Each One Grow One

Each One Grow One

Each One, Grow One Workshop Series for Entrepreneurs

The goal of this series is to provide new entrepreneurs with information and tools to help make your young business more financially stable and sustainable. That stability, we believe, will be supported by having skills and knowledge in the areas being covered by these workshops.

Explore the workshops we have available:

Are you ready to start a business?

You have a great business idea. Your research indicates that you’ll have a large enough market to make a profit. That’s a great start – but – do you know what it takes to be a successful small business owner? And, do you have those qualities?

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn about the current entrepreneurial landscape in BC
  • Identify many of the qualities that successful entrepreneurs share
  • Identify where your own entrepreneurial strengths and, possibly weaknesses, lay
  • Learn strategies to help you increase your “entrepreneurial rating”

This workshop is a must for anyone considering starting their own business.

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How to develop a cash flow projection

You are in business. Contracts are coming and you are feeling great. Congratulations! But it's not a steady climb to success: every business faces the ups and downs of economic cycles, both of particular industries and the economy overall. What can you do to make sure you survive, in fat times and in lean? What early warning signals tell you when it's time to ramp up, time to invest, time to cut back and time to hunker down?

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how to develop a comprehensive cash flow plan
  • Learn to develop alternative scenarios
  • Hear lessons from the "Wealthy Barber" applied to business
  • Recognize “red light” and “green light” signs in good and bad times
  • Learn how to “ramp up” your business with caution

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This workshop will help you sleep at night, knowing you can manage good and tough times.

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Identifying your customers: the keys to market research

You have a business idea that everyone says you should pursue. That’s encouraging, but how will you figure out if there’s a large enough market for your product or service to support you in your own business? Or, if you’ve already launched and the clients aren’t beating down your door, how can you find them?

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how to determine who your customers are and how to reach them
  • Learn about the different benefits and drawbacks of a variety of market research tools
  • Identify the best market research approach for your own business

This workshop is for anyone who wants to find – or attract – new clients or customers.

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Ten things a lender looks for in a business plan

You have a great business idea. Your family and friends think you will be successful – but – have you explored the many challenges your start-up may face? Do you have sufficient funds to cover all the start-up costs? What happens if you don’t have any customers in the first few months?

In this workshop you will:

  • Identify the key areas for a start-up to be successful
  • Identify the many challenges a start-up may encounter
  • Learn to mitigate many of these challenges
  • Learn to develop a well-prepared business plan
  • Understand what a banker must see to approve your loan request

If you plan to ask your banker for financial support for your business, this workshop will ensure you arrive prepared.

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Make the most of your money

You may be applying for a loan but don’t know if your credit score will help you or hurt you. Your business idea is advancing with expansion around the corner. All signs say that you are on the right track, if you only had access to more funding to support increased sales. Where do you turn to get access to financing you need to start or grow your business? Discover business account options and cash management strategies to facilitate your business operating needs.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn about credit history and why it is important
  • Learn how to maintain good credit history
  • Identify common places to find business financing
  • Learn what business accounts might suit you best

This workshop is for anyone who doesn’t know what their credit rating is and is considering applying for a loan or you want to get over the hump of attracting financial capital to your enterprise.

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Optimizing your social media presence

You are in business. Everyone says you should be on social media. But you’re unsure where and how to begin. Or, your business may already be on social media, but you’re finding it difficult to keep up with.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to develop your social media strategy
  • Identify if social media is appropriate for your business. If so, which channels, specially
  • Learn how to create a robust content calendar
  • Understand how much time and resources are needed to manage your social media presence

This workshop is for anyone who is thinking about starting a social media channel to attract customers or for anyone thinking about operationalizing more than one channel.

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Interactive Business plan workshop

Figuring out what to write about in your business plan is easy: the formula’s been tested and proven a million times over. The hard part is figuring out exactly how to write about your business so that it’s clear, concise, and convinces others to support you in turning your exciting idea into a thriving business.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn ways to inject your business plan with the energy and passion you have for your actual business
  • Participate in interactive activities that relate specifically to your own business and business plan
  • Receive tools to help you improve the six areas of your business plan that lenders look at most closely
  • Hear stories from a Vancity lender about actual business plans that have gotten their attention – for better or worse

If your business plan reads more like a technical manual that people are afraid to pick-up than a story that everyone wants to be part of, this workshop will help make you the life of the business plan party.

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Upcoming Workshops



Check our events listing for upcoming workshops. For more information, or to request a workshop, please email us at financialliteracy@vancity.com or call us at 604.709.6930.