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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.

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.

Small Business BC is joining the national celebration of Small Business Week by offering FREE access to webinars occurring from Monday, October 19th to Friday, October 23rd.

Demand is expected to be high, so register now to avoid disappointment. When individual sessions reach capacity, we will be opening a waitlist.

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WorkSafeBC: Workplace Health and Safety Series

Thursday, October 22 10:30am to 12:00pm

WorkSafeBC: Workplace Health and Safety Series

In this free four webinar series, learn from WorkSafeBC representatives and gain a stronger understanding of workplace health and safety. Topics covered include workplace ergonomics in the COVID era, the WorkSafeBC claims process, and preventing violence in the workplace. Scheduled on Thursdays between 10:30am – 12:00pm PST, webinars included in this package are: Oct 22 Ergonomics in the COVID Era: Working from Home and Beyond Nov 12 Understanding the WorkSafeBC Claims Process Nov 19 Basics…

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Thursday, October 22 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
4 webinars totaling 6 Hours (1.5 Hours each)
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Using Google Ads to Grow Your Business

Wednesday, November 25 9:00am to 12:00pm

Using Google Ads to Grow Your Business

Google Ads and SEM (Search Engine Marketing) have the potential to showcase your business to a whole new audience. Are you taking advantage? In this informative and fast-paced webinar, you’ll learn the basics of how SEM can drive traffic to your website and add an effective weapon to your marketing mix. You’ll discover how pay-per-click advertising works, and best practices for creating eye-catching, relevant ads that draw customers to your website.

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Wednesday, November 25 9:00am to 12:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

Wednesday, November 25 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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Wednesday, November 25 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Violence Prevention in the Workplace

Thursday, November 26 10:30am to 12:00pm

Violence Prevention in the Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven change and fueled stress in almost every corner of society. More than ever, employers need to be vigilant against violence in the workplace, while ensuring they provide a work site that’s safe for everyone. This begins with an assessment of the risk of violence, before determining the control measures that are in place to protect the health and safety of workers. Join Jacqueline Holmes, WorkSafeBC, and receive an overview of legislation in BC designed…

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Thursday, November 26 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Marketing and Branding for Indigenous Businesses

Thursday, November 26 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Marketing and Branding for Indigenous Businesses

Storytelling has always held a special place in Indigenous culture. At its most basic level, branding is storytelling. It allows a business owner to communicate exactly what their business is, and why a customer should be interested in it. Join us for this informative webinar and learn the foundations of branding and marketing, with a focus on Indigenous businesses. From visuals and colours, to logos and design tools, attendees will discover what it takes to create an effective brand that…

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Thursday, November 26 1:00pm to 3:00pm Free
2 Hours
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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Friday, November 27 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Starting a business or recently started one? Find out the early stage financing options for small business by attending this practical seminar.

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Friday, November 27 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Cybersecurity Advice to Protect Your Business

Monday, November 30 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Cybersecurity Advice to Protect Your Business

Digital Security is a key part of protecting your business in today’s increasingly connected world. As small businesses like yours move operations, sales, communications and data online — particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — if you are not ensuring appropriate protections, the risk of serious damage to your reputation and livelihood continues to grow. Join Sukhmani Dev, Head of Digital Payments & Cybersecurity Solutions for Mastercard Canada, and learn practical and actionable steps to mitigate cybersecurity risks…

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Monday, November 30 1:00pm to 2:00pm Free
1 Hour
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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, December 1 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Business Planning for Developing Businesses

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

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, December 1 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Mythbusting Government Procurement

Thursday, December 3 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, December 3 10:30am to 12:00pm Free
1.5 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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Friday, December 4 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Tuesday, December 8 9:00am to 12:00pm

TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Thinking about incorporating? As your business matures, the realities of your legal and tax situations will change. Incorporation for Small Business will teach you how a registered corporation can help lower risk and optimize tax benefits.

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Tuesday, December 8 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Small Business Incorporation Package

Tuesday, December 8 9:00am to 4:00pm

Small Business Incorporation Package

Incorporating can unlock a range of benefits for you and your business. Our Small Business Incorporation Package is all-day tax and legal information series that instructs on how to do business as a corporation in BC.

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Tuesday, December 8 9:00am to 4:00pm $99
6 Hours
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Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Tuesday, December 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, December 8 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Creating Your Business Pitch

Wednesday, December 9 2:30pm 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, December 9 2:30pm to 3:00pm $39
0.5 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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Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, December 14 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, December 14 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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Get Started with Email Marketing

Tuesday, December 15 3:30pm 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, December 15 3:30pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, December 16 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, December 16 9:00am to 12:30pm $29
3 Hours
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Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Wednesday, December 16 9:00am to 4:00pm

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package

Starting a Business: Start Smart Package offers a step-by-step guide to starting your business right. This package includes two seminars presented by several industry experts.

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Wednesday, December 16 9:00am to 4:00pm $49
6 Hours
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Start Smart 2: Key Considerations of Starting a Business

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

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Wednesday, December 16 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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Road Safety for Your Staff

Thursday, December 17 10:30am to 11:30am

Road Safety for Your Staff

Driving for work is one of the riskiest things workers have to do. According to WorkSafeBC, between 2015 and 2019, an average of 21 people per year died while driving for work. Another 1,500 people were injured during the same period. This issue particularly impacts small businesses, where approximately 85 per cent of those injured are employed by businesses with fewer than 20 employees. The good news is, there are tangible, practical steps a small business owner can take to…

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Thursday, December 17 10:30am to 11:30am Free
1 Hour
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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
2 Hours
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Mythbusting Government Procurement

Thursday, March 11 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, March 11 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, March 18 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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How to Save Money on Business Energy Costs

November 23 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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How Much is Your Business Worth?

November 24 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Debt Restructuring in Difficult Times

November 24 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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Using Google Ads to Grow Your Business

November 25 at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights

November 25 at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Violence Prevention in the Workplace

November 26 at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Marketing and Branding for Indigenous Businesses

November 26 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

November 27 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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