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This Month at SBBC

October Highlights at SBBC

Blowing in with the cool air this fall is a fresh breeze of inspiring activations at Small Business BC. October is Small Business Month in British Columbia, and now is the perfect time to take advantage of SBBC’s calendar full of networking and education events to support your business journey.

The month kicks off with Build. Grow. Thrive.  on Thursday, October 5, at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre. This free, can’t-miss event features a full day of learning from expert speakers covering topics like market research, business strategy, and mental health for entrepreneurs.

Keep the ball rolling by joining us for a Business Planning for Success meet-up on Wednesday, October 11. While you’re at it, block off Wednesday, November 8, in your calendar for a very special small business meet-up taking place at Fairmont Vancouver.

Here are all the highlights for October at SBBC:

Education in October

Small Business Insurance to Protect Your Company

Wednesday, October 4
10 am to 11 am


Many small businesses don’t have the insurance coverage they need, and it’s estimated that 25 percent of BC businesses are underinsured or have no insurance at all. Have you ever wondered about business insurance – what it is, when you should buy it and why you need it to keep growing?

This webinar will cover the basics of business insurance and why it is important to have the right protection for the business you’ve worked so hard to build. Assess your business risks and learn about the various types of coverages available to protect your business’s growth and potential.

Join this informative session presented by BCAA’s Small Business Insurance team and find out more about how to protect your business. We’re including a Q&A period to get your questions answered so you can make confident choices for the customized coverage you need.

Start Smart: Basics of Starting a Business – Package

Session 1 – Wednesday, October 11, 10 am to 12:30 pm – Hybrid
Session 2 – Wednesday, October 18, 12 pm to 1:45 pm – Virtual only

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.

How to Bring Clarity and Coherence to Your Team

Tuesday, October 17
1 pm to 2:30 pm


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 session and learn his concept on the three vital areas of team development: vision, leadership, and strategy.

Pricing Strategies for Small Business

Tuesday, October 24
4:30 pm to 6 pm

Ready to launch your product but unsure how to properly price it?

Pricing isn’t just about picking numbers for your goods and services. It’s about making smart choices that work for your unique situation. In challenging economic conditions, it’s never been more important to be thoughtful in your pricing strategies.

In this informative and fast-paced session, Zahra Baghdadi CPA, a business strategist and finance professional of over 16 years, will help you understand the relationship between pricing and sustainable growth. You’ll discover key tips for driving profitability through pricing, optimizing pricing structure, and developing a strategic mindset to confidently set and adjust your prices.

How to Make Your E-commerce Business Profitable in the U.S.

Thursday, October 26
10 am to 11:30 pm

Breaking into the U.S. market as a Canadian e-commerce brand presents unique challenges and opportunities. From capturing and engaging a new audience through email marketing to understanding the intricacies of profitability, there are many factors to consider.

This presentation delves into three fundamental areas of e-commerce: harnessing the power of email for audience growth, ways to maximize profitability, and essential strategies for a Canadian business launching a product in the competitive U.S. landscape.

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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