Off the Ground Blog

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

Trends for Businesses for 2017 »

Jan 25, 2017

Bank of Canada predicts 2% GDP growth for Canada for 2017. As a new year begins experts often write about popular trends we are likely to see. We read through these predictions to see what might be useful for small businesses in British Columbia. The following is a list of eight different trends that is food for thought for entrepreneurs.

Tags: Business, E-Business, Industry Trends

Industry Overview: Wine »

Jan 4, 2017

A toast to 2017! As you sip your champagne, make it a new year’s resolution to fill your glass with your own wine by this time next year. With 1.5 million winery visitors each year, British Columbia is rich with opportunity for wine-based businesses and eager viticulture entrepreneurs.

Tags: Business, Doing Research, Industry Trends

Ten Holiday Markets of British Columbia  »

Nov 29, 2016

Holiday season is here. And that means one thing: holiday markets!

Tags: BC Spotlights, Business, Events

BC Pitching Competitions »

Nov 17, 2016

Have you kept your eye on the ball, entrepreneurs? Because Global Entrepreneur Week 2016 is in full swing! But with every swing, there’s a pitch—and what is an entrepreneur without their pitch? So, to motivate our entrepreneurs, we’ve collected a series of pitching competitions. We answer the “who,” “what,” and “when” regarding these competitions to help you step up to the plate and take on your entrepreneurial goals. To top it all off, you have home advantage because all of these competitions are located in British Columbia.

Tags: Events, Financial Matters, Ideation

The SBA is Making Some Changes!  »

Nov 9, 2016

In an effort to improve our website’s layout, we’re looking for people who may be interested in giving us feedback related to our website! You can help by completing a short, online survey OR joining us in a remote-testing session -- that's right, you don't even have to leave your computer screen! Your time and opinion is invaluable to us, so here’s your chance to speak your piece and help push the SBA forward! Interested? Continue reading to learn more:

Tags: SBA Program News

How to Choose the Right Point of Sale for your Business?  »

Nov 2, 2016

Whether you run a café, sell your products at a farmers’ market or provide professional services, all businesses have one thing in common: monetary transactions. Point of Sale (POS) systems process these transactions, provide reporting and can help manage staff and inventory. POS solutions can be cloud-based or license-based.

Tags: Financial Matters, Growing