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Build. Grow. Thrive.

Build. Grow. Thrive.

Join us on April 17th for Build. Grow. Thrive. Kelowna.

Small Business BC is visiting beautiful Kelowna this April for Build. Grow. Thrive., a day of free education, networking, and inspiration.

Join us at Kelowna Museum’s Laurel Packinghouse on Wednesday, April 17th and hear from expert speakers on a diverse range of topics designed to help you start, grow, and sustain your business in a rapidly changing economy.

Delivered in partnership with BCAA Small Business Insurance, this one-off event will feature a trade show with small business service providers, and a panel discussion featuring Okanagan-based entrepreneurs sharing their stories.

As this is a free event, demand is expected to be high. We recommend registering early to secure your place. Registration couldn’t be easier; all it takes is a few clicks.

Please Note: Lunch will not be provided on the day, but we will take a lunchtime break. Attendees are invited to explore the many food options located a short walk from the venue.

Free Day of Education

In-Person Networking

Live ASL Interpretation

Build. Grow. Thrive. Kelowna Agenda

Arrive early, settle in and network in-person with fellow attendees.

Presented by Small Business BC and BCAA Small Business Insurance.

Presented by BCAA Small Business Insurance.

Growing a business and finding new customers can be a daunting task. It can be difficult to foster growth when a business is limited to only its local market. Businesses that look outside of their local borders are the ones that can set themselves up for both increased survivability and opportunities to thrive.

Join us as two Export Advisors walk you through important resources for growing your business outside its local constraints. We will talk about the history and benefits of the Export Navigator program, touch on who exporters are and why they should export, and outline some of the other key support organizations in the export ecosystem.

Presented by Amber Piche and Raeanne Anderson, Regional Advisors at Export Navigator.

Entrepreneurs are known for their can-do attitude. They’re the boss and they’re willing to put the hours in to make their business work. Over time, this day-to-day grind can take a toll on mental health.

To succeed in business it’s critical to avoid burning out. Taking care of your mental health should be top of mind. Join us for this important discussion and hear from a panel of experts on how to manage your mental health as an entrepreneur.

Presented by Ada Slivinski, Vice President Talk Shop Media


Business planning is a critical tool for developing your business. Whether you’re just starting out on your entrepreneurial journey or you’ve already been operating for years, having a clear business plan will help you map a successful future for your small business.

In this talk, a representative from SBBC will walk you through:

  • How to get started with your business plan.
  • What makes a successful business plan.
  • Tools you can use to write your plan.

You’ll leave this talk with clarity and confidence to write your next business plan.

We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.