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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 January - March 2020, download the catalogue.

January is Accessibility Month at Small Business BC featuring over 20 seminars, all with in-person ASL interpretation. A variety of topics will be covered, from business planning and financial management to market research and selling to the Government! All seminars are available at Small Business BC in Vancouver, or by webinar province-wide, in partnership with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and Community Futures BC and the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program. The Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program can provide financial assistance for individuals who self identify with a disability or ongoing health condition. This assistance is for the cost of the seminar fees only.

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Blogging to Promote Your Business

Monday, January 27 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, January 27 1:00pm to 4:00pm $49
3 Hours
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TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Tuesday, January 28 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, January 28 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Small Business Incorporation Package

Tuesday, January 28 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, January 28 9:00am to 4:00pm $99
6 Hours
Register

Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Tuesday, January 28 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, January 28 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Creating Your Business Pitch

Wednesday, January 29 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Creating Your Business Pitch

A great business pitch is crucial for selling your brand. It needs to convince investors, customers or partners about the validity of your business. Join us for this informative seminar and craft your start-up pitch to success.

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Wednesday, January 29 1:00pm to 3:00pm $39
2 Hours
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Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Thursday, January 30 10:30am to 1:30pm

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, January 30 10:30am to 1:30pm $69
3 Hours
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Market Research for Your Business Package

Thursday, January 30 10:30am to 1:30pm

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, January 30 10:30am to 1:30pm $119
12 Hours
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Financial Planning for Your Small Business

Monday, February 10 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, February 10 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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TaxSense for Small Business

Tuesday, February 11 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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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Tuesday, February 11 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Marketing for Small Business

Wednesday, February 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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Wednesday, February 12 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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IDEaS: Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security

Thursday, February 13 10:30am to 12:00pm

IDEaS: Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security

One year ago, the IDEaS program launched, under Canada’s Defence Policy, and began looking for defence and security solutions in all areas. IDEaS is open to everyone and is in search of the best and brightest ideas Canadians have to offer. This is your opportunity to showcase your innovative ideas!

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Thursday, February 13 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 hours
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Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

Thursday, February 13 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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, February 13 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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How to Start Importing into Canada

Friday, February 14 10:00am to 12:00pm

How to Start Importing into Canada

Is your business ready to start importing? Are you an entrepreneur considering importing products into Canada? This informative seminar will teach you technical aspects of the import business to get started.

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Friday, February 14 10:00am to 12:00pm $59
2 Hours
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Rock Your Side Hustle and Keep Your Day Job

Tuesday, February 18 10:00am to 12:00pm

Rock Your Side Hustle and Keep Your Day Job

Thinking of starting your own side hustle? It’s an exciting decision but it isn’t easy; especially if it’s your first time! And, while you might have an amazing idea, you don’t feel quite ready to quit your day job and go all in. Don’t worry, you’re not alone in feeling this way! Many entrepreneurs run side businesses while keeping their full-time jobs and there are proven ways to do so. In this seminar, you’ll discover what you need to know…

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Tuesday, February 18 10:00am to 12:00pm $49
2 Hours
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Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

Tuesday, February 18 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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Tuesday, February 18 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, February 19 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, February 19 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, February 19 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, February 19 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, February 19 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 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, February 20 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Export Ready: Understanding Global Money

Monday, February 24 9:30am to 11:00am

Export Ready: Understanding Global Money

Looking to sell your goods outside of British Columbia? Exporting can increase your profits, deliver access to more consumers and diversify market opportunities. To make the most of it, building an understanding of global finance is key. You’ll need to account for currency fluctuations, accounts receivable insurance, and learn how to receive and send foreign funds. Join us for this FREE seminar and discover the basics of global finance. You’ll discover the impact of exporting on business cash flow, expenses…

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Monday, February 24 9:30am to 11:00am Free
1.5 Hours
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Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, February 24 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, February 24 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis

Tuesday, February 25 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, February 25 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Viability Package

Tuesday, February 25 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, February 25 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
Register

Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast

Tuesday, February 25 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, February 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Operations Management for Small Business

Wednesday, February 26 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, February 26 9:00am to 12:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Ergonomics for Workplace Safety, Quality and Productivity

Workplaces that focus on improving ergonomics enjoy reduced absence, increased morale and improved productivity. Join us for this FREE seminar and learn about musculoskeletal injury prevention in the workplace.

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Wednesday, February 26 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Importing Regulations in Canada

Friday, February 28 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, February 28 9:00am to 12:45pm $49
3.75 Hours
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Business Networking Skills for Success

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

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, March 3 9:00am to 12:00pm $39
2 Hours
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Sales Strategies for Small Business

Tuesday, March 3 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, March 3 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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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, March 4 1:00pm to 3:30pm $59
2 Hours
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How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Thursday, March 5 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, March 5 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
Register

Blogging to Promote Your Business

Monday, March 9 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, March 9 1:00pm to 4:00pm $49
3 Hours
Register

Creating Google Ads for Your Business

Tuesday, March 10 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, March 10 9:00am to 12:00pm $49
3 Hours
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Social Media for Small Business

Tuesday, March 10 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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Tuesday, March 10 1:00pm to 4:30pm $39
3.5 Hours
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Marketing for Small Business

Wednesday, March 11 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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Wednesday, March 11 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
Register

IDEaS: Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security

One year ago, the IDEaS program launched, under Canada’s Defence Policy, and began looking for defence and security solutions in all areas. IDEaS is open to everyone and is in search of the best and brightest ideas Canadians have to offer. This is your opportunity to showcase your innovative ideas!

More Info
Thursday, March 12 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 hours
Register

TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Tuesday, March 17 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.

More Info
Tuesday, March 17 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
Register

Small Business Incorporation Package

Tuesday, March 17 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.

More Info
Tuesday, March 17 9:00am to 4:00pm $99
6 Hours
Register

Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Tuesday, March 17 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.

More Info
Tuesday, March 17 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
Register

Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, March 18 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 18 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours
Register

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, March 18 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 18 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 18 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
Register

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.

More Info
Thursday, March 19 10:30am to 4:30pm $69
6 Hours
Register

Market Research for Your Business Package

Thursday, March 19 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, March 19 10:30am to 4:30pm $119
12 Hours
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How to Create an Authentic Brand

Wednesday, March 25 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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Wednesday, March 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm $49
3 Hours
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Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Thursday, March 26 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.

More Info
Thursday, March 26 10:30am to 4:30pm $69
1.5 Hours
Register

Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, March 30 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.

More Info
Monday, March 30 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
Register

Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis

Tuesday, March 31 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.

More Info
Tuesday, March 31 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
Register

Business Viability Package

Tuesday, March 31 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.

More Info
Tuesday, March 31 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
Register

Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast

Tuesday, March 31 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.

More Info
Tuesday, March 31 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
Register

Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, April 15 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, April 15 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, April 15 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, April 15 9:00am to 4:00pm $49
6 Hours
Register

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.

More Info
Wednesday, April 15 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
Register

Operations Management for Small Business

Friday, April 24 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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Friday, April 24 9:00am to 12:00pm $39
3 Hours
Register

Writing a Business Plan

Monday, May 4 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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Monday, May 4 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, May 20 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, May 20 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, May 20 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.

More Info
Wednesday, May 20 9:00am to 4:00pm $49
6 Hours
Register

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, May 20 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

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

Wednesday, June 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.

More Info
Wednesday, June 17 9:00am to 4:00pm $49
6 Hours
Register

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, June 17 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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