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Celebrate Small Business Month - October 2019
Monday, October 21, 12:30 - 4:30 pm - 16 spots left!
Cost: $75 per person
Presented by Gaetane Palardy, Tourism and Hospitality Training & Consulting
Tuesday, October 22, 2:00 - 4:30 pm - 30 spots left!
Food & Beverage Industry Workshop
Cost: Free
Presented by Ian Tostenson, CEO, BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association
Wednesday, October 23, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - 16 spots left!
Cost: Free, lunch provided
Presented by Dana Wacker, Tourism Vancouver Island

Thursday, October 24, 4:00 - 7:30pm
Tourism Industry Mini-Conference
Cost: $25
Mini-sessions include:
  • Dana Wacker, Tourism Vancouver Island - "Utilizing the BC Tourism Content Commonwealth"
  • Martin Littlejohn, Mountain Bike Tourism Association - "Where the Rubber Hits the Trail; Opportunities in Mountain Bike Tourism"
  • Ken Beattie, BC Ale Trail - "Tapping in the Craft Beer Craze"
  • and more!

Check out the upcoming programming at North Island College for those interested in Employment and Career Training. Professional and career training opportunities include;

Gain an understanding of the accounting equations, debits and credits, record keeping, bank reconciliation, maintaining a general ledger, using a columnar journal and preparing simple financial statements. This course is valuable to small business owners and non-profit groups as well as for those needing to upgrade job skills. 

This course introduces the latest version of Microsoft Excel, one of several widely used electronic spreadsheet and graphing applications. Participants will learn the basics of creating and navigating spreadsheets, how to apply formatting, auto formatting, editing, copying and moving, inserting rows/columns, simple formulas, data entry, charting and printing. In this 12-hour course we will also look at absolute and relative addressing, one of the many features of this amazing program

This course will introduce participants to the fundamentals needed to be a member on the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee in their organization and meets WorkSafeBC's new mandatory training requirements as referred to in British Columbia Occupational Health & Safety Regulation (OHSR) 3.27 Minimum training requirements for new joint committee members.

Join representatives from the CV Chamber of Commerce, Business Development Bank of Canada, and CV Economic Development and learn about local small business resources that are available to support your business startup. This is a great opportunity to bring your questions and get to know more about your local businesses resources.

Location:  Comox Valley Economic Development Boardroom - 580 Duncan Ave
Date:  October 10 (Thursday)
Time:  12:00 - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free (BYOL)

Check out the full series online on our Workshops and Events calendar!
H ow to Benefit from Free Trade Agreements

Location:  Webinar
Date:  October 3, 2019
Time:  10:00 - 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Canada has a key business and first mover advantage as the only country to have Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with all other countries in the G7—the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan. What do these agreements mean for you and businesses in your community?

Join officials from the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology to learn what FTAs cover and how they work, how to access the opportunities in them, and what services are available to assist you.
Fall Employment Expo Job Fair

Location: Florence Filberg Centre
Date: Friday, October 18th, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost: No cost to exhibitors! 

Registration is open for employers to book a table at the Fall Employment Expo Job Fair hosted by Work BC – Courtenay. There is no cost to exhibitors! Typically 500 job seekers attend this annual event. With over 30 employers already registered, space is filling quickly. Register today HERE .
Google 360 Verification Program

Make sure your business is digital ready and visible across key online search engines like Google and TripAdvisor. Comox Valley Economic Development (CVEDS)can help verify/optimize your  Google My Business listing via its FREE Google My Business Verification Program, which includes a visit to your business to take 360 degree photos and upload them to your Google My Business Listing. 

FMI or to book an appointment contact the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre  or call 250-400-2882 .
Exciting Investment in New Zipline

Congrats to Pacific Group and Mount Washington Alpine Resort for the exciting investment and recent opening of their Hawk Excursion Zipline (half tour).
This new Zipline marks one of the most significant new tourism attractions on Vancouver Island. The Full Zip Tour will include four spans, each with two cables side by side. The total length will be 2,313 meters (7,589 feet) long and will drop a total of 415 metres (1,364 vertical feet). For more information - click here .

CANEXPORT got more money!

As of August 22, 2019, the CanExport for SMEs project funding limit will increase up to $75,000 to cover up to 75% of eligible expenses. The program has also been expanded to include supporting companies from Canada’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-products industry, including fish and seafood.
Last Chance - Take the Innovate 2030 Survey

The creation of the  Innovate 2030 Regional Economic Development Strategy process continues and there's still time to have your say, take the Business Survey today ! Public Open Houses were hosted this past April and May along with numerous industry, sector, and stakeholder engagement sessions. To read more about the Innovate 2030 process and related presentations click here .
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