Off the Ground Blog

The Sharing Economy »

Sep 18, 2017

Taking an Uber home from a night on the town, booking a cutesy cottage on Airbnb, and even signing up for some freelance tasks on Upwork. What do these three things have in common? These increasingly popular actions are all ways to participate in the growing economic model known as the sharing economy.

Tags: E-Business

Industry Overview: Tourism »

Sep 11, 2017

The tourism industry in Canada is growing, and British Columbia is no exception.

Tags: Doing Research, Industry Trends

The Best of #SBALibrary 2017 »

Aug 30, 2017

Our #SBAlibrary summer reading challenge was a great opportunity to delve into the world of business reading.

Tags: Books

Industry Overview: Video Production »

Aug 14, 2017

Lights, camera, action! Video production involves the capture of moving images on various forms of electronic media. The video production industry has made headlines in British Columbia as the province is in the midst of a boom. We decided that now is an ideal time to spotlight the SBA’s resources for video production businesses.

Tags: Doing Research, Industry Trends

Becoming a Better Manager »

Jul 26, 2017

It's no secret that business owners need many different skills to succeed: they're responsible for everything from making strategic decisions to making sure the water bill is paid on time. But amid the daily bustle, one important skill is at risk of being overlooked: management.

Tags: Business, Leadership, Management & HR, Work Environment

Industry Overview: Graphic Design »

Jul 11, 2017

Graphic design involves using both graphics and text to convey a concept or idea. The graphic design industry includes many activities, including corporate identity/branding, advertising, print production, and web design. Graphic designers create logos, posters, newsletters, brochures, signs, and other forms of visual communication.

Tags: Business, Doing Research, Industry Trends

Emotional Labour and Your Business »

Jul 4, 2017

Have you ever had to show confidence when you felt fear or express enthusiasm when you felt anxious? Maybe you’ve used a smile or a calm tone of voice to put someone else at ease. If so, you have performed emotional labour, and you’re not alone.

Tags: Books, Customer Relations, Work Environment

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