What’s Happening This April at Small Business BC?

What’s Happening This April at Small Business BC?

We’re bringing a new look to this month’s calendar highlights to help you better connect with our range of experts.

If you’re looking at growing global, new ways to market your business, protecting your intellectual property, improving your operations wanting to expand your team, or looking to buy another business: We’ve got you covered.

International Trade

International trade opens up a wealth of opportunity. Whether you’re exporting, importing or investing abroad, learn the basics of doing business abroad.

Ask a Shipping Expert 
Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:30 AM to 12.45 PM

Customer delivery is important. It can leave a lasting impression on your customers. But have you ever taken time to consider your shipping options? Book an appointment with UPS Custom Brokerage experts Nadeem Sahib or Robert F.Brown and find the best solution for shipping for your business.

Understanding Regulations for Importing
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:45 PM

Join Health Canada, the Competition Bureau, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Small Business BC for an interactive session that takes you through the regulations, standards and licenses you need to know when importing to Canada, and offers you an opportunity to speak directly to the agencies your products will connect with.

Are You Thinking of Importing? 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Start learning the technical aspects of importing commercial goods to Canada with our International Trade Advisor, Leslye Sanguino. This step-by-step seminar will help you understand the industry lingo and discover the federal and provincial government agencies that regulate imports.

Are You Thinking of Exporting
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Are you planning to export your products but not sure where to start? This seminar is a great first step. You’ll learn how to evaluate your competitiveness in the global market, how to find distribution channels and the step-by-step requirements for exporting goods out of Canada.

SBBC Meetup: Growing Global | Importing Success 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

This fun and informal event will provide practical insights from professionals and entrepreneurs that can help you achieve your international business goals.

Intellectual Property

Do you know what the difference is between a patent, copyright and trademark? Intellectual Property can not only protect your business, but can increase its value. Understand more about your intellectual property rights.

Ask an Intellectual Property Lawyer 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

If you have a unique service or product but don’t know how to protect it, book a one-on-one appointment with an Intellectual Property Lawyer.

Start Smart 2 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Are you at the beginning stages of your business, wanting to learn how to protect your business, yourself and your employees? Attend this seminar and learn the legal requirements for intellectual property and employment standards. Pair this seminar together with Start Smart 1 for the Start Smart Series package.


Your brand is an integral part of your business. It distinguishes you from your competitors and, more importantly, creates an emotional connection with your customers.

Ask a Branding Expert 
Friday, April 28, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:15 PM

If you have an existing brand that you would like reviewed or are considering rebranding your small business, book a one-on-one consultation with brand strategist Karley Cunningham.

Marketing Essentials for Small Business 
Monday, April 3, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Your marketing strategy helps communicate what your business has to offer, within the parameters of your brand. This interactive seminar will help get your ideas flowing and leave you with a basic marketing plan to work on.

Get Started with Email Marketing 
Friday, April 7, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Once you have your marketing strategy, it’s time to communicate it. And email marketing is a great starting point. Attend this seminar and leave with an action plan to get your email strategy up and running.


Even if you don’t want to sell your products or book appointments online, a website is now an essential way of marketing your business. It allows customers to find you quickly and understand how your offering is different to your competitors.

Ask a Website Expert 
Monday, April 24, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Whether you’re planning your website or looking to improve your existing website, make an appointment with Simon Rai, to optimize your site for conversion.

Create Your Starter Website on WordPress 
Friday, April 21, 2017, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Getting started is easier than you think on this user-friendly platform. Join us for this interactive step-by-step seminar and leave with a basic website of your own.

Mobile Marketing: Reaching Customers on the Go 
Friday, April 7, 2017, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Over 55% of Canadians own a smartphone, meaning mobile marketing strategies are quickly becoming a necessity for every business. Find out how to include it in your web strategy.


Whether it’s managing your finances, your supply chain, your processes, or your risks – it may not be the fun part of a business, but get it wrong and you may not have a business.

Ask an Insurance Expert 
Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Insurance is often overlooked by small business owners. Whether it is slips and falls, fire and water damage, professional error, theft, bodily injury, cybercrimes, find out how to protect your business.

Operations for Small Business 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Learn how to plan, set up and manage your small business operations. From setting goals for your team, to activity based budgeting, understand the operations cycle for your business.

Human Resources

Your employees are the backbone of your business and as you might expect, studies show that happy employees are more motivated, productive and committed. So find out how to build the right and happy team for your business.

Ask a HR Expert 
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Not only do you need to know how to hire and fire, but you also need to bring together the best range of skill sets to make your business a success. Luckily, you don’t need to figure it out on your own—you can bring all your pressing HR-related questions to a qualified HR professional.

Hire the Right Candidate 
Monday, April 3, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Start with the basics and learn the best practices, legal regulations for recruiting your team, then discover your strategy to attract, select and retain the team you need with this interactive workshop.

Motivation and Focus Management for Your Team 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 and Friday, May 12, 2017

Build your leadership skills and your team and learn how to motivate your team and increase their productivity.

Buying a Business

There are many reasons to buy a business. To expand your product range, to grow your market, to become more attractive to investors. Or simply to carry on someone else’s legacy.

Ask a Business Broker 
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 10:00 AM to 1:15 PM

Whether you have specific questions relating to an active sale or would just like some tips and ideas of how to start preparing your business to sell, let our expert help you better understand the brokerage process.

Buying a Business 
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Discover how to assess the business you’re considering buying, what the purchasing process looks like, and the key steps you need to take.

Book Today

Whether you live in Vancouver or not – our services are accessible.

Attend seminars in-person at Small Business BC at Waterfront Station (601 West Cordova Street) in Vancouver, or join by live webinar. And Ask the Expert sessions in person or by Skype or Phone.

Register early as space is limited!

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