EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS | NETWORKING | EXHIBITS
To all our attendees at Build. Grow. Thrive. thank you for making this virtual event such a remarkable success. If you missed this event, don’t worry! We’ve gathered the recordings of the days sessions at the link above.
Build. Grow. Thrive. – Virtual Event
Small Business BC, alongside our partners at Island Savings, is excited to announce the return of our popular Build. Grow. Thrive. virtual event series. This FREE day of education will equip attendees with the skills and resources they need to thrive within our emerging COVID economy.
While we can’t gather in person, you’re invited to join us remotely on Wednesday, November 18th for a day of education that gathers our community to learn, network and share their lived experiences during the pandemic. With small businesses encompassing 98 per cent of all business in our province, we keenly understand the challenges entrepreneurs currently face. That’s why each session on the day delivers practical advice tailored toward navigating our “new normal.”
Attendees can expect a series of engaging webinars, panel discussions featuring local entrepreneurs, a virtual tradeshow, and breakout rooms for networking with fellow attendees speed dating-style.
Build. Grow. Thrive. Agenda
09:30am – 10:00am: Virtual Event Doors Open
Take a seat in one of our networking rooms, introduce yourself to fellow attendees, or take some time to meet with the exhibitors at our virtual trade show and learn how they can help your business. Keep an eye on the announcements in our lobby for regular updates throughout the day.
10:00am – 10:10am: Introduction to the Event (Main Stage)
Join us for the launch of the day’s schedule, with remarks from Tom Conway, CEO, Small Business BC, and Kendall Gross, President, Island Savings.
10:15am – 10:55am: Digital eCommerce 101 – Elevating Your Digital Presence (Main Stage) – Presented by Digital Main Street
During COVID-19, it’s been proven customers are still out there – they’ve just migrated online. Join the experts from Digital Main Street and learn key tips and best practices for taking your digital presence to the next level. With the bustling Holiday season around the corner, now is the time to boost your business website.
11:00am – 11:15am: Breakout Room – with Digital Main Street
Join Digital Main Street in our Breakout Room, network and ask questions relating to your business. These shorter breakout sessions offer a smaller, more casual environment for learning.
11:15am – 11:55am: Accessing Capital to Help You Grow (Main Stage) – Presented by Island Savings
Experiencing a lull in business due to the pandemic? While focus during this time is understandably on surviving, slow times also present an opportunity to fine-tune your business, and identify areas of potential growth. Join Jesse Honkanen, Regional Manager, Business Banking at Island Savings and learn ways you can access the capital you need to reach your growth goals.
12:00pm – 12:15pm: Breakout Room – with Island Savings
Join Island Savings in our Breakout Room, network and find answers relating to your unique business situation. These shorter breakout sessions offer a smaller, more casual environment for learning.
12:15pm – 1:30pm: Panel Discussion: Small Business Stories – Starting and Growing a Business (Main Stage)
The business start-up phase is a thrilling time with endless possibilities. It’s also a challenging period with plenty of learning. Learn valuable tips and approaches from those who have successfully navigated this path and discover shortcuts for the road ahead. This panel discussion will last approximately 60 minutes, with 15 minutes at the end for questions and answers.
- Jill Van Gyn, CEO, Fatso
- Teara Fraser, Lead Executive Officer, Iskwew Air
- Miranda Lievers, COO and Co-Founder, Thinkific
- Mike Willie, Owner, Sea Wolf Adventures
Moderated by Karley Cunningham, Big Bold Brand
1:45pm – 2:25pm: Business Goal Setting for Entrepreneurial Success (Main Stage) – Presented by Small Business BC
Faced with challenges in adapting your business to service our “new normal?” Goal setting offers a powerful and proven pathway to succeeding at these challenges. Join Laura Aveledo, Business Planning and International Trade Advisor, Small Business BC, and learn how to set impactful goals using a variety of goal setting tools.
2:30pm – 2:35pm: Closing Remarks (Main Stage)
Join us at the Main Stage as we hand out the day’s door prize and share information on the day’s events that are still to come.
2:30pm – 2:45pm: Breakout Room – Goal Setting for Success
Join Laura Aveledo of Small Business BC in our Breakout Room and receive advice on goal setting specific to your business. These shorter breakout sessions offer a smaller, more casual environment for learning.
2:45pm – 3:30pm: Post Event Networking
Join fellow business owners and discuss what you’ve learned on the day. Make valuable connections and swap stories with those facing the same challenges.