Communities don’t just happen. They are built. They are supported. They are celebrated. Community Futures Nicola Valley recognizes the contributions and achievements of Merritt small businesses which is why we invite you to participate in Small Business Week!.

Community Futures Nicola Valley and partners are delivering free workshops and seminars in our Community to help maximize your knowledge and to assist in growing your business!

 

Business Planning for Developing Businesses:
Delivered By: Small Business BC
Presented By:Bill Erichson of Pacific Training Innovations

Starting a business is tough, but growing a business is tougher. Develop your growth plan and transition successfully into the next stage of business. Building the right strategy will help you avoid the pitfalls of growing too quickly or too slowly. Learn how your current business activities are affecting growth and concentrate on removing the barriers. This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered via live webinar to our Community. Monday October 16, 2017 from 9am to 12pm in the Community Room-City Hall located at 2185 Voght Street.

 

Social Media for Business:
Delivered By: The City of Merritt & CFDC Presented
By: Brandon Olds

What is the importance of Social Media to promote your business? This seminar will provide an overview of the different Social Media channels such as: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, etc.  It will teach you how to define your Brand Story / Online Personality. We’ll expand on Facebook for Business: Page set-up, How to create engaging content, Posting at optimal times, and How to review your analytics; these are some of the items that will be covered. A review of Hootsuite will be provided. On Monday October 16 and Wednesday October 18, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm in the Community Room-City Hall located at 2185 Voght Street.

 

Grants for First Nations:
Presented By: Tyrone Joseph from All Nations Trust.

Would you like to know what Grants are available through All Nations Trust? This workshop will provide information on support for funding and financing small business and community business projects. We’ll review eligibility requirements, eligible project expenses and activities, business planning, and funding and financing examples will be provided. On Tuesday October 17 from 12om to 2pm and from 6pm to 8pm in the Community Room-City Hall at 2185 Voght Street.

 

Community BBQ:
Hosted by: Community Futures Nicola Valley

To celebrate Small Business Week, Community Futures Nicola Valley invites you to attend our Community BBQ. Join us on Wednesday October 18, 2017 from 11:30am to 1:30pm for a hot dog and a drink by donation right outside our office located at 2185B Voght Street. Community Futures will match all donations and the proceeds will go towards supporting the Collettville School Quebec Trip.  Thank you to the local grocery store for providing the hot dogs. Also thank you in advance to all the volunteers that will make this possible.

 

Understanding Financial Statements:
Presented by: Carrie Ware & Company Inc.

It’s not always easy to understand your financial statements. This might not be the most exciting part of running your own business, but they are a key reporting tool that help you understand the state of your business and where it’s going. Your financial statements are also an essential tool to help you make important business and investment decisions, such as cost management, continuing or discontinuing a business operation, mergers and acquisitions, forecasting, and buying or leasing equipment. There are four main financial statements: Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss, Retained Earnings/Deficit, and Cash-Flow. This workshop will help you grasp a better understanding of these statements. On Thursday October 19 from 12pm to 1:30pm in the Community Room-City Hall located at 2185 Voght Street.

 

Equifax Credit Report Seminar
Delivered By: Community Futures Nicola Valley and Royal Bank of Canada
Presented By: Michael Sumbler from Equifax Canada

Have you checked your Credit Score lately? Do you know how to fix your Credit Score? Do you know the difference between soft hit vs hard hit? Do you know how many inquiries are you allowed having per calendar year without affecting your Credit Score? What do you need to know about the Equifax Credit Breach? Michael Sumbler from Equifax Canada will be delivering this presentation in person. He will be able to answer all these questions and more. Join us on Thursday October 19, 2017, from 06:00pm to 08:00pm in the Community Room ̶ City Hall, 2185 Voght Street.

 

Open House:
Hosted by: Merritt Chamber of Commerce

What is the Chamber of Commerce? What are the main objectives of the Chamber of Commerce? What are the benefits to join the Chamber of Commerce? The answer to these and more questions, The Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their Open House on Friday October 20, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at their office located at 2185B Voght Street. Come and meet some of our newest Board Members. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Business after Business:
Hosted by: Community Futures Nicola Valley.

Community Futures Nicola Valley invites you to attend our business after business. It is the best way to make connections within the Merritt Business community.  Bring your business cards and be ready to network with the local stakeholders. Join us on Friday October 20, 2017, from 05:30pm to 07:00pm in the Community Room ̶ City Hall, 2185 Voght Street. Light refreshments will be served.