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This Month at SBBC

March Highlights at SBBC

This March, Small Business BC has plenty of educational and networking opportunities to support your small business.

We are celebrating women in business with an in-person meet-up at the Small Business BC office in Vancouver on Wednesday, March 13. Brought to you in partnership with WeBC and Futurpreneur, you’ll hear from a panel of business experts on women in leadership, increasing women-owned businesses in BC, programs for women entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses, and more.

Among our many workshops this month, you won’t want to miss Step into the River: An Economic Reconciliation Framework and a Land Acknowledgements Workshop. These free workshops are perfect for learning more about reconciliation and how your business can be respectful and inclusive of Indigenous peoples.

And finally, a special note for small business owners and budding entrepreneurs in Kelowna, it’s time to mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 17 next month to join us for Build. Grow. Thrive.– our signature free business education and networking event.

Here are all the highlights for March at SBBC:

Education in March

Business Grants 101

Tuesday, March 5, from 1 pm to 2 pm
Price: Free

Grants are ideal for growing small businesses, but how do you access them? In this webinar, you will start with the basics, including what you’ll need to apply for grants and how to find the right programs for your business needs. Our resident ‘Grant Angel’, Stephanie Sang of Granted Consulting, ensures you’ll walk away knowing your first steps to develop your grant strategy for growth.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to set up your business for grant success
  • When to look for grants
  • Grant search resources
  • What is in a grant strategy
  • Grant success stories

Establishing your Operations in the State of Montana

Thursday, March 7, from 8 am to 5 pm
Price: Free

Interested in expanding your business into Montana? Delivered in partnership with the Montana Department of State and Montana World Trade Center, Export Navigator is organizing this first-ever, free-of-charge, one-day seminar for select companies looking to enter the American marketplace.

This event is ideal for those:

•   Seeking information about establishing a US subsidiary, with a particular focus on Montana as an entry point to the American marketplace.

•   Wanting to connect with a variety of US launch specialists such as corporate lawyers, immigration lawyers, cross-border taxation specialists, soft landing representatives, business accelerators, logistics specialists, and others – all in one event.

•   Wanting to expand into the US market via a US subsidiary within the next 1-3 years.

This workshop will take place at St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino, 7777 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5.

Please connect with Export Navigator for more information: [email protected]

•   Thinking about, or actively involved in, their due diligence phase on expansion feasibility, site selection and market demand analysis.

Interested in attending? Please directly contact [email protected]

What Will I Learn?

  • How to Optimize the Legal Framework to Establishing Your U.S. Subsidiary
  • State of Montana Financial Programs and Incentives & Business Climate Overview
  • Immigration Visa Considerations
  • Transportation & Logistics Considerations
  • Additional Benefits, U.S. Market Access, Resources and Other Programs Available to Your U.S. subsidiary
  • Case Study- Canadian Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Montana
  • Happy Hour Social Connections and Follow-up Discussions

Start Smart: Basics of Starting a Business – Package

Session 1 – Wednesday, March 13, 10 am to 12:30 pm – Hybrid *
Session 2 – Wednesday, March 20, 12 pm to 1:45 pm – Virtual only
*Registrants have the choice to join online or in person at SBBC’s Vancouver office.
Price: $49

Ready to turn your great idea into a business? Our Start Smart Package delivers the basics you need to get started on the road to success. This two-part series covers basics like business structures, how to register a business, employee standards, and how to ensure your start-up is tax-compliant.

This package includes two live sessions and access to our Steps to Starting a Business in BC e-course.

Blogging To Grow Your Business

Thursday, March 14, from 10 am to 12 pm
Price:  $29

Publishing valuable, educational-based content on your company blog helps show off your unique expertise and experience…and makes you memorable in a crowd of similar businesses. Blogging can be a core component of your content marketing strategy if you create a sustainable content creation strategy and processes.

Join Ashley “WriterGal” Doan (of WriterGal Marketing Services) to learn how blog articles can increase visitors to your site and keep them there longer! Ashley teaches her easy-to-follow 5-step blogging for business processes that can help you write content your prospects and customers actually want to read.

Takeaways from this interactive session include a printable workbook with templates and tools to make blogging for business easy to sustain every month.

What Will I Learn?

  • The five-steps to blogging for business success
  • How to brainstorm and write content that people actually want
  • Ethical uses of AI in your content strategy
  • Ways to incorporate blogging into your content marketing strategy

Accessibility Tools to Grow Your Business

Tuesday, March 19, from 1 pm to 1:45 pm
Price:  Free

Are you interested in creating an accessible workplace for staff and customers alike? Unsure of how to begin?

The Disability Inclusive Employer Self-Assessment Tool provides the perfect place to start your accessibility journey. Join our presenter Yat Li, Associate Director, Accessible Employers for this quick and free learning opportunity.

Yat brings a wealth of expertise in developing inclusive workplaces and he’ll explore how to use and interpret the self-assessment tool, the practicality of accessibility, and how you can begin to make meaningful changes in your workplace.

Accessibility is a journey, and we’re here to help along the way. Take the all-important first step by registering now for free.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to navigate the Disability Inclusive Employer Self-Assessment
  • Get to know other online tools to help improve your accessibility
  • Online accessibility and how to avoid common pitfalls

Financial Planning for Your Small Business

Friday, March 22, from 10 am to 12 pm
Price:  $29

Starting a business can be a lot like starting a family. Nurture it, put in the time, and it can be one of the most rewarding things a person can do. Your first year in business represents the perfect time to nail down your financials and grow strong. Start with our Financial Planning for Small Business webinar.

Establishing your financial records and bookkeeping system early on is a good habit that will continue to help you grow during the life of your business. Join Rinette LagaceNET Bookkeeping, as she helps you understand how to establish the right business strategy for your company.

You’ll learn about setting up a separate business bank account, putting together a filing system, and the most efficient ways to invoice your clients.

What Will I Learn?

  • The different types of financial statements your company will need
  • What a balance sheet is
  • The difference between an income and cash flow statement
  • How your daily business transactions affect your financial statements
  • Review CRA’s requirements for record keeping
  • Different types of bookkeeping systems

Step into the River: An Economic Reconciliation Framework

Wednesday, March 27, from 10 am to 12 pm
Price:  Free

Economic Reconciliation is more than just normalizing relations with First Nations; it’s about transforming the economy for all our collective well-being. This webinar offers a set of values, mind shifts, and practices to support how practitioners, local governments, organizations, institutions, and industry partners can engage in reconciliation to meet that desired outcome.

Join Sxwpilemaát Siyám (Chief Leanne Joe, Squamish Nation) for a session where she will discuss the learnings and content of the Economic Reconciliation Framework in BC, based on convenings with Indigenous thought leaders and community economic development practitioners from across the province. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of what transformative economic reconciliation looks like and invitations for how businesses and individuals can commit to this journey of economic reconciliation.

What Will I Learn?

  • A deeper understanding of what transformative economic reconciliation looks like
  • How businesses and individuals can commit to the journey of economic reconciliation

Land Acknowledgements Workshop

Wednesday, March 27, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Price:  Free

Land Acknowledgements are becoming increasingly commonplace at event openings and gatherings made by organizations and individuals alike. While the majority of Land Acknowledgements when performed well are impactful in creating transformative spaces, there are many conversations and considerations surrounding ones that feel performative. Land Acknowledgements are crucial to visibilizing Nations that have cared for our land for thousands and thousands of years. But, where do we start, and how do we respectfully do this?

Join Erika Doehring, Gwich’in granddaughter, Sandlanee Gid, Daughter of the Dawn, and Mya Bordeau for an interactive workshop to reflect on our relationship to our location while we strengthen our connections to the land, ourselves, and each other. Acknowledging the land where we live, play, and work is crucial to establishing a relationship of trust for your business within the community.

What Will I Learn?

  • Discover ways to learn about the nations that have cared for the land since time immemorial
  • Identify a pathway forward to create transformative and actionable Land Acknowledgements

Other Useful Resources

Financing and Grants

Confused what financing options are available for your small business? Looking for grants you can apply for? Visit our Financing and Grants page to start untangling the knot.

Learn More

Starting a Business

Whether you’ve spotted a gap in the market, or you want to turn that side hustle into something longer term, our start-up resources are the perfect place to begin.


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Growing Your Business Online

Step into the e-commerce space and grow your business online. Discover the grants, resources and expertise you need to step up your digital game.

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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.