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Small Business Week at SBBC

British Columbia is Canada’s home of entrepreneurship. In fact, one-in-ten of us is an entrepreneur of some kind. If you’re a small business owner, or you’re interested in starting your own business, you’ve come to the right place.

Small Business BC is a non-profit resource centre at the heart of this thriving community. We exist so every BC business has an expert in their corner – whether you need practical advice or a sounding board for your big plans. No matter what step of the business journey you’re on, our team is standing by to provide expert guidance, key resources, and business inspiration.

This Small Business Week, we’re excited to celebrate the dreamers and doers that make our province Canada’s home of entrepreneurship. Discover the education and resources on offer for your business.

Free Education

From Monday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Oct. 21, our community can access some of our most popular webinars for free, thanks to our partnership with the Province of BC.

Business Networking Skills for Success

Monday, Oct. 17th
10:30am to 12pm

The past two years have changed the way we work, conduct business and network. Our adaptation to online networking events has opened new ways to interact and create the connections we need for our business to success. Now is the perfect time to assess your network, increase your connections and position your business to benefit as our economy reopens.

Join Cathy Kuzel, Business Development Strategist and Advisor, and learn key tips for leveraging your existing networks to build your connections.

How to Bring Clarity and Coherence to Your Team

Monday, Oct. 17th
1pm to 2:30pm

Somewhere along the path of launching and running your business is a stage where you take a step back to set a coherent, clear, and consistent path to bring into alignment what you think, how you lead, and how your team works. Learn how to develop an effective team perfectly aligned with your company’s vision and goals so they can clearly and proactively solve the right business problems with maximum impact.

Join Jim Shopland in this webinar and learn his concept on the 3 vital areas of team development: strategy, leadership, and coaching.

Blogging to Promote Your Business

Tuesday, Oct. 18th
9am to 12pm

Blogging allows a business to easily create and share valuable and relevant content with their target audience. Whether it’s blogging, social media or newsletters, content marketing is critical for entrepreneurs looking to promote their business in a budget-conscious manner.

Join Ashley “WriterGal” Doan, Writergal Marketing Services, and learn how to increase visitors to your site organically and keep them there longer by publishing great content. Takeaways from this interactive session include a workbook containing a content calendar, a content recycling planner, blogging tools and more to help you create a content strategy that will be easy execute.

Foundations of Business Productivity

Tuesday, Oct. 18th
1pm to 3pm

Ask any startup entrepreneur and they’ll likely tell you there aren’t enough hours in the day to achieve their goals. What if there was a simple way to find more time and become more productive?

Discover best practices to boost productivity within your team and find ways to produce quality work more efficiently. Rather than working harder, it’s time to start working smarter!

TaxSense for Small Business

Wednesday, Oct. 19th
9am to 12pm

Whether you are starting or looking to grow your business, the business structure you choose can have a massive impact on your profits and tax situation.

Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn accounting essentials, responsibilities and dates involved with managing a small business. You’ll discover the deductions available to you, the tax benefits of each structure and discuss when it’s time for your small business to incorporate.

Reimagining Recruitment: New Ways to Strengthen Your Team

Wednesday, Oct. 19th
1pm to 2:30pm

Trends like remote work and flexible working hours are empowering workers, giving them more choices about where to pursue their career goals. If you’re interested in attracting the best talent to your business, reimagining your business recruitment process is critical to your chances of success.

In this interactive workshop hosted by Jim Shopland, learn how traditional hiring thoughts and patterns are holding you back, and how a new approach to recruitment is needed to succeed.

Build. Grow. Thrive.

Thursday, October 20th
Roundhouse Community Centre
All Day Event

Join us in-person at Vancouver’s Roundhouse Community Centre for a free day of business education. Sessions include market research, early-stage financing, business planning, marketing and more.

Writing a Business Plan

Thursday, Oct. 20th
9am to 12pm

Writing a business plan provides a roadmap to success for your business. It will outline your goals and the steps you will take to achieve them. This seminar will take a deep dive into the various aspects of a business plan and the key questions you need to address in each. You’ll identify the gaps in your plan and the areas you need to develop further. You’ll also find out about business plan reviewing and how it can take your start-up to the next phase.

Join John Baxter, Small Business BC Business Planning Advisor, for this seminar where you will learn the key components of a business plan and leave with a framework for moving your ideas to the next level.

Recession-Proof Your Business

Thursday, Oct. 20th
1:30pm to 3pm

Recessions are never easy. Like any crisis, there is danger but also opportunity. As a small business owner, you know that tough times don’t last, tough people do.

Join us as we talk with SBBC Speaker Ted Lau – award-winning agency owner of Ballistic Arts and national co-host of Marketing News Canada, as he shows you how to build your business to be Recession-Proof.

Market Research 1: Finding Business Data and Insights

Friday, Oct. 21st,
1pm to 4pm

As an entrepreneur, it’s vital to conduct market research before making important decisions. Analyzing available data allows you to understand your target market, conduct a competitor analysis, view market trends and enhance your business operations.

Join Small Business BC’s Market Research Analyst, Mark Eversfield, as he explains how secondary market research can help you make an informed decision about the viability of your business idea by tapping into already existing market data.

Join us for our in-person Build. Grow. Thrive. event on Oct. 20

This Small Business Week, we’re bringing our community together again for a free, in-person day of education at Yaletown Roundhouse in Downtown Vancouver.

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Check out our Community Resources

No matter where your starting point on the entrepreneurial journey is, SBBC is here to walk your path with you by providing the resources, support and inspiration you need along the journey.

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Dedicated Business Resources

Year-round, Small Business BC is standing by to help you achieve success - whatever that may be. Whether you're just starting, or looking to grow, discover our key resources and business supports.

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Other Ways Small Business BC Can Help

Small Business BC provides practical business education tailored for small businesses right here in BC. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC is here to help. View our full calendar of business education.

Sign up for Small Business BC’s newsletter and be the first to discover our latest news, special offers, and practical resources for your small business. Sign up now, it’s free and easy!

Starting a business? Start with Small Business BC’s comprehensive list of free downloadable resources. We’ve got everything covered, from business plan templates, cash flow forecasting and our starting a business checklist. View Resources.

Join our free online hub of BC-based small businesses and reach a province-wide audience of engaged customers that are passionate about small business. Sign up now.

Our self-directed E-Learning courses are available anytime, anywhere. Each on-demand course consists of bite-sized topics filled with features like readings, handouts, videos and quizzes. Discover our range of E-Learning education today.

Read our simplified guide to each area of the start-up experience, highlighting the services and help you can lean on to achieve your goals.

10 Step Guide to Starting a Business

We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.