What’s Happening February 2017

February is the month of love. But, it doesn’t have to be about hearts and flowers. Why don’t you show your business a little love, and improve your skills to help it grow.


Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
$59 + tax

The truth is, not every entrepreneur needs a full business plan. Designing a business map can sometimes be enough for you to decide if your business venture is worth pursuing. Join Bridget Field and learn how to determine the viability of your business idea, the key areas that you NEED to plan and the financing options for your new business.

Business Finance Package
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
$119.00 + Tax

Reviewing your company’s cash flows, budgets, and balance sheets may be the last thing you want to review as a business owner. However, proactively reviewing your financial statements is essential and may identify problems before they become an issue.

Bill Erichson will first help you understand how to maintain financial records, and then show you how to interpret those statements to make strategic decisions to grow your business.


Market Research For Your Business
Monday, February 20, 2017 and Monday, February 27, 2017, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
$119 + tax

Are you looking to expand your client base or diversify your products and services? Want us to help you find the research you need to see if this is viable? Let our Marketing Research expert, Mark Eversfield, show you the way. These interactive seminars will help you learn how ask the right questions, collect key data and interpret that information to help you make strategic business decisions.

Mastering Social Media to Grow Your Small Business
Friday, February 3, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
$39 + Tax

Just because you know what social media is, does not mean that you necessarily understand how to use it to grow and develop your business. Join Mhairi Petrovic and learn which social platforms will work for your business and how to create a digital strategy.

TaxSense for Your Business
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
$69 + tax

Of all the choices, you make when starting a business, one of the most important is the type of legal structure you select for your company. Not only will this decision have an impact on how much you pay in taxes, it will affect the amount of paperwork your business is required to do, the personal liability you face and your ability to raise money. Gabrielle Loren will take you through the options.

What’s My Business Worth: Preparing Your Business For Sale
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
$49 +tax

Whether you are looking to sell your business now, or plan to in the future, taking time to prepare now will bring big benefits later. Arthur Klein will introduce you to the three primary valuation approaches for business and the areas you should focus on to make your business more marketable.


Early Stage Financing and Resources for Entrepreneurs
Thursday February 16, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Finding the right financing for your business when first starting out can be a challenge. But knowing who to approach and how to pitch your business is the key to your success. Join Morgan Beall of Vancity and Humaira Hamid of Futurpreneur to find out about the different financing available and how to get a “yes” from the lender.

Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed
Friday, February 17, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Every year more than $6.6 billion is spent on government goods and services in BC. A great opportunity for small businesses. Think of any product or service and there is a good chance that the government has purchased it – from picnic tables to IT consulting services. Businesses and individuals of all types are eligible to do business with the government and are encouraged to explore the many opportunities that that are available to them. Learn more from The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME).

Reach More Customers with Strategic SEO and SEM
Monday, February 20, 2017, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Websites compete for attention and placement in the search engines, and those with the knowledge and experience to improve their website’s ranking will receive the benefits of increased traffic and visibility. Which means an increase in potential customers. Join Mike Hardy and Sonny Magon, Yellow Pages to find out what successful Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing looks like and how you can apply it to your business.

Building Employee Skills: How to Access the Canada-B.C. Job Grant
Monday, February 20, 2017, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Developing skilled employees is an integral part of growing any business and retaining staff, but small businesses often find it hard to afford the time and cost of training. That’s where the Canada-B.C. Job Grant can help, and Small Business BC is here to help you access this source of funding.

Register Today

Attend seminars in-person at Small Business BC at Waterfront Station (601 West Cordova Street) in Vancouver, or join by live webcast.

Our seminars and webinars encourage crowd participation, and provide you with lots of opportunities to ask questions and network with like-minded business owners.

Remember that space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!


Small Business BC Meetup: Love Local
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Join us for this month’s Small Business BC Meetup and hear about the benefits of the shop local movement. Learn about the impact of consumers supporting local small businesses as well as how many small business owners collaborate with each other to build and support their local economies.

Small Business BC Awards Ceremony
Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Join the celebration at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony and celebrate the Amazing entrepreneurs in our province. Enjoy drinks, appetizers and networking with BC’s top business owners, industry leaders and government officials as we announce the winners of the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards.