What’s Happening This January at Small Business BC

The New Year is upon us and with it comes a blank slate for self improvement in our personal and professional lives. Chances are, you’ve set some lofty targets for 2018, and one of the best ways to achieve these goals is to upskill your entrepreneurial talents by attending one of our 29 new or returning seminars and webinars.

Limited Time Offer: 15% off Education*

To help achieve your New Year’s goals, receive 15% off the cost of any January seminar or webinar when you apply the promo code WINTER18 during checkout.

*Discount cannot be applied to seminar packages. Offer valid until 11:59 PM PST on January 12, 2018.

Elsewhere, our Waterfront Chats Meetup events continue in 2018 with a Business Resolutions Roundtable on January 16. Get insights and feedback from your fellow entrepreneurs on how you can best execute your plans to meet your objectives, with dialogue chaired by Small Business BC’s own Laura Aveledo. The countdown also continues to our 15th Annual Small Business BC Awards Gala on February 23, 2018 at Vancouver Convention Centre. Tickets are on sale now, so secure your spot today!

Without further ado, let’s look at our educational highlights for January:

Free Seminar

Understanding CETA: Benefit from Canada’s Free Trade Agreement With The E.U.

Presented by Export Navigator

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
09:30AM to 11:00AM

Thinking of exporting? Join us for this interactive seminar and learn about the fundamentals of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and how your business can benefit from it.

Starting a Business

Business Finance Package

Tuesday, January 09, 2018
09:00AM to 04:00PM

This package will first help you understand how to maintain financial records, and interpret those statements.  You will then be introduced to ratio analysis, a powerful tool which will help you identify the financial pros and cons of your business operation. This package is great for existing businesses and for business start-ups planning to use industry standards for their financial plan.

Registering for this package will save your more than 15% on individual seminar registration. Seminars included:

  • Business Finance 1 – Understanding Financial Statements
  • Business Finance 2 – Financial Analysis

Anatomy of a Business Plan: What You Need to Get Started

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
09:00AM to 12:00PM

What is a business plan? What do I include in it? How do I organize my plan so lenders and investors understand my ideas? This seminar will help you determine the key questions you need to address to craft a business plan, identify the gaps in your plan, and understand the key to conveying a cohesive and compelling business plan.

Pitch Perfect: Craft Your Startup Pitch to Success

Thursday, January 25, 2018
01:00PM to 03:00PM

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 is an essential part of business success. This seminar will help you understand the keys to a strong pitch, convey your value proposition clearly and concisely, create an investor-ready slide deck, and build confidence in talking about your business.

Create Your Starter Website on WordPress

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
01:00PM to 04:00PM

Are you one of the many businesses looking to get your first website up and running? Do you have some great content ready, but lack the skills to do it yourself? Join us for an interactive step-by-step tour of WordPress and leave with a basic website of your own. This seminar will help you know what to look for when selecting a web host, install a WordPress theme and edit content on your site, and get started on organizing content and adding media.

Growing a Business

Reach More Customers With Google AdWords

Monday, January 15, 2018
9:00AM to 12:00PM

Do you have a website but are finding it hard to get noticed? Are you considering online advertising but are unsure where to start? Google AdWords is a measurable, targeted and scalable advertising system that, if used correctly, can quickly attract customers to your website. This seminar will help you understand how Google AdWords works to attract customers, learn how to set up an Adwords account, discover how to build campaigns, and learn how to track the results.

Instagram Marketing For Busy Entrepreneurs

Monday, January 29, 2018
01:00PM to 04:00PM

Want to learn how to attract customers and make sales through Instagram without spending money on ads? With over 500 million users, Instagram presents a powerful tool for small businesses, if harnessed correctly. This seminar will show small business owners how to build authentic connections with their ideal customers through the most engaged online platform in the world.

Retail Success: How To Get Your Product Into Stores

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
01:00PM to 04:00PM

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? This seminar will help you discover how to approach retailers and the cardinal rules when pitching your product, learn what retailers look for in products and their suppliers, understand the common challenges all retailers face, find out how merchandising works, and discover the logistics and supply chain systems of getting products into stores.

Essential HR Skills for Small Business

Key Employment Law Issues for Small Business

Thursday, January 11, 2018
01:00PM to 03:00PM

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? This seminar will prepare you to deal with modern workplace issues before they arise, mitigate the risk for legal liability and damage to your reputation, and provide guiding principles for managing your team fairly and effectively.

Hire The Right Candidate

Thursday, January 11, 2018
10:30AM to 01:00PM

Do you have trouble finding great staff to help your business grow? Never hired before and unsure where to start? This seminar will help you understand each component of the hiring process, best practices, legal regulations, and new ideas in HR, and how to identify which aspects you should address for the most impact.

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Attend seminars in-person at Small Business BC in Vancouver, or join from anywhere in the province by live webinar. Our Ask the Expert sessions are available in person, by Skype, or by phone.

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