What’s Happening in July 2021 at Small Business BC?

Pack your shades – the future is looking bright. This July, summer school is in session at Small Business BC with a packed slate of webinars to help your business grow and thrive in a (hopefully) post-COVID world.

Before we delve into our educational highlights, have you heard about our podcast, Made Possible? A collaboration between SBBC and Big Bold Brand, Made Possible is a podcast for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. Our first season is already underway and you can download the first episode now, featuring the inspiring Lynn-Marie Angus of Sisters Sage. We’ll be releasing our first season of six episodes every two weeks, so subscribe on Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. As of publishing, we’re having technical issues with Apple Podcasts which we hope to resolve soon.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the educational highlights for July 2021 at Small Business BC.

Doing Business with the Government of Canada

Thursday, July 8th
1pm to 2:30pm

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.

Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Tuesday, July 13th
1pm to 4pm

Primary market research helps to take the guesswork out of important business decisions. Harnessing tools like surveys and focus groups, it can tell you how much your clients will spend, what motivates them to buy, and a greater understanding of customer needs and pain points.

Join Mark Eversfield, Small Business BC’s Market Research Analyst, as he teaches you effective tools for collecting primary market research.

How to Protect Your Business from Fraud

Thursday, July 15th
10:30am to 11:30am

This webinar will explore potential risks your business may be exposed to when processing online transactions, “red flags” that can help you identify fraudulent activity, as well as tools and strategies at your disposal to help prevent fraud in the future. Join Marta Rzeszowska, Director, Product Portfolio, Online and Mobile at Moneris, to gain a deeper understanding of e-commerce fraud, and how you can keep your business safe.

Privacy Law: Navigating Regulations and Avoiding Breaches

Monday, July 19th
10:30am to 12pm

Since the pandemic, many small businesses have moved to remote working, empowering employees to work from home where possible. Unfortunately, this has created an environment where data breaches and unintended privacy leaks have become all too common.

Join Marilyn Sing for this informative and fast-paced webinar and learn the key points of BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). You’ll discover what businesses must do to comply with PIPA, the regulator’s role and the consequences relating to non-compliance. The session will conclude with best practices for improving your business’ privacy and how to foster a strong culture of data protection.

Business Finance Package

Tuesday, July 20th
09:00am to 4pm

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.

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, July 21st
09:00am to 4pm

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.

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Indigenous Cultural Protocols, Empathy and Safety Work

Thursday, July 22nd
1pm to 3pm

Cultural Protocols, Empathy & Safety offers a facilitated decolonial dialogue to support you or your organization to work through Nahanee Creative’s mini-courses and writing prompts together. In this two-hour workshop, you will create a Cultural Safety Plan of your own. While the teachings & critical Indigenous theory shared by Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee are grounded in Squamish world view, they are applicable across Indigenous Territories.

Financial Planning for Small Business

Monday, July 26th
10am to 12pm

Starting a business can be a lot like starting a family. Nurture it, put in the time and it can be one of the most rewarding things a person can do. Your first year in business represents the perfect time to nail down your financials and grow strong. Start with our Financial Planning for Small Business seminar.

Establishing your financial records and bookkeeping system early on is a good habit that will continue to help you grow during the life of your business. Join Rinette Lagace, NET Bookkeeping as she helps you understand how to establish the right business strategy for your company.

BC’s Restart Panel: Trends and Observations for Small Business

Tuesday, July 27th
10:30am to 12pm

Announced in late May, BC’s Restart plan is a phased approach towards normalcy. As we reach certain criteria, the plan allows for larger social gatherings and increased business activities. But a lot of patterns and ways of doing things have formed since the pandemic. What are we seeing that may stick around after restrictions end? Which of the pivots are likely to last into the fall, winter, and beyond?

This panel is meant to help us peer into the months ahead and help you plan for your business, with a focus on brick and mortar businesses. Recent history has shown us that adaptability is the key to success more than ever before. As a small business you may have the agility that big business does not. Join us for a fascinating panel discussion that brings together speakers from a variety of perspectives as they paint a portrait of an ever-changing landscape.

How to Start Selling on Amazon Canada

Wednesday, July 28th
1pm to 2pm

As consumers increasingly shift towards online shopping, e-commerce is becoming a bigger and bigger consideration for businesses. Do you want to sell your products online but lack the technical know-how and strategy? Perhaps you already have an online store but want to tap into Amazon’s vast audience as another revenue stream?

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 BC at Amazon Canada, who will introduce you to a range of tools and resources to grow your business.

Finding Opportunities on BuyAndSell.gc.ca

Thursday, July 29th
1pm to 2pm

Did you know – The Government of Canada purchases between $20-$25 billion of goods, services, and construction each year. Many of the suppliers of these goods are small businesses. Finding and Bidding on Opportunities with the Federal Government can provide a fantastic way to grow your revenue.

Get an overview of buyandsell.gc.ca, which offers access to all the Government of Canada’s tenders and other related procurement information. You’ll receive guidance on the Request for Proposal (RFP) process and general information on the government bidding and evaluation process.