    You can attend the session  via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration.

    View Recording

  • Tuesday March 31 - Your HR Questions Answered With an Employment Lawyer

    Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
    Speaker: Natasha Jategaonkar

    In this digital meetup we speak to Natasha about employment law, she outlines the common challenges businesses are facing and answers any of your HR questions – content covered include:

    1. Common HR challenges during COVID-19
    2. Questions & answers for Natasha
    3. Opportunity for other small businesses to share ways that they are finding creative solutions during these challenging times.

    You can attend the session  via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration.

    *Due to the fluid nature of this topic, this particular recording will not be posted. Please email Natasha at: NJategaonkar@mathewsdinsdale.com should you have any specific inquries. 

  • Monday March 30 - Small Business Community Chat

    Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
    Moderator: Tom Conway, CEO, Small Business BC

    Every Monday we plan to host a digital meetup that will be a platform to hear from you – content covered will include:

    1. Introduction from Tom Conway, and any updates from Small Business BC
    2. We will then open the floor to participants on a first come first served basis, to talk through their experiences with COVID-19 and what their learning process has been.

    You can attend the session  via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration.

    View Recording

  • Thursday March 26 - Funding and Short Term Financing Options

    Time: 11:00am – 11:45am

    In this digital meetup we speak to Emily Kerr, Vice-President, Business Banking at BMO Bank of Montreal, and Treasurer, Board of Directors at Small Business BC, on your Funding and Financing options during this time. Content covered include:

    1. Current short term financing options
    2. Questions & answers
    3. Opportunity for other small businesses to share ways that they are finding creative solutions during these challenging times.

    You can attend the session  via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration.

    View Recording – Part I

    View Recording – Part II

  • Wednesday March 25 - Your HR Questions Answered With an Employment Lawyer

    Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
    Speaker: Lauren Soubolsky and Christopher McHardy, McCarthy Tetrault

    In this digital meetup we speak to Lauren and Christopher about employment law, she outlines the common challenges businesses are facing and answers any of your HR questions – content covered include:

    1. Common HR challenges during COVID-19
    2. Questions & answers for Christopher and Lauren
    3. Opportunity for other small businesses to share ways that they are finding creative solutions during these challenging times.

    You can attend the session  via Webinar link or phone, which will be sent to you after registration.

    View Recording

  • Tuesday March 24 - Hear From A Small Business Owner: The Federal Store

    Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
    Guest Speaker: Chris Allen and Collette Griffiths of The Federal Store

    In this digital meetup we speak to Chris Allen and Collette Griffiths of The Federal Store – a cafe and grocery store in Vancouver  – content covered will include:

    1. Talk about the challenges they have faced as a food business during COVID-19.
    2. Discuss the ways that Federal Store are creating new ways to generate income.
    3. Questions & answers for Chris and Collette.
    4. Opportunity for other small businesses to share ways that they are finding creative solutions during these challenging times.

    View Recording

  • Monday March 23 - Small Business Community Chat

    Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
    Moderator: Tom Conway, CEO, Small Business BC

    Every Monday we plan to host a digital meetup that will be a platform to hear from you – content covered will include:

    1. Introduction from Tom Conway, and any updates from Small Business BC
    2. We will then open the floor to participants on a first come first served basis, to talk through their experiences with COVID-19 and what their learning process has been.

    View Recording

  • Friday March 20 - Pivoting Your Business to Adapt

    Time: 11:00am – 11:45am
    Moderator: Dylan Hrycyshen, Business Plan Expert, Small Business BC

    Our first digital meetup focusing on changing your business with times, pivoting to other opportunities during COVID-19 – content covered will include:

    1. Finding our path forward, addressing the questions of our business community.
    2. Any resources currently available and where to find them
    3. Questions for the speaker
    4. Opportunity for participants to share any challenges they’ve had and any solutions they’ve found.

    View Recording