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

This May, we’re gearing up for a busy summer season with a packed slate of educational options at Small Business BC.

As usual, there’s plenty of hustle and bustle at the station headlined by our monthly meetup event on May 23, Waterfront Chats. This month, we’re focusing on start-up business operations with speaking contributions from Ops guru Tim Bramwell, Kalle Sveder of Salesforce, and William Jarvis, owner of the wildly successful Honest Camper.

Langley, we’re popping up in your neighbourhood this month! Join us May 27 at Township of Langley Economic Investment & Development for our FREE pop-up. Come on by and chat with us about the key steps in the business start-up and growth phase. There’s also the opportunity to book a 15-20-minute consult with one of our business advisors (subject to availability).

Closer to home, here are the educational highlights taking place at Small Business BC this May. What are you waiting for?

Starting on the Right Foot

Operations for Small Business

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
9:00AM to 12:00PM

Do you know all the essential elements for successfully operating a business? Creating a vision or plan for your operations will provide a framework for success. In this seminar we will explore how you can determine who does what, where, when, how and most importantly why.

Business Viability: Analysis and Forecasting

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
9:00AM to 4:00PM

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.

Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
1:00PM to 3:00PM

The truth is, not every entrepreneur needs a full business plan.  Business mapping is an alternative to the more in-depth business planning process, but still leaves you with a strategic plan to help direct your business.  Designing a business map can sometimes be enough for you to decide if your business venture is worth pursuing.  Attend this introductory seminar which focuses strategies to plan, key areas of a successful businesses and financing options.

Early Stage Financing and Resources for Entrepreneurs

Thursday, May 9, 2019
1:00PM to 2:30PM

Starting a business or recently started one? Looking for financing and support? Getting financing and the right support are critical to the success of your business when first starting out. In this seminar, representatives from Vancity Microfinance and Futurpreneur Canada will walk you through the steps of accessing early stage financing.

Incorporation: Legal and Tax Tips

Friday, May 10, 2019
9:00AM to 4:00PM

Register for this package to 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. This package will save you more than 15% on individual seminar registration.

Start Smart Series

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
9:00AM to 4:00PM

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.

Growing Resilient

Networking Skills for Success: Making Valuable Connections

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
9:30AM to 11:30AM

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.

Marketing Essentials for Small Business

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
1:00PM to 4:00PM

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.

Market Research for Your Business

Tuesday, May 23, 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019

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.

Understanding Regulations for Importing

Friday, May 24, 2019
9:00AM to 12:45PM

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. This interactive session will bring together representatives from Small Business BC, Health Canada, the Competition Bureau and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Following the presentation (approximately two hours), in-person attendees will have the opportunity to ask the questions relevant to your business and speak directly with the visiting agencies.