Website Small Business Week 2

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!

 

Monday, October 21st

 

The Financial Side of a Business Structure

When: 6:00pm

Where: Community Room – City Hall, 2185 Voght St., Merritt

Hosted by: Community Futures Nicola Valley  

Facilitated By: Carrie Ware

Click HERE to Register for FREE

 

Carrie Ware from Carrie Ware & Company Inc, will be answering all your questions regarding the financial side of a business structure. She will be talking about the advantages and disadvantages of sole proprietorship, partnership and incorporation because each business form comes with different tax consequences, and you will want to make sure to choose the structure that most closely matches your business's needs.

 

 

Tuesday, October 22nd

 

Government Funding for International Growth - Webinar

When: 9:30am-11:30am

Where: Community Room – City Hall, 2185 Voght St., Merritt

Hosted by: Community Futures Nicola Valley  

Facilitated By: Small Business BC

Click HERE to Register for FREE


If you are looking to expand your sales outside of Canada, there are government programs available to help you. This seminar will explore cost-shared programs for attending trade events, establishing new research and development collaborations with foreign partners, and conducting market research to find new international customers for your products or services.

This two-part seminar features speakers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, and Global Affairs Canada Trade Commissioner Service.

Elevate! Go Beyond the Elevator Pitch and Deliver and elvaTOUR

When: 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: Brambles Bakery & Cafe, 2151 Quilchena Ave., Merritt
Hosted by: Collaborate + Grow
Facilitated By: Janice Otremba
Click HERE to Register, Cost $25

 

We are thrilled to have Collaborate + Grow bring an extraordinary workshop to the Brambles Studio! Janice Otremba, people and performance catalyst from Kamloops, will give you the tools to take your business to the next level.

You will learn:

✅ The formula to craft a great pitch every time!
✅ How to use two simple phrases to engage others.
✅ How to tell YOUR story in 60-seconds or less.

The Legal Side of a Business Structure

When: 6:00pm

Where: Community Room – City Hall, 2185 Voght St., Merritt

Hosted by: Community Futures Nicola Valley  

Facilitated By: Una Gabie, Touchstone Law

Click HERE to Register for FREE

 

Una Gabie, BA, LLB from Touchstone Law Group LLP in Kelowna will be able to answer all your questions regarding your business structure and will be talking about the advantages and disadvantages of sole proprietorship, partnership and incorporation.

 

Wednesday, October 23rd

 

Community BBQ

When: 11:00am-1:30pm

Where: Community Futures Parking Lot – 2185B Voght St., Merritt

Hosted by: Community Futures Nicola Valley

Hot dogs prepared donated by Tina Barlow from the Humble Hobo
Vegan and gluten-free options donated by Travis Fehr from Breathe Bikes

 

To celebrate Small Business Week, Community Futures Nicola Valley invites you to attend our Community BBQ. Hot dogs will be provided by Tina Barlow from the Humble Hobo and vegan and gluten-free options donated by Travis Fehr from Breathe Bikes. We’d like to thank  both Tina and Travis for generously donating the food and supplies! Community Futures will match all donations and the proceeds will go towards supporting a local non-profit organization. 

 

 

Free Tax Help for your Small Business

When: 6:00pm

Where: Community Room – City Hall, 2185 Voght St., Merritt

Hosted by: Community Futures Nicola Valley  

Facilitated By: Judi Head, Canada Revenue Agency

Click HERE to Register for FREE

 

If you have tax-related questions, here is your chance to get them answered! Our information session held by a CRA professional will help you learn about: Business tax deductions; Common tax errors; Helpful tools and services offered by the CRA; General bookkeeping concepts and best practices; and How to request an in-person visit from a CRA Liasion Officer.

 

Thursday, October 24th

 

Business after Business

When: 5:30pm-8:00pm

Where: Community Room – City Hall, 2185 Voght St., Merritt

Hosted by: Community Futures Nicola Valley

Click HERE to RSVP

 

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. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

 

Friday, October 25th

 

Chamber of Commerce Open House

When: 11:30am-1:30pm

Where: Community Room – City Hall, 2185 Voght St., Merritt

Hosted by: Merritt & District 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. Come and meet some of our newest Board Members. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Grants for First Nations

When: 6:00pm

Where: Community Room – City Hall, 2185 Voght St., Merritt

Hosted by: Community Futures Nicola Valley

Facilitated by: All Nations Trust

Click HERE to Register for FREE

 

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. 

Saturday, October 27th

 

Foundations of Service Quality

When: 9:00am-4:00pm

Where: Community Room – City Hall, 2185 Voght St., Merritt

Hosted by: Community Futures Nicola Valley

Facilitated by: Superhost

Click HERE to Register for FREE

SuperHost® Foundations of Service Quality™ is a comprehensive, practical introduction to the principles of providing a quality service experience. This course will cover:

  • Customer service, communication and teamwork skills – some of the key 21st century skills
  • Relationships between service quality, customer experience, and business objectives
  • The importance of front-line employees in service sector businesses
  • Expectations from the point of view of customers, employers, and employees
  • Communication etiquette and best practices
  • Service recovery techniques
  • Metrics used to assess customer experience and service quality 

 

 

FREE Webinar - Rural Dividend Info Session: Application Tips and FAQs

Website Rural Dividend Info Session Application Tips and FAQs

Join us on Monday, July 15th from 10:00am - 11:15am for a FREE Live Webinar Info Session.  Register for free at Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2NJnGuM.

The Rural Dividend Program team is here to give tips for applying to the grant program, including an overview of the online application form and budget form. As well, the Rural Dividend team will be answering some frequently asked questions about the program, and there will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation.

Speakers:
Matthew Scott-Moncrieff, Manager, Rural Dividend Program
Program Staff

FREE Webinar - Rural Dividend Info Session: 6th Intake Overview & Updates

Website Rural Dividend Info Session

Join us on Thursday, June 13th from 10:00am - 11:15am for a FREE Live Webinar Info Session.  Register for free at Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2QEYmUA.

The 6th intake of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development's Rural Dividend program will be open June 15th to August 15th, 2019.
Join the Program Team for an overview of the Rural Dividend Program - with information for new applicants, how to apply to the program, and highlights of what's new for this round. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions.  

The online application form will open on June 15.

Speakers: Matthew Scott-Moncrieff, Manager Rural Dividend Program, and Program Staff

For more information visit: https://bit.ly/2W1m7Y2

FREE Webinar - Instagram Marketing for Busy Entrepreneurs

Website Instagram Marketing for Busy Entrepreneurs

Join us on Wednesday, June 20th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for a FREE Live Webinar. Register for free at Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2WbZIfu

Learn how to attract customers and make sales through Instagram without spending money on ads!

With over 500 million active users, Instagram offers a powerful tool for small businesses. If you’re a business-to-consumer enterprise and your ideal customer is under the age of 45, Instagram could provide an effective channel to reach your target market. Join us to learn simple, effective strategies and tactics you can apply without wasting time or money.

This seminar will help you:

  • Identify your ideal customer and design an ideal Customer Avatar
  • Conceive of a simple framework for finding, engaging and converting prospects on Instagram efficiently
  • Get started on ideas for draft posts as key takeaways

Presented By: Ami Sanyal, The Uncommoner’s Club.

This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to other locations via live webinar. Please note: all webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.