Business Planning Series Package @ Small Business BC Tickets
Jun 3 – Jun 29 all-day

Starting a business is no easy task, which is why it pays to prepare. Our Business Planning Series is a comprehensive, nine-seminar package focused on teaching you how to turn a good business idea into a successful business venture.
Register today and learn about the most important operational areas for new businesses and how to evaluate them from our team of experts.
By attending this program, you will learn to evaluate the financial viability of your business idea, understand how to clearly define your target market, and strategize the first stages of your business operations, marketing and sales plans.
Program includes 27+ hours of education (value of $551) delivered by industry experts:
Nine Seminars include:

Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model
Business Viability 1: The Break-Even Analysis
Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast
Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights
Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups
Operations Management for Small Business
Creating a Website For Your Business
Marketing For Small Business
Writing a Business Plan

Mythbusting Government Procurement @ Small Business BC Tickets
Jun 3 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Each year, the Government of Canada spends $15-20 billion in procuring goods and services. While you may think they only deal with big companies, many of these contracts are awarded to small businesses across Canada. Small businesses just like yours!
Interested in learning more? Let us help you decide if selling to the Government of Canada is appropriate for your business.

Writing Email Newsletters That Connect – webinar @ Community Futures Central Kootenay Tickets
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

No matter your business, you know you need to be sending out regular emails to your clients and customers to keep them informed, engaged with your offerings and connected to what makes your business unique. But what to write? In this workshop we will write up an effective welcoming sequence that begins the relationship building process in a way that speaks your values as a business. We’ll also move on to creating an email newsletter schedule, and ideas on what to share in these regular touch points to your customers. Registration deadline: June 1

This class will be offered online via zoom. You will need a computer or smartphone and decent wifi to attend.

To register email: info@futures.bc.ca

Instructor: Kathleen Stowell


How to Become an Inclusive Employer After COVID-19 @ Small Business BC Tickets
Jun 4 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm

As we begin the process of re-opening our economy, many business owners will face the need to rebuild and hire new staff. This presents a unique opportunity to build from the ground up with a more inclusive hiring policy. Not only can an employer cast a wider net to find the right candidate, they’ll also enhance the standing of their brand through inclusive hiring practices. By implementing these step-by-step practices, a business can demonstrate social values that will resonate with customers and employees alike.
Moderated by Trish Kelly of the Presidents Group, along with HR and inclusion experts Jamie Millar-Dixon and Kristin Bower (who recently published the Untapped Talent B2B guidebook) this informative webinar will equip business owners with the tools and know-how to build a welcoming and more inclusive workplace.

Sales Strategies for Small Business Tickets
Jun 8 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm

How important are sales strategies for small business? Well, finding new customers to buy your product or service is central to the sales process. If you do, your business will grow, and you’ll reap the rewards. So, how do you find them?
Join Cathy Kuzel, Business Development Strategist and Coach and learn how the sales cycle affects your business, where to find new business and the importance of building lasting customer relationships.

Preparing For The Unthinkable – Business Continuity Seminar 2 sessions (via zoom) @ Community Futures Central Kootenay (Nelson, BC) Tickets
Jun 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Nelson: June 9 & 10 (Noon-1:30pm both days) VIA ZOOM

If disaster strikes—be it fire, flood, cyber-attack, power outage, or disease outbreak—what will you, as a business owner, do?

Most people were caught off guard by COVID-19. And since then, business owners are busy with new safety protocol, staff shortages, and financial pressures. Thinking about another disaster feels overwhelming.

The Kootenay and Boundary regions are prone to forest fires and floods. Natural disasters can trigger further disruptions with power outages and road blockages. And as we come out of the first wave of COVID-19 infections, what would a second wave mean for your business?

We recognize that this is an unsettling time for entrepreneurs, so instead of focusing on the many things beyond your control, let’s focus on what you can control: building a strong, well-thought-out plan so if another disaster strikes, you’ll be ready.

Using the provided business continuity planning template, instructor Colin O’Leary helps you create a customized, effective plan that prepares you for disasters, guides your response to the disaster, and ensures you are poised to recover.

The future is uncertain. The best way to face that uncertainty, is with a well-made plan.

Colin O’Leary has spent over 10 years working with businesses, non-profits, public entities, and social enterprises of all sizes, across all industries to overcome challenges. He is passionate about innovation, overcoming challenges and helping people.

To register, call (250) 352-1933 ext. 100 or visit: https://futures.bc.ca/workshop-registration/

COST: $50 +GST





Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model Tickets
Jun 9 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Struggling with the complexities of a business plan? Business mapping helps to deconstruct the formal elements of a business plan, simplifying a lot of the information into bite-sized pieces. It covers the same aspects as a more traditional business plan, without going into as much granular detail.
Join Dylan Hrycyshen, Small Business BC as he provides you with a lean start-up canvas for developing a new business that segments your potential enterprise into nine easy to understand chunks.

Grow Your Sales With Free Trade Agreements @ Small Business BC Tickets
Jun 9 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Businesses that consider free trade agreements in their growth plans can export more cost-effectively and be more competitive in the international market. Canada’s 14 trade agreements may mean you can enter international markets with 0% or reduced import duties. Exporters of services may also make significant gains. In this interactive webinar, you will begin to learn about how to meet market regulations and achieve exporting success.

Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights Tickets
Jun 10 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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.
Agenda in brief:

Morning seminar
Lunch break (food not provided)
Afternoon hands-on workshop and database research time (optional for webinar attendees)

Things to bring:

A wi-fi enabled 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.

Market Research for Your Business Package @ Small Business BC Tickets
Jun 10 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 17 @ 11:00 pm

In this two-part seminar package, Small Business BC’s Market Research expert, Mark Eversfield will teach you the important steps of gathering both secondary and primary market research.
You will learn how ask the right questions, collect key data and interpret that information to help you make strategic business decisions.
Seminars included:

Market Research 1: Find Business Data and Insights
Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups

Things to bring:

A wi-fi capable laptop or tablet
Credentials to access your local library’s online databases
Enthusiasm to get started!

As a bonus, purchase of this seminar series includes a brief consultation with Mark Eversfield (appointment required) aimed at helping you make sense of your research findings.
Presented By: Mark Eversfield, Market Research Expert at Small Business BC