What’s Happening in September 2017 at Small Business BC?

September traditionally means back to school, and it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the many learning resources available through Small Business BC.

Our Waterfront Chats Meetup Event takes place on September 12th. This month, we examine how social responsibility and sustainability can help your business make a meaningful impact on the world around you, and your bottom line. Speakers include April Bellia, Owner/President of Granola Girl, and Meg O’Shea, the Green Economy Community Coordinator at Thriving Vancouver.

There’s also a wide variety of seminars covering every stage of small business development, opportunities for one-on-one business consults, and the continuation of our “Ask an Expert” series.  Whether your small business is just an idea on a napkin, or established and looking to grow, our seminars can help you to achieve your goals. Read on to see our upcoming seminar highlights as well as opportunities for one-on-one learning.

New Seminars for September

Instagram Marketing for Busy Entrepreneurs

Monday, September 25, 2017, 1:00PM to 4:00PM
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.

Build in Canada Innovation Program: An Overview *Free

Friday, September 29, 2017, 1:30PM to 3:00PM
Are you in the late stages of developing an innovative product or service? The Build in Canada Innovation Program helps Canadian companies move their ideas from the lab to the marketplace, using relevant federal departments to test the product or service. This free seminar will teach you the opportunities available through the program, understanding the call for proposals process, and assessing your company’s eligibility for the BCIP.

Getting off the Ground

Start Smart Series

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 9:00AM to 4:15PM
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.

Focused Business Planning

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Spanning nine separate seminars, Focused Business Planning teaches you how to turn a good business idea into a successful business venture. This seminar series contains over 29 hours of education, delivered by industry experts. You will learn to evaluate the financial viability of your business idea, how to clearly define who will buy your product or service, and strategize the first stages of your operations, marketing and sales plans. Book this package and save more than 25% on individual seminar registration.

Starting a Consulting Business

Friday, September 29, 2017, 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Do you possess a special skill, ability or talent you feel can serve others and earn an income? This seminar will teach you how to transition your skills into an income stream, how to price your service and find clients, and hear from the experts about their years of experience running a consulting business.

General Business Consult *Free

By Appointment
Not sure where to start, who to contact, or the key resources available to you? Let Small Business BC’s Business Advisors lead the way. In this 30-minute session, they will provide you with the answers and the tools you need for your business, and direct you to the services and seminars that are right for you.

Growing Your Business

Building Employee Skills: How to Access the Canada-B.C. Job Grant *Free

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 10:30AM to 11:30AM
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.

Networking for Success: Making Valuable Connections

Monday, September 11, 2017, 1:30PM to 3:30PM
Learn to leverage your networks and maximize your in-person meetings with this interactive seminar hosted by Cathy Kuzel. Subjects include choosing the right events to use your time wisely, how to start with a strong introduction and create connections fast, avoiding the three most common networking mistakes, and using five key strategies to make the most of any networking opportunity.

How to Do Business with The Federal Government *Free

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 10:30AM to 12:00PM

Are you interested in learning the fundamentals of doing business with the Government of Canada? This free seminar provides information on how the government does its buying, understanding the role of the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, and all of the essentials to get started in the contracting process.

Finding and Bidding on Opportunities with the Government of Canada *Free

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 10:30AM to 12:00PM

Want to learn more about the Government of Canada’s tendering process? This seminar will give you an overview of, which offers access to all of the Government of Canada’s tenders and related procurement information. Learn how to search for tenders, contract history, standing offers and supply arrangements.

Ask a HR Expert

Thursday, October 19, 2017
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.

Expanding Nationally/Abroad

Understanding Regulations for Importing

Friday, September 8, 2017, 9:00AM to 12:45PM
Planning on importing? You need to know which regulations, standards and licenses apply to your products. This interactive seminar will help you understand regulations for importing in the following industries:

  • Textile regulations and labeling
  • Mandatory food labelling requirements and licensing
  • Non-mandatory food labelling and consumer product safety considerations
  • Cosmetic regulations under the Food and Drugs Act
  • Drug regulations
  • Natural health product regulations
  • Medical devices regulations

The New Canada Free Trade Agreement – How to Trade with Other Provinces *Free

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 1:00PM to 2:30PM
Thinking of exporting your goods to another Canadian province? This free interactive seminar will teach you what products and services are covered under the Canada Free Trade Agreement. You will understand the licensing and certifications required across the country, and find out how to access the opportunities made possible by the agreement.

Smart Global Money – Currencies, Credit, and Cash *Free

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 9:00AM to 10:30AM
If you’re considering selling your goods or services outside of Canada, you will need to understand the implications surrounding currency exchange, accounts receivables insurance, and how to receive and send foreign funds. This free interactive seminar will teach you the basics of selling internationally, understanding common exporting finance terms, how to protect and manage your global accounts receivables, and government programs that can help you expand beyond Canada.

Ask a Customs Broker and Shipping Expert

Friday, September 15, 2017, 10:30AM to 12:45PM
Learning the best way to ship to your customers is important for local and international deliveries. UPS Customs Brokerage experts Naheem Sahib or Robert F. Brown are available for 30 minute one-on-one appointments to discuss and find the best solutions to your shipping requirements.

Import/Export Advisory Service

Various dates
Our Import/Export experts are available for one-on-one sessions to guide you through the maze of imports and exports. Book a session for a date and time that works for you.

Book Today

Whether you’re in Vancouver or not – our services are accessible everywhere.

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!

Elsewhere, we continue the countdown to the Small Business Summit 2017 on October 2nd. The Summit features something for everyone, including a panel of British Columbia’s brightest business stars, a tradeshow, networking opportunities, and keynote speech from Century 21 Canada Founder and Chairman U. Gary Charlwood. Book today, as there are only limited tickets available.