Small Business Week 2018


All workshops are free to attend but you must register to reserve your seat!

Monday, October 15th

The New Shade of Green: Panel Discussion on the Changing Face of Cannabis Entrepreneurship – 9:00am – 11:00am

• Stephen Schroeder, True Leaf
• Steve Brandner, Nixon Wenger
• Kara Kazimer, Okanagan College
• Selena Wong, Flower of Life Integrative Health
• Christy Davidson, MNP

At this panel we will explore what you need to know to start and run a business in the cannabis industry. Join entrepreneurs, along with business service professionals, to discuss the possibilities in this new marketplace.

Tuesday, October 16th

SoFun: Social Enterprise Fundamentals – 9:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Andrew Greer, Purppl

A condensed version of Purpll’s popular full-day workshop, this workshop provides in-person education, contextual examples, exercises, and tools to help you build and grow a social enterprise.

*Lunch is provided

Connecting Business Owners to Government Programs – 1:00 – 4:00pm

• Maureen Hatanaka, IRAP
• Jennifer Tedman- Jones, MITACS
• Derek Gratz, STAR
• Dr Wilson Lau, SR&ED

Navigating through the world of government grant and funding programs can be difficult and confusing. Join us for an afternoon session with representatives from commonly accessed government programs to help clarify their eligibility and registration process.

Wednesday, October 17th

How to Hire & Keep Them: Working with Youth – 9:00 am – 12:00pm

Presenter: Kazia Mullin

In this workshop we will provide employers with a new set of strategies they can use to entice, attract, engage, retain and most importantly, understand the youth they are hiring.

*Lunch is provided

Small Business Valuation: Getting Ready to Sell Your Business – 1:00 – 3:30pm

Presenter: Stuart Anderson

This workshop has been designed to help small business operators understand how to prep their business for sale to get the most value. This session will assist small business owners with understanding how the current worth of their business is valued as well as tips and techniques for enhancing value for the future.

Thursday, October 18th

Growing Your Sales Beyond BC – 9:00 am – 12:00pm

Presenter: Connie Viszlai

No matter your experience with exporting or type of product or service, this interactive workshop will prove invaluable to those seriously looking to strengthen or grow their business by pursuing markets beyond B.C.’s borders.

*Lunch is provided

Cyber Security & Tech 101 for Small Business – 1:00 – 4:00pm

Presenters: Brent Hamelin & Mike Swallow, SysGen

The world of IT evolves quickly. Are you prepared for the future? This interactive presentation and workshop will provide an in-depth look at cybersecurity, as well as how you can protect your business from vulnerabilities.


Seating is limited. To secure your seat for any of these workshops please register call 250-545-2215 Ext. 200 or email


All workshops are held at the Community Futures office:

3105 33 St
Vernon, BC
3rd Floor Community Board Room