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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 the following webinars in one simple registration: Sessions included: • How Financial Ratios Help You Understand Your Business – February 25, 10:30am – 12:00pm*(session already passed, please see note below) • How…

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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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Writing a Business Plan

Friday, April 16 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, April 16 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Business Planning Series Package

Friday, April 16 9:00am to 12:00pm

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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Friday, April 16 9:00am to 12:00pm $419
30+ Hours
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Opportunities and Trends in the Cannabis Industry in 2021 and Beyond

In this panel we bring together three Cannabis experts who have been involved in the industry from the beginning, and ask them where do they think are the opportunities and gaps in the market for small businesses.

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Friday, April 16 1:00pm to 2:30pm $10
1.5 hour
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Marketing for Small Business

Tuesday, April 20 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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Tuesday, April 20 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, April 21 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 21 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3.5 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, April 21 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 21 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 21 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
2.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada

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 22 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
2 Hours
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Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, April 26 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, April 26 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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Grow Your Sales With Free Trade Agreements

Tuesday, April 27 9:30am to 11:00am

Grow Your Sales With Free Trade Agreements

Businesses that consider free trade agreements in their growth plans can export more cost-effectively and be more competitive in the international market. Canada’s 14 trade agreements may mean you can enter international markets with 0% or reduced import duties. In this interactive webinar, you will learn about Canada’s top free trade agreements, certificates of origin, and the paperwork required to meet market regulations and how to achieve exporting success.

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Tuesday, April 27 9:30am to 11:00am Free
1.5 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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Tuesday, April 27 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Market Research for Your Business Package

Tuesday, April 27 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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Tuesday, April 27 1:00pm to 4:00pm $119
12 Hours
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Key Tips for Building a Performance-Based Culture

Hailed as the father of modern business management, Peter Drucker once stated “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” While Drucker’s words were seen as innovative in his day, those ideas have slowly seeped into the mainstream, forming the foundation of modern management. As a small business leader, key metrics can improve your team’s performance when deployed correctly. Ask yourself this question: Have you structured your company for performance success? Join Darryl Davis for this informative webinar and…

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Wednesday, April 28 1:00pm to 3:00pm $39
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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

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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Tuesday, May 4 9:00am to 12:00pm $39
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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Tuesday, May 4 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Social Media for Small Business

Wednesday, May 5 9:00am to 12:30pm

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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Wednesday, May 5 9:00am to 12:30pm $39
3.5 Hours
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Mental Health Tools and Resources for Small Business

In recent years, workplace mental health has taken on greater importance for conscientious leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this mindset, amplifying these ongoing struggles and heightening our awareness. As a small business owner or leader, you may feel at a disadvantage in coping with these challenges compared to larger organizations with more resources. This is why WorkSafeBC has initiated this webinar to help you with practical resources and tools you can apply at an individual and team level. Join…

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Thursday, May 6 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Finding Opportunities on BuyAndSell.gc.ca

Thursday, May 6 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Finding Opportunities on BuyAndSell.gc.ca

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, May 6 1:00pm to 2:00pm Free
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TaxSense for Small Business

Tuesday, May 11 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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Tuesday, May 11 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
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, May 12 1:00pm to 3:30pm $59
2.5 Hours
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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, May 13 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 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 17 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 hrs
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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 18 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Viability Package

Tuesday, May 18 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 18 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 18 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
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 19 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3.5 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, May 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, May 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, May 19 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
2.5 Hours
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Small Business Payroll: How to Make the Right Choices

As a small business grows, its payroll needs change and become more complex. At a time when entrepreneurs are trying to focus on growth, this process brings stresses and challenges. The good news is, help is at hand. Whether you have an established payroll department, or you’re hiring your first employee and need to understand the basics, this webinar will help you unravel and understand the complexities of your small business payroll process so you can focus on growing your…

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Thursday, May 20 11:00am to 12:00pm Free
1 Hour
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How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

Wednesday, June 2 10:00am to 12:00pm

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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Wednesday, June 2 10:00am to 12:00pm $49
2 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada

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, June 3 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
2 Hours
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Blogging to Promote Your Business

Monday, June 7 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.

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Monday, June 7 9:00am to 12:00pm $49
3 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, June 8 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Tuesday, June 8 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, June 8 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Business Networking Skills for Success

Wednesday, June 9 10:00am to 12:00pm

Business Networking Skills for Success

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to create stronger relationships, the right ways to interact, and the keys to networking in online settings. While we may have to remain physically distant, there are still lots of ways to stay socially connected!

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Wednesday, June 9 10:00am to 12:00pm $39
2 Hours
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How to Manage Debt and Deal with Creditors

Against a backdrop of serious financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are facing a difficult decision on their financial futures. Learn about your different options to help your business ride out this storm until economic conditions improve.

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Wednesday, June 9 1:00pm to 2:30pm $29
1.5 Hours
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Importing Regulations in Canada

Friday, June 11 9:00am to 1:00pm

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, June 11 9:00am to 1:00pm $49
4 Hours
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Creating Engaging Video Content Using Your Phone

If marketing has taught us anything in recent years it’s that customers love video content. Many business owners think it’s expensive and time-consuming to create this content but this is no longer the case. Thanks to the humble smartphone, professional-looking videos can be made quickly and easily. In the era of physical distancing, now is the perfect time for business owners to become comfortable with producing their own video content. All that’s needed is a smartphone and a good idea.…

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Tuesday, June 15 10:00am to 12:00pm $49
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How to Launch Your Product in Today’s World

COVID-19 has spurred many changes affecting retail in BC, from disruptions to the supply chain to online shopping becoming more prevalent. At the same time though, initiatives like Shop Local and the transition of brick and mortar businesses to e-commerce are taking place.nnNow may be the best time for you to connect with retailers, get your foot in the door, and your products onto their shelves and their websites.nnAppealing product design, a powerful brand story, and pricing strategies are important…

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Tuesday, June 15 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
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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, June 16 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3.5 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, June 16 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
2.5 Hours
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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, June 17 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
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, June 22 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, June 22 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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How Much is Your Business Worth?

Wednesday, June 23 10:30am to 12:00pm

How Much is Your Business Worth?

As small business owners approach retirement, or adjust to the realities of COVID-19, many are contemplating selling their businesses. As Warren Buffet once said, “Price is what you pay: Value is what you get.” In this seminar you’ll learn how businesses are valued, how buyers think, and practical tips for maximizing value. Join Liisa Atva, CPA and Chartered Business Valuator, and learn the basic principles of business valuation, which methods to use and how to apply them. Knowing how much…

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Wednesday, June 23 10:30am to 12:00pm $49
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Get Started with Email Marketing

Wednesday, June 23 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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Wednesday, June 23 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
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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Thursday, June 24 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
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The New Art of Selling

Monday, June 28 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The New Art of Selling

2020 was 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.

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Monday, June 28 1:00pm to 2:30pm $49
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Online Lead Generation for Small Business

Tuesday, June 29 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, June 29 10:30am to 12:00pm $49
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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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Tuesday, July 13 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Finance 1: Understanding Financials

April 13 at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Business Finance Package

April 13 at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Business Finance 2: Financial Analysis

April 13 at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Update

April 15 at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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Writing a Business Plan

April 16 at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Opportunities and Trends in the Cannabis Industry in 2021 and Beyond

April 16 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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