What’s Happening This June at Small Business BC

This June sees the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 hosted right here in Canada, with many of the games scheduled in Vancouver.

It’s a time for positive energy and team spirit. A time to be inspired and help your own team grow and succeed. This month’s Small Business BC education themes focus on Business Operations, International Trade and Marketing/Sales.

The Benefits 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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Incorporation: Legal and Tax Tips Package

Choosing the right business structure can have many tax, liability and succession implications for your business. If you chose the ease of sole proprietorship when first starting your business, but would now like to find out more about the advantages and disadvantages this is the package for you. Hear from Jason Harris, of Simply Legal Law Corporation and Gabrielle Loren, of Loren Nancke and Company, about how to identify the right financial point to incorporate your business and the process for setting up that corporation.

This package will save you more than 15% on individual seminar registration.

Date: June 8, 2015, all day

Business Finance Package: Understanding Financial Statements and Analysis

Financial statements can often seem like another language, but understanding them is necessary to the success of your business. Whether you’re already in operation and want to understand your business more, or if you’re just starting out and want to put the right systems in place now, this two seminar package offers you the opportunity to analyze the effectiveness of your business strategies and root causes of any business problems. Learn how to calculate ratios, interpret historic benchmarks and apply that knowledge to your future business plans.

This package will save you more than 15% on individual seminar registration.

Date: June 16, 2015, all day

Intellectual Property: Protecting Your Business

So you’re developing the next big idea. But have you thought about preventing others from copying your work? Learn about the different types of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyright and design protection from a trusted intellectual property lawyer, and find out what’s right for your business.

Date: June 22, 2015, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Are you Thinking of Importing?

Finding the ‘next big thing’ abroad and bringing it to an established market is a lucrative business. But where do you begin? Learn from our in-house expert Allison Boulton about the technical aspects of importing commercial goods, how to work with customs brokers and freight forwarders, understanding shipping terms and contracts and the government agencies that regulate imports.

Date: June 10, 2015, 9.00am – 11.30am

Retail Distribution: Move Your Product Line to the Retail Market

Are you developing a product for retail, but not sure how to get it on the shelves? Join Gerry Spitzner, a 40-year retail veteran, and discover how to structure calls with retails to achieve the best results. Learn the challenges retailers’ face, what triggers them to buy products for their store, and what they will expect from you logistically, as part of their supply chain.

Date: June 15, 2015, 9.00am – 12.00pm

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Networking for Success: Making Valuable Connections

Looking for more customers, an investor for your business or a new supplier? Your network of friends, business associates and contacts is where you’ll find them. Let Cathy Kuzel, professional business mentor and business coach, teach you the skills to navigate an event and make the connections you need to grow your business.

Date: June 1, 2015, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Doing Business with the Government of Canada

Every year the Government of Canada spends billions on procuring products and services. Why not be part of it? Find out how to get started, submit a bid and navigate the federal government contracting process, including tips on the Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Date: June 5 – 19, 2015

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: June 10, 2015, 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Succession Planning for Business

You’re probably giving your life to building your business. You’re making sacrifices and throwing your all into making it work. But, what happens when it becomes time for you to retire or if something was to happen to you? Let Paul Savage from Pacific Business Brokers explain the benefits of succession planning, your succession options and ways to optimize the value of your business.

Date: June 11, 2015, 10.30am – 12.00pm

Communicate with Confidence: Your Key to Improving Sales and Trust

Being the face of your company is often an unexpected exciting and frightening experience. Learn how to manage your nerves, communicate with confidence, deliver persuasive presentations, and connect with your audience to gain their trust.

Date: June 25 2015, 1.00pm – 4.00pm

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 plus tax; 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.