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Small Business BC provides practical business seminars and online education to develop your business skills and strategy to run a successful business. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC has a business education seminar for you.

To see all available Education at Small Business BC from Jan - Mar 2021, download the catalogue.

For the time being, due to COVID-19, all our education is now available remotely. We are hosting a series of specialized back to business webinars to tackle the challenges faced by COVID-19. These webinars are geared at equipping businesses in our province with the skills and knowledge they need to survive the new realities of our COVID economy.

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CPA Financial Literacy Series

Thursday, February 25 10:30am to 12:00pm

CPA Financial Literacy Series

Demystify your business numbers and start making informed decisions by understanding your business financial statements. In this comprehensive series, presented by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, you’ll learn how to navigate business finances and achieve growth in a healthy and sustained manner. This package includes four free webinars in one simple registration: Sessions included: • How Financial Ratios Help You Understand Your Business – February 25, 10:30am – 12:00pm • How to Understand and Fix…

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Thursday, February 25 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
4 sessions (Feb 25, Mar 18, Mar 25 and Apr 29) 10:30am - 12:00pm PST
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Online Lead Generation for Small Business

Tuesday, March 2 10:30am to 12:00pm

Online Lead Generation for Small Business

In these challenging times, it is more important than ever for small business owners to learn cost-effective ways to increase their sales leads and reach new customers. Thankfully, Digital Marketing has levelled the playing field for small businesses online. With the right tactics, businesses of all sizes can compete effectively online, reaching customers in several different places without breaking the bank. Join Ted Lau, Ballistic Arts, and learn practical, DIY tips for generating sales leads online. You’ll learn cost-effective…

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Tuesday, March 2 10:30am to 12:00pm $49
1.5 Hours
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Panel: How Women are Driving Change in Business

Wednesday, March 3 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Panel: How Women are Driving Change in Business

Across the business world, the COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled rapid change, laying waste to tradition and the old ways of doing things. In many ways, women are at the forefront of this transformation, setting the standards in our new normal. Changing gender roles and family norms during remote working are just one aspect of this transformation. While female entrepreneurs have always worn many hats – usually more than men – the past 12 months have created so much opportunity. Join…

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Wednesday, March 3 1:00pm to 2:30pm $10
1.5 Hours
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International Women’s Day Webinar Package

Wednesday, March 3 1:00pm to 2:30pm

International Women’s Day Webinar Package

Receive 50% off this package of our panel discussion celebrating International Women’s Day and the New Art of Selling (IWD edition). Please see the following links for the full descriptions and make sure to register from this page to secure the half price deal. March 3, 2021 1:00pm – 2:30pm PST Panel: How Women Are Driving Change In Business March 10, 2021 1:00pm – 2:30pm PST The New Art of Selling

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Wednesday, March 3 1:00pm to 2:30pm $29.50
3 Hours
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How to Hold Productive Online Meetings

Friday, March 5 10:00am to 11:30am

How to Hold Productive Online Meetings

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic many of us have depended on virtual meetings to connect with our colleagues and customers. Are you maximizing the time you spend on these calls? Whether it’s online or offline, we all want our meetings to be as productive and effective as possible. To achieve this goal, it needs intentional design and know-how. Join Beth Cougler Blom and discover best practices for running effective online meetings and discover where to find inspiration for…

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Friday, March 5 10:00am to 11:30am $31.20
1.5 Hours
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Exporting for Artisans

Tuesday, March 9 9:30am to 11:00am

Exporting for Artisans

As an artisan in B.C., have you ever wondered what it would be like to export your craft to another province or country? You can respond to global enquiries by discovering how to start exporting. Learn the basics from shipping terms to regulations and grow your sales beyond B.C. in this interactive seminar.

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Tuesday, March 9 9:30am to 11:00am Free
1.5 Hours
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The New Art of Selling

Wednesday, March 10 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The New Art of Selling

2020 has been a year of change. Human interactions have rapidly shifted to socially distant, online environments and many businesses have had to pivot the new COVID economy. One of the biggest changes companies have had to adjust to is how to achieve sales in this quickly changing world. Join us for this fast-paced and interactive webinar where you’ll learn the changing approaches to selling, new customer behaviours, expectations, and technologies that consumers have adopted. In this special International Women’s…

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Wednesday, March 10 1:00pm to 2:30pm $49
1.5 hours
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Mythbusting Government Procurement

Thursday, March 11 10:30am to 12:00pm

Mythbusting Government Procurement

Each year, the Government of Canada spends $15-20 billion in procuring goods and services. While you may think they only deal with big companies, many of these contracts are awarded to small businesses across Canada. Small businesses just like yours! Interested in learning more? Let us help you decide if selling to the Government of Canada is appropriate for your business.

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Thursday, March 11 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, March 15 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Creating a Website for Your Business

Wondering how to make a website? Thanks to platforms like WordPress, Shopify and Squarespace, it’s not as difficult as you think. Our Creating a Website for Your Business seminar will guide you through the basics.

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Monday, March 15 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Tuesday, March 16 9:00am to 12:00pm

TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Thinking about incorporating? As your business matures, the realities of your legal and tax situations will change. Incorporation for Small Business will teach you how a registered corporation can help lower risk and optimize tax benefits.

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Tuesday, March 16 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Small Business Incorporation Package

Tuesday, March 16 9:00am to 4:00pm

Small Business Incorporation Package

Incorporating can unlock a range of benefits for you and your business. Our Small Business Incorporation Package is all-day tax and legal information series that instructs on how to do business as a corporation in BC.

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Tuesday, March 16 9:00am to 4:00pm $99
6 Hours
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Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Tuesday, March 16 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Incorporating can unlock a range of benefits for you and your business. Join us and learn how to become an incorporated business.

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Tuesday, March 16 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, March 17 9:00am to 12:30pm

Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Starting a business is one of the most exciting decisions a person can make in their life. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you need to get it off the ground with Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business.

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Wednesday, March 17 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, March 17 9:00am to 4:00pm

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package offers a step-by-step guide to starting your business right. This package includes two seminars presented by several industry experts.

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Wednesday, March 17 9:00am to 4:00pm $49
6 Hours
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Start Smart 2: Key Considerations of Starting a Business

Starting a business is tricky enough without adding unnecessary risks. Our Start Smart 2 seminar focuses on how entrepreneurs can protect their business, their employees and themselves during the start-up phase and beyond.

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Wednesday, March 17 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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How to Understand and Fix Your Balance Sheet

Thursday, March 18 10:30am to 12:00pm

How to Understand and Fix Your Balance Sheet

Does your business balance sheet cause anxiety? Struggling to understand what the figures mean? Whether you’re looking to expand, attract investment, or simply want greater control over your finances, the key to a financially secure business is to learn the concepts of cash management, working capital and operational efficiency. Join a representative of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and discover the key ratios used to measure a healthy balance sheet and the necessary steps needed to fix an…

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Thursday, March 18 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

Interested in doing business with the Government of Canada? Join us for this FREE half-day seminar and learn about the various aspects of doing business with the federal government.

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Thursday, March 18 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis

Are you sitting on the next big business idea? Our Business Viability 1 seminar will help you determine the start-up viability of your concept.

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Tuesday, March 23 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Viability Package

Tuesday, March 23 9:00am to 4:00pm

Business Viability Package

Are you sitting on the next big business idea? Our Business Viability seminar package will help you determine the start-up viability of your concept and how to map out those first few months financially.

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Tuesday, March 23 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
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Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast

It takes money to make money, and cash flow is arguably the most crucial part of your financial plan. Stay on top of one of business’ greatest challenges with this informative seminar.

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Tuesday, March 23 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

Market Research takes the guesswork out of making business decisions. Find out where you can find the data you need to succeed in this interactive and fun seminar.

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Wednesday, March 24 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Market Research for Your Business Package

Wednesday, March 24 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Market Research for Your Business Package

This two-seminar Market Research package will equip you with the data tools you need to find and interpret primary and secondary market research.

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Wednesday, March 24 1:00pm to 4:00pm $119
12 Hours
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The Financial Impact of Growing Your Business

Thursday, March 25 10:30am to 12:00pm

The Financial Impact of Growing Your Business

Planning for business growth in 2021? If you’re wondering about how to achieve growth and what it will mean for your finances, this webinar is perfect for you. Join a representative of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and understand how to time and plan your growth in a healthy way. You’ll learn how growth relates to profits, what you should do if you experience unanticipated growth, and the financial implications of a growing business so you can…

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Thursday, March 25 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Thursday, March 25 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Starting a business or recently started one? Find out the early stage financing options for small business by attending this practical seminar.

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Thursday, March 25 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Privacy Law: Navigating Regulations and Avoiding Breaches

Since March, many small businesses have moved to remote working, empowering employees to work from home where possible. Unfortunately, this has created an environment where data breaches and unintended privacy leaks have become all too common. Join Marilyn Sing for this informative and fast-paced webinar and learn the key points of BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). You’ll discover what businesses must do to comply with PIPA, the regulator’s role and the consequences relating to non-compliance. The session will conclude…

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Monday, March 29 10:30am to 12:00pm $39
1.5 hr
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Cybersecurity and Privacy: Protect Your Business (Package)

2021 is set to become a record-breaking year for cybercrime. With more of us conducting business from home, hackers have turned their attention to this perceived “soft target,” leaving many small businesses vulnerable to privacy leaks. Is your business prepared to handle this increased threat? Whether you’re increasing your online presence to reach more customers, or dealing with the logistics of a remote team, this package of two webinars will help you prevent cybersecurity and privacy issues before they occur.…

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Monday, March 29 10:30am to 2:30pm $59
3.5 Hours
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Cyberthreats: How to Protect Your Small Business

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many businesses have quickly increased their online presence and remote operations. Unfortunately, this has led to a rapid increase in cyberattacks. Hackers have learned many small businesses often don’t have strong cybersecurity in place, and they represent a soft target. With 2020 on track to set records for cybercrime, is your business sufficiently protected? Join cybersecurity expert, Jeremy Colwell, for this informative webinar and learn best practices in keeping your small business protected. This…

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Monday, March 29 1:00pm to 2:30pm $39
2 hr
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Get Started with Email Marketing

Tuesday, March 30 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Get Started with Email Marketing

Reach your target audience via their email inbox and unlock the secrets of email marketing with this fascinating seminar hosted by Mhairi Petrovic, Out-Smarts Marketing.

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Tuesday, March 30 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Wednesday, March 31 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Primary market research empowers you to collect important data straight from the source. Learn how your small business can leverage these numbers by attending Market Research 2, our fascinating, hands-on seminar.

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Wednesday, March 31 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Financial Management: Key Tools and Techniques

Thursday, April 29 10:30am to 12:00pm

Financial Management: Key Tools and Techniques

Looking to build your understanding of financial management? Join us for this fascinating webinar that will equip you with the tools and techniques you need to understand your business numbers. Presented by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, this session covers budget creation and monitoring, cashflow management, product/division/customer analysis, planning/forecasting and trend analysis. You’ll leave equipped to evaluate your business and make data-driven financial decisions.

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Thursday, April 29 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Operations Management for Small Business

February 23 at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Marketing for Small Business

February 23 at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Business Networking Skills for Success

February 24 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

February 24 at 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
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How Financial Ratios Help You Understand Your Business

February 25 at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Early Stage Financing for Small Business

February 25 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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