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Community Futures Nicola Valley

Assisting residents of Merritt and the Nicola Valley in generating local solutions to shared economic challenges. Read More
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Economic Development Services

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Small Business Support Services

We can assist with business planning, operational and financial counseling, technical advice, and, path-finding through government regulations and services. Read More
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Read on for a break down of each Small Business Week workshop and a registration link!

The explosion of e-commerce during the pandemic has the potential to restructure the Canadian retail industry. According to the federal government, small businesses are increasingly turning to e-commerce platforms and are using these platforms in innovative ways.

Are you ready to sell your products online? This session will provide an introduction to the e-commerce world. How can you get ready to sell online? What are the most popular e-commerce platforms?

Register in advance for this meeting via Zoom!
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqce-rpzMuG9WpHae7LTZV3MAIE0qcHfo3

 

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The City of Merritt has recently made a variety of policy changes to help support business growth in the Nicola Valley. This includes updating the City of Merritt Business License process, the Zoning Bylaw and implementing a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan. The City of Merritt is updating the Official Community Plan and seeking community input into the high-level policies for the next 20 years. With the launch of the new City of Merritt website and Communications Plan, the City of Merritt aims to increase engagement with local business owners and support the development of new businesses in the Nicola Valley. We invite you to join this free webinar to learn more about the recent City of Merritt business updates and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Register in advance below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtceusrDwuGtU61jeaXsHd--ifmHrZbaY-

 

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Social media’s role in business success is critical. A customer gets most of the information they need from social media profiles, ads, reviews or references. Thus, if your brand or product is not properly covered in social media, you can hardly expect to get as many customers as you need to profit. Social media marketing can help achieve a number of goals such as: increasing website traffic, building conversations, raising brand awareness, creating a brand identity and much more. Are you taking advantage of social media platforms to promote your business?

Register in advance:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdeyurz8vE9SFQzngc1eUEFG9wlvaM7AB

 

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We miss you! Let’s get connected! Many organizations made some critical changes to how we did business or hosted community sessions this year. But then again, we weren’t really left much choice. The pandemic forced us to embrace the virtual world by hosting
and delivering business sessions via virtual meetings. Every year, CFNV hosts a Business after Business because we believe it is the best way to make connections within the Merritt Business community. Despite the pandemic, this year will be no exception. Community Futures Nicola Valley invites you to attend our 1st virtual business after business. We’ll have a presentation from the CAO of the City of Merritt, the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce acting chair, the CFNV board chair and some of our successful clients.

Register below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rdO2trT8pGdw0Jktd7z2NVQKlC1KCaYNX

 

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This session is the continuation of the Introduction to the E-commerce world. Did you know that retail e-commerce sales have risen steadily, with the proportion of online sales rising from 2.4% in 2016 to 4.0% in 2019? The month of April highlights the peak of the COVID-19 impact, with the proportion of retail e-commerce sales jumping from 3.8% in April 2019 to a record high of 11.4% in April 2020. In May, as the Canadian retail environment allowed for more in-store purchases, the proportion of retail e-commerce sales was 10.0%, but what do these percentages mean to your business sales? How to choose the right merchant solutions? How to market your site? What are your next steps after you start selling online?

Register below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEucO2sqjoqG9yVH5jBdmRKiagzsIDx6L4n