What’s New This September at Small Business BC

Summer is winding down, which means that it’s back to school season for students, small business owners and entrepreneurs alike. Get into the business mindset by taking advantage of our free, new and favourite seminars and webinars this September. With over 30 opportunities to choose from, there’s no doubt that you’ll find the right resources and tools to start, grow or exit your small business today.

Check out Small Business BC’s fall catalogue here.


Early Stage Financing and Resources for Entrepreneurs

Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Proper financing and the right resources are critical for any entrepreneur in their start-up phase. Discover the steps to accessing early stage financing from experts from Vancity Microfinance and Futurpreneur Canada so you can find the support you need fast.

Human Rights Essentials for Employers

Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Whether you’re hiring your first employee or if you have a great team, it’s crucial to understand how human rights regulations can affect your business. Avoid legal pitfalls that could hurt your bottom line by arming yourself with these human resources essentials.


Pitch Perfect: Craft Your Pitch to Success

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

You have a great business and product or service, but how do you get noticed? Pitches are essential to gain the attention from prospective lenders, investors and partners. Improve your elevator pitch, plan your slide deck and ready yourself for networking events in this engaging seminar.

Convenience as Your Unique Selling Proposition: Why and How

Monday, September 26, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

It can be challenging to find a business model that sets you apart from the competition. Carve out a niche for your small business by focusing on convenience. Join a panel discussion with experienced business owners to learn how to meet the needs of today’s modern customers.

Road to Food Truck Success: From Licenses to Lessons Learned

Monday, September 26, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

The food truck scene in BC is exciting, but the recipe to success isn’t always straightforward. Gain insider insight into how to start, where to obtain a license and operation tips that work from experienced food truck owners and a municipal government representative so you can start off right.


Focused Business Planning

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 to Tuesday, October 4, 2016

This seminar package will take you through more than 23 hours of practical knowledge that will take you from business plan to target market. Evaluate your business’ financial viability, define your audience and strategize your operations, marketing and sales plans this fall.

Making Business Partnerships Work

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Are you considering going into business with your family, partner or friend? Assess your professional compatibility and share strategies on how to work together through communication, boundary-setting and work-life balance to build a foundation for a healthy business.

Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

Friday, September 23, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Protect your hard work and unique ideas with this walk through trademarks, copyright, patents and more. Safeguard your business with an overview of intellectual property types and how to avoid common pitfalls from an intellectual property rights lawyer.


Earn More Business: Learn to Create Proposals

Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Locate potential opportunities, refine your submissions, avoid common mistakes and prepare an outstanding proposal that will get you business in this fun, interactive seminar. Leave with a toolkit of handouts and tips, tricks and prizes so you can craft a strategy that works for you.

The Art of Letting an Employee Go

Friday, September 9, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Terminating an employee is one of the most difficult parts of being a business owner, but being informed, prepared and proactive can stop potential disruption and costly mistakes. Get the answers you need for your small business, practical tips and case studies from two experienced employment law specialists.

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.

Don’t see something you like here? There are more than 20 seminars and webinars to choose from this month. See our full September catalog here, and remember that space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!


SBBC Meetup Group – September

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Don’t miss our Waterfront Chats Meetup on September 13, 2016 to hear from local leading entrepreneurs, connect with other small business owners and pitch your business. This month’s theme is Social Impact, and will feature the Founders of Reefood and Lunapads.

7th Annual INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship

Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Kick off the 10th anniversary of Small Business Month in BC with the INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship presented by Small Business BC and TD Bank Group on September 29, 2016. This event features free drinks, canapés, networking, interactive panel sessions and keynotes from industry leaders. Don’t miss out on your chance to get one of the first 100 tickets on sale for $39 – they won’t last long, so buy yours today.