This May, start getting ready for the busy summer season by investing some time in our business education at Small Business BC. No matter what stage of the journey you’re at, we’ve got webinars, one-on-one advisory services, and our new on-demand e-learning education to help your business grow.
Before we dive into our educational highlights, have you tried our on-demand e-learning education yet? This new and convenient education option is designed to fit the modern, busy lifestyle with self-directed courses and bite-sized lessons. Don’t have time for long courses? Each of our on-demand courses can be completed in approximately an hour. Participants also retain access to course materials for one year, allowing for ongoing reference as you work on your business.
Let’s check out May’s educational highlights at Small Business BC.
Monday, May 2nd
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.
Thursday, May 5th
10:30am to 12pm
Contracts form the backbone of the business world. And, throughout your small business life, you’ll be faced with numerous client and supplier contracts. Understanding the common legal terms you’ll face, as well as the key strategies to employ, will help you in negotiating contracts for your small business.
Tuesday, May 10th
9am to 4pm
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.
You will receive a 15% discount by registering for this full day package.
- Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis 9:00am – 12:00pm PST
- Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast 1:00pm – 4:00pm PST
Wednesday, May 11th
9am to 4pm
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.
- Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business
- Start Smart 2: Key Considerations of Starting a Business
Friday, May 13th
1pm to 4pm
You know what your small business has to offer, but how do you get that message across to potential customers? Marketing is the single most effective way to spread the word. Presented by Mary Charleson, Charleson Communications, Marketing for Small Business will help you focus on what your unique value proposition is and how to communicate your message effectively.
You’ll learn about the most effective marketing tools, the changing media landscape, and how to spend your marketing budget.
Tuesday, May 17th
9am to 4pm
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.
Wednesday, May 18th
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, May 19th
1pm to 2pm
As someone who may be familiar with the basics of how to sell on Amazon, it’s time to learn about ways to grow and protect your brand.
Growing as a seller involves expanding your selection, driving traffic to your products, increasing your reach, and delivering a great customer experience. This webinar will introduce you to Amazon Brand Registry and its suite of tools designed to help businesses build and protect your brand.
Wednesday, May 25th
10am to 12pm
93% of online experiences begin with a search engine. Understanding how to improve your visibility in Google and other search engines is crucial for driving traffic to your website. Learn free online tools to find out who your website visitors are, what they’re searching for, and how you can get more visitors and paying customers.
This seminar will provide you with an overview of the digital ecosystem including search engines and analytics. Join our digital marketing expert Warren Thompson, Co-Founder of Ollo Metrics as he helps you learn who your customers are and how they find you online.
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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. Check out our range of business webinars, on-demand E-Learning Education, our Talk to an Expert Advisories, or browse our selection of business articles.