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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.

Due to the rapidly evolving public health situation surrounding COVID-19, Small Business BC has reached the difficult decision to modify how we deliver our services in the coming weeks.

As an organization, our number one priority will always be the health and safety of our clients, staff and service providers. We also want to ensure we maintain the high service standards our clients expect. As such, we will be delivering all our services online, or over the phone, until further notice. See here for more information on our service changes. Please use our COVID-19 small business resources – including this practical checklist for business continuity.

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Staying Resilient in Extraordinary Times

Friday, April 3 9:00am to 10:00am

Staying Resilient in Extraordinary Times

In the coming weeks and months, Canadian businesses will face an unprecedented test of their resiliency due to COVID-19. How they respond during this time will make all the difference. Join leadership coach and consultant Christina Nikiforuk to learn how to practice resiliency as a small business. When faced with broad-based uncertainty, it is natural to feel stress and anxiety. However, too much stress can negatively impact our mental and physical health. This session will help you cope by starting…

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Friday, April 3 9:00am to 10:00am Free
1 hr
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How to Start Importing into Canada

Friday, April 3 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, April 3 10:00am to 12:00pm $59
2 Hours
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How to Start Exporting From Canada

Friday, April 3 1:00pm to 3:00pm

How to Start Exporting From Canada

Exporting diversifies your customer base, increases profitability and fosters innovation. Join us for this seminar and prepare your business to export in a strategic and planned way.

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Friday, April 3 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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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, April 6 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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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, April 7 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Finance Package

Tuesday, April 7 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, April 7 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
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Business Finance 2: Financial Analysis

Tuesday, April 7 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, April 7 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Creating a Website for Your Business

Wednesday, April 8 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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Wednesday, April 8 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 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, April 9 1:00pm to 3:00pm Free
3 Hours
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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
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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, April 15 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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Business Planning Series Package

Thursday, April 16 12:00am to 11:59pm

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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Thursday, April 16 12:00am to 11:59pm $419
30+ 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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Thursday, April 16 10:30am to 4:30pm $69
6 Hours
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Market Research for Your Business Package

Thursday, April 16 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, April 16 10:30am to 4:30pm $119
12 Hours
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Make it Happen: A Business Goal Setting Workshop

Wednesday, April 22 9:30am to 12:00pm

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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Wednesday, April 22 9:30am to 12:00pm $299
Four Weekly Sessions (Apr 22, Apr 29, May 6, May 13) from 9:30am - 12:00pm
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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, April 22 1:00pm to 3:30pm $59
2 Hours
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Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Thursday, April 23 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, April 23 10:30am to 4:30pm $69
1.5 Hours
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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
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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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Monday, April 27 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

Monday, April 27 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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Monday, April 27 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Sustainability and Exporting

Tuesday, April 28 9:30am to 11:00pm

Sustainability and Exporting

As consumers around the world continue to show preference for sustainable products, the onus is on businesses to respond to this demand. Taking an eco-friendlier outlook isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also good for business. Even the smallest changes can have a lasting impact and this informative seminar will outline the areas of exporting where these positive changes can be made. From product packaging to marketing materials to tradeshows, there are lots of quick wins to “green” your…

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Tuesday, April 28 9:30am to 11:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Get Started with Email Marketing

Tuesday, April 28 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, April 28 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Marketing for Small Business

Wednesday, April 29 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, April 29 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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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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Blogging to Promote Your Business

Monday, May 4 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, May 4 1:00pm to 4:00pm $49
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, May 5 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Viability Package

Tuesday, May 5 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, May 5 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, May 5 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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TaxSense for Small Business

Wednesday, May 6 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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Wednesday, May 6 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, May 11 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, May 11 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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Pricing Strategies: Pricing and Costing Your Product

Part art, part science, pricing your product or service correctly can make or break your business. This informative seminar will question your assumptions about pricing strategies, costing and how they effect your overall strategy.

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Tuesday, May 12 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Planning for Developing Businesses

Ready to grow your business and transition to the next stage? This Business Strategy seminar will help you build the right strategy to ensure sustained success.

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Tuesday, May 12 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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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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Wednesday, May 13 1:00pm to 3:00pm $49
2 Hours
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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, May 19 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Small Business Incorporation Package

Tuesday, May 19 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, May 19 9:00am to 4:00pm $99
6 Hours
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Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Tuesday, May 19 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, May 19 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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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.

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Wednesday, May 20 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, May 20 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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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, May 25 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Social Media for Small Business

Tuesday, May 26 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, May 26 1:00pm to 4:30pm $39
3.5 Hours
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Business Planning Series Package

Wednesday, June 3 12:00am to 11:59pm

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, June 3 12:00am to 11:59pm $419
30+ Hours
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Marketing for Small Business

Wednesday, June 3 9:00am to 12:00pm

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, June 3 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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How to Create an Authentic Brand

Wednesday, June 3 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, June 3 1:00pm to 4:00pm $49
3 Hours
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Business Networking Skills for Success

Tuesday, June 9 10:00am 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, June 9 10:00am to 12:00pm $39
2 Hours
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Sales Strategies for Small Business

Tuesday, June 9 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, June 9 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, June 10 1:00pm to 3:30pm $59
2 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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Thursday, June 11 10:30am to 4:30pm $69
6 Hours
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Market Research for Your Business Package

Thursday, June 11 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, June 11 10:30am to 4:30pm $119
12 Hours
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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.

More Info
Friday, June 12 9:00am to 12:00pm $39
3 Hours
Register

TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Tuesday, June 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.

More Info
Tuesday, June 16 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
Register

Small Business Incorporation Package

Tuesday, June 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.

More Info
Tuesday, June 16 9:00am to 4:00pm $99
6 Hours
Register

Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Tuesday, June 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.

More Info
Tuesday, June 16 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
Register

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.

More Info
Wednesday, June 17 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours
Register

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.

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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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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, June 18 10:30am to 4:30pm $69
1.5 Hours
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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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Friday, June 19 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Writing a Business Plan

Monday, June 22 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, June 22 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
Register

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, June 23 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
Register

Business Viability Package

Tuesday, June 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.

More Info
Tuesday, June 23 9:00am to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
Register

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, June 23 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
Register

How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

This search engine and analytics seminar will guide you through tools such as Google Search Console, Audience Insights and Demographics Reports from Google Analytics. You’ll discover your “rock star” products that drive new business, and research your competitors’ marketing strategy as you attract more customers online to grow your business.

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Thursday, June 25 1:00pm to 3:00pm $49
2 Hours
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Blogging to Promote Your Business

Monday, June 29 9:00am to 12:00pm

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.

More Info
Monday, June 29 9:00am to 12:00pm $49
3 Hours
Register

Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, June 29 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, June 29 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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Managing Cash Flow During COVID-19

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Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis

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Business Viability Package

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Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast

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Keeping Your Customers Informed During the Pandemic

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How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

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Staying Resilient in Extraordinary Times

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How to Start Importing into Canada

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