What’s Happening This March at Small Business BC

Spring is in the air, which means that it’s a great time to take one of over 30 featured, free or favourite Small Business BC education seminars this March.

This month also means the return of warm weather farmers markets, pop-up stores and craft markets. To celebrate, we’re refreshing the Get Ready for Farmers, Pop-up and Craft Markets seminar with an all-new set of panelists as part of our popular community market-based seminar series. And don’t miss our Buying a Business seminar, now available in Mandarin. Plus, get the chance to win a tablet computer at the free Mobile Marketing: Reaching Customers on the Go seminar.

Whether you’re starting, growing or exiting your small business, make sure you’re taking advantage of some of best business resources that BC has to offer by registering for Small Business BC seminars today.


Get Ready for Farmers, Pop-up and Craft Markets

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Farmers markets, pop-up stores and craft markets have never been more popular, so it’s crucial to stay ahead of the competition. Get insight and expert information from experienced business owners in this seminar suitable for new and returning community market-based seminar attendees.

Buying a Business (Mandarin Version)

Thursday, March 3, 2016 – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

This essential seminar on assessing and buying a business in BC is now available for Mandarin speakers. Please note that the information will be delivered in Mandarin, and that an English version of the seminar is also offered several times a year.


Mobile Marketing: Reaching Customers on the Go

Friday, March 11, 2016 – 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Mobile is changing the marketing landscape, and if you’re not using it for your business, you’re missing out. Ensure you have the competitive advantage by learning about mobile marketing, advertising opportunities and how to avoid common mistakes while getting the chance to win a free tablet computer.

Doing Business with the Government of Canada – 3 Day Series

Monday, March 21, 2016 to Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sign up for this free seminar series to make sure you know the basics, bidding and procurement processes and the ways to find opportunities to start, grow and profit by doing business with the federal government.

Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Is there bullying and harassment in your workplace? Learn more about these subtle hazards and get the tools to prevent these harmful occurrences so you can protect the health and safety of your employees, while stopping hidden costs from hurting your business.


Understanding Regulations for Importing

Monday, March 7, 2016 – 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

For importers, understanding regulations, standards and licenses that apply to you and your products is necessary to operate your business. Hear from a panel of experts and government agencies before you launch your start-up to make sure your business meets industry and the legal requirements.

Negotiating Contracts: Get the Right Deal

Thursday, March 10, 2016 – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Navigating contracts is part of starting and growing any small business, from working with clients to your suppliers. This seminar will give you inside strategies on how to negotiate a favourable contract and the legal terms you need to get the right deal.

Market Research for Your Business

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 to Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Understanding your current and potential customer base, industry trends and competition is invaluable to starting or growing a business, but market research can be tough. Learn from Small Business BC’s Market Research Expert to break down the process and data that will help you create a strategy for success.

Start Smart Series

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Get this don’t-miss step-by-step guide to launching your small business with the help of five industry experts during two seminars. This series will give you access to the most important resources, information and tips that will help you start off smart.


Network and Communicate with Confidence Package

Monday, March 14, 2016 – 9:30am – 4:00pm

Networking and communication are the key to thriving as a small business owner. Learn how to confidently connect with others and exchange ideas with your clients, customers, partners and peers in this two-part package that offers 24 per cent off in savings.

How to Motivate Your Employees for Success

Thursday, March 17, 2016 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Maximizing the knowledge, skills and energy of your team is the most effective way to get ahead. Fine-tune your leadership style in this interactive, information-filled workshop that will help you hone in on the ideal ways to leverage your employees’ potential.

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.

Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!