What’s Happening in April 2018 at Small Business BC?

Believe it or not, we’re almost a third of the way through 2018. It may feel like only yesterday we rang in the New Year, but the clock is ticking on hitting your business targets for the year. What better opportunity to get started, than by indulging in some educational ‘spring cleaning’ at Small Business BC?

It’s a stacked month at the station starting with an exciting trip to Abbotsford on Thursday, April 5th for the first of our MyBizDay events. Join us at Tradex for this FREE, full-day event. The agenda includes:

  • Accessing Capital to Help You Grow – Presented by Envision Financial
  • Hacks to Automate Your Business and Help Your Bottom Line
  • Set for Success: Choosing the Right Business Structure to Help You Grow
  • 5 Steps to Find Your Customers
  • Convert More Customers with Digital Marketing
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Selling
  • Lessons Learned on the Road to Success – Presented by Dana Matheson

Can’t make it to Abbotsford? No problem! On Wednesday, April 25th, MyBizDay comes to Surrey City Hall for another FREE day of education, networking, and fun. Tickets are FREE, but are moving fast. Secure your place today!

Elsewhere, we’re hosting over 30 new, returning and special edition seminars and webinars. Whether you’re looking to start, grow or exit a business, make sure you’re taking advantage of some of the best business resources BC has to offer by registering for one of Small Business BC’s seminars today.

Starting a Business

Business Finance Package

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
9:00AM to 4:00PM

Financial statements can sometimes feel like another language but understanding them is necessary to the success of your business. This two-seminar package will help you understand how to maintain financial records and interpret those statements. Register for this package and save more than 15% on individual seminar registration.

Business Mapping – Vancity Special Edition

Monday, April 9, 2018
1:00PM to 3:00PM

Delivered in conjunction with Vancity, this introductory seminar focuses on Business Mapping, an alternative to the more in-depth planning process that still leaves you with a strategic plan to help direct your business. Attendees will receive a promo code for $59 toward a future seminar or webinar, learn about financing from a Vancity representative, and have the opportunity to mingle over complimentary food and beverages (in-person only).

How To Build Your Business Around A Solution

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
09:30AM to 12:00PM

A central question all entrepreneurs must ask themselves is: What problem does my product or service solve? A business can flourish when a gap in the market is satisfied by its product or service. But, how do you build a customer-centric business that solves a real problem?  This interactive seminar will help you make your business into one that solves real customer issues.

My First Year in Business: A Financial Overview

Monday, April 23, 2018
09:00AM to 12:00PM

Establishing your financial records and bookkeeping system should be one of the first orders of business when starting your company. You will need to establish a separate business bank account, put together a filing system, and decide how to invoice your clients. Book this seminar today to understand how to establish the right business strategy for your company.

Mastering Marketing

Optimize Your Landing Pages And Convert More Customers

Monday, April 16, 2018
01:00PM to 04:00PM

As a small business owner, your website offers a digital shop window for you to promote and sell your goods or services. You may have heard of landing page optimization to enhance your sales funnel, but you’re unsure about the terminology or where to start. Learn from John Chan, Principal of 2x Conversion Design, and arm yourself with an understanding of key concepts, design best practices, and ways to test the effectiveness of your online presence.

HR Day at SBBC

Hire The Right Candidate

Thursday, April 12, 2018
10:30AM to 1:00PM

Do you have trouble finding great staff to help your business grow? Never hired before and not sure where to start? Your search for the right employees starts before you even draft a job description. First you must understand what makes your business a great place to work. Then you must build your strategy to attract, select, and retain the team. This seminar will teach you how to find your next rockstar member of staff.

Key Employment Law for Small Business

Thursday, April 12, 2018
1:00PM to 3:00PM

The modern workplace environment presents unique challenges for employers. Issues such as bullying and harassment, drug use, social media, and accommodation of disabilities arise unexpectedly and with increasing frequency. Is your business prepared to respond to these issues if they arise within your team? Whether you’re a new business, or a small business with employees, this seminar will assist you in developing, or updating, the policies you need for the modern workplace.

Small Business Law

Negotiating Contracts Get The Right Deal

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
1:00PM to 2:30PM

Throughout your small business life, you’ll be faced with numerous client and supplier contracts. But do you know the common legal terms in commercial contracts? Or the key strategies that allow you to negotiate a favourable contract? Delivered by Brian Rudy of Synergy Business Lawyers, this seminar will teach you strategic negotiation methods and explain the key contractual terms you will encounter throughout the course of your business.

Incorporation: Legal and Tax Tips

Friday, April 13, 2018
09:00AM to 04:00PM

Register for this package to learn from the professionals how and when the best time is to move from a proprietorship/partnership to an incorporated company. Gain valuable knowledge on setting up the legal entity of a corporation in this all-day tax and legal information package. This package will save you more than 15% on individual seminar registration.

Seminars included:
• TaxSense for Incorporating your Business
• Getting Incorporated: Essential Steps and Legal Tips You Need to Know

Understanding Regulations for Importing

Friday, April 20, 2018
9:00AM to 12:45PM

As an importer, you need to know which regulations, standards, and licenses apply to your products. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of which regulatory agencies are responsible for your industry and how to manage pre-entry requirements, such as testing and labelling, before you start importing. This interactive session will bring together representatives from Small Business BC, Health Canada, the Competition Bureau, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Following the presentation, in-person attendees will have the opportunity to ask the questions relevant to your business and speak directly with the visiting agencies.