Small Business Week 2020 at Small Business BC

2020 has been a challenging year for small business owners. The COVID-19 pandemic has proved as much of a financial crisis as a health one, significantly impacting Canadian business owners and their employees. Despite these unprecedented difficulties, entrepreneurs have pivoted and met these challenges head-on. They provide our essential services, local jobs, and an invaluable touchpoint in our communities. That’s why now, more than ever, it’s important to take the time to celebrate and appreciate their achievements.

Small Business Week 2020

Small Business Week 2020 takes place October 19 to 23 across Canada. If you’re based in Vancouver, keep an eye out for BC Place lighting up in SBBC colours on October 18th to kick off the celebration. Small Business BC is offering a full week of educational webinars for FREE to our community to mark the occasion. We’ll also be offering a FREE day of Talk to an Expert consultations on October 20th. To make the most of this offering, we’ve packed our schedule for the week with some of our most popular webinars.

Demand is expected to be extremely high and places are limited, so book today to avoid disappointment. We will open a waitlist when individual sessions reach capacity. In order for as many clients as possible to be able to take advantage of the free offerings during Small Business Week, we ask you to limit your Talk to An Expert Series bookings to 2 per client.

  • Free Webinars During Small Business Week 2020

    Operations Management for Small Business

    Monday, October 19th
    09:00am to 12:00pm

    Running a small business can sometimes seem like putting together a piece of furniture. You’ve got lots of little parts that slot together to make the whole but how can you build it without a set of instructions? Operations Management can provide the necessary direction.

    Join us for this seminar and explore how you can determine who does what, where, when, how and most importantly – why?

    Creating Engaging Video Content Using Your Phone

    Monday, October 19th
    1:00pm to 3:00pm

    If marketing has taught us anything in recent years it’s that customers love video content. Many business owners think it’s expensive and time-consuming to create this content but this is no longer the case. Thanks to the humble smartphone, professional-looking videos can be made quickly and easily.

    In the era of physical distancing, now is the perfect time for business owners to become comfortable with producing their own video content. All that’s needed is a smartphone and a good idea. Join us for this fun and informative webinar and learn how to produce videos you can use immediately to tell your stories during the pandemic or build a library of videos you can draw from in the future as you populate your content calendar.

    TaxSense During COVID-19

    Tuesday, October 20th
    10:00am to 11:00am

    In this difficult climate, every dollar counts, and employers like yourself are looking to help their business and staff as much as possible. Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn from tax accountants on tax opportunities as well as tax impacts you need to know right now.

    Staying Resilient During COVID-19

    Tuesday, October 20th
    11:00am to 12:00pm

    When faced with broad-based uncertainty, it is natural to feel stress and anxiety. However too much stress can negatively impact our mental and physical health. This session will help you cope by starting with self-care for leaders: it begins with you. What are some things you can do as a small business owner or leader to manage your stress? What are some things you can do as a leader to help your team and fellow staff members?

    Market Research: Emerging Trends in Consumer Behaviour

    Tuesday, October 20th
    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Are you struggling to make sense of the world amidst widespread and rapid change? Join Mark Eversfield, Market Research Analyst at Small Business BC, and learn how market research can inform your business decisions as you navigate COVID-19.

    Smart Marketing in a Changing World

    Tuesday, October 20th
    2:30pm to 3:30pm

    In the last few months, our world has changed. Consumer behaviours and priorities have shifted. Has your messaging changed accordingly? It’s time to revisit your approach to marketing and learn how to reframe your offers and promotions in this time of widespread change.

    Discover how you can market effectively – without appearing tone-deaf as our economy continues to adapt to pandemic pressures.

    Blogging to Promote Your Business

    Wednesday, October 21st
    09:00am to 12:00pm

    Blogging allows a business to easily create and share valuable and relevant content with their target audience. Whether it’s blogging, social media or newsletters, content marketing is critical for entrepreneurs looking to promote their business in a budget-conscious manner.

    Join Ashley “WriterGal” Doan, Writergal Marketing Services, and learn how to increase visitors to your site organically and keep them there longer by publishing great content. Takeaways from this interactive session include a workbook containing a content calendar, a content recycling planner, blogging tools and more to help you create a content strategy that will be easy execute.

    How to Launch Your Product in Today’s World

    Wednesday, October 21st
    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    COVID-19 has spurred many changes affecting retail in BC, from disruptions to the supply chain to online shopping becoming more prevalent. At the same time though, initiatives like Shop Local and the transition of brick and mortar businesses to e-commerce are taking place.

    Now may be the best time for you to connect with retailers, get your foot in the door, and your products onto their shelves and their websites.

    Appealing product design, a powerful brand story, and pricing strategies are important as ever. Jim Shopland will share his decades of experience with retailers and take you through each step as you prepare for the changing retail landscape.

    Ergonomics in the COVID Era: Working from Home and Beyond

    Thursday, October 22nd
    10:30am to 12:00pm

    For several months, many of us have worked from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The workstations we hastily set up in March have lasted longer than expected. Also some of the COVID-19-related changes to our workplaces have increased risk for injuries. As a result, It’s time to address this problem, ahead of a winter spent working remotely or working with COVID-19 related changes in your workplace.

    Correcting your workstation ergonomics will improve your physical well-being and create a work environment that’s safe for extended use. Join Gina Vahlas, WorkSafeBC, for this informative webinar and discover how correct ergonomics can help prevent aches and pains from progressing to musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs). This webinar will cover potential MSI risk factors you’ll experience working remotely, and risk controls to incorporate to prevent MSIs.

    Decolonizing, Indigenizing and Reconciling Entrepreneurship

    Thursday, October 22
    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Wondering what it means to decolonize entrepreneurship & success? Ready to shift out of colonial defaults and into critical consciousness? Want to apply a decolonial lens to your business, your HR, your bottom line?

    Join Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee of the Squamish Nation, founder of Decolonizing Practices and M̓i tel’nexw Leadership Society for an introduction to decolonizing, indigenizing & reconciling entrepreneurship. Ta7talíya will share teachings, talk about her journey of unlearning, and guide participants through exercises from her workbook Decolonize First, a liberating guide for peeling back the layers of neocolonialism.

    Google Strategies for Your Local Business

    Friday, October 23rd
    09:00am to 10:00am

    This pandemic is forcing small businesses to pivot and go online. Your Google My Business profile could be that quick win to reach customers and convey what’s unique about your business. It’s more important than ever to effectively utilize this channel to keep new and existing customers informed about your business, from new hours of operation and procedures to fresh product offerings.

    Updating the information on your GMB profile is critical as it has become your online “front door”. In this webinar, learn several cheap and effective strategies you can implement for your online presence as we move through the phases of reopening.

    Early Stage Financing for Small Business

    Friday, October 23rd
    1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Entrepreneurs and their ideas come in all shapes and sizes but the one common issue they all must address is early stage financing. It’s estimated that roughly 82% of new businesses fail due to cashflow problems.

    So, how do you secure that all-important early stage financing? In this seminar, representatives from Vancity Microfinance and Futurpreneur Canada will walk you through the steps needed to acquire start-up funds.

    How to Stay Relevant in Uncertain Times

    Friday, October 23rd
    3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Wondering how you can meet customer needs and remain relevant amidst massive lifestyle changes as the pandemic lingers on?

    There are many questions about what to do and how to adapt, particularly as the pandemic draws on, and changes in consumer behaviour risk becoming more permanent. Start by creating your conceptual framework for staying relevant by drawing inspiration from other businesses in BC. The webinar will highlight numerous examples of businesses doing things differently to stay relevant and top of mind. Leave with ideas of your own to apply in your small business.

  • Free Talk to an Expert Sessions on October 20th

    Talk to an Accountant

    09:00am to 1:00pm

    Lost in a sea of deductions, taxable income and depreciation? Your small business taxes don’t need to be daunting! In fact, our experts from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants can help demystify the numbers and make sure you’re enjoying the maximum deductibles for your small business.

    Whether you need help figuring out how to properly calculate and file your business taxes, or what business structure is most beneficial, reserve your 30-minute one-on-one consultation and make your financials work for you.

    Talk to a Business Broker

    10:00am to 2:00pm

    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. If you have an existing business you’re looking to sell or are considering buying a small business, book a one-on-one consultation with our business broker, Jeffrey Ng of Pacific M&A and Business Brokers.

    If you have specific questions relating to an active sale or you would just like some suggestions or recommendations on how to start preparing your business to sell, let our expert guide you through the buying or selling process.

    Talk to a Lawyer

    10am to 4:00pm

    Even if your business is small, there are countless legal hurdles you can face in the first few years. Why tackle them alone? Our Talk to a Lawyer service offers general legal advice about business structures, joint ventures, contracts or any other legal issues you may be facing.

    Book a one-on-one consultation with a lawyer from Benchmark Law Corporation and solve the legal questions specific to your individual business’ needs.

    Talk to a Technology Operations Expert

    09:00am to 3:45pm

    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.