June is Free Education Month at Small Business BC

Small Business BC, in partnership with WorkSafeBC, is excited to announce the return of an annual highlight in our educational calendar – June FREE Education Month.

This invaluable month of learning delivers 25 new and returning webinars, alongside our range of one-on-one Talk to an Expert advisory sessions and more. Whether you’re looking to start or grow your business, we’ve packed our calendar for the month with informative and practical sessions that will put your business on the road to success.

As you participate in June Free Education Month, take a moment to help us improve our business education and take our client survey. Each person that completes this quick and easy survey will be entered into a draw to win a $200 Shop Local Gift Card.

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New for 2022

For the first time ever, June Free Education Month includes free access to WorkSafeBC’s range of on-demand e-learning education. These self-directed courses allow you to learn in bite-sized chunks on a schedule that suits you. Elsewhere, with Indigenous People’s Day taking place on June 21st this year, we’re offering a Land Acknowledgements Workshop on Friday, June 17th.  Discover how acknowledging the land where we live, play, and work is crucial to establishing a relationship of trust for your business within the community.

Book Early to Avoid Disappointment

We want you to make the most of this offering, so we’ve laid on extra availability for all our webinars and Talk to an Expert advisories. However, demand is expected to be extremely high and places are limited. Book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If you do happen to miss out on the webinar of your choice, we will be opening a waitlist.

Please Note: Attendance of Talk to an Expert advisory sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of two first-time sessions per client.

Free Education Month at Small Business BC

  • Week 3 (June 20th to June 24th)

    TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

    Tuesday, June 21st
    9am to 12pm

    The act of incorporating your small business creates a legal entity that’s separate from its shareholders or members. In many situations it can lead to lower taxes for the business owner, thanks to a range of tax benefits only available to incorporated businesses.

    Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn how a registered corporation can help separate you from your business, or partners, while optimizing tax benefits and efficiencies.

    Steps to Incorporate Your Business

    Tuesday, June 21st
    1pm to 4pm

    As a small business owner, the realities of your legal and tax situation will change as your company grows. Incorporating offers a business structure with many advantages you might not have considered.

    Join Dana Gordon, Benchmark Law Corporation, and learn about the benefits of incorporating, how to incorporate your business and legal tips to help you with “life after incorporation”. This seminar is ideal for anyone who wants to get incorporated properly within BC and learn how to carry on business as a corporate entity.

    How to Run a Successful Food and Beverage Business

    Thursday, June 23rd
    10:30am to 11:30am

    Hospitality businesses across BC are getting ready for a busy summer season. Warmer weather means a return to patio season, and with COVID-19 restrictions lifting, many consumers are taking their first steps back into restaurants and bars. If you’re a restaurant or bar owner, are you taking the necessary steps to serve these customers efficiently?

    Fortunately, there are proven strategies and tools to help restaurants enjoy a successful summer season. Whether it’s streamlining your business, improving your point-of-sale processes, or nailing your takeout options, now is the time to secure the small wins that will fuel your success.

  • Week 4 (June 27th to June 30th)

    Privacy Law: Navigating Regulations and Avoiding Breaches

    Tuesday, June 28th
    10:30am to 12pm

    Since the pandemic, many small businesses have moved to remote working, empowering employees to work from home where possible. Unfortunately, this has created an environment where data breaches and unintended privacy leaks have become all too common.

    Join Marilyn Sing for this informative and fast-paced webinar and learn the key points of BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). You’ll discover what businesses must do to comply with PIPA, the regulator’s role and the consequences relating to non-compliance. The session will conclude with best practices for improving your business’ privacy and how to foster a strong culture of data protection.

    Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

    Tuesday, June 28th
    1pm to 3pm

    Do you know if the work you create belongs to you? Or how to prevent others from copying your ideas? Attend our Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More seminar and hear from an intellectual property lawyer on the various forms of intellectual property protection and how they can safeguard your business.

    How Much is Your Business Worth?

    Wednesday, June 29th
    10:30am to 12pm

    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 Ernest Bednarz Chartered Business Valuator, and learn the basic principles of business valuation, which methods to use and how to apply them. Knowing how much a business is worth is key to successfully selling a business or buying one. Even if you’re not yet ready to sell it’s never too early to plan for it as strategies to increase the value of your business can take time to put in place.

    The New Art of Selling

    Thursday, June 30th
    10:30am to 12pm

    The past couple of years have challenged all of us to re-think how and where we sell. Human interactions have rapidly shifted to socially distant, online environments and many businesses have had to pivot their sales strategy.

    Join us for this fast-paced and interactive webinar where you’ll learn the changing approaches to selling, new customer behaviours, expectations, and technologies that consumers have adopted.

  • Talk to an Expert Advisories

    Talk to a Workers’ Compensation Expert

    Thursday, June 9th
    1pm to 4pm
    Wednesday, June 22nd
    9am to 12pm

    In partnership with WorkSafeBC, Small Business BC is proud to offer FREE one-on-one advisory sessions with a representative of the Employers’ Advisers Office to help businesses reopen their doors in a safe and successful manner. The Employers’ Advisers Office advises on these subjects and more, helping employers expand their knowledge of current legislation, regulations, policies and best practices in workplace safety. They are standing by to assist with questions on reopening in relation to the WorkSafeBC guidelines.

    Talk to a Technology Operations Expert – SOLD OUT

    Thursday, June 16th
    1pm to 4:15pm

    Running a business means optimizing your technology environment to support your organization, stakeholders and clients. Whether it’s your internal systems, website, or data environment, your business needs an integrated and useful technology and systems foundation. Come learn about how to make your technology systems useful and relevant to your business.

    Our Technology Operations Expert, Tim Bramwell helps businesses to use technology better, and developers build better product strategies.

    Talk to a Business Broker – SOLD OUT

    Friday, June 10th
    9am to 12pm

    Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a business, a business broker should be your go-to for understanding the process and achieving maximum value.

    The single most important financial transaction for you as a business owner is the sale of your company. If you have an existing business you’re looking to sell or are considering buying a small business, we invite you to book a one-on-one consultation with our business broker, Maxwell Webster of Pacific M&A and Business Brokers to decide what the next steps will look like, and how to best proceed.

    Talk to a Website Expert – SOLD OUT

    Wednesday, June 29th
    10am to 12pm

    Having a website for your business isn’t just a good idea, it’s become an essential marketing tool. Whether you’re a traditional retailer, providing a service, or are looking to operate exclusively online, how you approach your business website takes careful planning and consideration. Are you ready to take your online presence to the next level?

    Let our website expert, Simon Rai, help you optimize your site for conversion and generate the revenue you need for your small business in a one-on-one consultation. This service is suitable for clients planning a website or looking to improve upon their existing website.