What’s Happening in January 2022 at Small Business BC

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A New Year is upon us, bringing opportunities for a fresh start and business goal setting. Whether your New Year’s Resolution is to start a business, or you’re looking for opportunities to grow, we’ve got the resources you need to succeed at Small Business BC.

Before we dive into our educational highlights, we wanted to share the news that our 19th Annual Small Business BC Awards will launch on January 20th. We’ll have more exciting updates to share in the weeks ahead. For now, we’ve gathered some sneak peeks in our Awards Preview article.

Elsewhere, for those looking to discover the basics of starting a business this January, we’ve listed essential start-up resources, articles and inspiration on our Starting a Business page. You can also enjoy 50% off our Business Planning Service through January thanks to our partners, FortisBC.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the educational highlights for January 2022 at Small Business BC.

Business Finance Package

Tuesday, January 11th
9:00am to 4pm
$119

Financial Statements provide essential information used to analyze and answer valuable questions relating to your business. Our Business Finance seminar package will teach you how to analyze these valuable documents.

This package will first help you understand how to maintain financial records and interpret financial 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. This package is great for existing businesses and for business start-ups planning to use industry standards for their financial plan.

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

Sessions included:

  • Business Finance 1: Understanding Financials 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Business Finance 2: Financial Analysis 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Digital Marketing Tips for 2022

Wednesday, January 12th,
10:30am to 12pm
$49

As agile small businesses, we are constantly learning new ways to adapt to an ever-changing world. Some of these include emerging digital marketing and lead generation trends to help us reach more customers.

Join our Digital Marketing Expert, Ted Lau as he shares valuable DIY tips for digital marketing in the new year. Ted is the owner of an award-winning digital marketing agency, Ballistic Arts Media Studios. Ted will cover SEO, e-commerce, social media platforms and more.

Supplying Professional Services to the Government of Canada

Thursday, January 13th
10:30am to 12pm
FREE

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.

How to Start Selling on Amazon

Thursday, January 13th
1pm to 2pm
FREE

Join us in this webinar and learn how to get started on Amazon.ca in a step-by-step manner. Learn from Matt Turner, Head of Business Development for Western Canada at Amazon, who will introduce you to a range of tools and resources to grow your business.

How to Create an Exit Plan for Your Small Business

Tuesday, January 18th
10am to 11am
$49

One statistic suggests that 80% of business owners want to stop working in their business within the next 10 years, and yet only about 20% have a exit plan. As time passes, every entrepreneur will face the challenging task of putting an exit plan in place. This seminar will introduce the exit planning process and provide you with the 7 key steps to a business exit plan.

Join Joe Markovitch to learn about the fundamentals of exit planning and what a successful plan requires. Leave with practical knowledge, tools, and resources you need to start your own exit plan.

How to Launch Your Product in Today’s World

Tuesday, January 18th
1pm to 4pm
$39

COVID-19 has spurred many changes affecting retail in BC, from disruptions to the supply chain to online shopping becoming more prevalent. At the same time though, initiatives like Shop Local and the transition of brick and mortar businesses to e-commerce are taking place. Now may be the best time for you to connect with retailers, get your foot in the door, and your products onto their shelves and their websites. Appealing product design, a powerful brand story, and pricing strategies are important as ever.

Jim Shopland will share his decades of experience with retailers and take you through each step as you prepare for the changing retail landscape. COVID-19 has spurred many changes affecting retail in BC, from disruptions to the supply chain to online shopping becoming more prevalent. At the same time though, initiatives like Shop Local and the transition of brick and mortar businesses to e-commerce are taking place.

Preparing for Travel & Trade Shows

Friday, January 21st
09:30am to 11am
FREE

Join us for this FREE interactive webinar and learn everything you need to know about trade show preparation. From promoting your attendance at the trade show to creating an eye-catching booth, there are many factors that play a part in ensuring a successful experience. We’ll also cover upcoming B.C. and Canadian pavilions at trade shows around the world, and the funding that can take you there!

How to Bring Clarity and Coherence to Your Team

Friday, January 21st
1pm to 2:30pm
$29

Learn how to develop an effective team perfectly aligned with your company’s vision and goals so they can clearly and proactively solve the right business problems with maximum impact.

Join Jim Shopland in this webinar and learn his concept on the 3 vital areas of team development: strategy, leadership, and coaching

Small Business Incorporation Package

Tuesday, January 25th
9:00am to 4pm
$119

As a small business owner, the realities of your legal and tax situation will change as your company grows. Incorporating offers a business structure with many advantages you might not have considered.

Register for our small business incorporation package and learn from the professionals how and when the best time is to move from a proprietorship/partnership to an incorporated company. Gain valuable knowledge on setting up the legal entity of a corporation in this all-day tax and legal information package. You will receive a 15% discount by registering for this full day package.

Seminars included:

  • TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business
  • Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Doing Business with the Government of Canada

Thursday, January 27th
1pm to 2:30pm
FREE

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 seminar will guide you through the various aspects involved in doing business with the federal government as well as the recourse mechanisms and services available to suppliers in the event they encounter issues with a federal contract.

Social Media for Small Business

Friday, January 28th
1pm to 4pm
$39

While it’s amazing for catching up with old friends, social media can also be a huge driver of traffic and attention to your small business. And, just because you know what social media is, does not mean you necessarily understand how to use social media to grow and develop your business.

This workshop focuses on understanding social media for small business, what it is and how it’s connecting people.