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Build. Grow. Thrive. Event

October 20, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Join us on October 20 for this year’s Build. Grow. Thrive event during Small Business Week!

Small Business BC (SBBC), alongside our partners at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), are excited to announce our annual Build. Grow. Thrive (BGT) event. This year, we are thrilled to be hosting the event in person after just being online for the past couple of years. This FREE day of education is designed to equip attendees with the skills and resources they need to thrive in today’s rapidly changing BC economy.

This year we will host BGT on Thursday, October 20th at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yaletown, in downtown Vancouver. Join us for a day of education that gathers the small business community to learn, network and share their tips for thriving in changing economic conditions. Our theme this year “Choosing Resilience: Workplace Belonging & Diversity,” taps into the mindset that many small businesses face after a period of unprecedented challenges.

Each session will offer practical advice to overcome these issues by developing a resilient business plan, understanding how to create a healthy and encouraging workplace environment, and how to authentically connect with your audience.


08:30 AM – Registration and Networking

09:30 AM – Opening Remarks

09:45 AM – First session presented by Nick Fry and Matthew Gillis from BDC

10:30 AM – Resilient Business Planning by Yvonne Bayer-Cheung from SBBC

11:10 AM – Break and Networking

11:30 AM – Panel Discussion “Strategies for Successful Small Business Recruitment”

12:45 PM – Lunch Break

01:45 PM – Market Research Trends by Mark Eversfield from SBBC

02:25 PM – How to Create Marketing that Converts (without being inauthentic) by Ami Sanyal


We are enthusiastic to provide an opportunity for the small business community to learn, network among themselves and our community partners, and even win some of our door prizes.

Practical Insights from Industry Experts

Our speakers have been there and done that. They’re ready to share insights they’ve gained from a lifetime of entrepreneurial experiences.

Invaluable Networking Opportunities

Opportunities to network with fellow business owners have been curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mingle with several hundred locally-based entrepreneurs during our networking breaks. Build valuable connections that will help your business.

British Columbia’s Leading Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs

Between Small Business BC’s educational resources and BDCs best-in-class business banking services you’ll finish the day informed and ready to navigate the challenges ahead.

The Support of a Community

Learn from business experts and entrepreneurs on how to build resilient businesses to augment workplace belonging and diversity. We are confident that the event will leave you inspired to take your business to the next level.

 Register Here!

If you’re near downtown Vancouver and own a small business, or are looking to start one, don’t miss out on this full-day, free event. Can’t make it the whole day? No problem! Simply pop in for the sessions you’re interested in.

Seats are limited, so reserve yours today!

Light refreshments will be provided.

WeBC is excited to be an exhibitor, so come by and say “Hi!” to us. We look forward to seeing you there!


Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Cerntre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2W3 Canada
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