September 17 2020

Finding and Bidding on Opportunities with the Government of Canada - Small Business B.C.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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With a focus on the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Program (IDEaS)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Did you know – The Government of Canada purchases between $20-$25 billion of goods, services, and construction each year. Many of the suppliers of these goods are small businesses. Finding and Bidding on Opportunities with the Federal Government can provide a fantastic way to grow your revenue.

Want to know how the Government of Canada purchases innovations?  Regardless if you are working from your home, an academic in a university lab or a scientist in a small business or a major corporation, the Innovation for Defence, Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is looking for your solutions to help resolve defence and security challenges.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

  • The fundamentals of registering to sell to the government

  • How to identify opportunities and market your goods and services

  • The basics of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process and how to submit a bid

  • The federal government contracting process

  • The Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS)

  • How buyandsell.gc.ca works

September 18 2020

Importing Regulations in Canada - Small Business B.C.

Friday, September 18, 2020

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

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Canadian Importing Regulations in Detail

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Looking to import goods into Canada? Before you start, you need to know which regulations, standards and licenses apply to your products. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of which regulatory agencies are responsible for your industry, and how to manage pre-entry requirements, such as testing and labelling – before you start importing into Canada.

This interactive session will bring together representatives from Small Business BC, Health Canada, the Competition Bureau and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions relevant to your business with the visiting agencies.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

  • Textile regulations and labeling

  • Food labelling requirements and licensing

  • Cosmetic regulations under the Food and Drug Act

  • Drug regulations

  • Natural health product regulations

  • Medical devices regulations

September 21 2020

Creating a Website for Your Business - Small Business B.C.

Monday, September 21, 2020

1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Make Your Own Website

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Thinking of creating a website for your business? WordPress websites make up almost 30% of the internet and it was recently named the world’s fastest growing Content Management System (CMS). Similar to Shopify, Wix and Squarespace, WordPress offers a free-to-install, flexible and simple interface to make the most of your business website.

Join Simon Rai, Raize Digital, and take an interactive step-by-step tour of WordPress and leave with a basic website of your own. Getting started is easier than you think on this user-friendly platform that will empower you to tell the world about your small business. In this session, we’ll also briefly examine some of the more popular alternatives to WordPress.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

  • Know what to look for when selecting a web host

  • How to install a WordPress theme

  • How to edit your website content

  • Getting started on adding media such as images, video and audio to your site

  • Harnessing the power of widgets, plug-ins and theme settings

  • A brief introduction to WordPress alternatives

September 22 2020

The Break-Even Analysis - Small Business B.C.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

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Understanding Costs, Revenue and Profit

COURSE DESCRIPTION

No matter how good your idea for a product or service is, it doesn’t automatically translate into a successful business. Avoid the pitfalls of launching your business based solely on your idea. Join Bill Erichson, Pacific Training Innovations for Business Viability 1 and learn how to identify the costs to start and operate your business for the first year.

You’ll calculate the starting capital and annual sales required to break even, as well as the three kinds of start-up costs you’ll likely face.

Whether you’re starting, or considering expanding your existing business, book this seminar today and find out how to determine the financial viability of your business.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

  • Discover the kind of costs associated with start-ups

  • What are the requirements for a start-up

  • Identify your overhead costs

  • Understand mark-up, margin and cost of goods – your variable costs

  • What your break-even point looks like

  • Finding out who your customer is

September 22 2020

Business Viability Package - Small Business B.C.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

No matter how good your idea for a product or service is, it doesn’t automatically translate into a viable business. Your business viability ultimately depends on your cash flow – even if you’re already turning a profit. Keeping your cash flow positive is one of the best ways to improve the financial health of your business and ensure you continue to grow.

Join us for our business viability package and learn how to determine, evaluate and forecast your business finances. You’ll leave understanding how to analyze the financial viability and determine the strength of your business’ cash flow for potential investors.

You will receive a 15% discount by registering for this full day package.

Seminars included:

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

  • Discover the kind of costs associated with start-ups

  • What are the financial requirements for a start-up

  • Identify your overhead costs

  • The three factors that determine how cash enters your business each month

  • How to forecast your monthly outgoings

  • Understanding cash flow calculations



September 22 2020

The Cash Flow Forecast - Small Business B.C.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Avoiding Cash Flow Pitfalls

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The financial health of your business ultimately depends on your cash flow – even if you’re already turning a profit. Keeping your cash flow positive is one of the best ways to improve the financial health of your business and ensure you continue to grow.

Join Bill Erichson, Pacific Training Innovations, as he details how to stay on top of your business cash flow. You’ll learn the three factors that determine how cash enters your business, as well as how to forecast your monthly cash out flows.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

  • The three factors that determine how cash enters your business each month

  • How to forecast your monthly outgoings

  • Understanding cash flow calculations

  • The real causes of cash flow problems

  • Doing ‘what if’ calculations to plan for success

September 24 2020

Back to Business Goal Setting - Small Business B.C.

Thursday, September 24, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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Succeeding in the New Normal for Business

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Businesses across Canada are coming to terms with a vastly changed landscape. In many aspects, the old way of doing things has been discarded, and the transition to the “new normal” is filled with many challenges. The key to succeeding in these times is to be prepared, know the obstacles you’re likely to face, and set goals that will enable you to move forward.

Setting Goals

Goal setting offers a powerful and proven pathway to achieving business success. Utilizing the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely), and other goal setting principles, entrepreneurs can set goals and devise an action plan to achieve those goals. Small Business BC’s Goal Setting Workshop is a four-week, interactive Zoom workshop where participants will take the time to define goals and action plans, as well as developing the skills necessary to effectively prioritize professional goals in a supporting and inspiring environment.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

  • Dedicated time to evaluate your needs to move forward in business while rebuilding for resiliency

  • Develop three key goals with requirements, milestones and accountability

  • Align goals with business strategy for the “new normal” and help you move from obstacles to action

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September 25 2020

Funding and Resources for Inclusive Employers - Small Business B.C.

Friday, September 25, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
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Access Funding and Supports to Become an Inclusive Employer

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Did you know that as an employer you can get free help finding candidates, access wage subsidies, get free job coaching for new employees, assistive technology, and training? In celebration of Disability Employment Month in B.C., this webinar will focus on where employers can obtain support and why employing persons with disabilities is good for business.

Join our panel presentation moderated by Trish Kelly of the Presidents Group, along with Rebecca Purdy from the Open Door Group, Nate Toevs from Neil Squire Society, and Dugan Selkirk from Community Futures BC to understand how small businesses can get the support they need to become inclusive employers.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

  • Hear directly from service providers that offer help with inclusive hiring

  • Understand the types of support available, including the Opportunities Fund and Work BC Assistive Technology Services programs

  • Learn how you can access funding if you are an entrepreneur with disabilities

September 29 2020

Get Started with Email Marketing - Small Business B.C.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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GET STARTED WITH EMAIL MARKETING

Launching an Effective Email Strategy

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Email Marketing makes money. In fact, a recent study showed that for every $1 you spend on email marketing, you can expect an average return of $38. Find out what you need to start an effective email marketing campaign and reach your target audience via their email inbox.

Join Mhairi Petrovic, Out-Smarts Marketing as she delivers an action plan to get your email strategy up and running.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

  • How to integrate email into your overall marketing strategy

  • Choose the best platform for your email marketing

  • Understand the components of a successful email campaign

  • Determine the success of your campaigns and test different approaches

  • An action plan to start your email strategy

  • The differences between some major email marketing platforms