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This Month at SBBC

June Highlights at SBBC

Summer is just around the corner and there’s never been a better time to level up your small business. Whether you’re a new entrepreneur looking to get started or a current small business owner wanting to grow your team, there are plenty of opportunities at SBBC this month.

Not sure where to begin? Join us at Start Smart! This two-part series gives you all the basics you need to get started, plus access to our Steps to Starting a Business in BC e-course.

Also this month, join us for our live panel, Entrepreneurial Journeys of Newcomers to BC. Our panel of experts; Ali Haeri from Soul Bite FoodKimmy Xiao from Whisk Premium Matcha, and Antony Josephine Snowfy from Medsazi, will share their stories. This event is a great chance to hear from successful immigrant BC business owners, connect with like-minded people, and discover unique solutions to business challenges.

Here are all the highlights for June at SBBC:

Education in June


Build your Team with Grant Funding

Tuesday, June 4, from 1 pm to 2 pm
Price: Free

Want to grow your business? Hiring grants can supercharge your team and help you level up your business. Grant funding may be available for your next new hire, so let ‘grant angel’ Stephanie Sang show you how to find opportunities and successfully apply. Join our webinar and uncover the untapped potential of hiring grants. Learn how strategically building your team with financial support can propel your business forward.

What Will I Learn?

  • Understand the key criteria for qualifying for hiring grants
  • Choose the best hiring grant based on industry relevance and eligibility
  • Learn about funding and hiring guidelines
  • Navigate through hiring prerequisites, application timelines, and reporting requirements

Start Smart: Basics of Starting a Business – Package

Session 1 – Wednesday, June 5, from 10 am to 12:30 pm – Hybrid *
Session 2 – Wednesday, June 12, from 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.


Supporting Your Workplace Accessibility Journey

Thursday, June 6, from 1 pm to 1:45 pm
Price: Free

Are you curious to create a more accessible workplace, even with a limited budget? Small businesses in BC don’t have to let limited funds or resources hold them back from enjoying the benefits of an inclusive workplace. In this webinar, you’ll meet organizations offering assistance, including financial support, for small businesses to take actionable steps toward better accessibility.

Join us as we bring together three leaders in the accessibility space who can support your accessibility journey. Meet Brandi Butts from the Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program, Nate Toevs from the Neil Squire Society, and Gary Webb, Business Accessibility Advisor from SBBC.

We will go over the support offered by each organization and answer questions on how to get started with workplace accessibility from a small business perspective.

Accessibility Accommodations Provided

If you require accessibility accommodations for this particular webinar, please email us at [email protected] and we will respond to your email and provide options to support your request.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to access support for business skills training and coaching at no cost to entrepreneurs with disabilities
  • Discover programs supporting workplace accessibility improvements such as assistive technology
  • Explore a suite of free resources to start and continue your workplace accessibility journey

Entrepreneurial Journeys of Newcomers to BC

Tuesday, June 25, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Price: Free

Immigrants play a key part in the Canadian economy. In fact, one in four businesses in Canada are owned by immigrants. Join Vision2Reality Foundation and Small Business BC for this interactive panel discussion featuring immigrant entrepreneurs. Be inspired by stories of business success, discover solutions to challenges, and meet and connect with other entrepreneurs.

Hear from our panel of speakers:

– Ali Haeri, Soul Bite Food

– Kimmy Xiao, Whisk Premium Matcha

– Antony Josephine Snowfy, Medsazi

What Will I Learn?

  • How immigrants are starting and growing their businesses in Canada
  • Resources and opportunities from Vision2Reality Foundation and Small Business BC to support your journey
  • How to grow your local network through online and in-person networking
  • Basics of how to start up in charity, distribution, import, food and health industries

Employment Law 101

Thursday, June 27, from 10 am to 11:30 am
Price:  $19

Employees are key to growing a business. Building the right employer-employee relationships can ensure a sustainable and long-running business. Whether you’re looking to hire your first employee or to refresh your knowledge, join the Workplace team at Miller Titerle for this informative session on staying compliant with employment laws in BC and following best practices when creating employment contracts and handling terminations.

What Will I Learn?

  • An overview of BC’s BC’s employment laws including the Employment Standards Act and the Human Rights Code
  • The basics of an employment contract
  • How to handle employee termination of an employee
  • Common employment pitfalls and how to avoid them

How Intersectionality Helps Small Businesses Thrive

Thursday, June 27, from 1 pm to 1:45 pm
Price: Free

This powerful workshop facilitated by Cicely Belle Blain, CEO of Bakau Consulting, dismantles barriers through the lens of intersectionality. Learn how to create accessible organizations that also factor in equity, anti-racism, and social justice.

This session aims to equip small businesses to become champions of inclusion, by addressing challenges faced by people with disabilities at the intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation, and more. Discover actionable strategies to build diverse and equitable teams that contribute to a more just society and better business outcomes.

 

Accessibility Accommodations Provided

If you require accessibility accommodations for this particular webinar, please email us at [email protected] and we will respond to your email and provide options to support your request.

What Will I Learn?

  • Understanding the interconnectedness of disability and other marginalized identities
  • How to address racial bias within disability advocacy
  • How to create disability projects that promote fairness and inclusion for all
  • Real-world examples of small businesses achieving intersectional inclusion
  • Actionable strategies and practical steps to remove barriers and build inclusive environments
  • How to foster a culture of support and retention for employees with disabilities and diverse backgrounds

Other Useful Resources

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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.

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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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Room Rentals

Small Business BC offers convenient and affordable meeting room rental spaces at our Vancouver office located near City Hall. We have a variety of light-filled spaces to rent, ranging from large boardroom flex spaces to welcoming meeting rooms.

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