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What’s Happening in March 2019 at Small Business BC?

Temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer and it’s time to pack away the snow shovels for another year. Spring is almost here and it’s the perfect time to refresh your small business knowhow with one of the informative and educational seminars on offer at Small Business BC.

It’s an action-packed month at the station, as we shift gears from the glitz and glamour of the Small Business BC Awards Gala to a packed roster of new, returning and special edition seminars. In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, our monthly Waterfront Chats Meetup series will toast successful female entrepreneurs. Join us and contribute to the discussion of the importance of elevating women in business.

Elsewhere, we’re taking our educational resources on the road as we pop up in the beautiful surroundings of North Vancouver. Book a free one-on-one consult with one of our educational advisors or just stop by and say hello!

Without further ado, here are the educational highlights for March 2019 at Small Business BC.

Get Started with Email Marketing

Friday, March 1, 2019
1:00PM to 4:00PM
$39

Looking to reach your target audience via their email inbox? Interested in generating business through email newsletters? Find out what you need to start an effective email marketing campaign and leave with an action plan to get your email strategy up and running.

Understanding Regulations for Importing

Friday, March 1, 2019
9:00AM to 12:45PM
$49

As an importer, you need to know which regulations, standards and licenses apply to your products. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of which regulatory agencies are responsible for your industry, and how to manage pre-entry requirements, such as testing and labelling – before you start importing.

Networking Skills for Success: Making Valuable Connections

Monday, March 4, 2019
10:00AM to 12:00PM
$39

Few tools are as powerful as a face-to-face connection. Creating relationships will allow you to build a network of contacts to help you access new opportunities. Learn to leverage your networks and strategies to maximize your in-person meetings. This interactive seminar will teach you how to create strong relationships and avoid common mistakes so you can build a network of resources to take your business far.

How to Do Business with NATO

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
10:30AM to 12:00PM
FREE

Interested in finding out how to conduct business with NATO? Each year, NATO procures more than $8 billion worth of goods and services. This seminar will instruct you on how NATO does its buying, how Canadian companies can supply for upcoming procurements, and how to bid on upcoming opportunities.

Business Viability: Analysis and Forecasting

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
09:00AM to 4:00PM
$119

This package explores how to determine, evaluate and forecast your business finances. In this seminar you will learn how to analyze the financial viability and determine the strength of your business’ cash flow for potential investors. This package will save almost 15% on individual seminar registration.

Preparing for International Travel & Tradeshows

Monday, March 18, 2019
09:30AM to 11:00AM
FREE

Tradeshows are crucial to expanding your sales outside B.C.’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.

Marketing Essentials for Small Business

Monday, March 11, 2019
1:00PM to 4:00PM
$59

This seminar will help you focus on what your business has to offer and how you can communicate your message successfully. Delivered in a fast paced, interactive style filled with examples to get your entrepreneurial ideas flowing and leave with the next steps for a marketing plan.

Start Smart Series

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
09:00AM to 4:00PM
$49

The Start Smart Series provides a step-by-step guide to starting your business right. This series includes two seminars where five industry experts provide their knowledge and tips to help you start your business smart.

Market Research for Your Business

Thursday, March 21 to Thursday, March 28, 2019
$119

This package is designed for new and existing business owners who want to develop their business strategy by gathering information about current and potential customers, industry trends and competition. In this two part seminar series, 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.

Starting a Consulting Business

Friday, March 22, 2019
09:00AM to 12:00PM
$59

Do you have a special skill, ability or talent that you feel can serve others and earn an income? Are you considering the consulting and contracting field? This seminar is for you.