Small Business Month 2012

Small Business Month is here. Are you ready?

Now in its sixth year, this October long celebration of small business is used to raise awareness of the training and development opportunities available to entrepreneurs.

With this in mind, many of our partners across the province arrange activities and events to help small business owners and operators take time to discover a new direction or find new ways to improve their operations and grow their business.

Below are just some of the events happening in this year’s Small Business Month.

To find out more about what’s happening in your area, visit our EVENTS CALENDAR.

Sage 50 Accounting (Canadian Edition): Getting Started and Setting up Your Books

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm


Do you use, or are you thinking of using Sage 50 Accounting, Canadian Edition (previously named Simply Accounting)?

Join Soma Small Business Solutions to put your business on the pass to success by understanding how to create your company profile and configure specific settings for your business using Sage 50 product suite.

Already have your profile setup? Come to this seminar and learn how to adapt and modify the software as your company grows.

What’s Your Business Worth? Business Valuation

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 – 1:30 pm – 2.30pm


Are you considering selling your business or are you looking for ideas on how to maximize its value?

Join Pacific Business Brokers to find out what your business is worth and how you can plan strategically to focus your efforts on the right business components.

Funding and Resources Available for Innovative Businesses

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Do you have an innovative business and want to learn about the federal government programs that can provide you help and resources? Attend this special Small Business Month seminar and learn from our panel of government representatives, about the programs that could help your innovative business.

The programs outlined in this seminar include: procurement initiatives, tax credits, expert advice, and a variety of other assistance.

How Small Business Wins in a Socially Connected World (hosted at the Yaletown Roundhouse)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 – 8:00am – 12:00pm


Engagement marketing, when done well, can become the single best source of new customers, members or donors for any small business or organization. If you are looking to generate more positive referrals through online and offline marketing activities, including social media, email newsletters, events and blogs, attend this event and find out how engagement marketing can help.

In this special Small Business Month event Guy Steeves and Mark Schmulen of Constant Contact will take you through the three components of the Engagement Marketing Cycle.

Returning to Provincial Sales Tax (PST)

Thursday, October 18, 2012 – 11:00am – 12:00pm


Wondering how the transition from HST to PST will affect your business? Join Gabrielle Loren, Certified General Account, as she provides an overview of the transition to PST and the implications for your business, followed by a Question and Answer period where you can ask questions relevant to your business.

BC Hydro: Sustainability Purchasing 101

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm


The idea behind sustainable purchasing is simple. When you buy a good or a service, you take time to consider both its economic value (price, quality, availability and functionality), and its environmental and social impact – at local, regional, and global levels. You then use your purchasing power to buy those goods or services that have a high economic value and a positive environmental impact.

This introductory seminar will share both information and inspiration to help participants apply sustainable purchasing to their business operations.

TRADESTART: Drop Shipping Logistics

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm


Do you want to ship directly from your domestic manufacturer to a foreign customer? Or ship from your overseas factory directly to a Canadian customer? Drop shipping is an effective method of eliminating unnecessary logistics costs and creating efficiencies in your supply chain. Relevant for both Import and Export business, join us at this seminar to learn how this process can work for you.