What’s Happening This Small Business Month at Small Business BC

October marks the start of Small Business Month in British Columbia, a time to recognize the contributions entrepreneurs and small business owners make towards the economy and our local communities. This year is extra special because it marks the 10th anniversary of Small Business Month in our province.

To celebrate, Small Business BC and The Province of British Columbia have partnered to offer the Small Business Month Free Services Plan that will allow entrepreneurs and small business owners in BC FREE access to Small Business BC’s education and client services products and services with promo code SBMATE2016, including seminars, webinars and Ask the Expert sessions, between October 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016. Check out our full list of offerings here. There are more than 30 seminars, webinars and Ask the Expert sessions to choose from this month. Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!

Throughout the month, talk to us and tell us what you love most about Small Business Month in BC – Small Business BC and The Province of British Columbia will be using the hashtag #BCSBM16 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram when posting about 10th anniversary of Small Business Month.

Below are just some of the free seminars and webinars to help you start-up and grow your business, as well as events that are also taking place during Small Business Month 2016.

Free Featured Seminars and Webinars for October

Focused Business Planning

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 to Tuesday, November 1, 2016

$369.00 + GST FREE

Take advantage of over 23 hours of education delivered by industry experts who will communicate the way you can turn a good business ideal into a successful business venture using proven, practical strategies and tools.

Incorporation: Legal and Tax Tips

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

$99.00 + GST FREE

This engaging seminar package that will teach you how and when the best time to move your proprietorship/partnership into a corporation from professionals, as well as the legal and tax information you need to be a business success.

Market Research for Your Business

Monday, October 24, 2016 to Monday, October 31, 2016

$119.00 + GST FREE

This seminar package is tailored for new and existing business owners who want to hone their strategies to increase sales and grow their business. Gather valuable data about your target audience, industry trends and competition with the help of a market research specialist.

Free Start-up Seminars and Webinars for October

Retail Success: How to Get Your Product into Stores

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

$59.00 + GST FREE

You’ve developed your product and you’re ready to pass it on to your consumers. Uncover sales strategies, how to overcome common challenges and the best way to approach potential retailers so you can move your product into stores.

Digital Marketing Series

Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Thursday, October 20, 2016


Accessing the tools and tactics you need in the ever-changing digital landscape isn’t always easy, but registering for these seminars is. Get five hours of content on mobile and online marketing, SEO and SEM for free in this educational series.

Starting a Consulting Business

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

$59.00 + GST FREE

You have a special skill, ability or talent that can serve others and earn you an income. Find out if going into the consulting and contracting field is a great fit for you with this seminar on how to transition your skills into an income stream you can count on.

SBM: Start Smart Series

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Get a step-by-step guide to start your business off smart from five industry experts who will give you the knowledge and tips you need to help you launch your start-up right.

Early Stage Financing and Resources for Entrepreneurs

Friday, October 21, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Are you starting a business, or are you in your start-up stage? Make sure you know the steps of gaining early stage financing, financing requirements and how you can get a “yes” from a lender so you can advance forwards fast.

Free Growth Seminars and Webinars for October

Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Do you want to do business with the Government of Canada? Learn all the opportunities doing business with the government offers with this comprehensive free half-day seminar.

Business Finance Package

Monday, October 17, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

$119.00 + GST FREE

Financial statements can be confusing, but knowing what they mean is essential to smoothly operating your small business. Develop your business tactics, understand the effectiveness of business strategies and learn the source of common business problems in this seminar package.

Negotiating Contracts: Get the Right Deal

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

$49.00 + GST FREE

You’re going to face many contracts, from clients to suppliers, when you’re growing your business. Ensure that you know how to interpret commercial contracts, planning techniques and how to negotiate the best contracts from a legal expert.

Motivation and Focus Management for Your Team

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

$69.00 + GST FREE

Equip yourself with crucial resources and skills that will boost your leadership skills and your team. Motivate your staff and increase productivity through focused management and essential HR strategies.

Mastering Social Media to Grow Your Small Business

Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

$39.00 + GST FREE

Knowing what social media is doesn’t guarantee that you know the practices that will enhance your business effectively and efficiently. Save yourself time and money by concentrating on how to understand social media, how it connects people and the ideal way to leverage it for growth.

Onboarding New Staff: Safety First

Friday, October 28, 2016 between 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM


Poor retention is a costly business risk, so get ahead of the curve by onboarding your new employees properly. Hear from a WorkSafeBC safety officer on hiring requirements that you need know and get essential HR resources, plus hear about the consequences of poor training first-hand from a young worker.

Free Ask the Expert sessions for October

Ask a Business Branding Expert

Friday, October 14, 2016 between 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM

$40 + GST FREE

Are you confident that your brand is sending the message you want to your customers? Review your brand or rebranding your business with a brand strategist so you can differentiate your business and boost your conversion now.

Ask a Business Broker

Thursday, October 13, 2016 between 10:00 AM to 1:15 PM

$40 + GST FREE

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a business, a business broker is your buffer to help you understand the buying process and maximizing your value. Book a one-on-one consultation with an experienced professional to guide you through the sale and exit of a business.

Ask a Lawyer

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

$40 + GST FREE

Legal information and regulations can be difficult to navigate for any small business owner. When you’re faced with different business structures, joint ventures, business agreements or other legal issues, getting help may be exactly what you need. Make a cost-effective appointment with a lawyer today.

Ask an Accountant

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

$40 + GST FREE

Understanding taxes is fundamental to making the most of your profits. Learn to correctly calculate and file your taxes, know what expenses you can deduct and what business structure would benefit you most in a custom consultation with an accountant focused on taxes for small business.

Ask an HR Expert

Thursday, October 20, 2016 between 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

$40 + GST FREE

Balancing the demands of business ownership and managing your workplace can be hard, from hiring and terminating employees to optimizing the best range of skillsets for your business. Bring your pressing questions to a qualified HR professional to find the solutions you need for your team.

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.

Other Small Business Month 2016 Events

MyBizDay Thompson Okanagan

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Did you know Thompson Okanagan has one of the highest number of small businesses per capita in BC? Connect with your fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners in this bustling business network.

MyBizDay Northern BC

Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


There are over 380,000 small businesses in BC, representing about 98 per cent of all businesses in the province. Take this chance to take part in the vital Northern BC business community at this free event.