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Build. Grow. Thrive.

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Build. Grow. Thrive.

Small Business BC and our partners Prospera Credit Union are excited to announce the return of Build. Grow. Thrive., a day of free education and networking on Thursday, October 5th at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre.

Join our small business community, network with fellow business owners, and learn critical skills to help your business flourish in a changing economy.

Across a packed day of education, hear our speakers cover topics like financing your business, business planning, marketing, and more. We’ll also host a panel discussion featuring local entrepreneurs and a trade show with small business service providers who can help your business grow. Live ASL interpretation will be provided on the day from IDHCC.

Demand is expected to be high for this free event, and we recommend registering in advance to secure your place. Registration is easy, with a few clicks securing your place.

Please Note: Lunch will not be provided on the day, but we will break at lunchtime so attendees can explore the many food options a short walk from the venue.

Free Day of Education

In-Person Networking

Live ASL Interpretation

Build. Grow. Thrive. 2023 Agenda

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

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re organically growing your business. The partnerships and relationships you forge will make all the difference to your success. Presented by Prospera Credit Union, this session will cover the business partners you need to have, what they’ll give you, and how to get them.

Take the guesswork out of your business planning. Join SBBC’s market research expert, Mark Eversfield, and learn about key trends and new developments in the business world. Mark will share his insights on keeping track of trends, and using them to inform your business decisions.

Succeeding in business requires hard work over the long term. Avoiding burnout and taking care of your mental health should be top of mind for every entrepreneur. Join us for this important panel discussion and learn essential tips and advice for managing your mental health.

Moderated by Almira Bardai, Brand Strategist and Communication Expert



  • Laura Van De Veer, She Summits Forum
  • Danielle Leroux, She Summits Forum
  • Lindsay Dent, Pink Crown Creative
  • Elspeth Robertson, Registered Clinical Counsellor, and Professional Art Therapist

There’s an old adage about business success – work on your business and not just in it. But how often do you think about strategy? In this session, Dylan Young, Business Advisor, Small Business BC invites you to make time for your business strategy and learn what it means to make winning choices. 

You’ll discover what strategy is and isn’t, while discussing real examples from businesses big and small.  We’ll share practical tools and mindsets to help develop your small business strategy.

Whether you are just starting up or taking the next steps for your business, learn the importance of making time for strategy and how to activate it with your teams. 

Did you know that your small business may be eligible for one of several grant programs? A common misunderstanding is that you have to be high-tech or investing in research & development to qualify, but in fact there are grants for ALL different businesses across various industries. Interested in learning more? Hear from Stephanie Sang, CEO and Grant Angel of Granted Consulting, as she explains the various grants available to small businesses in British Columbia, and how you can leverage them to help your business grow. Along the way, Stephanie will share insights on how to prepare your business to apply for grant programs, and how to maximize your chances of a successful application.

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.