January 10, 2018
Prince George, B.C. – January 10, 2018 – For immediate release
Small businesses who participate in the Love Northern BC shop local program and the Supply Chain Connector procurement platform will now have unlimited access to educational webinars, thanks to a one-year partnership between Small Business BC and Northern Development Initiative Trust.
The partnership will provide nearly 4,000 eligible businesses unlimited access to close to 300 small business webinars covering more than 40 business topics.
The partnership follows a four-month pilot project late 2017 that saw more than 50 businesses register for 481 seminars at a value of more than $21,000.
Accessing practical business education can be a challenge for small businesses throughout the region as many who require the training may not have the financial resources to access it. In-person training is often delivered in the lower mainland requiring both time and money to attend, which many small businesses in northern B.C. can’t afford.
The partnership between Northern Development and Small Business BC will help businesses in the region access premier practical education via webinar, which reduces the need for costly travel and provides increased flexibility for busy business owners via live recordings of the sessions.
Small Business BC webinars provide up-to-date information and tactics on current business trends and strategies designed to help small businesses improve, succeed, and remain competitive, which can have an immediate impact on business operations.
Northern Development is dedicated to supporting the economic growth of small businesses across the region. Through this partnership with Small Business BC, businesses in the north will be able to continue being leaders in job creation, new revenues and the improvement of the quality of life in the region.
Eligible businesses will be able to register for the webinars through the Small Business BC website using special codes provided by Northern Development. Members can participate in the webinars from home via Adobe Connect and will have access to live recordings of the webinars for up to seven days.
Access to this program will run through to December 31, 2018 and will be reviewed in an ongoing basis. For a complete list of current webinar offerings, please visit smallbusinessbc.ca.
Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust
The Trust is proud to be partnered with Small Business BC on the webinar education program. This partnership is a great step towards providing small businesses across our region with access to an excellent, practical resource.
George Hunter, CEO, Small Business BC
Small Business BC is excited to partner with the Northern Development Initiative Trust for this program. We know, first-hand, how important continuous education is to help build strong and resilient small businesses, and look forward to being part of that journey in this region.
About Northern Development Initiative Trust
Northern Development has a passion for growing the economy of central and northern British Columbia. Communities, First Nations and businesses of the north are leaders in creating jobs, new revenues and improving the quality of life in the region, and the Trust is dedicated to supporting their growth. The Trust combines funding with smart thinking and since 2005 has found more than 2,800 ways to say “yes” to projects that help the region thrive.
About Love Northern BC
Love Northern BC is Northern Development’s shop local program which connects people with the independent locally-owned businesses throughout northern B.C. The program is designed to deliver unique online marketing campaigns in communities throughout the region that celebrate independent locally-owned businesses with an aim to strengthen their competitiveness and keep more dollars in the local community. The program is delivered in partnership and collaboration with communities throughout the Trust’s service area.
About Supply Chain Connector
Supply Chain Connector is a Northern Development online platform to help industrial service and supply businesses throughout northern B.C. access major project procurement opportunities. The program is designed to drive more local business activity and generate new jobs and income for the region.
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.