What’s Happening in October 2021 at Small Business BC?

It’s October, fall is officially in the air, and Small Business BC has the business education you need to prepare for the busy end of year sales period. If you’re looking to improve any aspect of your small business knowledge, check out our full range of business webinars in October.

Before we delve into the highlights, have you registered your business for the BC Marketplace yet? Put your business in front of a province-wide audience in our free online directory of BC-based small businesses. Registration is simple, and you’ll be joining over 3,000 fellow entrepreneurs in tapping into our powerful small business community.

Elsewhere, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday looming large, there’s still time to prepare your business infrastructure to handle increased customer demand. Read our Black Friday tips and advice for getting your business – and your website – ready to make the most of the spending season.

Let’s take a look at the educational highlights for October 2021 at Small Business BC.

TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Monday, October 4th
09:00am to 12pm
Price: $59

The act of incorporating your small business creates a legal entity that’s separate from its shareholders or members. In many situations it can lead to lower taxes for the business owner, thanks to a range of tax benefits only available to incorporated businesses.

Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn how a registered corporation can help separate you from your business, or partners, while optimizing tax benefits and efficiencies.

Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Monday, October 4th
1pm 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.

Join Dana Gordon, Benchmark Law Corporation, and learn about the benefits of incorporating, how to incorporate your business and legal tips to help you with “life after incorporation”. This seminar is ideal for anyone who wants to get incorporated properly within BC and learn how to carry out business as a corporate entity.

Funding Sources for Exporters

Tuesday, October 5th
09:30am to 11am
Price: FREE

If you are looking to expand your sales abroad, there are programs available to help. This seminar will explore funding programs that split the cost of attending virtual trade events, establishing new research and development collaborations with foreign partners, and conducting market research to find new international customers for your products or services.

How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

Tuesday, October 5th
1pm to 3pm
Price: $49

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.

Doing Business with the Government of Canada

Thursday, October 7th
10:30am to 12pm
Price: FREE

Did you know: The Government of Canada spends up to $25 billion annually on goods, services, and construction. Many of these contracts are fulfilled by small businesses, meaning plenty of opportunities to engage with.

This seminar will guide you through the various aspects involved in doing business with the federal government as well as the recourse mechanisms and services available to suppliers in the event they encounter issues with a federal contract.

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, October 13th
09:00am to 4pm
Price: $49

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 Insurance to Protect Your Company

Thursday, October 14th
10:30am to 11:30am
Price: FREE

Many small businesses don’t have the insurance coverage they need, and it’s estimated that 25 percent of BC businesses are underinsured or have no insurance at all. Have you ever wondered about business insurance – what it is, when you should buy it and why you need it to keep growing?

This webinar will cover the basics of business insurance and why it is important to have the right protection for the business you’ve worked so hard to build. Assess your business risks and learn about the various types of coverages available to protect your business’s growth and potential.

Finding Opportunities with the Government of Canada

Thursday, October 14th
1pm to 2pm
Price: FREE

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.

Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Tuesday, October 26th
1pm to 4pm
Price: $69

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.

How to Choose the Right Apps for Your Small Business

Wednesday, October 27th
11:00am to 12pm
Price: FREE

In today’s technologically-driven world full of software solutions, choosing a seamless combination of frameworks, tools, and apps can be very challenging for small business owners. The right combo, also known as a “tech stack,” can give your business the edge it needs to grow and thrive.

Join Joe Collins, co-founder and managing partner of the online accounting firm, Avalon Accounting to learn how you can choose the right tech stack for your business. We will go over common tech stacks used by small businesses, as well as Avalon’s top picks.