It’s October, fall is in the air, and we’re joining in the national celebration of Small Business Week from October 16-20. This presents an opportunity to recognize the contributions entrepreneurs and small business owners make to the economy as well as our local communities.
To mark the event, Small Business BC and The Province of British Columbia have partnered to offer free access to our education and client services products between October 15 and October 21. This means you can attend our seminars, webinars, and Ask the Expert consultations during this week – FOR FREE.
This month will also see the return of some of our popular seminars on managing your staff, getting your products into retail and growing your brand and your business.
The good news doesn’t end there! Tickets are now on sale for the Small Business BC Awards. Visit www.sbbcawards.ca to learn more about the categories, and secure your spot at the gala event on February 23, 2018.
Read on, as we list our educational highlights for October.
Free Seminars During Small Business Week
Business Planning for Developing Businesses
Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Starting a business is tough, but growing a business is tougher. Develop your growth plan and transition successfully into the next stage of business. Building the right strategy will help you avoid the pitfalls of growing too quickly or too slowly. Learn how your current business activities are affecting growth and concentrate on removing the barriers.
Instagram Marketing for Busy Entrepreneurs
Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Want to harness the power of Instagram to grow your business without spending money on ads? This seminar will equip you with effective strategies and tactics to apply without wasting time or money. You’ll identify your ideal customer and design an ideal customer avatar, learn how to find, engage and convert prospects on Instagram efficiently, and get started on draft posts as key takeaways.
Get Started with Email Marketing
Monday, October 16, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Interested in reaching your target audience via email? Want to generate business through email newsletters? This seminar teaches you how to start an effective email marketing campaign and leave with an action plan to get your email strategy up and running.
How to Boost your Productivity and Get More Done
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
As an entrepreneur, you’re already working hard to balance multiple roles and responsibilities. How to squeeze more productivity out of your time is a constant question, and this seminar will help you to adopt scientific tools and techniques to get you started with your new productivity strategy now.
Operations for Small Business
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Do you know all the essential elements for successfully operating a business? Creating a vision or plan for your operations will provide a framework for success. In this seminar we explore how you can determine who does what, where, when, how and most importantly why.
Start Smart Series
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM
The Start Smart Series provides step-by-step guidance to starting your business on the right footing. This series features two separate seminars where five industry experts provide their knowledge and tips to help start your business right.
Building Employee Skills: How to Access the Canada-B.C. Job Grant
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Developing skilled employees is an integral part of growing your business and retaining staff. Small businesses can often find it hard to afford the time and cost of training. This free seminar will show you how the Canada-B.C. Job Grant can offset the cost of skills training and professional development for your employees.
Partnering in Business: Keys to Success
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:30 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.
Business Viability: Analysis and Forecasting
Friday, October 20, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The full-day seminar explores how to determine, evaluate and forecast your business finances. You will learn how to analyze the financial viability and determine the strength of your business’ cash flow for potential investors.
Managing Your Staff
The Art of Letting an Employee Go
Monday, October 2, 2017, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Terminating an employee can be the hardest thing you’ll do as an employer. But by being informed, prepared and proactive you can avoid the disruption and costly mistakes to your business. Delivered by two employment law specialists, this interactive seminar will provide practical tips and case studies. Bring your questions and leave with the right answers for your business.
Ask a HR Expert
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – FREE
Managing a growing workforce can be challenging work. Luckily, you don’t need to figure it all out on your own. A qualified HR expert is available on a first-come-first-served basis to answer all your pressing HR questions. These 30 minute sessions are available to book now, but space is limited.
Key Employment Law Issues for Small Business
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The modern workplace environment presents unique challenges for employers. Issues such as bullying / harassment, drug use, social media, and accommodation of disabilities arise unexpectedly, and with increasing frequency. Is your business prepared to respond to these issues if they arise within your team?
Negotiating Contracts: Get the Right Deal
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:00PM to 2:30 PM
Delivered by Brian Rudy of Synergy Business Lawyers, this seminar will teach you strategic negotiation methods and explain the key contractual terms you will encounter in the course of your business.
Ask a Lawyer
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Have a specific contract you’d like to review, or looking at setting up some standard contracts for your clients and partners? Book a one-on-one consultation with a lawyer from Benchmark Law Corporation to ask the legal questions specific to your business.
Building Your Brand
Publicity for your Business: Traditional and New Media
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 1:00PM to 2:30 PM
Good publicity is one of the most cost-effective ways to boost the profile of your business. This seminar focuses on how to communicate with traditional and new-media decision-makers and influencers to get yourself seen and heard in front of tens of thousands of their followers.
Ask a Branding Expert
Friday, October 27, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
To succeed, your brand must be an integral part of your business. It should be built into your business plan as much as any financial or operational procedure. If you have an existing brand you would like reviewed or are considering rebranding, book a one-on-one consultation with brand strategist Karley Cunningham.
Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More
Friday, October 6, 2017, 9:00AM to 12:00PM
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.
Ask an Intellectual Property Lawyer – FREE
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
You’ve learned the IP options available to you. Now you need to apply for the licences and understand what to do if someone infringes on it. Book a 30-minute appointment with our intellectual property lawyer.
Business Growth and Acquisition
Retail Success: How to get Your Product into Stores
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Congratulations! You’ve developed your product, it’s ready for consumers, and now it’s time to get it into stores. But where do you start? With over 40 years retail and supply chain experience, let Gerry Spitzner help you plan your sales strategy with potential retailers.
Buying a Business
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Thinking of buying an existing business? Come discover how to assess the business, what the purchasing process looks like, and the key steps you need to take.
Ask a Business Broker – FREE
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Are you trying to acquire another business and expand your offerings, but finding it hard to assess its worth? If you’re considering buying a small business, book a one-on-one consultation with Business Broker, Arthur Klein of Pacific M&A and Business Brokers.
Pitch Perfect: Craft your Startup Pitch to Success
Monday, October 23, 2017, 1:00PM to 4:00PM
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. This seminar will help you understand the keys to a strong pitch, convey your value proposition clearly, create an investor-ready slide deck, and build confidence in talking about your business.
What is My Business Worth: Preparing your Business for Sale
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Are you considering selling your business or are you looking for ideas on how to maximize its value? Understanding what your business is worth will help you plan strategically and focus your efforts on the right business components.
Whether you’re in Vancouver or not – our services are accessible wherever you are.
Attend seminars in-person at Small Business BC at Waterfront Station (601 West Cordova Street) in Vancouver, or join by live webinar. And Ask the Expert sessions in person or by Skype or phone.
Register early as space is limited!