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What’s Happening in February 2019 at Small Business BC?

While February is known as a time to show love to those around us, don’t forget to show some love to your small business this month. Small Business BC is here to help, with a wide selection of new and returning seminars in our education centre.

While it may be the shortest month of the year, it’s an action packed four weeks here at the station. We’re gearing up to roll out the red carpet for the 16th Annual Small Business BC Awards on Thursday, February 21 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The Top 5 Finalists have been announced! We look forward to meeting you for a night of networking and celebration as we toast the best of BC’s thriving small business community.

Here are our educational highlights for February 2019:

Early Stage Financing and Resources for Entrepreneurs

Friday, February 1, 2019
1:00pm to 2:30pm
FREE

Starting a business or recently started one? Looking for financing and support? Getting financing and the right support are critical to the success of your business when first starting out. In this seminar, representatives from Vancity Microfinance and Futurpreneur Canada will walk you through the steps of accessing early stage financing.

My First Year in Business: A Financial Overview

Monday, February 11, 2019
9:00am to 12:00pm
$59

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.

Building Your Distribution Network Beyond BC

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
9:30AM to 11:00AM
FREE

Ready to take your business beyond B.C.? Moving beyond direct-to-consumer sales and looking to work with larger retailers or a broker? Finding an agent, broker, distributor or e-commerce site to sell your product or service can be an exciting but daunting step. Join us to learn about your choices for selling through a third party, pricing structures, and how to maximize your agent, distributor or retailer relationships.

Publicity for Your Business: Traditional and New Media

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
1:00pm to 2:30pm
$39

This seminar focuses on how to communicate with traditional and new-media decision-makers and influencers to get yourself seen and heard in front of tens of thousands of their followers. As an award-winning writer, editor and producer with over 15 years of experience, Baila Lazarus has read and heard thousands of story pitches. She can tell you what grabs media’s attention – and it’s not what you might think.

Essentials of Buying a Business

Thursday, February 14, 2019
10:30am to 12:00pm
$39

Thinking of buying an existing business? Come discover how to assess the business, what the purchasing process looks like, and the key steps you need to take.

Focused Business Planning

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
to Friday, March 15, 2019
$419

This nine-seminar package focuses on teaching you how to turn a good business idea into a successful business venture. Register today and learn about the most important operational areas for new businesses and how to evaluate them across 30+ hours of education, delivered by industry experts. Booking this package also saves you $132 on the cost of booking each seminar individually.

Creating Your First Business Website

Friday, February 22, 2019
10:00am to 12:00pm
$59

Are you one of the many businesses looking to get your first website up and running? Do you have some great content ready, but lack the skills to do it yourself? Join us for an interactive step-by-step tour of WordPress and leave with a basic website of your own. Getting started is easier than you think on this user-friendly platform that will help you tell the world about your small business.

How to Build a Business Around a Solution

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
9:00am to 11:30am
$49

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 problems. You will craft a value proposition and formulate a foundation for building your unique business.

Retail Success: How to Get Your Product Into Stores

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
1:00pm to 4:00pm
$59

Congratulations! You’ve developed your product, it’s ready for consumers, and now it’s time to get it into stores. But where do you start? With over 40 years retail and supply chain experience, let Gerry Spitzner help you plan your sales strategy with potential retailers.

Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

Thursday, February 28, 2019
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.