Small Business BC Event

Waterfront Chats | Showcasing Women in Business

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM 

Our Waterfront Chats meetup series is geared at start-up businesses and provides an opportunity to hear from and network with local entrepreneurs and organizations. Learn about their successes, barriers and challenges to launching and growing their small businesses. Attendees will also be given an opportunity to provide a thirty-second pitch and network.

We hold Meetups almost every month, and every event will be unique. Small Business BC Meetups are open to entrepreneurs at any stage of business and from all industries. Follow the conversation using #SBBCMeetup.

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are celebrating successful women entrepreneurs. Hear about their journeys and how they’re pushing the boundaries for women in business. Contribute to the discussion of the importance of elevating women in business. Join us in celebrating women everywhere that are making an impact.


Aliya Bhatia – CEO & Founder at PawSwap Services Ltd.

PawSwap Services is an application created for dog owners that work long hours and want to exchange pet sitting services for free with a pay-it-forward model. Using our signature virtual currency, Friends and Neighbours who lend a hand accumulate credits and spend them towards similar services while on vacation or towards pet products and services with our partners.

Manpreet Dhillion

Manpreet is a Certified Personal and Business Coach, and a Certified Human Resources Professional with a Masters in Organizational Management.  Manpreet is also the founder and CEO of veza, a community of women who are changing the face of leadership. Veza seeks to equalize pay gaps and increase diversity around the boardroom through training, workshops, international trade missions, executive and career coaching.

Lisa Pozin – Founder & Owner of Giving Gifts & Company:

I founded Giving Gifts as a way of bringing together beautiful brands and local artists that are making a difference through their creations. A gift is beautiful, but a gift with a story behind it is beautiful and meaningful.

Featured Guest:

Melanie Rupp, Business Advisor at Women’s Enterprise Centre

Melanie Rupp, MBA, is a Business Advisor for Women’s Enterprise Centre, based in its Vancouver office. Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women launch, lead and scale their own businesses, providing business loans, skills training, mentoring, advice and resources from its three offices in Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria.


5:00pm-5:25pm – Networking
5:25pm-5:30pm – Opening Remarks
5:30pm – 6:00pm – 30 Second Introductions from Attendees
6:00pm – 6:30pm – Panel discussion
6:30pm – 6:35pm – Q&A
6:35pm – 7:00pm – Closing Remarks and Networking

Reserve your place now, as space is limited!

Event fee: $10 online $12 at the door

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

How It Works

Staying up-to-date and establishing yourself as a key player in your network are crucial to starting and growing a successful business. Take advantage of Small Business BC’s brand new monthly meetups, so you can stay on top of business trends and mingle with your customers, clients, like-minded peers and local industry influencers.

Each month these casual events that address common opportunities and challenges that entrepreneurs and small business owners face today, and leverage networking sessions with valuable connections.

Small Business BC Meetups are located at Small Business BC’s Lower Mainland location at Waterfront Station. Each month’s event will have a different theme and will also feature guest speakers who will share their experiences and provide valuable insight into how you can achieve your goals. Topics will include starting up, growing your business, and international trade.

Get live updates by following the #SBBCMeetups hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and join the Small Business BC Meetup group now at

How to Register

Step 1: Click the SBBC Meetup Group link.

Step 2: Find the latest SBBC Meetup.

Step 3: Sign up!