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

Can you believe it’s September already? As we bask in the final days of summer 2019, we’re also planning for a busy month at Small Business BC headlined by a packed calendar of education and events.

Mark your calendars for our monthly Waterfront Chats Meetup, taking place on Thursday, September 12th. This month, we’re hosting an engaging discussion on how to start a business that makes a social impact. Join our fireside chat and hear from Carla Heim, Senior Advisor for Social Entrepreneurship at BDC, and other small business owners. Don’t forget, there’s the usual opportunity to provide a quick pitch of your own business on the night.

Tri-Cities, we’re coming to visit! Alongside our partners at Envision Financial, we’re proud to present the latest in our Build. Grow. Thrive. series on September 25 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. This FREE day of education provides entrepreneurs with foundational skills they need to launch a successful business, delivered by expert industry professionals.

We’re also delighted to announce our 9th annual INSPIRE event on October 1 at Vancouver’s iconic Science World. This year, we’re discussing an issue of critical importance to us all – the steps business can take to assume a leadership role in climate action. Mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, hear from an expert panel, and join us to celebrate the launch of the Small Business BC Awards.

Now that we’ve covered our upcoming events, here are some of the educational highlights in September 2019 at Small Business BC:

Marketing Essentials for Small Business

Thursday, September 5, 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.

Sales Strategies for Small Business

Monday, September 9, 2019
1:00PM to 4:00PM

Whether you have a product or a service, if you’re in business, you’re in sales! This seminar will help you understand how sales cycles affect your business, where to find business and the importance of customer relationships.

Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

Thursday, September 12, 2019
1:00PM to 4:00PM

Do you know if the work you create belongs to you? Or how to prevent others from copying your ideas? Attend this seminar and hear from an intellectual property lawyer on the various forms of intellectual property protection and how they can safeguard your business.

Tools for Effective Meetings and Efficient Decision Making – NEW

Monday, September 16, 2019
09:00AM to 12:00PM

There are few things worse in the working world than attending a meeting that could have been an email. Lead your teams to work smarter, not harder, and make every meeting effective and efficient.

Blogging to Promote Your Business – NEW

Monday, September 16, 2019
1:00PM to 4:00PM

Blogging allows a business to easily create and share valuable and relevant content with their target audience. Whether it’s blogging, social media or newsletters, content marketing is critical for entrepreneurs looking to promote their business in a budget-conscious manner.

Market Research Package

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Thursday, September 26, 2019
1:00PM to 4:00PM

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, September 20, 2019
09:00AM 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.

Developing an Effective Export Plan

Friday, September 20, 2019
1:30PM to 3:00PM

A key element in planning to sell outside of B.C. is an export plan. It will assist you in establishing goals, clarifying your target market, and assessing the financial viability of expanding your business footprint.

Creating Your First Business Website

Monday, September 23, 2019
1:00PM to 3:00PM

Are you one of the many businesses looking to get your first website up and running? Do you have some great content ready, but lack the skills to do it yourself

Starting a Consulting Business

Friday, September 27, 2019
1:00PM to 4:00PM

Do you have a special skill, ability or talent that you feel can serve others and earn an income? Are you considering the consulting and contracting field? This seminar is for you.

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