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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.

For the time being, due to COVID-19, all our education is now available remotely. We are also hosting a series of specialized free 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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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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Export Beyond B.C. With E-Commerce

Monday, May 25 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Export Beyond B.C. With E-Commerce

If your business has an online store, join us at our free webinar to learn how you can sell to other provinces and countries. Featuring information on finding markets with potential and utilizing Canada’s free trade agreements, this is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen and diversify your business through e-commerce. This webinar features guest speakers from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and PlusROI.

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Monday, May 25 1:30pm to 3:00pm Free
1.5 hr
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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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Strategies for Staying Resilient During COVID-19 (Part 3)

Faced with significant challenges wrought by COVID-19, resilience is more important than ever for small business owners. As a follow up to our special topics webinar “Staying Resilient During Extraordinary Times” facilitated by Christina Nikiforuk, Leadership Coach and Consultant, we are pleased to offer a three-part resilience series. Each webinar will feature a small business owner who will share their tools and tips for enhancing resilience. You will have an opportunity to learn what other business owners are doing from…

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Wednesday, May 27 10:00am to 11:00am Free
1 hr
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Rock Your Side Hustle and Keep Your Day Job

Wednesday, May 27 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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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Wednesday, May 27 1:00pm to 3:00pm $39 – $49
2 Hours
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Designing a New Content Marketing Plan for 2020

With customers safely perched at home, content consumption is at an all-time high right now. Is your business creating the type of content your customers and clients want to see? Join Ashley “WriterGal” Doan as she shares why content like blogs, social media posts, lead magnets, and video are invaluable for your business success. You’ll discover an easy-to-follow framework so you can plan the rest of your 2020 content calendar in less than a day.

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Monday, June 1 1:00pm to 2:00pm Free
1 hr
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Starting a Consulting Business

Tuesday, June 2 9:00am to 12:00pm

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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Tuesday, June 2 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 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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Mythbusting Government Procurement

Thursday, June 4 10:30am to 12:00pm

Mythbusting Government Procurement

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

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Thursday, June 4 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 hr
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How to Become an Inclusive Employer After COVID-19

As we begin the process of re-opening our economy, many business owners will face the need to rebuild and hire new staff. This presents a unique opportunity to build from the ground up with a more inclusive hiring policy. Not only can an employer cast a wider net to find the right candidate, they’ll also enhance the standing of their brand through inclusive hiring practices. By implementing these step-by-step practices, a business can demonstrate social values that will resonate with…

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Friday, June 5 10:30am to 11:30am Free
1 Hour
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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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Grow Your Sales With Free Trade Agreements

Wednesday, June 10 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. Exporters of services may also make significant gains. In this interactive webinar, you will begin to learn about how to meet market regulations and achieve exporting success.

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Wednesday, June 10 9:30am to 11:00am Free
1.5 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.

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Friday, June 12 9:00am to 12:00pm $39
3 Hours
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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.

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Tuesday, June 16 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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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.

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Tuesday, June 16 9:00am to 4:00pm $99
6 Hours
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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.

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Tuesday, June 16 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, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, June 23 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
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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Wednesday, June 24 9:00am to 12:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Retail Ready: How to Get Your Product Into Stores

Want to get your product into retail? Join us and learn about product design and how to tell your brand’s story in a way that resonates with retailers and consumers.

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Wednesday, June 24 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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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.

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Monday, June 29 9:00am to 12:00pm $49
3 Hours
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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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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, July 9 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

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

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Thursday, July 16 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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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, August 6 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 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, August 13 1:00pm to 3:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

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

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Thursday, September 17 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
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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Thursday, October 8 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

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

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Thursday, October 15 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Thursday, November 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, November 5 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 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 12 1:00pm to 3:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

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

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Thursday, December 10 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
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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Thursday, January 14 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

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

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Thursday, January 21 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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How to Do Business with the Federal Government

Thursday, February 11 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, February 11 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 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, February 18 1:00pm to 3:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

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

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Thursday, March 18 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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