What’s Happening in January 2021 at Small Business BC

It’s the start of a new year! There’s optimism in the air and there’s lots to look forward to in the coming months. For starters, the Small Business BC Awards open for nominations on January 18th. Our annual awards will look a little different this year, with our ceremony happening virtually over three days on May 4-6. We’re excited to share further details in the next few weeks. For now, get ready to engage your community to gather as many votes as possible!

Elsewhere, get ahead of the game for the coming year with our prediction for some of 2021’s business trends. We’ve gazed into our crystal ball to present our predictions for Six 2021 Small Business Trends, as well as Marketing Trends for 2021. Now, without further ado, let’s look at the educational highlights for January 2021 at Small Business BC.

Business Viability Package

Tuesday, January 12
09:00am to 4:00pm

No matter how good your idea for a product or service is, it doesn’t automatically translate into a viable business. Your business viability ultimately depends on your cash flow – even if you’re already turning a profit. Keeping your cash flow positive is one of the best ways to improve the financial health of your business and ensure you continue to grow.

You will receive a 15% discount by registering for this full day package.

Seminars included:

  • Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis
  • Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast

Supplying Professional Services to the Government of Canada

Thursday, January 14
10:30am to 12:00pm

The Government of Canada is one of the largest purchasers of goods and services in the country. Each year, the federal government spends up to $25 billion on goods, services, and construction.

This seminar will help you understand more about how the Government of Canada purchases professional services and the use of standing offers and supply arrangements. We will cover how to register your business in the Centralized Professional Services System (CPSS) as well as how to find and bid on professional services opportunities.

Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, January 18
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Thinking of creating a website for your business? WordPress websites make up almost 30% of the internet and it was recently named the world’s fastest growing Content Management System (CMS). Similar to Shopify, Wix and Squarespace, WordPress offers a free-to-install, flexible and simple interface to make the most of your business website.

Join Simon Rai, Raize Digital, and take 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 empower you to tell the world about your small business. In this session, we’ll also briefly examine some of the more popular alternatives to WordPress.

Market Research Package

Tuesday, January 19
1:00pm to 4:00pm

In this two-part seminar package, 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.

Sessions included:

  • Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights
  • Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Start Smart Package

Wednesday, January 21
09:00am to 4:00pm

Whether you have a winning idea, or you’re just fascinated with the idea of launching a business, the Starting a Business: Start Smart Series delivers the basics you need to get started on the journey.

Ranging from the different business structures, to business insurance, employment standards and how you can protect your intellectual property, this fascinating series will equip you with the basics of launching a start-up.

Seminars Included:

  • Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business
  • Start Smart 2: Key Considerations of Starting a Business

Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

Thursday, January 21
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Did you know: The Government of Canada spends up to $25 billion annually on goods, services, and construction. Many of these contracts are fulfilled by small businesses, meaning plenty of opportunities to engage with.

This comprehensive half-day seminar will guide you through the various aspects involved in doing business with the federal government.

The New Art of Selling

Monday, January 25
1:00pm to 2:30pm

2020 has been a year of change. Human interactions have rapidly shifted to socially distant, online environments and many businesses have had to pivot the new COVID economy. One of the biggest changes companies have had to adjust to is how to achieve sales in this quickly changing world.

Join us for this fast-paced and interactive webinar where you’ll learn the changing approaches to selling, new customer behaviors, expectations, and technologies that consumers have adopted.

First Nations Tax Exemptions: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, January 26
10:00am to 12:00pm

In general, Indigenous people in Canada are required to pay taxes on the same basis as anyone else in Canada, except when the limited exemptions under Section 87 of the Indian Act apply. Join us for this informative webinar and learn the basics of tax exemptions for Indigenous Peoples.

Presented by Mindy Wight CPA, National Leader of Indigenous Tax Services, this webinar will include an in-depth discussion on employment and business income for status First Nation individuals, the CRA’s Indian Act exemption for employment income guidelines, court cases, and CRA interpretations to clarify which income is exempt.

TaxSense for Small Business

Wednesday, January 27
09:00am to 12:00pm

Whether you are starting or looking to grow your business, the business structure you choose can have a massive impact on your profits and tax situation.

Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn accounting essentials, responsibilities and dates involved with managing a small business. You’ll discover the deductions available to you, the tax benefits of each structure and discuss when it’s time for your small business to incorporate.

Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Thursday, January 28
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Entrepreneurs and their ideas come in all shapes and sizes but the one common issue they all must address is early stage financing. It’s estimated that roughly 82% of new businesses fail due to cashflow problems.

So, how do you secure that all-important early stage financing? In this seminar, representatives from Vancity Microfinance and Futurpreneur Canada will walk you through the steps needed to acquire start-up funds.