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April 2014

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Getting Your Business Online: A Website

Getting Your Business Online: A Website


April 2, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


 

  • 15 / 15
  • 10:00 am PST 12:00 pm PST
  • $39.00

  • This is a workshop designed for the complete beginner. This seminar will review the different types of websites and options on finding a web designer/developer.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the basic costs and steps necessary to register your domain.
    • Find a hosting company and have your website developed.
    • This seminar will review the different types of websites and options on finding a web designer/developer.

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    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


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Market Research 1 - Using Existing Data to Your Advantage

Market Research 1 - Using Existing Data to Your Advantage


April 8, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Mark Eversfield,

  • 15 / 15
  • 10:00 am PST 12:00 pm PST
  • $39.00

  • Secondary market research allows you to determine the viability of your venture with already existing data. It‘s also key to analyzing your target market, industry trends and competition. Attend this seminar and start conducting market research for your business right away.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify key resources available to find secondary data
    • Learn the difference between quantitative and qualitative data
    • Understand what type of secondary data to look for and how to interpret it
    • Find out how to determine business viability using secondary data

    Presented By: Mark Eversfield, Market Research expert at Small Business BC

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Succession Planning for Business

Succession Planning for Business


April 8, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Paul Savage,

  • 15 / 15
  • 1:00 pm PST 2:30 pm PST
  • $49.00

  • Whether it’s retirement, adventure or a new project, the time will come for you to move on from your business. But is your business ready for you to leave it behind? When you’re busy running the day-to-day operations, it’s likely the last thing on your mind. Additionally, life can have surprises and unexpected situations that may affect your business drastically. The best way to prepare is succession planning, which will help ensure your financial future and the longevity of your company.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the benefits of early succession planning
    • Family Transition considerations
    • Alternate succession options
    • Determine how to choose a successor
    • Understand what the value of your business is and how to optimize it


    Presented by Paul Savage of Pacific Business Brokers

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference and webinar. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
My First Year in Business - A Financial Overview

My First Year in Business - A Financial Overview


April 9, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Dianne Mueller,

  • 15 / 15
  • 1:00 pm PST 4:00 pm PST
  • $59.00

  • Establishing your financial records and bookkeeping system should be one of the first orders of business when starting your company. You will need to establish a separate business bank account, put together a filing system, and decide how to invoice your clients.

    Book this seminar today to understand how to establish the right business strategy for your company.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the different financial statements your company will need.
    • Gain an understanding of the components and difference between the balance sheet, the income statement and cash flow statement.
    • Understand what a cash flow statement is and how daily business transactions affect your financial statements.
    • Review CRA's requirements for record keeping.


    Presented By: Dianne Mueller of SOMA Business Solutions

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference and webinar. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


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Sourcing Suppliers: International Product Procurement

Sourcing Suppliers: International Product Procurement


April 14, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm


Richard Schwartz,

  • 15 / 15
  • 9:00 am PST 12:00 pm PST
  • $59.00

  • Finding qualified manufacturers in international markets can pose a high degree of difficulty for most businesses. This seminar will teach you how to find the right manufacturer and how to guarantee a relationship that’s a good fit for both parties. Learn the steps to successful international product procurement and the pitfalls to avoid.

    Join us for this three hour interactive session delivered by Richard Schwartz, President at Certain Supply Inc., an international trade expert who has been working in the area of global procurement and manufacturing for twelve years.

    Learning objectives:
    • An overview of international procurement and global sourcing
    • Developing your international procurement plan
    • Finding international suppliers
    • Conducting due diligence on offshore suppliers
    • Managing product quality


    Presented By: Richard Schwartz of Certain Supply Inc.
     

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference and webinar. All webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Market Research 2 - Surveys, Focus Groups, and More

Market Research 2 - Surveys, Focus Groups, and More


April 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Mark Eversfield,

  • 15 / 15
  • 10:00 am PST 12:00 pm PST
  • $39.00

  • Do you want to know how much money your customers will spend? What motivates them to buy? How to attract more of your best clients? These answers, and more, can be discovered through primary market research.

    Join Mark Eversfield, Small Business BC’s Market Research Analyst, to learn effective tools for collecting primary research. This seminar will help you understand how to begin conducting market research for your business.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the difference between quantitative and qualitative data
    • Discover how to determine your business viability
    • Uncover successful methods of collecting data
    • Identify the key questions to ask when researching
    • Take away on-going information search and monitoring tactics
    • Learn key tools for gathering information

    Presented By: Mark Eversfield, Market Research expert at Small Business BC

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Business Viability 1 - Breakeven Analysis

Business Viability 1 - Breakeven Analysis


April 16, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm


Bill Erichson,

  • 15 / 15
  • 9:00 am PST 12:00 pm PST
  • $69.00

  • Many entrepreneurs launch businesses based solely based on the idea alone. Successful businesses are profitable, or have the potential for profit. Come join Bill Erichson to learn how to identify the costs to start and operate your business for the first year… and then calculate the starting capital and annual sales required to break even.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discover the three kinds of start-up costs.
    • Determine your start-up requirements.
    • Identify your overhead costs.
    • Understand mark-up, margin and cost of goods – your variable costs.
    • The break-even…the first goal of any business.

    Whether for a starting business, or for a new and expansion stage for an existing business, book this seminar today and find out how to determine the financial viability of your business.

    Presented By: Bill Erichson of Pacific Training Innovations

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference and webinar. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Business Viability 2 - Cash Flow Forecast

Business Viability 2 - Cash Flow Forecast


April 16, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Bill Erichson,

  • 15 / 15
  • 1:00 pm PST 4:00 pm PST
  • $69.00

  • Just because your business is profitable, does not mean it is viable. Cash flow is arguably the most crucial part of your financial plan. Without strong cash flow, you run the risk of going broke before achieving your break-even point.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discover the three factors that determine how cash enters your business each month.
    • How to forecast your monthly cash out flows.
    • Understanding cash flow calculations.
    • The real causes of cash flow problems.
    • Doing ‘what if’ calculations to plan for success.

    There is an old saying: “There are two ways to go broke. No profits is the slow painful way…no cash flow is the fast painful way.” Join Bill Erichson for this seminar and plan for the success of your business.

    Presented By: Bill Erichson of Pacific Training Innovations.

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference and webinar. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
 
Getting Incorporated - Essential Steps & Legal Tips

Getting Incorporated - Essential Steps & Legal Tips


April 17, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Jason Harris,

  • 15 / 15
  • 1:00 pm PST 4:00 pm PST
  • $59.00

  • Attend this seminar to learn about the benefits of corporations, how to incorporate your business and legal tips that will help you with “life after incorporation”. This seminar is ideal for anyone who wants to get incorporated properly and learn how to carry on business as a corporate entity!

    Learning Objectives:

    • Recognize the advantages of corporations.
    • Understand the roles of shareholders, directors, officers and others in the corporate structure.
    • Identify the essential steps that must be followed to properly create and organize your corporation.
    • Explore additional steps that may be necessary if you’re incorporating an existing business, e.g. a proprietorship, and the common pitfalls to avoid.
    • Know the mandatory corporate requirements that must be followed each year to keep your corporation alive and in good standing.
    • Get helpful legal tips for carrying on business, as a corporate entity after the incorporation is complete.

    Presented By: Jason Harris of Simply Legal Law Corporation

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference and webinar. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


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Are You Thinking of Importing?

Are You Thinking of Importing?


April 23, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Sandra Light,

  • 15 / 15
  • 1:00 pm PST 4:00 pm PST
  • $59.00

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    Are you considering importing as a component of your small business but don't know where to begin? Come to this introductory seminar to learn about some of the technical aspects of importing commercial goods into Canada.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Step-by-step process of how to start your import venture.
    • How to deal with customs brokers and international freight forwarders.
    • How to bring your product into Canada and avoid costly mistakes.
    • Introduction to commonly used “international commercial terms” and the regulations.
    • Know the different payments means that exist across borders.
    • Understand negotiating tactics and learn how to get paid.


    Presented By: Sandra Light of Small Business BC

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference and webinar. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
 
Sales Strategies for Small Business

Sales Strategies for Small Business


April 24, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Cathy Kuzel,

  • 15 / 15
  • 1:00 pm PST 4:00 pm PST
  • $59.00

  • Unsure how to generate leads and close sales? This seminar is designed to help you become comfortable with the sales process that can help make your business profitable. Come learn the six sales principles for the entrepreneur and how to apply them to your business.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define your product offering and target market
    • Learn the tools for effective lead generation
    • Understand the sales cycle
    • Learn how to overcome objections using the quad method
    • Understand effective closing strategies closing strategies and the importance of follow-up


    Presented By: Cathy Kuzel, Professional Mentor and Business Coach

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference and webinar. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
 
 
 
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How to Get Your Business Into the Media

How to Get Your Business Into the Media


April 28, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Baili Lazarus,

  • 15 / 15
  • 1:00 pm PST 2:30 pm PST
  • $30.00

  • Whether it's print, online, TV or radio, every business wants to get in the media's limelight. By aligning your knowledge, expertise or opinion with what an editor or producer might need; and then knowing how to send a good pitch, you'll be able to your name and company into the media.

    This seminar focuses on the basic information of how to communicate with journalists and editors, along with examples of what makes a good pitch. As an editor with 15 years of experience, Baila Lazarus has read and heard thousands of story pitches. She can tell you what grabs an editor's or producer's attention - and it's not what you might think.

    Whether you work in a small business, multinational corporation or PR company trying to get more coverage for your clients, this workshop will help you understand basic steps to accomplish your media goals.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand why, as a business owner, you want to access the media
    • How to effectively access media channels
    • Learn how to make contact with media, fill a need and write a pitch.


    Presented by: Baila Lazarus of Phase2Coaching


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
 
 
Are You Thinking of Exporting

Are You Thinking of Exporting


April 30, 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm


Sandra Light,

  • 15 / 15
  • 9:00 am PST 12:00 pm PST
  • $59.00

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    Do you plan to export products to foreign markets but don’t know where to start or what to do? Book this seminar today and prepare your business to be export ready in a strategic and planned way.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Step-by-step guide to the requirements for exporting goods out of Canada.
    • Evaluate the competitiveness of your business in the global market.
    • Identify the distribution channels available to your business.
    • Understand the use of incoterms and how to access Canadian and Foreign government regulations.
    • Know the different payment means that exist across borders.


    Presented By: Sandra Light of Small Business BC

    This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live video conference and webinar. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.


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