Small Business BC | Build. Grow. Thrive.

Small Business BC, alongside our partners at Envision Financial, is excited to announce the long-awaited return of our popular Build. Grow. Thrive. virtual event series. This FREE day of education is designed to equip attendees with the skills and resources they need to thrive in today’s rapidly changing BC economy.

You’re invited to join us remotely on Tuesday, September 28th for a day of education that gathers our community to learn, network and share their tips for thriving in changing economic conditions. With small businesses accounting for 98 percent of all businesses in our province, we keenly understand the challenges entrepreneurs currently face. That’s why each session has been designed to deliver practical advice tailored toward navigating our “new normal.”

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Build. Grow. Thrive. Agenda
9:00 AM: Virtual Event Doors Open

9:30AM-10:00 AM: General Networking
Take a seat in one of our networking rooms, introduce yourself to fellow attendees, or take some time to meet with the exhibitors at our virtual trade show and learn how they can help your business. Keep an eye on the announcements in our lobby for regular updates throughout the day.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Welcome and Introductory Remarks (Main Stage)
Join us for the launch of the day’s schedule, with remarks from Tom Conway, CEO at Small Business BC and David Lanphear, President of Envision Financial.

10:15 AM-10:55 AM: Trends and Changes for Digital Transformation (Main Stage) – Presented by Digital Main Street
During COVID-19, it’s been proven customers are still out there – they’ve just migrated online. Join the experts from Digital Main Street and learn key tips and best practices for taking your digital presence to the next level.

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Breakout Room – with Digital Main Street
Join Digital Main Street in our Breakout Room, and network and ask questions related to your business. These shorter breakout sessions offer a smaller, more casual environment for learning.

11:15 AM – 11:55 AM: Resiliency in the Face of Change (Main Stage) – Presented by Envision Financial
Needing financial guidance during the pandemic? While your focus during this time is understandably on surviving, slow times also present an opportunity to fine-tune your business and identify areas of potential growth. Join Kevin Lehman, Business Banking at Envision Financial to learn how to stay resilient in the face of change.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM: Breakout Room – with Envision Financial
Join Envision Financial in our Breakout Room, network and find answers relating to your unique business situation. These shorter breakout sessions offer a smaller, more casual environment for learning.

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM: Panel Discussion: Navigating Entrepreneurship – Real Life Stories of Resiliency (Main Stage)
The business start-up phase is a thrilling time with endless possibilities. It’s also a challenging period with plenty of learning. Learn valuable tips and approaches from those who have successfully navigated this path and discover shortcuts for the road ahead. This panel discussion will last approximately 60 minutes, with 15 minutes at the end for questions and answers.
Entrepreneurs Include:
Nicole McLaren, Founder & CEO, Raven Reads
Sam Morris, Operations Director & Founder, FarOut Wilderness
Brian Smith, CEO, Persephone Brewing Company
Ryan Popoff, Founder, Popov Leather
Moderated by Karley Cunningham, Big Bold Brand

1:45 PM – 2:25 PM: Market Research: Finding the Trends During COVID-19 (Main Stage) – Presented by Small Business BC
Join Mark Eversfield, Market Research Analyst, Small Business BC, and learn how market research can inform how your business handles the COVID-19 pandemic. In his trademark informative and entertaining style, Mark will detail how to gather information about your current and potential customers, changes to consumer behaviour as a result of the pandemic, and other key data tools for making successful business decisions in a time of uncertainty. This presentation will last approximately 30 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions and answers at the end.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Breakout Room – With Small Business BC
Join Mark Eversfield of Small Business BC in our Breakout Room and receive advice on market research specific to your business. These shorter breakout sessions offer a smaller, more casual environment for learning.

2:45 PM – 2:50 PM: Closing Remarks (Main Stage)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Post Event Networking

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