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Catch up with SBBC’s Free COVID-19 Webinars

As our community continues to cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Small Business BC is here to help.

Small Business BC are hosting a series of specialized free webinars to tackle the challenges faced by COVID-19. These webinars are geared at equipping businesses in our province with the skills and knowledge they need to survive the new realities of our COVID economy.

See below for our upcoming webinars, along with the opportunity to watch any sessions you’ve missed.

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Catch up with SBBC’s Free COVID-19 Webinars

As our community continues to cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Small Business BC is here to help.

Small Business BC are hosting a series of specialized free webinars to tackle the challenges faced by COVID-19. These webinars are geared at equipping businesses in our province with the skills and knowledge they need to survive the new realities of our COVID economy.

See below for our upcoming webinars, along with the opportunity to watch any sessions you’ve missed.

B.C. BUSINESS COVID-19 SUPPORT SERVICE

Small Business BC has recently launched the B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service to host all COVID-19 content and resources in one area. You’ll be able to talk to an advisor via live chat, or speak to them over the phone.
FIND OUT MORE

Previous Webinar Recordings

  • Strategies for Staying Resilient During COVID-19 (Part 3) - May 27th

    Faced with significant challenges wrought by COVID-19, resilience is more important than ever for small business owners.

    As a follow up to our special topics webinar “Staying Resilient During Extraordinary Times” facilitated by Christina Nikiforuk, Leadership Coach and Consultant, we are pleased to offer a three-part resilience series.

    Each webinar will feature a small business owner who will share their tools and tips for enhancing resilience. You will have an opportunity to learn what other business owners are doing from both a business point of view, as well as a mental health perspective, during this extraordinary period. Join at any time during the series and catch past sessions as recordings will be made available.

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  • Web Presence 101 and Customer Engagement During COVID-19 - May 22nd

    Your customers are on the web. Having a website and online presence strategy allows you to market your small business online. More than ever, your small business needs to be engaging with customers virtually.

    In this workshop, you will get practical tips and tricks to use social media, email marketing, and Google My Business platforms to create meaningful engagement with your customers and community. We will also discuss the importance of online presence for your business success and what you need to know about getting started.

    Join us to learn how you can continue to engage with your customers during these times, why it is more important than ever, and tips for how you can connect with your audience in an easy and engaging way.

    This session was hosted by Digital Main Street and used Zoom (click to download Zoom in advance).

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  • HR Action Items for Reopening Your Business - May 22nd

    As restrictions ease and some businesses are allowed to reopen, business owners face the challenge of rehiring staff or reorienting them to new policies and procedures. As an employer or manager, you will have to figure out how to re-engage with employees who were laid off and onboard their employees to the new normal.

    What happens if people don’t want to return to work? What if they experience “culture shock” in the after times and have trouble getting used to changes in roles and responsibilities? How do you plan to rebuild your team in the midst of change and uncertainty?

    Join Bronwen Kenyon and Helina Patience from the Entreflow Consulting Group to learn about restarting your business on the right foot.

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  • Creating Professional Video Content Using Your Phone - May 21st

    If marketing has taught us anything in recent years it’s that customers love video content. Many business owners think it’s expensive and time-consuming to create this content but this is no longer the case. Thanks to the humble smartphone, professional-looking videos can be made quickly and easily.

    In the era of physical distancing, now is the perfect time for business owners to become comfortable with producing their own video content. All that’s needed is a smartphone and a good idea. Join us for this fun and informative webinar and learn how to produce videos you can use immediately to tell your stories during the pandemic or build a library of videos you can draw from in the future as you populate your content calendar.

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  • Marketing During Crisis: How to Strike the Right Balance - May 14th

    In the last few months, our world has changed. Consumer behaviors and priorities have shifted, has your messaging changed accordingly? It’s time to revisit your approach to marketing and learn how to reframe your offers and promotions in this time of drastic change and upheaval.

    Join us for this informative webinar and learn the basics of marketing during a crisis.

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  • Strategies for Staying Resilient During COVID-19 (Part 2) - May 13th

    Faced with significant challenges wrought by COVID-19, resilience is more important than ever for small business owners.

    As a follow up to our special topics webinar “Staying Resilient During Extraordinary Times” facilitated by Christina Nikiforuk, Leadership Coach and Consultant, we are pleased to offer a three-part resilience series.

    Each webinar will feature a small business owner who will share their tools and tips for enhancing resilience. You will have an opportunity to learn what other business owners are doing from both a business point of view, as well as a mental health perspective, during this extraordinary period. Join at any time during the series and catch past sessions as recordings will be made available.

    The guest speaker for this session will be Braeden Ralla of Purpose Smoothie Company.

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  • eCommerce 101: What, Why, and How - May 11th

    Join us online for an eCommerce webinar, to help business owners with the basic concepts of setting up an online shop. We will go over the steps required before launching a store to assist with the basic foundations and necessary steps you need to start selling online. This session will be hosted by Digital Main Street.

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  • COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety - May 8th

    As thoughts begin to turn toward reopening our economy, business owners must ensure their workplace is taking preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

    Presented by Chris Back from WorkSafeBC, this informative webinar will cover important aspects of ensuring workplace health and safety for employees and customers alike. Topics covered will include COVID-19 transmision and ways to mitigate exposure, use of masks and other physical barriers, as well as best practices in working from home arrangements.

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  • Google Strategies for Food and Beverage Businesses - May 7th

    Since the advent of COVID-19, physical distancing has shifted customer foot traffic from the street to the online world. How you attract and speak to these customers will make all the difference, and your first step is tending to your online “front door” – your Google My Business profile.

    While some businesses have had no choice but to close their doors, there are several cheap and effective strategies you can implement to sustain your business online until the economy can return to a semblance of normality.

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  • TaxSense During COVID-19 - May 1st

    In this difficult climate, every dollar counts, and employers like yourself are looking to help their business and staff as much as possible. Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn from tax accountants on tax opportunities as well as tax impacts you need to know right now.

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  • Strategies for Staying Resilient During COVID-19 (Part 1) - April 29th

    Faced with significant challenges wrought by COVID-19, resilience is more important than ever for small business owners.

    As a follow up to our special topics webinar “Staying Resilient During Extraordinary Times” facilitated by Christina Nikiforuk, Leadership Coach and Consultant, we are pleased to offer a three-part resilience series.

    Each webinar will feature a small business owner who will share their tools and tips for enhancing resilience. You will have an opportunity to learn what other business owners are doing from both a business point of view, as well as a mental health perspective, during this extraordinary period. Join at any time during the series and catch past sessions as recordings will be made available.

    This session’s guest is Dave Lundberg, founder of Small Pause Coaching, father of two, and experienced equine coach. Drawing from his experience working with horses, Dave introduces his clients to a unique and powerful form of learning and growth. As a self-employed worker himself, Dave has also been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Learn what steps Dave has taken to change his business and to build his own resilience during this challenging time.

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  • Exporting Beyond COVID-19: Preparing Your Business for the Long-Run - April 28th

    For the time being, the COVID-19-economy has drastically changed the face of exporting, and now is the time to adapt and prepare for the future. Having the skills and tools required to sell your goods and services to other provinces and countries takes preparation which you can start now. In this webinar, you’ll learn how you can attend virtual tradeshows, access funding resources, and hone a skill set that can help you export across the globe, from Alberta to Australia. Business around the world is adapting, and now could be the time to look into expanding your markets.

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  • Benefits of Unified Communication For Your Remote Office - April 24th

    Is having multiple communication providers and services hindering your ability to set up a remote team?

    No need to get your cables and cords in a bunch. This webinar will help you figure out what’s best for your small business. Discover the benefits of having a unified communications platform, from cost savings to increased productivity. Voice calls, web conferencing, instant messaging and more can be found in one solution — the options for which we will look at together.

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  • Data Security and Management with Remote Teams - April 21st

    Managing smooth access to data for authorized users and keeping unauthorized access out are issues that can hinder the transition to a fully remote workplace.

    Arm yourself with an understanding of data management and security so that your business retains an appropriate level of control over its data while enabling your employees to work remotely and effectively. If you are still using flash drives and emailing files around, this webinar is for you.

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  • How to Stay Relevant in Uncertain Times - April 20th

    Wondering how you can stay on your customer’s radar during this lockdown and amidst massive lifestyle changes across the board?

    There are many questions about what to do and how to adapt. Start by creating your conceptual framework for staying relevant by drawing inspiration from other businesses in BC. The webinar will highlight numerous examples of businesses doing things differently to stay relevant and top of mind. Leave with ideas of your own to apply in your small business.

    This session was hosted by Mary Charleson via Zoom.

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  • How to Choose an Online Collaboration Platform - April 17th

    As a small business, is it feasible to move the entire team “to the cloud” and collaborate online? What does that even mean? How are Office 365, GSuite, Google Drive, Dropbox and so forth different?

    These questions and many more will be answered in this webinar designed to clarify what online collaboration platforms can do, and how to choose between the many options out there as a small business. 

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  • Staying Healthy While Working From Home - April 17th

    With the new realities of #wfh and societal change all around us, it’s never been more important to stay physically active, mentally calm, and healthy. There’s no better way than to do it as a team-building initiative to inject some social time into the day and improve staff morale.

    Join us for a webinar about Healthy Workplaces, and specifically the Healthy @ Home challenges presented by the Canadian Cancer Society, and take away easy-to-implement plans that small businesses like yours can adopt while we’re all working from home or wherever your team may be.

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  • Building A Remote Work Strategy For Your Small Business - April 14th

    Join us and learn from a representative from Uniserve about building a framework for your remote workplace with just the right amount of cloud computing that you need.

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  • Finding a New Normal: Leading Your Business Through Times of Uncertainty - April 9th

    If your business is now facing more uncertainty than ever, learn how to find a  new normal and make sure you can make the transition well.

    With a pandemic at our door, navigating business in this amount of uncertainty requires an approach that includes a reset of your business plan. This session will help you find your new normal and make sure you can make the transition well.

    This webinar will cover the critical steps required to respond to coronavirus and the recession.

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  • Local Businesses Working Together in Challenging Times - April 8th

    One of the ways to react in a crisis is to cooperate and build strength by working together. This is what some local businesses are doing right now as we all face the realities of a pandemic situation.

    This webinar provides examples of local businesses forming collaborative projects so you can bring ideas back to your community and begin cooperating too.

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  • Staying Resilient in Extraordinary Times - April 3rd

    In the coming weeks and months, Canadian businesses will face an unprecedented test of their resiliency due to COVID-19. How they respond during this time will make all the difference. Join leadership coach and consultant Christina Nikiforuk to learn how to practice resiliency as a small business.

    When faced with broad-based uncertainty, it is natural to feel stress and anxiety. However, too much stress can negatively impact our mental and physical health. This session will help you cope by starting with self-care for leaders: it begins with you. What are some things you can do as a small business owner or leader to manage your stress? What are some things you can do as a leader to help your team and fellow staff members?

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  • Pivoting to Add a Delivery Service to Your Small Business - April 2nd

    As small businesses play their part in helping to flatten the curve, it’s seen most businesses closing their storefronts and physical locations. Creating a delivery arm for your small business could be one way to keep serving your existing customer base, while also attracting new customers.

    Join presenter Marc Kuo and learn the steps, considerations and things to keep in mind as you develop a strategy for your new delivery service.

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  • Keeping Your Customers Informed During the Pandemic - April 1st

    In the era of physical distancing, communicating with customers has taken on a whole new importance – and challenge. Customers we previously interacted with in-person have moved online, and now all communication must flow through digital channels.

    Join Mhairi Petrovic, social media and e-mail marketing presenter at Small Business BC, and learn the key steps you need to consider when creating your strategy.

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  • Managing Cash Flow During COVID-19 - March 30th

    The impact of COVID-19 came very quickly, leaving business owners dealing with a lot of uncertainty.

    As thoughts turn toward staff payrolls, paying rent, and vendor relationships, join us for this informative webinar and learn tips and best practices for maintaining your business cash flow in a time of crisis.

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  • Supplying Essential Goods and Services to the Government of Canada (COVID-19) - March 27th

    Are you a business that can supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19?

    This webinar will cover what products may be suitable, and how you can register to supply the federal government in a national effort against COVID-19. Join a representative from The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), Public Services and Procurement Canada to understand how you can help Canada combat the pandemic.

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  • How to Effectively Manage Remote Teams - March 27th

    As COVID-19 forces many of us to work remotely, we’re all learning together that it requires more than just a computer and an internet connection.

    Begin by understanding the key differences between working onsite and working remotely, and how to effectively adapt your management approach to handling a remote team. This webinar will provide a solid grasp of the basics.

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  • Get Online with Shopify - March 26th

    During this time of social distancing and storefront closures, it is crucial now more than ever to have an online presence to still engage with customers and continue to grow your business.

    Build the basics of your Shopify store in just three hours. This webinar starts from the beginning and leads you through everything from Account Settings to setting up your Payment Provider.

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