What’s Happening in March 2017 at Small Business BC

As the first signs of Spring start to appear, March creates an opportunity for us at Small Business BC to refocus our energy, after the exciting whirlwind of the SBBC Awards.  Find your focus with these twelve not-to-be-missed seminars, being offered this month.


Hire the Right Candidate
March 3, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Employees are the heart of any business. Hire the right candidate and they can help propel your business. Hire the wrong candidate and they can cause more work and more frustration. But Your search for the right employees starts before you draft a job description. First you must understand what makes your business a great place to work. Then you must build your strategy to attract, select and retain the team.

Get Ready for Farmers, Pop-up, and Craft Markets
March 31, 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Farmers markets, craft markets and pop-up markets have become a staple in many communities across BC. More and more consumers want to support unique, locally-based products and vendors. Have you tried your hand at being a vendor? Do you want to start selling at a community-based market?

This panel-format seminar brings together organizers and experienced vendors from a range of community-based markets to share proven ideas and successful ways of “working the event.”


Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed
March 14, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Every year more than $6.6 billion is spent on government goods and services in BC. A great opportunity for small businesses. Think of any product or service and there is a good chance that the government has purchased it – from picnic tables to IT consulting services. Businesses and individuals of all types are eligible to do business with the government and are encouraged to explore the many opportunities that that are available to them. Learn more from The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME).

Building Employee Skills: How to Access the Canada-B.C. Job Grant
March 23, 2017, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Developing skilled employees is an integral part of growing any business and retaining staff, but small businesses often find it hard to afford the time and cost of training. That’s where the Canada-B.C. Job Grant can help, and Small Business BC is here to help you access this source of funding.


Marketing Essentials for Small Business
March 6, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

B2B researchers do 12 searches on average prior to engaging on a specific brand’s site. It is essential to create a clear brand that communicates your message successfully and capture that engagement. Delivered in a fast paced, interactive seminar is filled with examples to get your entrepreneurial ideas flowing and letting you leave with the next steps for a marketing plan.

Create Your Starter Website on WordPress
March 17, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Nearly 75 million websites across the world use WordPress. More than double the population of Canada. It is the most popular content management system in the world.

Join us for an interactive step-by-step tour of WordPress and leave with a basic website of your own. Getting started is easier than you think on this user-friendly platform that will help you tell the world about your small business.

Pitch Perfect: Craft your Startup Pitch to Success
March 23, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

You’ve built the Next Big Thing and now it’s time to share it with the world. Whether you’re telling friends and family, recruiting a team or asking for money, your startup pitch will be essential to your business success.

Begin with a practice thirty-second pitch and leave with an improved elevator pitch and plans for a slide deck. Feel prepared to pitch in front of prospective lenders, investors, partners, and high-calibre personnel. Be ready for impromptu encounters and networking events as you tell others about new business in a simple yet compelling way.

Buying a Business (Mandarin version)
March 27, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM


Partnering in Business: Keys to Success
March 30, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Partners, friends and family members often consider going into business together, but is it the right choice for your business and your relationship? This seminar helps you assess your professional compatibility and shares strategies on how to work together in building your business.

Learn the benefits and challenges of working with partners with interactive activities from a business expert with more than 16 years of experience in a partnership that was both personal and professional. By addressing communication, boundary-setting, work-life balance and more, you’ll build a healthy business within the context of the trusting, loving relationship you already have.


How to Motivate Your Employees for Success
March 10, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Your small business success depends on the team around you. When you combine the energy, knowledge and skills of a motivated group of people then you can accomplish anything. Buy how do you motivate your team to achieve that success?

How to Get Media Coverage For Your Business
March 15, 2017, 10:30 AM -12:00 PM

Whether it’s print, online, TV or radio, every business wants to get in the media’s limelight. By aligning your knowledge, expertise or opinion with what an editor or producer might need; and then knowing how to send a good pitch, you’ll be able to get your name and company into the media. This seminar focuses on the basic information of how to communicate with journalists and editors, along with examples of what makes a good pitch.

Pricing and Costing Your Product
March 13, 2017, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM

Setting prices is both an art and a science. The science is determining your costs … and the art is understanding the underlying role price makes on customer buying behavior. This seminar has both a marketing and a financial focus as we get to the heart of how pricing plays an important part in your overall business success.

This session will make you question your assumptions about pricing, costing and how they fit into your business strategies.

Register Today

Attend seminars in-person at Small Business BC at Waterfront Station (601 West Cordova Street) in Vancouver, or join by live webcast.

Our seminars and webinars encourage crowd participation, and provide you with lots of opportunities to ask questions and network with like-minded business owners.

Remember that space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!


Small Business BC Meetup: Women in Business 
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Join us for this month’s Small Business BC Meetup and help us celebrate International Women’s Day. This , where we will be highlighting successful women entrepreneurs. Hear about their journeys and how they’re pushing the boundaries for women in business. Whether you are a woman interested in business or you simply want to connect and hear from inspirational entrepreneurs, we invite you all to join us in celebrating women everywhere that are making an impact.

Good MoneyTM Talks Small Business Series
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Surrey
Wednesday, May 3 2017, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Tri-Cities

Join Small Business BC and Vancity for the 2nd Good Money™ Talks Small Business Series with events in Abbotsford, New Westminster, Surrey and Tri-Cities at between March and August.

These FREE half-day events combine networking and learning, and include a complimentary breakfast and lunch, 30-minute presentations by business experts, exhibition booths from Small Business BC and Vancity and tools and resources tailored for entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to start or grow their business.