Off the Ground Blog

Original innovators: A profile of the First Nations Technology Council »

Jun 21, 2017

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day, which is an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. Here at the SBA, we would like to recognize an important organization that is leading the advancement of digital technologies in First Nations communities throughout British Columbia: the First Nations Technology Council.

Tags: Aboriginal Entrepreneurship, Applications & Software, BC Spotlights, Social Enterprise & Non-Profit

Take the #sbalibrary Summer Reading Challenge »

Jun 5, 2017

We’ve all heard it before – reading helps entrepreneurs keep up with trends, develop skills, and be inspired by innovation. But how do you decide what book to pick up next, and how do you motivate yourself to keep reading? The SBA has a solution for that!

Tags: Books, Business, Social Media

Accelerate Your Learning with Video Tutorials »

May 18, 2017

Want to learn how to define your business structure, use social media for your business or sharpen your Excel skills, but don’t have time to take a course? No problem! With the growth of online videos, it seems there are online video tutorials for almost any topic. And that includes business research!

Tags: Open Education, Videos

Support for Social Enterprises »

May 1, 2017

What do British Columbians value? Making positive impacts—and the social ventures sector is certainly thriving in British Columbia.

Tags: Social Enterprise & Non-Profit

Making the Pitch: How Research Can Build Credibility »

Apr 19, 2017

You’ve got “THE” business idea that you’re convinced will be a success. But how can you convince your audience? With research!

Tags: Events, Financial Matters, Growing, Ideation, Networking

Industry Overview: Financial Industry »

Apr 5, 2017

Tax season is upon us! We doubt many of you look forward to this period, except of course the accountants among us.   It is a time when we reflect on our finances and whether someone can assist us in meeting our financial targets.  This overview is for the financial savvy among us who dream of helping others meet their financial goals and build a safety net.

Tags: Doing Research, Financial Matters, Industry Trends

Open Education Sources for Small Businesses »

Mar 22, 2017

We are in the middle of Open Education Week, which lasts from March 27th to 31st this year. The goal of the week is to raise awareness about sources, uses and benefits of open education. We conducted some research to find open resources that will be helpful for a small business owner.

Tags: Growing, Open Education, Work-Life Balance

Want to Improve your Chances of Business Success? Get a Mentor! »

Mar 8, 2017

March 8th marks International Women's Day 2017! International Women's Day is a time to celebrate women and #BeBoldForChange as we rise together toward a better working world. Women in British Columbia looking to rise to their own entrepreneurial potential can find support with the Women's Enterprise Centre (WEC). For International Women's Day 2017, we have invited the WEC to share their tips for success: 

Tags: BC Spotlights, Guest Posts, Networking

Gen X, Y or Z? British Columbia’s Demographic Breakdown  »

Feb 10, 2017

We often come across the terms such as Millennial, Gen X, Baby Boomers, Gen Y and Gen Z in the news, read about future trends or hear business leaders talk about their future customer base.  What do these age groups really mean?

Tags: Business Planning, Doing Research, Industry Trends

Family Business & Succession Planning »

Feb 8, 2017

With Family Day just around the corner, it’s time to talk “The Talk” with your kin. That’s right: we’re talking about family succession planning. Business owners want to see their businesses grow and succeed into the future.

Tags: Business Planning, Exiting, Work-Life Balance

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