Summer school is in session this July at SBBC, with a range of business webinars and supports designed to help your business grow and thrive.
Before we dive into our educational highlights, Vancouver Pride Festival is on the horizon and we’re celebrating the awesome LGBTQIA2S+ businesses in our small business community. Check out our profiles of PHRSH Threads and Nima Apparel, two queer-owned small businesses making waves in the clothing space. We’ve also created a dedicated page with business resources for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.
Elsewhere, have you heard about the Canada Digital Adoption Program? Small businesses like yours can apply for a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to help grow your e-commerce presence. Learn more about the eligibility for this micro-grant, and the type of business expenses that qualify.
Without further ado, let’s check out the educational highlight for July 2022 at Small Business BC.
Thursday, July 7th
11am to 12pm
Join Coast Capital’s Chris Moscatello for this webinar and learn more about how you can improve your business’ cash flow. You’ll discover how to identify the right financing options for your business, why financial statements are so important when talking to lenders, and what factors go into building a balanced monthly budget. We’ll also examine the merchant service options available in BC, and how choosing the right solution can help reduce your costs.
Tuesday, July 12th
9am to 12pm
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.
Thursday, July 14th
1pm to 2pm
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 an 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.
Tuesday, July 19th
9am to 12pm
Writing a business plan provides a roadmap to success for your business. It will outline your goals and the steps you will take to achieve them. This seminar will take a deep dive into the various aspects of a business plan and the key questions you need to address in each. You’ll identify the gaps in your plan and the areas you need to develop further. You’ll also find out about business plan reviewing and how it can take your start-up to the next phase.
Join John Baxter, Small Business BC Business Planning Advisor, for this seminar where you will learn the key components of a business plan and leave with a framework for moving your ideas to the next level.
Wednesday, July 20th
9am to 12pm
Starting a business? It pays to have a plan. Whether you have a winning business idea, or you’re just fascinated with the idea of launching a business, this seminar delivers a beginner-friendly course on how to start your own business. As the first half of the Start Smart two-seminar package, this seminar will help you discover what’s involved in starting your own business.
Join a representative of Small Business BC, and Kimberly Grant, Synergy Business Lawyers for this informative seminar that will save you time and money.
Wednesday, July 20th
1:30pm to 4pm
The business start-up phase is an exciting time full of opportunity and big decisions. Don’t let your potential business be derailed by taking unnecessary risks. Start Smart 2: Key Considerations of Starting a Business highlights the ways you can protect your business, your employees and yourself from harm.
Wednesday, July 27th
1pm to 4pm
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.
Thursday, July 28th
10:30am to 11:30am
The middle of summer may seem like a strange time to begin Holiday preparations, but the truth is, savvy business owners know now is the time to start planning for success. The days are counting down to some of the busiest and most demanding shopping days of the year – Black Friday and Cyber Monday in November, Holidays in December. Have you put your plans in place for success this winter?
Join us for this fascinating webinar and learn key aspects and best practices for creating a smooth Holiday operating plan. You’ll discover how to connect your in-store and online presence, ensuring both store fronts are working efficiently so every customer is satisfied. We’ll also discuss best practices for fraud protection, alongside tips for gift and loyalty programs that will boost long-term customer retention.