What’s Happening in August 2017 at Small Business BC?

Have you heard? We have officially opened registration for one of our biggest event of the year, the Small Business Summit 2017. Your opportunity to learn, engage, network and grow.

Want to hear how Herschel’s Co-Founder quit your day job to become an entrepreneur? Or how U. Gary Charlewood rose from employee to franchise mogul? Or maybe you want to hear from a panel of rising stars in British Columbia’s business community and connect with your next business service provider at the tradeshow. There’s something for everyone. To take advantage of our Early Bird pricing, book today. There are only limited places available.

Now, is also the time to fill your summer with education. We’ll take you on a journey from understanding the fundamentals of business with Start Smart, to writing your business plan, to marketing the right way to your target audience and then negotiating that sale once you have your clients attention. Join us to help grow your business from the ground up.

Starting Right

Start Smart Series

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Start Smart Series provides a step-by-step guide to starting your business right. This series includes two seminars where five industry experts provide their knowledge and tips to help you start your business smart.

General Business Consult *Free

By Appointment
Not sure where to start, who to contact, or the key resources available to you? Let our Business Advisors lead the way. They will provide you with the answers and the tools you need for your business, and direct you to the services or seminars that are right for your business.

Planning Made Simple

Anatomy of a Business Plan: What You Need to Get Started

Friday, August 11, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In its simplest form, a business plan is a roadmap for your business. This roadmap will outline your goals and how you will achieve them. In this seminar you will learn the key components of a business plan and leave with a framework for developing your ideas on paper.

Business Plan Consulting and Review

By Appointment
Now you have developed your business plan, it’s time to get the support you need from an experienced business plan advisor. Work in collaboration with our business plan advisors and get the professional advice you need to make your business idea a reality.

Finding Clients and Growing Your Market

Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed*FREE

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Are you interested in doing business with the Government of Canada? This comprehensive half-day seminar will guide you through the various aspects of doing business with the federal government.

Market Research For Your Business

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017
This package is designed for business owners who want to gain a better understanding about their current and potential customers, industry trends and competition. This two part series, will teach you the important steps of gathering both secondary and primary market research. Learn how ask the right questions, collect key data and interpret that information to help you make strategic business decisions.

Getting Noticed

Ask a Digital Marketing Expert

Friday, August 18, 2017, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Do you currently have an integrated marketing strategy? Are you using online marketing channels for your business, but wanting to maximize your presence and realize more returns? Join us to learn about the strategies and effective tactics that will improve your marketing success.

Get Started With Email Marketing

Monday, August 14, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Now you have an overall strategy it’s time to deliver your tactics. This seminar will help you understand how to start an effective email marketing campaign and leave with an action plan to get it up and running.

Create Your Starter Website on WordPress

Friday, August 25, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WordPress is one of the most popular website platforms in the world. And getting started, on this user-friendly platform, is easier than you think. Join us for an interactive step-by-step tour of WordPress and leave with a basic website of your own.

Ask a Website Expert

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Now you’ve started your site, it’s time to improve your user experience. Book an appointment with our Website Expert and optimize your site for conversion and generate the revenue you need for your small business.

Sealing the Deal

Negotiating Contracts: Get the Right Deal

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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 in the course of your business.

Ask a Lawyer

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 9:30 AM to 4:30 AM
Have a specific contract you’d like to review, or looking at setting up some standard contracts for your clients and partners? Book a one-on-one consultation with a lawyer from Benchmark Law Corporation to ask the legal questions specific to your business.

Business Growth and Acquisition

Business Planning for Developing Businesses

Monday, August 14, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Starting a business is tough, but growing a business is tougher. Develop your growth plan and transition successfully into the next stage of business.
Building the right strategy will help you avoid the pitfalls of growing too quickly or too slowly. Learn how your current business activities are affecting growth and concentrate on removing the barriers.

Ask a Business Broker

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Are you trying to acquire another business and expand your offerings, but finding it hard to assess its worth? If you’re considering buying a small business, book a one-on-one consultation with Business Broker, Arthur Klein of Pacific M&A and Business Brokers.

SBBC Meetup: Taking Your Food Business to the Next Level

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Get practical insights, from experienced food entrepreneurs, on what it takes to thrive in the food industry. Whether you are growing a restaurant, food truck, food manufacturing business or simply just interested in learning from industry experts, join our next meetup event and get inspired.

Doing It All

Interested in taking more than one seminar with Small Business BC? We have a number of packages available. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact our Education Team for more details.

Business Finance Package

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This package will help you understand how to maintain financial records, and interpret those statements. You will then be introduced to ratio analysis, a powerful tool which will help you identify the financial pros and cons of your business operation. Book this package to save your more than 15% on individual seminar registration.

Focused Business Planning

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 to Tuesday, September 19, 2017
With over 29 hours of education you will learn how to predict your financial viability, run your operations, find your clients and succeed in marketing and sales. Book this package to save more than 25% on individual seminar registration.

Book Today

Whether you’re in Vancouver or not – our services are accessible everywhere.

Attend seminars in-person at Small Business BC at Waterfront Station (601 West Cordova Street) in Vancouver, or join by live webinar. And Ask the Expert sessions in person or by Skype or phone.

Register early as space is limited!