September’s here and that means one thing, time to go back to school. And we don’t just mean for the kids.
Small Business BC has just over 30 seminars running this September so make time for your education and learn from our instructors, who use their practical experience to teach with a pragmatic approach.
Whether you’re starting up, growing your business, or developing strategies importing/exporting or marketing and branding, we’ve got a seminar for that:
Are You Thinking of Importing?
Importing goods can present a great opportunity for your business, but the industry language, rules and regulations can often be overwhelming for first-timers. Our International Trade Advisor and a lcustoms broker from Livingston International give a great 101 of importing, so you can learn the technical aspects and avoid costly mistakes. There will be interactive Q&A at the end of the seminar, so don’t forget to bring your pressing questions.
Date: September 1, 2015, 9.00 am – 11.30 am
Register at: sbbc.co/SeptImporting
Business Finance 1: Understanding Financial Statements
Your financial statements can often feel like they’re written in another language. Learn how to decipher your balance sheets, interpret your income statements and understand how to make your earnings work for your business.
Date: September 8, 2015, 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Register at: sbbc.co/SeptFinancialStatements
Branding – More Than Just a Logo
Your brand is your promise to your customer. It is what builds trust and increases loyalty – the two cornerstones for a long-term relationship. So build your brand the right way and learn, how to perform a brand analysis on your business, discover your true brand identity, and how to manage that identity in the future.
Date: September 11, 2015, 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Register at: sbbc.co/SeptBranding
My First Year in Business – A Financial Overview
Establishing your financial records and bookkeeping system should be one of your first orders business. After all, you need to have a bank account for customers to pay you, an invoice system for their receipt, and a filing system to make sure that you get paid.
Date: September 15, 2015, 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Register at: sbbc.co/Sept1stYearBusiness
Intellectual Property: Protecting Your Business
Your business is your baby. You invest time, energy and countless hours into it. But what happens if someone copies it? Find out from about the different types of intellectual property and how to protect your business.
Date: September 17, 2015, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Register at: sbbc.co/SeptIntellectualProperty
TaxSense for Your Business
Did you know that different business structures can offer you different tax benefits? Discover the differences between a sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation including taxable income, allowable deductions, payroll for employees and your tax requirements.
Date: September 18, 2015, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Register at: http://sbbc.co/SeptTaxSense
Early Stage Financing and Resources for Entrepreneurs
Finding financing for your business can often feel like an uphill battle. Join Small Business BC, Vancity and Futurpreneur to find out the different financing options available, the requirements they have, and most importantly, how to get a ‘yes’ from a lender.
Date: September 29, 2015, 9.00 am – 11.45 am
Register at: sbbc.co/SeptEarlyFinancing
Retail Success: How to Get Your Product Into Stores
So, you’ve developed your product, everyone loves it, but how do you get it into stores? Learn about the key terminology and technology retailers use to evaluate products, and how to use this knowledge to plan your sales strategy.
Date: September 9, 2015, 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Register at: sbbc.co/SeptRetailSuccess
Marketing in a Digital World for Small Business
By now, you know that your business should be online. But, do you know how to market it once it’s on there? Attend this seminar and find out the keys to success for SEO and SEM, the importance of mobile optimization, the importance of content and five sure-fire ways to achieve social media success.
Date: September 10, 2015, 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm
Register at: sbbc.co/SeptMobileMarketing
Marketing Essentials for Small Business
This interactive seminar is designed to get your ideas flowing and leave with the essential components for your marketing plan. Learn how to craft your message and select the right and most cost effective marketing tools for your business.
Date: September 24, 2015, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Register at: sbbc.co/SeptMarketingEssentials
Save Money with the Focused Business Planning Package
And 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.
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.