The days are getting longer, temperatures are slowly rising, and spring is in the air! New beginnings are on the way and this transformational time presents the perfect opportunity to do a little ‘spring cleaning’ of your small business.
Perhaps it’s time to revisit your business plan; maybe you’re considering incorporation or expanding into new markets? Whatever supports your business needs, Small Business BC has the education to help you exceed your goals.
Before we dive into our March education, there’s just a few days left to nominate and vote in the 18th Annual Small Business BC Awards. The first phase of the competition runs until March 7th at 11:59pm, and we’ve been thrilled with the record-breaking response so far. We hope to reveal our Top 5 Finalists on March 22nd, so stay tuned for updates.
Elsewhere, March is the time of year we celebrate International Women’s Day. We’re marking the occasion with an engaging and fast-paced panel discussion titled How Women are Driving Change in Business. Hear stories from a superstar panel of women entrepreneurs, learn how they’ve been navigating the pandemic, and discover their keys to success. This panel takes place Wednesday, March 3rd from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Registration is just $10. Don’t forget to check out our range of resources, supports and success stories within our Resources for Women Entrepreneurs.
Here are the educational highlights for March 2021 at Small Business BC.
Tuesday, March 2nd
10:30am to 12:00pm
In these challenging times, it is more important than ever for small business owners to learn cost-effective ways to increase their sales leads and reach new customers.
Thankfully, Digital Marketing has levelled the playing field for small businesses online. With the right tactics, businesses of all sizes can compete effectively online, reaching customers in several different places without breaking the bank. Join Ted Lau, Ballistic Arts, and learn practical, DIY tips for generating sales leads online.
Wednesday, March 3rd
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Across the business world, the COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled rapid change, laying waste to tradition and the old ways of doing things. In many ways, women are at the forefront of this transformation, setting the standards in our new normal. Changing gender roles and family norms during remote working are just one aspect of this transformation. While female entrepreneurs have always worn many hats – usually more than men – the past 12 months have created so much opportunity.
Join our panel discussion moderated by Cathy Kuzel of The Connected Woman Association, along with Cheryl Farmer from Women’s Enterprise Centre, Emily Kerr from BMO Bank of Montreal, Ingrid Broussillon from Griottes Polyglottes and Tamara Komuniecki from Delish General Store.
Friday, March 5th
10:00am to 11:30am
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic many of us have depended on virtual meetings to connect with our colleagues and customers. Are you maximizing the time you spend on these calls? Whether it’s online or offline, we all want our meetings to be as productive and effective as possible. To achieve this goal, it needs intentional design and know-how.
Join Beth Cougler Blom and discover best practices for running effective online meetings and discover where to find inspiration for participatory activities to try.
Tuesday, March 9th
As an artisan in B.C., have you ever wondered what it would be like to export your craft to another province or country? You can respond to global enquiries by discovering how to start exporting.
Learn the basics from shipping terms to regulations and grow your sales beyond B.C. in this interactive seminar.
Wednesday, March 10th
1:00pm to 2:30pm
2020 has been a year of change. Human interactions have rapidly shifted to socially distant, online environments and many businesses have had to pivot the new COVID economy. One of the biggest changes companies have had to adjust to is how to achieve sales in this quickly changing world.
Join us for this fast-paced and interactive webinar where you’ll learn the changing approaches to selling, new customer behaviours, expectations, and technologies that consumers have adopted. In this special International Women’s Day Edition, we will also cover how women can utilize their unique strengths of knowing and relating when selling in the current environment.
Tuesday, March 16th
09:00am to 4:00pm
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.
Thursday, March 18th
10:30am to 12:00pm
Does your business balance sheet cause anxiety? Struggling to understand what the figures mean? Whether you’re looking to expand, attract investment, or simply want greater control over your finances, the key to a financially secure business is to learn the concepts of cash management, working capital and operational efficiency.
Join a representative of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and discover the key ratios used to measure a healthy balance sheet and the necessary steps needed to fix an unhealthy one.
Tuesday, March 23rd
09:00am to 4:00pm
Join us for our business viability package and learn how to determine, evaluate and forecast your business finances. You’ll leave understanding how to analyze the financial viability and determine the strength of your business’ cash flow for potential investors.
You will receive a 15% discount by registering for this full day package.
Thursday, March 25th
10:30am to 12:00pm
Planning for business growth in 2021? If you’re wondering about how to achieve growth and what it will mean for your finances, this webinar is perfect for you.
Join a representative of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and understand how to time and plan your growth in a healthy way. You’ll learn how growth relates to profits, what you should do if you experience unanticipated growth, and the financial implications of a growing business so you can make more informed choices about the future of your business.
Monday, March 29th
10:30am to 2:30pm
Whether you’re increasing your online presence to reach more customers, or dealing with the logistics of a remote team, this package of two webinars will help you prevent cybersecurity and privacy issues before they occur. Our expert speakers will cover everything from cyberattacks, to privacy law, best practices in data protection, and ways to safeguard the business you’ve worked so hard to build.
- Privacy Law: Navigating Regulations and Avoiding Breaches
- Cyberthreats: How to Protect Your Small Business
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No matter what stage of your business journey you’re at, Small Business BC has the resources you need to succeed in 2021. Check out our range of business webinars, our Talk to an Expert Advisories, or browse our selection of business articles.