February at Small Business BC
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What’s Happening this February at Small Business BC

It’s February and love is in the air. While amorous couples make their plans for February 14th, don’t forget to point Cupid’s arrow at your small business and share the love by attending one of our 18 new and returning seminars.

While it may be the shortest month of the year, it’s an action packed four weeks at Small Business BC. Our Waterfront Chats meetup event returns on February 15 with a session devoted to the art of online selling. Online shopping is a booming business in Canada and opportunities abound in this field. Learn the ins and outs, hear from successful entrepreneurs, and network with attendees at this fun event.

Elsewhere, we’re gearing up to roll out the red carpet for the 15th Annual Small Business BC Awards on February 23 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The top 5 Finalists have been announced. We look forward to meeting you for a night of networking, celebration, and a three-course dinner as we toast the best of BC’s thriving small business community.

Here are our educational highlights for February 2018:

Starting a Business

Start Smart Series

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
9:00AM to 4:00PM
$49

The Start Smart Series provides step-by-step guidance to starting your business on the right foot. This series features two separate seminars where five industry experts provide their knowledge and tips to help start your business right.

Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
to Tuesday, March 13, 2018
$59

Spanning nine separate seminars, Focused Business Planning teaches you how to turn a good business idea into a successful business venture. This seminar series contains over 29 hours of education delivered by industry experts. You will learn to evaluate the financial viability of your business idea, how to clearly define who will buy your product or service, and strategize the first stages of your operations, marketing and sales plans. Book this package and save more than 25% on individual seminar registration.

Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

Monday, February 19, 2018
1:00PM to 4:00PM
$39

Do you know if the work you create belongs to you? Or how to prevent others from copying your ideas? Attend this seminar and hear from an expert property lawyer on the various forms of intellectual property protection and how they can safeguard your business.

Growing a Business

Marketing Essentials for Small Business

Thursday, February 22, 2018
1:00PM to 4:00PM
$59

This seminar will help you focus on what your business has to offer and how you can communicate your message with your target audience successfully. Delivered in a fast-paced, interactive style filled with examples to get your entrepreneurial ideas flowing and leave you with the next steps for a marketing plan.

Market Research for your Business

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
to Wednesday, February 28, 2018
$119

In this two-part seminar series, Small Business BC’s Market Research expert, Mark Eversfield will teach you the important steps of gathering both secondary and primary market research. You will learn how ask the right questions, collect key data and interpret that information to help you make strategic business decisions.

Taxsense for your Business

Thursday, February 1, 2018
1:00PM to 4:00PM
$69

Whether you’re starting or looking to grow your business, it can be hard to know what the right business structure is for your needs. This seminar will help you understand the differences between the structures including, what you can deduct from your income, available tax benefits and when it’s time to incorporate.

Broadening Your Horizons

Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

Thursday, February 15, 2018
1:00PM to 4:00PM
FREE

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. You’ll learn the fundamentals of registering, identifying opportunities and marketing, explore the about the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS) where contracting opportunities are posted, and learn about the Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Developing an Effective Export Plan

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:30AM to 11:00AM
FREE

Creating an export plan could very likely be the key to expanding your business outside of B.C. It will assist you in establishing goals, clarifying your target market, and assessing the financial viability of expanding your business footprint. Join us for this interactive seminar where we’ll help you craft an effective export plan, and answer all your questions associated with exporting.

Understanding Regulations for Importing

Monday, February 19, 2018
9:00AM to 12:45PM
$49

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 (approximately two hours), in-person attendees will have the opportunity to ask the questions relevant to your business and speak directly with the visiting agencies.

Book Today!

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

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 are offered in person or by Skype or phone.

Register early as space is limited!

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