Business Counts Workshop Series

October is Small Business Month featuring our annual Business Counts Workshop Series! From alternative sources of capital to growing with Google, from business transition to food safety innovations; learn from leaders in a range of business fields to help enhance your business objectives with new trends, tools and tips!

The Lunch and Learn series is proudly sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada


Past Workshops

October 1 – Lunch & Learn: CVEDS 101

Explore and discover the resources and supports that aid in starting, expanding and promoting your business. Discussion on CVEDS small business programs, activities, and projects including BizMap Downtown Area Profiles, PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Pilot, Google 360, Online Investment Opportunities Map, and more…

To Register Click Here.

October 2 – Business Succession; Your Pathway to a Successful Business Sale

Every business will sell at some point; even yours. And when it’s time to sell, your business will become one of hundreds of other businesses on the market needing a buyer. How will your business stand out and gain the interest of a buyer?

To register click here.

October 3 – Lunch & Learn: Vancouver Island Visitor Centre & Its Business Services

Join the VIVC team for a tour and in depth discussion of how your business can leverage the thousands of visitors from around the world that access the centre annually. Google My Business Program, Online Tour and Activity Booking Agreement, Consignment Sales, and on-site marketing activation systems, and much more.

To Register Click Here. Lunch is not provided; bring your own lunch.

October 10 – Lunch & Learn: New to the Comox Valley? Thinking About Starting a Small Business?

Join representatives from the CV Chamber of Commerce, Business Development Bank of Canada, and CV Economic Development and learn about local small business resources that are available to support your business startup. This is a great opportunity to bring your questions and get to know more about your local business resources.

To Register Click Here. Lunch is provided.

October 17 – Lunch & Learn: Business Transition; Things to Consider When Buying or Selling a Business

What is my banker looking for? Share purchase vs. asset purchase. What’s the role of a business broker? Come with your questions and join the discussion on the Business Transition process. Hosted in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada and NAI Commercial.

To Register Click Here. Lunch is provided.

October 21 – Superhost Destination Ambassador

A remarkable experience relies on exceptional customer service, starting from the moment a visitor sets foot in a community and at every touch point that follows. How do you become a local Ambassador and ensure that you are contributing to a positive, authentic visitor experience that shows all that your community has to offer?

Destination Ambassador covers key topics that make for memorable visitor experiences, including:

  • The role of local ambassadors in the visitor experience
  • The importance of tourism and how it benefits your local community
  • Different visitor profiles and reasons they visit your area
  • Products and services your community has to offer visitors
  • Where to access information and how to provide helpful service to others

Cost $75/ticket, to register Click Here.

Presented by Gaetane Palardy, Tourism and Hospitality Training & Consulting

October 23 – Grow with Google Program

Join Destination BC and Tourism Vancouver Island for a free session, to learn about the resources and tools available through Google that can help your business thrive, including Google Analytics, Google my Business, Google Ads, and others through a series of free workshops.

The Grow with Google program is intended to support small businesses grow and succeed online by providing training, resources, and support materials for a variety of Google products.

Includes: Three workshops (Reach Customers Online with Google, Get Your Business Online, and Using Data to Drive Business Growth) delivered in one 5-hour session. Learn tools and tips that your business can use and get answers to some of those burning Google questions you may have from our digital team.

Cost: Free (with lunch provided), to register Click Here.

Presented by Dana Wacker, Tourism Vancouver Island

October 24 – Make Social Media Work for you! – Food & Beverage industry workshop

For all Food and Beverage Industry professionals! BCRFA representatives will discuss how to better use Social Media and photography for your company’s followers, without spending more time to do it! Learn about leveraging opportunities with local events and campaigns such as the Dine Around Festival, BC Seafood Festival, and Eat Drink Local.

Cost: Free, to register Click Here.

Presented by Ian Tostenson, BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association

October 24 – Tourism Industry Mini-Conference

Don’t miss the annual regional tourism sector development event for operators, owners, front line staff, and stakeholders! This Tourism Industry Mini-Conference, features concise yet informative business development mini-sessions, a series of one-stop-shop info stations on 2020 marketing and partnership initiatives, and a delicious networking BBQ. Get the latest research and tourism data, provide input & feedback into destination marketing initiatives, and meet new business contacts!

Mini-sessions include:

  • Dana Wacker, Tourism Vancouver Island – “Utilizing the BC Tourism Content Commonwealth”
  • Martin Littlejohn, Mountain Bike Tourism Association – “Where the Rubber Hits the Trail; Opportunities in Mountain Bike Tourism”
  • Ken Beattie, BC Ale Trail – “Tapping into the BC Craft Beer Tourist”

Keynote Speaker:

  • Ian Tostenson, President and CEO, BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association
    • Hear updates and the latest on hot-button tourism and hospitality issues including ride sharing legislation,  cannabis impacts, labourforce shortages & solutions, and more!

Cost: $25, BBQ included, to register Click Here.

October 28 – Lunch & Learn: Expand Your Markets

Diversifying revenue sources and sales channels is a must for Comox Valley businesses to improve chances for long-lasting business success. Developing new markets can offset the impacts of seasonal business fluctuations and dependency on just a few clients. No matter your experience with selling outside of the local market, this interactive workshop will prove invaluable to those seriously looking to strengthen or grow their business by pursuing markets beyond the Comox Valley.

Cost: Free, to register click here. Lunch is provided.
Lunch: Sponsored by Export Navigator

October 31 – Lunch & Learn: Moving Your Business Online: 2 Options for eCommerce

Learn about 2 solutions  to help you get up and running with e-commerce: WordPress / WooCommerce, and Shopify

This workshop will compare and contrast two popular options for setting up an online store. Get an idea of how they work, what’s involved in the initial set up, day to day management, maintenance and evolution. We’ll help you to decide if one of these may be right for you.

How each option rates in:

  • Ease of set up
  • Features and options
  • Build cost, base fees
  • Payment structure
  • Design options
  • Product types suitability (merchandise, downloads, subscriptions, tickets, etc)
  • Long term maintenance
  • Scalability

To register Click Here. Lunch is not provided; bring your own lunch.

November 12 – Lunch & Learn: Access to Capital – Alternative Sources of Financing

When the bank says no, where do you go? Discuss alternative sources of financing and capital for small businesses including specialized equity lenders, peer to peer lending, crowdfunding/crowdsourcing, and venture capitalists. Hosted in partnership with Community Futures Development Corporation of Strathcona.

To Register Click Here. Lunch is not provided; bring your own lunch.

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