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SBA Infographic 2014

Take a look at our infographic for some of our key accomplishments over the three years of the SBA program (as of November 2013). A special thanks to Maria Trujillo and Michael Wong, at the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, for their artistic vision and skill for the original version of the infographic.

Small Business Accelerator
Mar 21, 2014

2013 BC Library Conference & Beyond Hope Library Conference - Everybody's Business - Discussion Results

This report contains the aggregated results of the discussions held during workshops held at the BC Libraries Conference, May 9-11, 2013, Richmond, BC, and at the Beyond Hope Library Conference, June 10-11, 2013, Prince George, BC.  Mark Bodnar (SFU) and Aleha McCauley (UBC IKBLC) designed this workshop and presented it at the BCLC.  Mark then presented it again at Beyond Hope with Alexis Greenwood of Vancouver Public Library’s Skilled Immigrant Info Centre.
Session Description:

"Engagement." Libraries of all types are talking about engaging more with the businesses in their communities, but what does that really mean and how do we get there? Does it require incremental or transformative change to how we define our core services, resources and even our communities? How do the things we already provide such as databases, guides, workshops and spaces fit within our current definitions and what more could we be doing? Come to this session to take part in a spirited discussion of what services to businesses could look like in the very near future in BC's academic and public libraries.

Bio's:

Mark Bodnar, Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University

As a business liaison librarian at SFU, Mark Bodnar has been actively engaging with researchers in his institution for many years. He’s now exploring ways to deepen that relationship and extend it to business researchers beyond his university.

Aleha McCauley, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC
Aleha McCauley has worked with public and academic information staff in the creation of informational business website that serves a diverse audience of students, academics and the general public.

Mark & Aleha have presented together on topics relevant to business librarianship at Beyond Hope and BC Library Conference in recent years. Both speakers have in interest in what community engagement means in various library contexts.

Mark Bodnar
Jul 2, 2013

Small Business Accelerator Partnership Brochure (2013)

This is a downloadable PDF brochure about the Small Business Accelerator Program and its partnership options.

Small Business Accelerator
Jun 12, 2013

Small Business Accelerator Brochure (2013)

This is a downloadable PDF brochure about the Small Business Accelerator Program and some of the key offerings. Please feel free to print copies and circulate as you see fit.

Small Business Accelerator
Jun 12, 2013

LIRN BC Expression of Interest 2013-14

The link above is the downloadable Expression of Interest for Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) 2013.

LIRN BC provides facilitation support to workshops and learning events for rural and Northern communities across British Columba. Please note that LIRN BC does not provide direct funding or cash to communities.

The EOI includes workshop summaries for 18 workshops offered by LIRN BC partner organizations.  If your community is selected, you will be contacted by a LIRN BC partner who will work with you to design and deliver a learning event that meets the needs of your community. Successful applicants would be expected to provide publicity support, venue and refreshments.

The LIRN BC partners are:
- Access to Media Education Society (AMES)
- Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC
- Fraser Basin Council (Smart Planning for Communities)
- Heritage Branch – BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
- Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC (Small Business Accelerator Program)
- Leave out Violence BC (LoVE)
- PeerNetBC
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Social Planning and Research Council of BC (Community Development Education Program)
- YouthCO
The EOI must be received by June 28th, 2013 at 5:00 pm.
Please do not exceed the provided space of the Application Section of the EOI. Return the Application Section only - pages 14 to 18 of this document – as a Word document by email to jsands@sparc.bc.ca.
Note: If you have any questions please contact Jim Sands at 604-718-7742 or jsands@sparc.bc.ca.
Jim Sands, Project Coordinator, SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of BC)

Jim Sands
Jun 7, 2013

2013 BC Library Conference & Beyond Hope Library Conference - Everybody's Business - Workshop Overview PPT

Session Title:

Everybody's business: The benefits, barriers, and best practices of building deeper connections with business

Please note: This session was also offered at Beyond Hope 2013 by Mark Bodnar and Alexis Greenwood!

Session Description:

"Engagement." Libraries of all types are talking about engaging more with the businesses in their communities, but what does that really mean and how do we get there? Does it require incremental or transformative change to how we define our core services, resources and even our communities? How do the things we already provide such as databases, guides, workshops and spaces fit within our current definitions and what more could we be doing? Come to this session to take part in a spirited discussion of what services to businesses could look like in the very near future in BC's academic and public libraries.This presentation offers an overview of the session by Aleha McCauley and Mark Bodnar for 2013 BC Library Conference.

Bio's:

Mark Bodnar, Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University
As a business liaison librarian at SFU, Mark Bodnar has been actively engaging with researchers in his institution for many years. He’s now exploring ways to deepen that relationship and extend it to business researchers beyond his university.

Aleha McCauley, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC
Aleha McCauley has worked with public and academic information staff in the creation of informational business website that serves a diverse audience of students, academics and the general public.

Mark & Aleha have presented together on topics relevant to business librarianship at Beyond Hope and BC Library Conference in recent years. Both speakers have in interest in what community engagement means in various library contexts.

Aleha McCauley
May 8, 2013

2013 BC Library Conference & Beyond Hope Library Conference - Everybody's Business - Workshop Handout

This  handout was created for the Everybody's business: The benefits, barriers, and best practices of building deeper connections with business session by Aleha McCauley and Mark Bodnar for 2013 BC Library Conference. This session was also offered at Beyond Hope by Mark Bodnar and Alexis Greenwood.

Session Description:

"Engagement." Libraries of all types are talking about engaging more with the businesses in their communities, but what does that really mean and how do we get there? Does it require incremental or transformative change to how we define our core services, resources and even our communities? How do the things we already provide such as databases, guides, workshops and spaces fit within our current definitions and what more could we be doing? Come to this session to take part in a spirited discussion of what services to businesses could look like in the very near future in BC's academic and public libraries. Facilitator

Bio's:

Mark Bodnar, Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University

As a business liaison librarian at SFU, Mark Bodnar has been actively engaging with researchers in his institution for many years. He’s now exploring ways to deepen that relationship and extend it to business researchers beyond his university.

Aleha McCauley, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC
Aleha McCauley has worked with public and academic information staff in the creation of informational business website that serves a diverse audience of students, academics and the general public.

Mark & Aleha have presented together on topics relevant to business librarianship at Beyond Hope and BC Library Conference in recent years. Both speakers have in interest in what community engagement means in various library contexts

 

Aleha McCauley
May 8, 2013

SBA Program Year Two Report

Aleha McCauley
Mar 20, 2013

Smart Business, Small Business: An SBA Speaker Session (Okanagan)

This is a full recording of the Small Business Accelerator event, Smart Business, Small Business which took place at the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Okanagan Campus in Kelowna on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011. The lecture features three compelling speakers who gave short talks and answered audience questions:
• Laurel Douglas, CEO Women's Enterprise Centre. Talk included an overview of the small business sector in BC, including some trends and issues.
• Norine E Webster, Adjunct Instructor, Faculty of Management - UBC Okanagan. Talk offered practical insights on "Services - 5 tips in effective marketing and delivery of customer services and service products.
• Scott Coleman, Co-Founder FunCore Strength and Conditioning. Scott shared practical tips and lessons-learned from his start-up experience.
The series was a celebratory event marking the Small Business Accelerators first year of service and was also held in conjunction with Small Business Week, organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada. For more information about the speakers and their talks go to the event page: http://www.sba-bc.ca/biztalkOkanagan

SBA
Aug 29, 2012

Raising Money from VCs ― Entrepreneurship 101 2011/12

This panel of leading venture capitalists (VCs) discusses the secrets to successfully pitch to a VC or an angel investor. Their advice? Entrepreneurs should understand the investment strategy, overall portfolio and interests of the investor.

MaRS
Jul 2, 2012

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