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Free WEC Webinars and Teleconferences

We’re here to support your growth, so we’re pleased to offer complimentary training sessions on a variety of topics throughout the year. Here’s what we have coming up.

Also check out our free bi-weekly Starting a Business Info Session.

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May 2019

Mentor Advisory Forum: Discover New Markets! Learn How to Sell Your Goods and Services to the Government of Canada

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Are you interested in learning how you can expand your market by selling your goods and services to the Government of Canada? If you own or operate a business and are interested in selling to the federal departments and agencies, then it is essential to proactively promote your business as a supplier. Let them know what goods and services you have and why you should be their supplier. Suppliers who promote their goods and services have better chances to bid…

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Are you ready to export? Your top questions answered

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

As a small business owner, you might think that exporting is only for big business – but, in fact, small businesses in BC exported around $18 billion worth of goods in 2016. Going global is a smart business growth strategy, and you don’t need a fleet of shipping containers to do it. Even if you provide services, you can become an exporter! Join us on May 28 to de-mystify exporting and get your key questions answered: How do I become…

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June 2019

Using Mediation to Solve Business Challenges

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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As business owners, we sometimes find ourselves: in challenging situations with other businesses or customers; in conflict with employees or partners; or needing to have “difficult” conversations with others. There are times when you should hire a lawyer, but other times solving the problem with mediation can be equally as effective, less expensive and quicker. On June 20, we’re hosting Ashley Syer, Lawyer and Mediator at Syer Law, for a discussion about mediation and how it can be used to…

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July 2019

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program: So You Want to be an Entrepreneur Webinar

July 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A FREE webinar on entrepreneurship brought to you by BC's Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program in partnership with Women's Enterprise Centre! The session will be facilitated by Women's Enterprise Centre Business Advisor, Alpana Sharma, who will discuss what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how to evaluate business ideas, and the steps for successful business planning. The session will also equip you with tools and resources that will help you succeed in your entrepreneurial venture! Register Free The Community Futures EDP…

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Raising Capital 101

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Depending on the stage and structure of your business, there are many considerations when raising capital. This webinar will outline the stages of raising capital from the formation of a company to an initial public offering and provide key legal points and tips to keep in mind when establishing your business to maximize the likelihood of successful fundraising. This webinar will help you understand: The stage of financing that is right for your business The risks of each stage of…

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Email Marketing for Maximum Impact

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Whether it’s a newsletter, a new product announcement, or a thank you email, email marketing is one of the most cost-effective communication channels for any business. In this FREE interactive webinar, you’ll learn how to build an engaged email list and optimize your email campaigns for maximum impact on your bottom line. We’ll discuss different types of emails you can use to promote your business and stay in touch with clients, plus share insights and best practices so you can:…

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August 2019

Sell Your Professional Services to the Government

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to sell your services to the government of Canada! The Canadian government spends over $16B on goods and services every year, and if you provide professional services, you might be able to get a piece of the pie. We’ve partnered with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises for an interactive webinar to help you find and bid on opportunities to sell your professional services to the government. They buy over 15,000 types of goods and services, including communications and…

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Commercial Leasing Basics

August 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Regardless of the type of business you have or the stage of your business, you will need to enter into a lease for an office, warehouse or retail space. Join us for an interactive session to get a basic overview of leasing and the pitfalls to watch out for as a tenant. This webinar will help you understand: The basic structure of a lease The major differences in various types of leases Key provisions in a lease that you must…

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September 2019

Mentor Advisory Forum: Create Your Own Marketing Videos: From Tech to Technique

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to create your own marketing videos! The video landscape is changing. Gone are the days when you needed to create a slick ad using a spokesperson, expensive equipment, and complicated software. Now, your audience wants videos that don’t look like ads – ones that are genuine, relevant, and story-driven. Your business has a story to tell and knowledge to share to inspire and grow your brand and your team. It is time to share that information in an…

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Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements Webinar

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

No matter its size, structure or industry, every business conducts commercial transactions with other parties—whether its licensing its technology or services, distributing its products or acquiring assets or shares. But what commercial and legal tools are available to businesses in the initial stages of these transactions? This webinar will outline the key aspects of confidentiality agreements and letters of intent, two important tools available to businesses when first entering into commercial agreements. It will help you understand the context, timing…

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The Nuts and Bolts of Free Trade Agreements Webinar

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Want to stay competitive in the international marketplace? Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) can create a level playing field for Canadian companies- whether you are exporting goods or services. On September 26 get the inside scoop on: What is a free trade agreement and how does it work? Exporting goods or exporting services? How can free trade agreements facilitate your trade? What government procurement opportunities are there in markets Canada has an FTA with? How to look up tariff rates? What…

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November 2019

OSME MAF Bid Evaluation Master Class

November 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

So you want to bid on a government contract. What does the bidding process look like and how can you set yourself up for success? Women’s Enterprise Centre has partnered with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises to help you understand the procurement process and improve your bidding strategies. In this free, interactive webinar, we’ll run through a fictional evaluation process so you can see what it looks like. Along the way you’ll learn: some common mistakes bidders make,…

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