July 20 2020

Steps to Incorporating Your Business - Small Business B.C.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $59
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Key considerations for incorporation


As a small business owner, the realities of your legal and tax situation will change as your company grows. Incorporating offers a business structure with many advantages you might not have considered.

Join Dana Gordon, Benchmark Law Corporation, and learn about the benefits of incorporating, how to incorporate your business and legal tips to help you with “life after incorporation”. This seminar is ideal for anyone who wants to get incorporated properly within BC and learn how to carry on business as a corporate entity.

Note: The difference between federal incorporation and provincial incorporation will be touched upon, however the seminar will be focused on provincial incorporation only.


  • Recognize the benefits of a corporation as a business structure
  • Understand the roles of shareholders, directors, officers and others
  • Identify the steps to properly create and organize your corporation
  • Explore additional steps necessary if you're incorporating an existing business
  • How to keep your corporation in good standing from year-to-year
  • Legal tips for life after incorporation
July 20 2020

TaxSense for Incorporating Your Business - Small Business B.C.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $59
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Tax Benefits from Incorporating


The act of incorporating your small business creates a legal entity that’s separate from its shareholders or members. In many situations it can lead to lower taxes for the business owner, thanks to a range of tax benefits only available to incorporated businesses.

Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn how a registered corporation can help separate you from your business, or partners, while optimizing tax benefits and efficiencies.


  • The different small business structures
  • The advantages of incorporating
  • The tax advantages of being a shareholder vs a director of a corporation
  • The benefits of adding a holding company to your corporate structure
  • How family trusts work
  • Income deferring, medical trusts and the small business capital gains exemption
July 23 2020

Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights - Small Business B.C.

10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $69
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Secondary Market Research That Works For You

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.

This interactive and hands-on seminar will leave you ready to analyze your target market, competitors and industry trends.

Things to bring:

  • A laptop or tablet
  • Credentials to access your local library’s online databases
  • Enthusiasm to get started!

As a bonus, purchase of this seminar includes a brief consultation with Mark Eversfield (appointment required) aimed at helping you to make sense of your research findings.

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July 24 2020

Operations Management for Small Business - Small Business B.C.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $39
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How to Run a Business Effectively


Running a small business can sometimes seem like putting together a piece of furniture. You’ve got lots of little parts that slot together to make the whole but how can you build it without a set of instructions? Operations Management can provide the necessary direction.

Join us for this seminar and explore how you can determine who does what, where, when, how and most importantly – why?

You’ll learn how to plan, set up and manage your small business operations, what the operations cycle is, and how to implement activity-based budgeting.

Presented by Laura Aveledo, Small Business BC.


  • How to plan, set up and manage your small business operations
  • How to set goals and targets within your team
  • Understanding the operations cycle
  • Implementing activity based on budgeting
  • Understanding the value chain and its importance
  • Bringing it all together into a workable plan
July 28 2020

Creating Your Business Pitch - Small Business B.C.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $39
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How to Write and Deliver Your Elevator Pitch


Your business idea might be the Next Big Thing, but you need to get the word out first. Whether you’re telling friends and family, or looking for investment dollars, your start-up pitch will be essential to your success. Join Dylan Hrycyshen, Small Business BC Business Planning Advisor, for this informative session on crafting your business pitch.

You’ll begin with practicing a thirty-second pitch and leave with an improved elevator pitch and plans for a slide deck presentation aimed at funders and investors. Be ready for impromptu encounters and networking events as you tell others about your new business in a simple yet compelling way.


  • Why a great pitch is so important for your business
  • Understand the keys to a strong pitch
  • How to convey your value proposition clearly and concisely
  • Creating an investor-ready slide deck by going through the elements you need
  • Building confidence in talking about your business in an efficient and effective way
July 29 2020

How to Stay Competitive in the New Normal - Small Business B.C.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free
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Finding New Ways to Serve Customers During COVID-19


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the old way of doing business has been disrupted. Customers are interacting with businesses in new ways and many business owners have struggled to adapt their sales and customer service methods to keep up.

Learn about a variety of digital tools that small businesses should consider to live in the new normal. Reach consumers at home, offer pre-order/curbside pickup options, create a safe and contactless payment experience in-store, and protect your business from fraud risks resulting from this commerce evolution.


  • Proven practices that you can adopt to stay competitive
  • New ways of reaching customers and doing business in the "new normal"
  • Digital and in-person ways to meet the changing needs of your customers during COVID-19
  • Avoiding scams targeting small businesses
July 31 2020

Marketing for Small Business - Small Business B.C.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $59
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Marketing Strategy for Small Business Marketing for Small Business


You know what your small business has to offer, but how do you get that message across to potential customers? Marketing is the single most effective way to spread the word. Presented by Mary Charleson, Charleson Communications, Marketing for Small Business will help you focus on what your unique value proposition is and how to communicate your message effectively.

You’ll learn about the most effective marketing tools, the changing media landscape, and how to spend your marketing budget.


  • How to communicate what your business offers
  • Tips for crafting your marketing message
  • The right tools to reach your target market
  • Various media choices available to you
  • How digital marketing is altering the decision-making process
  • Find out about cost-effective marketing options