What’s Happening This August at Small Business BC

Summer is the perfect time get an edge over the competition. Be confident that you have the business advantage by taking our great seminars this August. With over 20 free, favourite and returning seminars and webinars to choose from, you’re sure to find the right tools and resources for your small business. Check out Small Business BC’s full summer catalogue here.


Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Want to get all the benefits of doing business with the Government of Canada? Get the essentials you need fast with this free half-day guide to working with the federal government, from basic processes to the new Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS).

Reach More Customers with Strategic SEO and SEM

Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Generate more leads, traffic and sales by ensuring your business is ranking high in your clients’ search engine results. By using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM), you can increase your digital marketing reach and visibility to get your services or products seen.


TaxSense for Your Business

Friday, August 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

If you want to start a business, or you’re still in your starting phase, you need to know how to structure your business and how to keep the bank and CRA happy. Learn about sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations and tax and financial basics for your new venture from an experienced CPA/CGA.

Powering Online Profiles and Reviews on Google and Yelp

Monday, August 15, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

The internet is the first place your customers will go to find out about your products and services, and one of the most important points of contact they’ll have with you. Attend this live demonstration on how to use online profiles like Google Business Pages and Yelp to help start your business.

Start Smart Series

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Launch your business with this step-by-step series that will teach you how to start up smart. These two seminars with five industry experts will take you through the tools, resources and don’t-miss information you need to begin your entrepreneurial journey right.

My First Year in Business: A Financial Overview

Monday, August 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Solid financial records and bookkeeping system should be one of your first priorities when you’re establishing your start-up. Participate in this fundamental seminar to learn the best financial strategies for your business.

Marketing Essentials for Small Business

Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Standout marketing is a crucial part of any successful start-up, but it isn’t always easy. Get your message across and make your business heard with this fast paced, interactive seminar that will leave you inspired and ready to create a campaign that works for you.


Negotiating Contracts: Getting the Right Deal

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Whether you’re growing or just starting up, you’re sure to be faced with many client and supplier contracts. But commercial contracts, legal terms and negotiation can be challenging. Acquire practical information that you can use throughout your entrepreneurial career with this useful seminar.

How to Get Media Coverage for Your Business

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

The media limelight can get your business noticed, but it isn’t easy to get the attention of busy editors, producers and journalists. Learn how to angle your pitch, apply examples and get insider information that may surprise you, no matter what stage your business is in.

Understanding Regulations for Importing

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:45 PM

Importing offers incredible opportunities for growth, but there are complicated regulations, standards and licenses that can stop your business success. Gain the trade requirements and regulation essentials you need to move forwards from a panel of industry and government experts.

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.

Don’t see something you like here? There are more than 20 seminars and webinars to choose from this month. See our full summer catalog here, and remember that space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!


SBBC Meetup Group – August

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Don’t miss our Waterfront Chats Meetup on August 9, 2016 to hear from local leading entrepreneurs, connect with other small business owners and pitch your business. This month’s theme is Lean Startups, and will feature the Founders of Sequenched, LETT and ProtoHack.

7th Annual INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship

Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Kick off the 10th anniversary of Small Business Month in BC with the INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship presented by Small Business BC and TD Bank Group on September 29, 2016. This event features free drinks, canapés, networking, interactive panel sessions and keynotes from industry leaders. Don’t miss out on your chance to get one of the first 100 tickets on sale for $39 – they won’t last long, so buy yours today.