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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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Business Planning Series Package

Tuesday, January 12 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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Tuesday, January 12 9:00am to 12:00pm $419
30+ Hours
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Market Research for Your Business Package

Tuesday, January 19 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, January 19 1:00pm to 4:00pm $119
6 Hours
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The New Art of Selling

Monday, January 25 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The New Art of Selling

2020 has been 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 behaviors, expectations, and technologies that consumers have adopted.

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Monday, January 25 1:00pm to 2:30pm $49
1.5 hours
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First Nations Tax Exemptions: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, January 26 10:00am to 12:00pm

First Nations Tax Exemptions: What You Need to Know

In general, Indigenous people in Canada are required to pay taxes on the same basis as anyone else in Canada, except when the limited exemptions under Section 87 of the Indian Act apply. Join us for this informative webinar and learn the basics of tax exemptions for Indigenous Peoples. Presented by Mindy Wight CPA, National Leader of Indigenous Tax Services, this webinar will include an in-depth discussion on employment and business income for status First Nation individuals, the CRA’s…

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Tuesday, January 26 10:00am to 12:00pm Free
2 Hours
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Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Tuesday, January 26 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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, January 26 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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TaxSense for Small Business

Wednesday, January 27 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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Wednesday, January 27 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Thursday, January 28 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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Thursday, January 28 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Panel: Small Business Trends for 2021

Friday, January 29 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Panel: Small Business Trends for 2021

As we consign 2020 to the history books, thoughts inevitably turn to 2021 and the opportunities it will bring. There’s plenty of reasons for optimism in the coming year, with a return to normality on the horizon. What lessons can we learn from 2020? Which of our COVID-19 pivots are likely to stick around? Join us for a fascinating panel discussion that gathers speakers from a wide variety of perspectives. Hear their insights, add your observations and expertise, and look…

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Friday, January 29 1:00pm to 2:00pm $10
1 hr
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Blogging to Promote Your Business

Monday, February 1 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, February 1 9:00am to 12:00pm $49
3 Hours
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TaxSense During COVID-19

Wednesday, February 3 10:00am to 11:00am

TaxSense During COVID-19

In this difficult climate, every dollar counts, and employers like yourself are looking to help their business and staff as much as possible. Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn from tax accountants on tax opportunities as well as tax impacts you need to know right now.

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Wednesday, February 3 10:00am to 11:00am Free
1 hour
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Debt Restructuring in Difficult Times

Wednesday, February 3 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Debt Restructuring in Difficult Times

Against a backdrop of serious financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are facing a difficult decision on their financial futures. If a permanent closure is something that has crossed your mind, have you considered debt restructuring options to help weather the storm? Small businesses have several restructuring options available to them to stave off closure. However, in order to make the right decisions, you need to understand concepts and terms such as incorporation, personal guarantees, secured vs…

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Wednesday, February 3 1:00pm to 2:30pm $29
1.5 hrs
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Creating Engaging Video Content Using Your Phone

Tuesday, February 9 9:00am to 11:00am

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, February 9 9:00am to 11:00am $49
2 Hours
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How to Launch Your Product in Today’s World

Tuesday, February 9 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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, February 9 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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How Much is Your Business Worth?

Wednesday, February 10 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, February 10 10:30am to 12:00pm $49
1.5 Hours
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Social Media for Small Business

Wednesday, February 10 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Social Media for Small Business

Want to increase your business’ social media presence but don’t know where to start? Join Mhairi Petrovic, Out-Smarts Marketing as she teaches you how to use social media for small business.

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Wednesday, February 10 1:00pm to 4:30pm $39
3.5 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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Building Your Export Plan

Thursday, February 11 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Building Your Export Plan

A key element in planning to sell outside of B.C. is an export plan. It will assist you in establishing goals, clarifying your target market, and assessing the steps needed to expand your business footprint. Join us for this interactive seminar where we’ll help you craft an effective Export Plan, and answer your questions associated with planning to export to another province, or another country.

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Thursday, February 11 1:30pm to 3:00pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Importing Regulations in Canada

Friday, February 12 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, February 12 9:00am to 1:00pm $49
3.75 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, February 17 9:00am to 12:30pm

Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Starting a business is one of the most exciting decisions a person can make in their life. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you need to get it off the ground with Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business.

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

Wednesday, February 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, February 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, February 17 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 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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Writing a Business Plan

Friday, February 19 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, February 19 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Operations Management for Small Business

Tuesday, February 23 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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Tuesday, February 23 9:00am to 12:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Marketing for Small Business

Tuesday, February 23 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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Tuesday, February 23 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Business Networking Skills for Success

Wednesday, February 24 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, February 24 10:00am to 12:00pm $39
2 Hours
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How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

Wednesday, February 24 2:30pm to 3:00pm

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, February 24 2:30pm to 3:00pm Free
0.5 Hours
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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Thursday, February 25 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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Thursday, February 25 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More

Friday, February 26 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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Friday, February 26 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Online Lead Generation for Small Business

Tuesday, March 2 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, March 2 10:30am to 12:00pm $49
1.5 Hours
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How to Hold Productive Online Meetings

Friday, March 5 10:00am to 11:30am

How to Hold Productive Online Meetings

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic many of us have depended on virtual meetings to connect with our colleagues and customers. Are you maximizing the time you spend on these calls? Whether it’s online or offline, we all want our meetings to be as productive and effective as possible. To achieve this goal, it needs intentional design and know-how. Join Beth Cougler Blom and discover best practices for running effective online meetings and discover where to find inspiration for…

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Friday, March 5 10:00am to 11:30am $39
1.5 Hours
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Exporting for Artisans

Tuesday, March 9 9:30am to 11:00am

Exporting for Artisans

As an artisan in B.C., have you ever wondered what it would be like to export your craft to another province or country? You can respond to global enquiries by discovering how to start exporting. Learn the basics from shipping terms to regulations and grow your sales beyond B.C. in this interactive seminar.

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Tuesday, March 9 9:30am to 11:00am Free
1.5 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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Creating a Website for Your Business

Monday, March 15 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, March 15 1:00pm to 3:00pm $59
2 Hours
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TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business

Tuesday, March 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, March 16 9:00am to 12:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Small Business Incorporation Package

Tuesday, March 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, March 16 9:00am to 4:00pm $99
6 Hours
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Steps to Incorporate Your Business

Tuesday, March 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, March 16 1:00pm to 4:00pm $59
3 Hours
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Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Wednesday, March 17 9:00am to 12:30pm

Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business

Starting a business is one of the most exciting decisions a person can make in their life. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you need to get it off the ground with Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business.

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

Wednesday, March 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, March 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, March 17 1:30pm to 4:00pm $29
3 Hours
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Doing Business with the Government of Canada: Half Day Condensed

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

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Thursday, March 18 1:00pm to 4:00pm Free
3 Hours
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Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis

Tuesday, March 23 9:00am to 12:00pm

Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis

Are you sitting on the next big business idea? Our Business Viability 1 seminar will help you determine the start-up viability of your concept.

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Tuesday, March 23 9:00am to 12:00pm $69
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Business Viability Package

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

Tuesday, March 23 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast

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

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Tuesday, March 23 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
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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Wednesday, March 24 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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Market Research for Your Business Package

Wednesday, March 24 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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Wednesday, March 24 1:00pm to 4:00pm $119
12 Hours
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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

Thursday, March 25 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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Thursday, March 25 1:00pm to 2:30pm Free
1.5 Hours
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Privacy Law: Navigating Regulations and Avoiding Breaches

Since March, many small businesses have moved to remote working, empowering employees to work from home where possible. Unfortunately, this has created an environment where data breaches and unintended privacy leaks have become all too common. Join Marilyn Sing for this informative and fast-paced webinar and learn the key points of BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). You’ll discover what businesses must do to comply with PIPA, the regulator’s role and the consequences relating to non-compliance. The session will conclude…

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Monday, March 29 10:30am to 12:00pm $39
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Cybersecurity and Privacy: Protect Your Business (Package)

2021 is set to become a record-breaking year for cybercrime. With more of us conducting business from home, hackers have turned their attention to this perceived “soft target,” leaving many small businesses vulnerable to privacy leaks. Is your business prepared to handle this increased threat? Whether you’re increasing your online presence to reach more customers, or dealing with the logistics of a remote team, this package of two webinars will help you prevent cybersecurity and privacy issues before they occur.…

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Monday, March 29 10:30am to 2:30pm $59
3.5 Hours
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Cyberthreats: How to Protect Your Small Business

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many businesses have quickly increased their online presence and remote operations. Unfortunately, this has led to a rapid increase in cyberattacks. Hackers have learned many small businesses often don’t have strong cybersecurity in place, and they represent a soft target. With 2020 on track to set records for cybercrime, is your business sufficiently protected? Join cybersecurity expert, Jeremy Colwell, for this informative webinar and learn best practices in keeping your small business protected. This…

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Monday, March 29 1:00pm to 2:30pm $39
2 hr
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Get Started with Email Marketing

Tuesday, March 30 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, March 30 1:00pm to 4:00pm $39
3 Hours
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Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Wednesday, March 31 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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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Wednesday, March 31 1:00pm to 4:00pm $69
3 Hours
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