Off the Ground Blog

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

Ten Books to Inspire You During Small Business Week 2016 »

Oct 17, 2016

To kick-off Small Business Week 2016 here at the SBA, we have collaborated once again with our friends at the David Lam Management Research Library to bring small business dreamers some literary inspiration.

Tags: Books, Guest Posts, SBA Program News

SBA Library »

Oct 6, 2016

Throughout July and August, we asked various librarians throughout British Columbia for their business book recommendations and received an onslaught of responses.

Tags: Books, Doing Research, Libraries

Business Oriented Legal Services, Free of Charge »

Sep 23, 2016

If you are living in British Columbia and require legal advice regarding small business or non-profit matters; have limited means of paying for legal advice; and can come to the University of British Columbia Campus in person for an appointment, the Bobinski  Business Law Clinic at the Peter A. Allard School of Law (the “Clinic”) at the University of British Columbia may be of interest to you.

Tags: BC Spotlights, Compliance, Guest Posts

Industry Overview: Online Retail (E-commerce) »

Aug 29, 2016

Online retail stores are virtual establishments that sell a variety of consumer or business-to-business products through e-commerce transactions.

Tags: Business, Doing Research, E-Business, Industry Trends

10 Business Books to Read This Summer »

Jul 19, 2016

With summer finally here, we have launched our #sbalibrary campaign on Twitter to inspire the B.C. business community to kick back and enjoy the nice weather while checking out a great read.

Tags: Books, Guest Posts, Libraries, Social Media

Industry Overview: Portrait Photography »

Jun 28, 2016

Portrait photography involves capturing the likeness of a person or persons using various photographic equipment- in either a studio or at a specific location. This type of photography is particularly popular for special occasions such as weddings, engagements, and births.

Tags: Business, Doing Research, Industry Trends

Why Every Small Business Needs To Promote Itself On LinkedIn »

Jun 24, 2016

According to data released from LinkedIn in 2016, the platform has more than 433 million users in over 200 countries around the world.

Tags: Business, Marketing, Social Media