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January 2021

Fusion Marketing for a Digital World

January 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PST

Fusion Methodology: like-minded people working together for mutual benefit. Digital marketing is booming and it’s important to maximize your organic growth through fusion methodology. Instructor, Chris Holland reviews fusion methods, organic growth, and digital marketing opportunities, and how they can help your business become accessible to the ideal demographic. Once you effectively apply these tools, your marketing campaigns will not only be more successful, they will be more enjoyable to run! Registration deadline: Jan 25 Note: This class will be…

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Virtual Connection Day: Columbia Basin

January 28

Future-Proof Your Business with a Free 1:1 Meeting with a Tech Expert While COVID-19 has affected all Columbia Basin businesses in different ways, one thing is certain—adopting technology into your business is important now more than ever. Being visible and effective online is the key to future-proofing your business in this unprecedented time. Apply today for our next Virtual Connection Day to receive a free one-on-one virtual meeting with a technology expert to learn what tools and tactics you can…

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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PST

Entrepreneurs and their ideas come in all shapes and sizes but the one common issue they all must address is early stage financing. It’s estimated that roughly 82% of new businesses fail due to cashflow problems. So, how do you secure that all-important early stage financing? In this seminar, representatives from Vancity Microfinance and Futurpreneur Canada will walk you through the steps needed to acquire start-up funds. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Understand the various financing options available How your credit rating can affect the…

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Panel: Small Business Trends for 2021

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST

As we consign 2020 to the history books, thoughts inevitably turn to 2021 and the opportunities it will bring. There’s plenty of reasons for optimism in the coming year, with a return to normality on the horizon. What lessons can we learn from 2020? Which of our COVID-19 pivots are likely to stick around? Join us for a fascinating panel discussion that gathers speakers from a wide variety of perspectives. Hear their insights, add your observations and expertise, and look…

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February 2021

Blogging to promote your business

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION Blogging allows a business to easily create and share valuable and relevant content with their target audience. Whether it’s blogging, social media or newsletters, content marketing is critical for entrepreneurs looking to promote their business in a budget-conscious manner. Join Ashley “WriterGal” Doan, Writergal Marketing Services, and learn how to increase visitors to your site organically and keep them there longer by publishing great content. Takeaways from this interactive session include a workbook containing a content calendar, a…

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Branding 101: Business Card & Logo Design

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

Characteristics of a good logo are simple, memorable, versatile and relevant. Now that you have a product or service and a business name, you are ready to communicate with your customers through your branding. We will explore some logo design fundamentals and creations techniques. You will be using the ‘Canva’ design program. This class will be offered online via zoom. You will need a computer and decent wifi to attend. Email info@futures.bc.ca to attend. Registration deadline: Jan 28 Instructor: Alex…

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Facebook for Business – Beginner

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PST

In this class, learn what Facebook's all about and how small businesses are using it to gain a bigger audience for very little cost. In the second half, set up your Facebook business page and start using it! We will also set up your LinkedIn profile. Have photos, logos and write-ups ready to load if you have them. Registration deadline: Jan 29 Instructor: Amanda Murray

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Taxsense during COVID-19

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION 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. WHAT WILL I LEARN? What to expect when employees claim home office expenses through the T2200 form CERB and CEWS government supports and tax implications What to know about…

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Business Plan 101

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

A business plan is essential for every business owner. It organizes your ideas, helping you analyze the viability of your business before you start. This workshop helps you clarify your business concept and covers the basics of a business plan. You will receive a business plan template, worksheets, and resources. Whether you have a business idea or you’re well into it, this course is for you! PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration is required. Email info@futures.bc.ca This class will be offered via webinar. You…

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Kootenay Pitch Competition Event #2

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

From the safety of your living room, cheer on four Kootenay entrepreneurs as they pitch to a panel of judges featuring local and regional investors, industry professionals, and tech experts. Our host, Sean Smillie, will be coming to you live from the new Nelson Innovation Centre. Tune in to get a taste for new Kootenay tech and support our local entrepreneurs! Winner takes home $500 in cash, a KAST membership, free entrance into the New Ventures BC 2021 competition and…

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Search Engine Optimization & Google Analytics

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

Search rankings are extremely important. Ninety-one per cent of clicks from a Google search go to the results on the first search page. If your customers are searching for you online, then you need to think about search engine optimization (SEO) for your business. This class explains the best practices of SEO today and provides tools that simplify the process, including Google Analytics. This class will be offered via zoom so you will need a computer or tablet with decent…

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Writing Killer Sales

February 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

If you sell online, you need to communicate in an effective way that moves people to take action. This course is for anyone preparing to launch a new online business or currently selling online and wanting to boost sales or grow their list. We'll cover how to create an opt-in, grow an engaged and targeted list, and how to create an offer and a sales page that helps you earn revenue and make a difference in the people's lives that you serve. Registration deadline:…

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Creating engaging video content using your phone

February 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION 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…

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How to launch your product in today’s world

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION COVID-19 has spurred many changes affecting retail in BC, from disruptions to the supply chain to online shopping becoming more prevalent. At the same time though, initiatives like Shop Local and the transition of brick and mortar businesses to e-commerce are taking place.nnNow may be the best time for you to connect with retailers, get your foot in the door, and your products onto their shelves and their websites.nnAppealing product design, a powerful brand story, and pricing strategies…

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Make Every Word Count

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST

We all receive and many of us give out too much information. So, how do we streamline our writing? This workshop guides you to more concise, clear, coherent communication, that connects with your audience. You will gain audience targeting, content editing and basic editing knowledge. If you write emails, web content, documents and marketing materials, this is for you. Kate Harrison Whiteside, Key Advice and PlainLanguageAcademy.com specializes in plain language, communicating clearly with clients. She has thirty years of experience in writing…

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How much is your business worth?

February 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION As small business owners approach retirement, or adjust to the realities of COVID-19, many are contemplating selling their businesses. As Warren Buffet once said, “Price is what you pay: Value is what you get.” In this seminar you’ll learn how businesses are valued, how buyers think, and practical tips for maximizing value. Join Liisa Atva, CPA and Chartered Business Valuator, and learn the basic principles of business valuation, which methods to use and how to apply them. Knowing…

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Google Lens: The Future of Marketing

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PST

Google Lens turns your phone camera into an A.I.-Powered visual search tool.  It works with Google Assistant and Google Photos to help people find businesses, recognize images, or transfer text to phone, with just the touch of a screen.  This technology makes it easier for people to find specific products and services in an instant.  In this workshop, learn about this new marketing technology, how best to be prepared, and how to efficiently incorporate it into your existing business MAP (Marketing…

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How to start a Business

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm PST

Have you ever wondered about becoming an entrepreneur, taking your training or skills to a new level and running your own show? Maybe launching a start-up? Or buying a business and running it? In this workshop, learn how to review critical decision points for making the transition. Other considerations include what “being an entrepreneur” means; types of business entities; business models; product types; common pitfalls and motivations; and how to get started. Note: Me Inc. workshop does not cover writing…

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Social Media for Small Business

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION While it’s amazing for catching up with old friends, social media can also be a huge driver of traffic and attention to your small business. And, just because you know what social media is, does not mean you necessarily understand how to use social media to grow and develop your business. This workshop focuses on understanding social media for small business, what it is and how it’s connecting people. WHAT WILL I LEARN? The different social media platforms…

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Achieving Work-Life Balance

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
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Want to grow your business but also have time to live a life? This workshop will help you create a plan and the strategies to schedule in time for work, family, fun, self-care and anything else you prioritize in life. We will cover the four pillars for a balanced life: Self-Care, Creative Play, Values and Simplicity and then we'll create a personalized schedule for you to make it all happen. Registration Deadline: Feb 3 Instructor: Kathy Stowell

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Bookkeeping Lab (webinar)

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Are you stuck on your bookkeeping? Bring your journals, receipts, deposit books, invoices, chequebook, and bank statements and we will give you individualized attention to help you stay on track. Note: this class is only available after completion of Bookkeeping Basics. We will be working online via zoom, you will need a computer and decent wifi to attend. Instructor: Brenda Wiest

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Facebook: Engage Your Audience – Advanced

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PST

If you already have your own business Facebook page, then now’s the time to uncover opportunities for networking with a variety of people.  Learn how to be prepared, work with newsfeed formulas, enhance your presence, place ads, and boost posts. Registration deadline: Feb 15  This class will be attended online via Zoom. You will need a computer and decent wifi to attend. Instructor: Chris Holland, Juggernaut Marketing & Communications

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Starting a business: Start Smart Package

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION Whether you have a winning idea, or you’re just fascinated with the idea of launching a business, the Starting a Business: Start Smart Series delivers the basics you need to get started on the journey. Ranging from the different business structures, to business insurance, employment standards and how you can protect your intellectual property, this fascinating series will equip you with the basics of launching a start-up. Seminars Included: Start Smart 1: Basics of Starting a Business Start…

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Bookkeeping Basics

February 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

Using a bookkeeping journal method, learn how to set-up your own books. Bookkeeping basics include the principles of double entry, how to keep your records organized, and more. Choose between paper journal system or Excel template that automatically totals your journals and produces financial statements. You will recieve handouts via wetransfer, please follow printing instructions. Instructor: Barb Williams To register email info@futures.bc.ca This class will be attended online via zoom. You will need a computer and decent wifi to attend.

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Writing a Business Plan

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION Writing a business plan provides a roadmap to success for your business. It will outline your goals and the steps you will take to achieve them. This seminar will take a deep dive into the various aspects of a business plan and the key questions you need to address in each. You’ll identify the gaps in your plan and the areas you need to develop further. You’ll also find out about business plan reviewing and how it can…

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Microsoft MakeCode Arcade Camp

February 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
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  GLOWS (KAST's youth program) is excited to announce a new camp: Microsoft MakeCode Arcade. Unlock the limitless potential of game design by taking your first steps with us in creating your very own arcade game! With Microsoft MakeCode Arcade, you'll end up with a completely customizable game to play and share with your friends, accessible on any web browser.   Microsoft MakeCode Arcade Level 1 Saturday February 20, 2021 9am - 12pm PST Microsoft MakeCode Arcade is a web-based…

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Microsoft MakeCode Arcade Camp

February 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
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One event on February 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

  GLOWS (KAST's youth program) is excited to announce a new camp: Microsoft MakeCode Arcade. Unlock the limitless potential of game design by taking your first steps with us in creating your very own arcade game! With Microsoft MakeCode Arcade, you'll end up with a completely customizable game to play and share with your friends, accessible on any web browser.   Microsoft MakeCode Arcade Level 1 Saturday February 20, 2021 9am - 12pm PST Microsoft MakeCode Arcade is a web-based…

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Building Your Website and Online Store with Shopify

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

Two day workshop, Feb 22 & 23 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day In this hands-on, two-day workshop you will learn to create, build and manage your own online store using one of the leading Software as Service platforms: Shopify. Bring your product description and photos, other text (e.g. shipping details, logos, images) and imagination to craft your own fully functioning online store (with a free 14 day trial from Shopify) by the end of the workshop. The workshop format…

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Operations Management for Small Business

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION Running a small business can sometimes seem like putting together a piece of furniture. You’ve got lots of little parts that slot together to make the whole but how can you build it without a set of instructions? Operations Management can provide the necessary direction. Join us for this seminar and explore how you can determine who does what, where, when, how and most importantly – why? You’ll learn how to plan, set up and manage your small…

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Marketing for Small Business

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION You know what your small business has to offer, but how do you get that message across to potential customers? Marketing is the single most effective way to spread the word. Presented by Mary Charleson, Charleson Communications, Marketing for Small Business will help you focus on what your unique value proposition is and how to communicate your message effectively. You’ll learn about the most effective marketing tools, the changing media landscape, and how to spend your marketing budget. WHAT…

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Business Networking Skills for Success

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION COVID-19 and the need to maintain physical distancing has dramatically impacted on our ability to network and make new contacts. Don’t despair, there are still plenty of ways to make the connections you need for your business to succeed. Now is the perfect time to assess your network and increase your connections so your business is well poised to benefit as our economy gradually reopens. Join Cathy Kuzel, Business Development Strategies and Advisor, and learn key tips for leveraging your…

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How to drive more traffic to your website

February 24 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine. Understanding how to improve your visibility in Google and other search engines is crucial for driving traffic to your website. Learn free online tools to find out who your website visitors are, what they’re searching for, and how you can get more visitors and paying customers. This seminar will provide you with an overview of the digital ecosystem including search engines and analytics. Join our digital marketing expert Warren Thompson,…

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Achieving Work-Life Balance

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
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One event on February 25, 2021 at 9:00 am

Want to grow your business but also have time to live a life? This workshop will help you create a plan and the strategies to schedule in time for work, family, fun, self-care and anything else you prioritize in life. We will cover the four pillars for a balanced life: Self-Care, Creative Play, Values and Simplicity and then we'll create a personalized schedule for you to make it all happen. Registration Deadline: Feb 3 Instructor: Kathy Stowell

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Early Stage Financing for Small Business

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION Entrepreneurs and their ideas come in all shapes and sizes but the one common issue they all must address is early stage financing. It’s estimated that roughly 82% of new businesses fail due to cashflow problems. So, how do you secure that all-important early stage financing? In this seminar, representatives from Vancity Microfinance and Futurpreneur Canada will walk you through the steps needed to acquire start-up funds. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Understand the various financing options available How your credit rating can…

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Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and more

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

COURSE DESCRIPTION Do you know if the work you create belongs to you? Or how to prevent others from copying your ideas? Attend our Trademarks, Copyright, Patents and More seminar and hear from an intellectual property lawyer on the various forms of intellectual property protection and how they can safeguard your business. WHAT WILL I LEARN? Overview of Types of Intellectual Property - when to consider patent, trademark, copyright, or design protection Why geography and jurisdiction matter Overview of Trademark…

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Taxsense for Small Business

February 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Whether you are starting or looking to grow your business, the business structure you choose can have a massive impact on your profits and tax situation. Join a representative from Loren Nancke Chartered Professional Accountants and learn accounting essentials, responsibilities and dates involved with managing a small business. You’ll discover the deductions available to you, the tax benefits of each structure and discuss when it’s time for your small business to incorporate. WHAT WILL I LEARN? The differences between sole proprietorships, partnerships…

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