October is Small Business Month

October 1st 2011 once again marked the start of Small Business Month across BC.

Now in its fifth year, the month long event is intended to celebrate and recognize the contribution of small businesses to the BC economy and our local communities.

The celebration is used to draw attention to the organizations and groups that help small business owners across the province and highlight the programs and resources that are available to entrepreneurs.

With many activities and events taking place across the province, it is a time when small business owners and operators can take time to discover a new direction or find new ways to improve their operations, expand their network and grow their business.

Below are just some of the events Small Business BC is running Small Business Month. To find out more about what’s happening in your area, visit our events calendar.

To view photos of this year’s Open House 2011, the event which launches BC’s Small Buiness Month visit our Flikr page today!

Sustainability Strategies – Improve profits and productivity

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Join BC Hydro for a morning to find out how to save your business money as it grows.  This specially tailored seminar will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss how to reduce your operational costs in order to increase your competiveness and offer a brand advantage.  Find out how to implement energy conservation measures, green marketing strategies to increase your business attractiveness and the key tools and resources available to help you get started.

Publicizing Your Small Business … Partnerships & Publicity

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

With the media world constantly changing, it can often be hard to navigate your way to success, especially when you are on a tight budget.  Join Laura Ballance Media Group and find out how to effectively target the right media for your business and how to develop your media partnerships to help your business grow.

Finding the Formula – Growing Your Business with Email & Social Media Marketing

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Come and explore the best practices in email and social media marketing and discuss how social media can translate into sales for your business.  Join Constant Contact’s Guy Steeves and author Gail Z Martin at Yaletown’s Roundhouse to find the formula that works for your small business.