What’s Happening in May 2021 at Small Business BC

May has arrived, bringing sunnier weather and plenty of reasons to be positive! This month, we’re in a celebratory mood at Small Business BC as we commence our final preparations for Awards Week 2021.

Dust off your party hats and join us for four days of video presentations as name the winners of the 18th Annual Small Business BC Awards and celebrate the achievements of our province’s small business heroes.

Each day, watch inspiring short films about each of our finalists, get to know the passion behind why they started their own business, the challenges they’ve overcome (including the dreaded COVID-19) and why small businesses are so crucial to our Province. Registration is completely FREE, don’t miss out on this unique celebration of small business!

Now, without further ado, let’s check out our educational highlights for May at Small Business BC.

Operations Management for Small Business

Tuesday, May 4th
09:00am to 12pm

Running a small business can sometimes seem like putting together a piece of furniture. You’ve got lots of little parts that slot together to make the whole but how can you build it without a set of instructions? Operations Management can provide the necessary direction.

Join us for this seminar and explore how you can determine who does what, where, when, how and most importantly – why?

Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Tuesday, May 4th
1:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Mental Health Tools and Resources for Small Business

Thursday, May 6th
10:30am to 12:00pm

In recent years, workplace mental health has taken on greater importance for conscientious leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this mindset, amplifying these ongoing struggles and heightening our awareness.

As a small business owner or leader, you may feel at a disadvantage in coping with these challenges compared to larger organizations with more resources. This is why WorkSafeBC has initiated this webinar to help you with practical resources and tools you can apply at an individual and team level.

Finding Opportunities on BuyAndSell.gc.ca

Thursday, May 6th
1:00pm to 2:00pm

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.

TaxSense for Small Business

Tuesday, May 11th
09:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

Wednesday, May 12th
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Struggling with the complexities of a business plan? Business mapping helps to deconstruct the formal elements of a business plan, simplifying a lot of the information into bite-sized pieces. It covers the same aspects as a more traditional business plan, without going into as much granular detail.

Join John Baxter, Small Business BC as he provides you with a lean start-up canvas for developing a new business that segments your potential enterprise into nine easy to understand chunks.

Financial Planning for Your Small Business

Monday, May 17th
09:00am to 12:00pm

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 Dianne Mueller, SOMA Business Solutions as she helps you understand how to establish the right business strategy for your company.

Business Viability Package

Tuesday, May 18th
09:00am to 4:00pm

No matter how good your idea for a product or service is, it doesn’t automatically translate into a viable business. Your business viability ultimately depends on your cash flow – even if you’re already turning a profit. Keeping your cash flow positive is one of the best ways to improve the financial health of your business and ensure you continue to grow.

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.

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Start Smart Package

Wednesday, May 19th
09:00am to 4:00pm

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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Small Business Payroll: How to Make the Right Choices

Thursday, May 20th
11:00am to 12:00pm

As a small business grows, its payroll needs change and become more complex. At a time when entrepreneurs are trying to focus on growth, this process brings stresses and challenges. The good news is, help is at hand.

Whether you have an established payroll department, or you’re hiring your first employee and need to understand the basics, this webinar will help you unravel and understand the complexities of your small business payroll process so you can focus on growing your business.