What’s Happening This July at Small Business BC

July is about celebrating everything it means to be Canadian.

Did you know that there are more than 2.3 million entrepreneurs in Canada, which employ 48 per cent of Canada’s workforce, account for 25 per cent of total exports, and provide 30 per cent of Canada’s total GDP? Now that’s something to be proud of.

To celebrate your accomplishments and help you grow your business, Small Business BC is offering a 15 per cent discount off all seminars and webinars until July 15, 2015, using promo code SUMMER2015. So what are you waiting for? Expand your knowledge and grow your business with Small Business BC this summer.

The Benefits of Small Business BC’s Education

Our instructors are small business owners themselves with real-life experiences to share. Whether you’re starting up, growing your business, or developing strategies importing/exporting or marketing and branding, we’ve got a seminar for that:

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Tax Tips from an Accountant

How you structure your business can have a big influence on how you run and operate your business. Learn from Gabrielle Loren, of Loren, Nancke & Company, about the tax benefits for a sole proprietor, partnership and corporation, and what defines taxable income, allowable deductions, and the tax requirements for each structure.

Date: July 10, 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Buy Tickets at: sbbc.co/JulyTaxTips

Start Smart Series

This is the perfect seminar series for you if you’re thinking about starting a business. Covering all the basic start-up information from name registry to business structures, licensing, tax, legal requirements, employment standards and tips for acquiring financing. Learn from our industry experts how to start your business the right way.

Date: July 15, 2015, all day

Buy Tickets at: sbbc.co/JulyStartSmart

Marketing Essentials for Small Business

Get your entrepreneurial ideas flowing with this fast paced interactive seminar, presented by Mary Charleson of Charleson Communications. Learn how to craft your marketing message and which tools will effectively reach your target market.

Date: July 16, 2015, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Buy Tickets at: sbbc.co/JulyMarketingEssentials

Early Stage Financing and Resources for Entrepreneurs

Getting the right financing and support are critical in the early stages of your business. Find out from Vancity Microfinance team and Futurpreneur, the financing options available, the requirements to get them, and how to get that all-important ‘yes’ from a lender.

Date: July 28, 2015, 9:00am – 11:45am

Buy Tickets at: sbbc.co/JulyEarlyFinancing

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Marketing in a Digital World for Small Business

Did you know that 84.5 per cent of the world’s population is online? And 89 per cent of those people shop online? Just think of the potential opportunities your business could be missing out on.

Attend this FREE seminar, and learn the keys to success for search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM), the importance of mobile optimization, essential techniques for social media and how to track and measure your results.

Date: July 8, 2015, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Sign up at: sbbc.co/JulyMktgDigitalWorld

Sales Strategies for Small Business

Selling is an essential skill that every entrepreneur must master. Learn the communication skills you need to develop relationships, overcome objections and most importantly, close sales.

Date: July 10, 2015, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Buy Tickets at: sbbc.co/JulySalesStrategies

Reach More Customers with Strategic SEO and SEM

89 per cent of consumers use search engines like Yahoo or Google to find information on products or services. Harness the power of search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) to extend your digital marketing reach and visibility.

Date: July 14, 2015, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Buy Tickets at: sbbc.co/JulySEO-SEM

Recruit Your Ideal Employee

Finding that perfect employee can be hard. Especially if you are not experienced in recruiting. Let Susan Bains of Holistic HR teach you how to find strong candidates, better assess their applications and get your new recruit off to a great start. From writing compelling job descriptions to understanding your legal requirements, Susan will teach you the A to Z of recruitment.

Date: June 25 2015, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Buy Tickets at: sbbc.co/JulyIdealEmployee

Operations for Small Business

Creating an operations plan can often be the last thing on your mind when starting or running your small business. After all it seems to be running on its own? But by understanding your operations cycle, implementing activity based budgeting and setting targets and goals for your team, you will soon find ways to trim your budget and create operational efficiencies.

Date: July 22, 2015, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Buy Tickets at: sbbc.co/JulyOperations

Social Media and Online Marketing Tactics

Just because you know what social media is and how to use it for personal use, doesn’t mean you understand how to use it for business. Learn from Mhairi Petrovic of Out-Smarts Marketing Inc, about which social media platforms suit your business, and how to use them to leverage your business for growth.

Date: July 24, 2015, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Buy Tickets at: sbbc.co/JulyOnlineMarketing

Earn More Business: Create Winning Proposals

As RFPs grow in popularity, as does the opportunity for small businesses to bid for bigger and high profile contracts. But where do you start?

Doretta Pintaric and Melissa Sanderson of Market Ink Consulting, will help you uncover the strategic tools you need for your next submission, how to embed key messages that will make your proposal stand out in an crowd, understand what the evaluators are looking for, and the opportunity BC Bid, Alberta Purchasing Connection and other procurement sites can offer.

Date: July 29, 2015, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Buy Tickets at: sbbc.co/JulyWinningProposals

Save Money with the Focused Business Planning Package

icon-educationAnd don’t forget our Focused Business Planning package. This great bundle includes many of these recommended seminars, offering over 23 hours of education for just $369; a saving of almost 20% off the regular price.


Register Today

icon-registrationSeminars are held in-person at the Small Business BC, at Waterfront Station (601 West Cordova Street) in Vancouver, and broadcast via live webcast.

Our seminars encourage crowd participation, provide you with lots of opportunities to ask questions and network with like-minded business owners.
Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!

We look forward to seeing you soon.