VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - October 01, 2016) - This October marks the 10th anniversary of Small Business Month in BC, a time to recognize the contributions entrepreneurs and small business owners make towards the economy and our local communities. It is also an occasion to draw attention to the organizations and groups that help small business owners with programs and resources.

To celebrate, Small Business BC, the province's premier resource for entrepreneurs, and The Province of British Columbia have partnered to offer the Small Business Month Free Services Plan. This program allows entrepreneurs and small business owners in BC free access to all Small Business BC seminars, webinars and Ask the Expert sessions happening between October 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016.

There are currently over 389,600 small businesses operating in BC, representing 98 per cent of all business in the province. Over 110,000 of these entrepreneurs self-identify as users of Small Business BC's products and services. Small Business BC encourages these entrepreneurs and ones thinking about starting or growing their business to take full advantage of the Small Business Month Free Services Plan during the month of October.

There are more than 30 seminars, webinars and Ask the Expert sessions to choose from in October, from marketing to accounting, legal advice to sales, and more. Whether you need help branding your business, hiring employees, managing operations or anything else, Small Business BC has services to assist in your success.

For more details, or to see the full October catalog, please visit Small Business BC and The Province of British Columbia also encourage the use of the hashtag #BCSBM16 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram when posting about the 10th anniversary of Small Business Month.


"We know that continued training and education are important tools for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and reach their full potential. That's why, during Small Business Month this October, the Province is partnering with Small Business BC to offer webinars, seminars and Ask the Expert consultations completely free of charge! I would encourage small business owners across the province to take advantage of these resources, along with Small Business BC's additional products and services." -- Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Liquor Distribution, Province of British Columbia

"Small Business BC is delighted that the Province of British Columbia is making it possible to provide our high quality education programming to entrepreneurs from across BC during Small Business Month at no cost. The Province clearly understands the value of providing small business entrepreneurs with critical information, skills and best practices to ensure their success." -- George Hunter, CEO, Small Business BC

About Small Business BC
Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources there's a piece that fits with every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking "How do I...?" Small Business BC is the one to call.

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Mark Blendheim
Communications Manager
Small Business BC
Direct: 604-775-5607