BC Small Business Month Celebrated at Business Expo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22nd, 2016
An amazing array of panelists have confirmed their presentations on government and private sector support for small businesses at Nanaimo’s 9th Annual Business Expo at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on October 20th.
Panelists will address issues and answer questions on topics and programs providing insight and tips on how to grow your business. Interested in selling to the public sector? One panel brings together purchasing specialists from different levels of government who will help you understand the processes around government contracting in order to prepare your business to start bidding.
Maybe you have an awesome idea for a business you’d like to start? Our ‘Pillars of Startup’ panel will bring together experts who can help you navigate the complexities of starting a business and provide you with information on the various government programs available to help you get started today.
Who isn’t looking for the best sources of capital? We’ve got a panel that absolutely shows you the money? ‘Access to Finance’ brings together government representatives with information on various financing resources – loans, grants, and programs available to your business.
These breakout sessions are in addition to over 100 exhibitor booths featuring local innovators, entrepreneurs and business veterans of many sectors ready to meet you face-to-face. Over 20 of those booths are focused on Public Works Canada’s presentation of the ‘Small Business Info Expo’ – government agencies, programs and support groups for small business.
This year, Business Expo also celebrates National Manufacturing Month. Exports are becoming a bigger focus of mid-Island businesses — software developers, educators, agri-food producers and processors, craft distillers, wineries and others will benefit from the support of experts in the field. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association will present a luncheon with a keynote speaker on the subject of “Enhancing International Trade & Export from Vancouver Island”.
This event is popular for its great business draws and special deals too. This year, London Drugs holds the premier spot in door prizes with a $4,000 prize package including a 49” 4K LG SmartTV, Blu-Ray, Tech Package and an Outdoor Living Set.
Mark October 20 in your calendar for Business Expo. It’s free (except for the luncheon) and only happens once a year, www.nanaimochamber.bc.ca for more information.
Kim Smythe, CEO
250-756-1191 ext 1