Whether you are in the thinking stages of starting a business or are looking for opportunities to expand your business network, there are plenty of interesting events taking place during the month of July. 

We also recommend visiting smallbusinessbc.ca and reviewing their full event calendar and seminar line up. Please note details are accurate at time of publication, all summaries have been reproduced from host descriptions.

Photo Credit: Photo by rawpixel


Supplying Professional Services to the Government of Canada
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring and current professional service providers
Date: August 1
Time: 10:30am – 12pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Learn how to register your business in the Centralized Professional Services System (CPSS) as well as how to find and bid on professional service opportunities.


Business Loan Information Session
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Target audience: Aspiring women entrepreneurs
Date: August 6
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Phone-in
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: A facilitator will provide guidance on how to apply for a loan from the Women’s Enterprise Centre.


Focused Business Planning
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
Date: August 6-28
Time: See registration page for the start times of each seminar
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $419
Register
Summary: A package of nine seminars designed to help you evaluate the viability of your business idea, potential buyers of your product or service and more! Each seminar can also be booked individually.


Starting Your Business: What’s the Plan?
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
Date: August 6
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $59
Register
Summary: Identify key gaps in your business plan as well as how to create a cohesive, compelling argument for your business.

Burnaby Entrepreneurs Toastmasters
Host: Burnaby Entrepreneurs Toastmasters
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: Wednesday (Recurring)
Time: 6:45pm
Location: CMPNY Burnaby
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Improve your public speaking skills and leadership qualities in this friendly, constructive environment.


Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: August 7
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $59      
Register
Summary: Learn how to evaluate your business idea, understand the key areas of a successful business model, and discover financing options for your new venture. 


Need to Know: Mindset Mastery for Business Growth
Host: Hervana Coworking Collective
Target audience: Women entrepreneurs and business owners
Date: August 9
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30pm
Location: Hervana Coworking Collective
Cost: $79-$99
Register
Summary: A workshop designed for women entrepreneurs to help them unleash their entrepreneurial mindsets and grow their businesses successfully.


Business Viability 1: The Break Even Analysis
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs; Small business owners
Date: August 13
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $69
Register
Summary: Learn how to identify the costs of starting and operating a business in its first year. Discover how to calculate starting capital and annual sales to break even.


Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs; Small business owners
Date: August 13
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $69      
Register
Summary: Learn how to forecast monthly cash flow, how to calculate cash flow, and the causes of cash flow problems.


Mastering Your Business for Maximum Profit & Success in Surrey
Host: Canadian Business Success Events
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
Date: August 13
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Location: Sheraton Guildford Hotel
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Overcome your own fears of starting a business in this 2-hour event designed to help you maximize growth, sales, and profit.


How to Set Up a Business for Newcomers
Host: Burnaby Public Library
Co-host: MOSAIC
Target audience: Newcomers
Date: August 16
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Burnaby Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Intended for newcomers who want to learn the process of starting a small business, including how to write a business plan, register a business, and find financing.


Mastering Social Media to Grow Your Business
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs; Small business owners
Date: August 19
Time: 1pm – 4:30pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $39
Register
Summary: Learn how to expand your following by incorporating social media into your marketing strategy.


Market Research 1: Finding Data That Works for You
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
Date: August 20
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $69      
Register
Summary: Discover how to use secondary data — including what it is and where to find it — to analyze your target market, competitors, and industry trends in this seminar that explores the importance of secondary market research.


Business Planning (Penticton, BC)
Host: Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners
Date: August 21
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen
Cost: $75
Register
Summary: Learn how to develop an action plan to help make your business model a reality!


Starting a Business Information Session
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Target audience: Aspiring women entrepreneurs
Date: August 22
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Phone-in
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Receive guidance on several topics including business structures, registering a business, licenses and permits, and sources of funding for a business.


Creating Your First Business Website
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Small business owners
Date: August 26
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $59
Register
Summary: This interactive step-by-step tour of WordPress will provide you with a foundation to build and customize a website for your business.


Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups for Knowing Your Customer
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
Date: August 27
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $69      
Register
Summary: Learn about the difference between quantitative and qualitative data, discover methods for collecting data, and understand the key tools for gathering information in this seminar that explores the importance of primary market research.


Operations for Small Business
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring small business owners
Date: August 28
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $39
Register
Summary: Discover how to plan, set up, and manage small business operations, as well as how to set goals and targets within your team.

Events

Whether you are in the thinking stages of starting a business or are looking for opportunities to expand your business network, there are plenty of interesting events taking place during the month of July. 

We also recommend visiting smallbusinessbc.ca and reviewing their full event calendar and seminar line up. Please note details are accurate at time of publication, all summaries have been reproduced from host descriptions.

Photo Credit: Photo by rawpixel


Supplying Professional Services to the Government of Canada
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring and current professional service providers
Date: August 1
Time: 10:30am – 12pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Learn how to register your business in the Centralized Professional Services System (CPSS) as well as how to find and bid on professional service opportunities.


Business Loan Information Session
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Target audience: Aspiring women entrepreneurs
Date: August 6
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Phone-in
Cost: Free
Register
Summary: A facilitator will provide guidance on how to apply for a loan from the Women’s Enterprise Centre.


Focused Business Planning
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
Date: August 6-28
Time: See registration page for the start times of each seminar
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $419
Register
Summary: A package of nine seminars designed to help you evaluate the viability of your business idea, potential buyers of your product or service and more! Each seminar can also be booked individually.


Starting Your Business: What’s the Plan?
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
Date: August 6
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $59
Register
Summary: Identify key gaps in your business plan as well as how to create a cohesive, compelling argument for your business.

Burnaby Entrepreneurs Toastmasters
Host: Burnaby Entrepreneurs Toastmasters
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: Wednesday (Recurring)
Time: 6:45pm
Location: CMPNY Burnaby
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Improve your public speaking skills and leadership qualities in this friendly, constructive environment.


Business Mapping: Developing a Smart Business Model
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: August 7
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $59      
Register
Summary: Learn how to evaluate your business idea, understand the key areas of a successful business model, and discover financing options for your new venture. 


Need to Know: Mindset Mastery for Business Growth
Host: Hervana Coworking Collective
Target audience: Women entrepreneurs and business owners
Date: August 9
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30pm
Location: Hervana Coworking Collective
Cost: $79-$99
Register
Summary: A workshop designed for women entrepreneurs to help them unleash their entrepreneurial mindsets and grow their businesses successfully.


Business Viability 1: The Break Even Analysis
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs; Small business owners
Date: August 13
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $69
Register
Summary: Learn how to identify the costs of starting and operating a business in its first year. Discover how to calculate starting capital and annual sales to break even.


Business Viability 2: The Cash Flow Forecast
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs; Small business owners
Date: August 13
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $69      
Register
Summary: Learn how to forecast monthly cash flow, how to calculate cash flow, and the causes of cash flow problems.


Mastering Your Business for Maximum Profit & Success in Surrey
Host: Canadian Business Success Events
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
Date: August 13
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Location: Sheraton Guildford Hotel
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Overcome your own fears of starting a business in this 2-hour event designed to help you maximize growth, sales, and profit.


How to Set Up a Business for Newcomers
Host: Burnaby Public Library
Co-host: MOSAIC
Target audience: Newcomers
Date: August 16
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Burnaby Public Library
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Intended for newcomers who want to learn the process of starting a small business, including how to write a business plan, register a business, and find financing.


Mastering Social Media to Grow Your Business
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs; Small business owners
Date: August 19
Time: 1pm – 4:30pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $39
Register
Summary: Learn how to expand your following by incorporating social media into your marketing strategy.


Market Research 1: Finding Data That Works for You
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
Date: August 20
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $69      
Register
Summary: Discover how to use secondary data — including what it is and where to find it — to analyze your target market, competitors, and industry trends in this seminar that explores the importance of secondary market research.


Business Planning (Penticton, BC)
Host: Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners
Date: August 21
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen
Cost: $75
Register
Summary: Learn how to develop an action plan to help make your business model a reality!


Starting a Business Information Session
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Target audience: Aspiring women entrepreneurs
Date: August 22
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Phone-in
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Receive guidance on several topics including business structures, registering a business, licenses and permits, and sources of funding for a business.


Creating Your First Business Website
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Small business owners
Date: August 26
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $59
Register
Summary: This interactive step-by-step tour of WordPress will provide you with a foundation to build and customize a website for your business.


Market Research 2: Surveys and Focus Groups for Knowing Your Customer
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
Date: August 27
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $69      
Register
Summary: Learn about the difference between quantitative and qualitative data, discover methods for collecting data, and understand the key tools for gathering information in this seminar that explores the importance of primary market research.


Operations for Small Business
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring small business owners
Date: August 28
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Small Business BC – Vancouver (Available to other locations via Webinar)
Cost: $39
Register
Summary: Discover how to plan, set up, and manage small business operations, as well as how to set goals and targets within your team.

Events

Photo credit Robert Abel.

Librarians seem to be making a name for themselves on Jeopardy! these days and here at UBC Library, we’re proud to count one of our own among them. Dr. Jennifer Abel, who is currently earning her MLIS and working as a student librarian in the Education Library, recently appeared on Jeopardy! on July 17. We caught up with Jennifer to learn about her Jeopardy! experience and what she values most about UBC Library.

What does the process of applying for Jeopardy! look like?

The first thing you have to do is do an online test. They host them a couple of times a year. It’s a 15-minute timed online test of 50 questions. They don’t tell you how you do. You only find out if you did okay on the test if you get called for an in-person audition.  I did the online test twice, once in the fall of 2016 and once in the spring of 2017. I was called in for an in-person audition in February 2018.

At the in-person audition, you take another written test and then they hold some mock games where you practice with the signalling device and answering in the form of a question. They record a short interview as well to get a feel for your personability. Once that’s complete, you’re in the contest pool for 18 months. You may or may not get called and I was lucky enough to get called.

What was it like once you got to set?

All the filming is down in Culver City, California at the Sony Pictures Entertainment studios. They tape five shows in one day, so basically, a week of shows. Having watched the show basically my entire life, I was sort of used to seeing the sets and the big board. But it’s different when you’re actually there. You’re on the stage going “Wow, this is bigger than I thought!”

Photo credit: Jeopardy! Productions Inc.

What was meeting Alex Trebek like?

He seemed very much like his professional show persona. I think he’s the most gentlemanly game show host I’ve ever seen, which I think is part of being Canadian. In between the shows, he takes questions from the audience — he’s very quietly funny. Apparently, he’s also a handyman — not that he does that on the set, but he showed us a picture of himself up to his waist in his wife’s bathroom floor because he was renovating the bathroom. It made me think, you can take the boy out of Sudbury but you can’t take the Sudbury out of the boy!

Librarians and librarians-in-training seem to be doing very well on Jeopardy! recently. Why do you think that is?

I think librarians in particular are very curious — they’re interested in lots of different things. They generally have a good memory, because we have to remember where all the stuff is! One of the things we learn in library school is asking the right questions when we’re conducting reference interviews with faculty and researchers. I think that skill really comes in handy in Jeopardy!.

As a former PhD student in Linguistics and current MLIS student, what do you value the most about UBC Library?

I think the people are great and their expertise is so helpful. The librarians I worked with during grad school are the reason that I wanted to go to library school. I admire their willingness to try new things and their work to make the university a better place. I think of the work I got to do with the Research Commons and just how much of a difference that’s made in the lives of so many UBC grad students.  That support wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for folks in the library.

Jennifer Abel worked as a Graduate Student Peer for Thesis and Dissertation Support at UBC Library’s Research Commons from July 2012 to April 2015 and September 2017 to August 2018, where she taught workshops and offered one-on-one consults.

She completed her PhD in Linguistics at UBC and is now working towards earning her MLIS.

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