This month we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. We have a lot to celebrate. We are a diverse nation of explorers and entrepreneurs, who build and support, strong communities.
One of those communities is also celebrating a milestone. The Small Business BC Meetup Group turns 1 this month! In just 12 months, the group has grown to nearly 1,500 entrepreneurs and small business owners, so to celebrate we’re having a party on July 29 at 745 Thurlow Street for the Summer Mix & Mingle. Come join the fun!
July will also see the introduction of two FREE new seminars – Reach More Customers with Google AdWords and Preparing for International Travel and Tradeshows to help grow your business.
Plan for Success
This month, we’re offering two packages that have been designed to help you startu your business successfully.
Start Smart Series
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This is your true starter package. You will learn about business structures and their benefits, how to register your business, the legal and tax elements and ways to protect your business.
Focussed Business Planning *NEW SEMINAR ADDED!
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Now you’ve registered your business and know an overview of what you need to do, it’s time to start work. With over 29 hours of education you will learn how to predict your financial viability, run your operations, find your clients and succeed in marketing and sales. And this month we have added The Anatomy of a Business Plan to the package, to help you plan all this the right way, from the start.
Protect Your Success
Now you’ve developed your idea, and you know how you’re going to run your business. It’s time to protect it.
Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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 IP lawyer on the various forms of intellectual property protection and how they can safeguard your business.
Ask an Intellectual Property Lawyer
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
You’ve learned the IP options available to you. Now you need to apply for the licences and understand what to do if someone infringes on it. Book a 30-minute appointment with our intellectual property lawyer.
Achieve Financial Success
The key to success in the first year, is knowing your finances. What money is coming in and what money is going out.
My First Year in Business: A Financial Overview
Monday, July 24, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the different financial statements your company will need. Find out the difference between the balance sheet, the income statement and cash flow statement and understand how daily business transactions affect your financial statements.
Ask an Accountant
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Thursday, July 13, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Market for Success
No matter how great your idea. It’s not going to sell itself. So, learn how to position your business, and bring in more clients.
Pitch Perfect: Craft Your Startup Pitch to Success
Monday, July 10, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
You’ve built the Next Big Thing. Now, it’s time to share it with the world. Whether you’re telling friends and family, recruiting a team or asking for money, your startup pitch will be essential to your business success.
Reach More Customers With Google Adwords *NEW
Monday, July 25, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
When looking for a business or product, the first thing you turn to is Google. And your clients are the same. If you’re finding it difficult to get noticed in the sea of results on one page, have you considered Google AdWords? Join this seminar to find out more.
Ask a Marketing Expert
Friday, July 21, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Online advertising is just one method of creating awareness for your business. Meet with a Marketing Expert and find out the best tactics for your business, and how to create a successful campaign.
Diversify Your Success
Once you’ve crafted your message. It’s time to find your market. But the key to success for any business, is to diversify.
Doing Business with the Government of Canada: 3 Day Series * FREE
Have you ever considered working with the Federal government? This 3-day seminar will teach you how to register to sell to the government, identify opportunities and how to submit a proposal.
Preparing for International Travel and Tradeshows * FREE
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 9:00AM to 10:30AM
Tradeshows are crucial to expanding your sales outside BC’s borders. But the culture, etiquette and expectations of doing business in each country are different. So how do you prepare?
Join us for this free interactive seminar and learn the dos and don’ts of international business, how to get the most of out of your trip, and learn about the cultural elements that impact business decision-making.
Understanding Regulations for Importing
Friday, July 28, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Of course, diversifying doesn’t always have to be about markets. It can be about products. If you’re thinking of importing a product from beyond BC’s borders, attend this seminar and learn about the regulations you need to know.
Ask a Custom Broker and Shipping Expert
Friday, July 14, 2017, 0:30 AM to 12:45 PM
Once you’ve understood your regulations, and know about your market, it’s time to find the best shipping solution. Make an appointment with our Custom Broker and Shipping Expert to simplify your processes and improve your customer experience.
No matter what your plan is for exiting your business, it takes planning and work. And there’s no better time to start, than now.
What is My Business Worth: Preparing Your Business for Sale
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
If you’re planning to sell your business. You first need to understand what it’s worth, and how to maximize its value. This seminar will help you plan strategically and focus your efforts on the right business components.
Ask a Business Broker
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 10:00 AM to 1:15 PM
Has someone made you and offer, or are you looking to approach another business? Book a one-on-one appointment with a Business Broker to understand the process you’re about to embark on and how to achieve the maximum value for your business.
Whether you’re in Vancouver or not – our services are accessible everywhere.
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 in person or by Skype or phone.
Register early as space is limited!