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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.

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Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Wednesday, October 16 9:30am to 3:30pm

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, October 16 9:30am to 3:30pm $69
6 Hours
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Writing a Business Plan

Friday, October 18 9:00am to 12:00pm

Writing a Business Plan

Writing a business plan massively increases your chances of start-up success. In this seminar, Laura Aveledo teaches you how to write a cohesive and compelling business plan.

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Friday, October 18 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Financial Planning for Your Small Business

Monday, October 21 9:00am to 12:00pm

Financial Planning for Your Small Business

A carefully planned business is a resilient business. Plot the first year of your financials with our Financial Planning for Small Business seminar to save time and money.

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Monday, October 21 9:00am to 12:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Blogging to Promote Your Business

Monday, October 21 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Blogging to Promote Your Business

Blogging offers a cheap and effective way to drive traffic to your website. Join us for this interactive seminar and learn the secrets behind successful blogging.

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Monday, October 21 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Government Funding for International Growth

Tuesday, October 22 9:30am to 11:30am

Government Funding for International Growth

Looking to grow your reach outside of Canada? Discover the federal and provincial funding options available in this free seminar. Presented by Export Navigator.

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Tuesday, October 22 9:30am to 11:30am Free
2 Hours
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Business Networking Skills for Success (In Person Only)

In-person networking remains the single most effective way to put your business on the map. Attend Business Networking Skills for Success and learn how to make a big impression during your in-person meetings.

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Tuesday, October 22 12:00pm to 2:00pm Free
2 Hours
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Negotiating Contracts: Get the Right Deal

Tuesday, October 22 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Negotiating Contracts: Get the Right Deal

When negotiating contracts, small details can make a big difference. Arrive prepared and learn about key strategic contract negotiation methods and contractual terms you will encounter.

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Tuesday, October 22 2:30pm to 4:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, October 23 9:00am to 12:00pm

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, October 23 9:00am to 12:00pm Free
3 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, October 23 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

Thursday, October 24 10:00am to 12:00pm

Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

Business Mapping offers a more accessible alternative to the traditional business plan process that will leave you with a strategic plan to direct your business. This introductory seminar will empower you to create a fleshed-out business map.

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Thursday, October 24 10:00am to 12:00pm Free
2 Hours
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Social Media for Small Business

Thursday, October 24 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Social Media for Small Business

Want to increase your business’ social media presence but don’t know where to start? Join Mhairi Petrovic, Out-Smarts Marketing as she teaches you how to use social media for small business.

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Thursday, October 24 1:00pm to 4:30pm Free
3.5 Hours
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TaxSense for Small Business

Friday, October 25 9:00am to 12:00pm

TaxSense for Small Business

The business structure you choose will have important small business tax considerations. In this seminar, you’ll learn the tax benefits of each business structure.

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Friday, October 25 9:00am to 12:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Marketing for Small Business

Friday, October 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Marketing for Small Business

Marketing builds awareness, increases sales and engages your customers. Our fast-paced and interactive Marketing for Small Business seminar teaches you the essential marketing concepts.

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Friday, October 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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How to Create an Authentic Brand

Tuesday, October 29 1:00pm to 4:00pm

How to Create an Authentic Brand

Branding strategy consists of more than just choosing a logo. Join us for our How to Create an Authentic Brand seminar and learn how to create a brand that resonates with your audience.

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Tuesday, October 29 1:00pm to 4:00pm $49
3 Hours
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Business Finance 1: Understanding Financials

Tuesday, November 5 9:00am to 12:00pm

Business Finance 1: Understanding Financials

Reading a financial statement can sometimes feel like reading a foreign language. This seminar cuts through the jargon, teaching you how to decipher financials like balance sheets, income statements and much more.

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Tuesday, November 5 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Finance Package

Tuesday, November 5 9:00am to 4:00pm

Business Finance Package

Having difficulty understanding vital financial statements? Once you understand your financials you can use them to unlock the potential of your small business. Join us for our Business Finance seminar Package and learn how to analyse your financial statements.

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Tuesday, November 5 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
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Business Finance 2: Financial Analysis

Tuesday, November 5 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Business Finance 2: Financial Analysis

Once you understand your financial statements, you can use them to unlock the potential of your small business through financial analysis. Join us for this informative seminar and learn how to analyse your financial statements

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Tuesday, November 5 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Planning Series Package

Wednesday, November 6 9:00am to 4:00pm

Business Planning Series Package

Want to turn your business idea into a successful venture? Our nine-seminar Business Planning Series equips you with the skills to evaluate the start-up viability of your big idea.

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Wednesday, November 6 9:00am to 4:00pm $419
30+ Hours
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Buying a Business: Essential Steps

Wednesday, November 6 10:30am to 12:00pm

Buying a Business: Essential Steps

Buying a business gives you control of a known entity with a proven track record and an installed customer base. This seminar will take you through each step of the process, from identifying the right business, to the techniques needed to close the deal.

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Wednesday, November 6 10:30am to 12:00pm $39
1.5 Hours
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Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

Wednesday, November 6 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model

Business Mapping offers a more accessible alternative to the traditional business plan process that will leave you with a strategic plan to direct your business. This introductory seminar will empower you to create a fleshed-out business map.

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Wednesday, November 6 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Thursday, November 7 10:30am to 12:00pm

How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Interested in how to do business with the Government of Canada? Join us for this FREE seminar and learn how to get started.

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Thursday, November 7 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

Thursday, November 7 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

Trademarks, copyright and patents are the main way entrepreneurs can protect their intellectual property. Join us for this informative seminar and learn how to protect your business.

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Thursday, November 7 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Goal Setting Workshop
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Make it Happen: A Business Goal Setting Workshop

Thursday, November 7 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Make it Happen: A Business Goal Setting Workshop

Unsure of how to achieve your business goals? Entrepreneurs, caught up in the day-to-day running of their business, can lack the time to set business goals. Our Business Goal Setting Workshop will help participants to dedicate time to set goals, provide tools to develop targeted goals and define the actions needed to achieve business goals. Setting Goals Goal setting offers a proven pathway to achieve business success. Utilizing the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely), and other goal setting principles, entrepreneurs can set goals and…

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Thursday, November 7 4:30pm to 7:00pm $299
Four Weekly Sessions (Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28) from 4:30 - 7:00pm
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Writing a Business Plan

Tuesday, November 12 9:00am to 12:00pm

Writing a Business Plan

Writing a business plan massively increases your chances of start-up success. In this seminar, Laura Aveledo teaches you how to write a cohesive and compelling business plan.

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Tuesday, November 12 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Marketing for Small Business

Tuesday, November 12 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Marketing for Small Business

Marketing builds awareness, increases sales and engages your customers. Our fast-paced and interactive Marketing for Small Business seminar teaches you the essential marketing concepts.

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Tuesday, November 12 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, November 13 9:00am to 12:00pm

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, November 13 9:00am to 12:00pm $29
3 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, November 13 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, November 13 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, November 13 1:00pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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Finding and Bidding on Opportunities with the Government of Canada

Interested in finding out about the Government of Canada’s tendering process? This FREE seminar will equip you with the knowledge you need to bid on government contracts.

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Thursday, November 14 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Get Started with Email Marketing

Thursday, November 14 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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Thursday, November 14 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Financial Planning for Your Small Business

Monday, November 18 9:00am to 12:00pm

Financial Planning for Your Small Business

A carefully planned business is a resilient business. Plot the first year of your financials with our Financial Planning for Small Business seminar to save time and money.

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Monday, November 18 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis

Tuesday, November 19 9:00am to 12:00pm

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, November 19 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Viability Package

Tuesday, November 19 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, November 19 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
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Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast

Tuesday, November 19 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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, November 19 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Selling a Business: Essential Steps

Wednesday, November 20 10:30am to 12:00pm

Selling a Business: Essential Steps

Selling a business is one of the toughest decisions an entrepreneur can make. This seminar will introduce the essentials of selling a business including business valuation, the selling process and key steps to optimize the marketability and price of your business.

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Wednesday, November 20 10:30am to 12:00pm $49
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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Wednesday, November 20 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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Wednesday, November 20 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

Thursday, November 21 10:30am to 4:30pm

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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Thursday, November 21 10:30am to 4:30pm $69
6 Hours
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Market Research for Your Business Package

Thursday, November 21 10:30am to 4:30pm

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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Thursday, November 21 10:30am to 4:30pm $119
12 Hours
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Importing Regulations in Canada

Friday, November 22 9:00am to 12:45pm

Importing Regulations in Canada

Importing is proven to be one of the best ways to reduce costs and increase profits. Not sure where to begin? Get started on importing commercial goods into Canada with this interactive seminar.

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Friday, November 22 9:00am to 12:45pm $49
3.75 Hours
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Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, November 25 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, November 25 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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Business Networking Skills for Success

Tuesday, November 26 9:30am to 11:30am

Business Networking Skills for Success

In-person networking remains the single most effective way to put your business on the map. Attend Business Networking Skills for Success and learn how to make a big impression during your in-person meetings.

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Tuesday, November 26 9:30am to 11:30am $39
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Sales Strategies for Small Business

Tuesday, November 26 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sales Strategies for Small Business

No matter what your product or service is, if you’re in business, you’re in sales! Join Cathy Kuzel and learn sales strategies for small business in this fascinating seminar.

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Tuesday, November 26 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Operations Management for Small Business

Wednesday, November 27 9:00am to 12:00pm

Operations Management for Small Business

Running a business will always be a challenge but having a solid foundation in place can lessen the load. Our Operations Management for Small Business Seminar will teach you how to merge all the essential elements of operating a small business.

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Wednesday, November 27 9:00am to 12:00pm $39
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Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Thursday, November 28 10:30am to 4:30pm

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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Thursday, November 28 10:30am to 4:30pm $69
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Starting a Consulting Business

Friday, November 29 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Starting a Consulting Business

Do you possess a special skill, ability or talent you feel can help others and earn an income? Our Starting a Consulting Business seminar will show you how to turn your skills into a potentially lucrative career in the consulting and contracting field.

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Friday, November 29 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Creating Google Ads for Your Business

Tuesday, December 3 9:00am to 12:00pm

Creating Google Ads for Your Business

Google Ads are one of the most effective ways to drive traffic to your site. Our Creating Google Ads for Your Business seminar will teach you how to harness this powerful platform to generate conversions.

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Tuesday, December 3 9:00am to 12:00pm $49
3 Hours
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Optimize Your Landing Pages

Tuesday, December 3 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Optimize Your Landing Pages

Landing pages are often the first page a customer will interact with on your website. Attend our Optimize Your Landing Pages seminar and arm yourself with the tools you need to master this digital sales funnel.

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Tuesday, December 3 1:00pm to 4:00pm $49
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Supplying Professional Services to the Government of Canada

Are you interested in providing professional services to the Government of Canada? Join us for this seminar and find out how.

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Thursday, December 5 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Tuesday, December 10 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, December 10 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
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Small Business Incorporation Package

Tuesday, December 10 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, December 10 9:00am to 4:00pm $99
6 Hours
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Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Tuesday, December 10 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, December 10 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, December 11 9:00am to 12:00pm

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, December 11 9:00am to 12:00pm $29
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, December 11 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, December 11 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, December 11 1:00pm to 4:00pm $29
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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, December 12 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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