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Did you know that you could book your meeting in the Surrey Board of Trade Conference Room? Only SBOT members have access to this professional, well-equipped, and affordable space.

With rates starting at $50.00 plus tax, we can provide you with refreshments and the equipment needed to conduct a successful meeting.

What is included?

  • Seating: 30 people
  • 2 Large TV Screens that casts everything from the desktop using Wi-Fi. Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Kitchen Access included
  • Water and Coffee included
  • Free Parking
  • Professional Greeter for your guests
  • Conference Phone
  • Flip Chart/Pens
  • TV Monitor

Contact or 604.581.7130 for more information or to book the space.

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Government Business Guides

Did you know that BC has the most small businesses per capital than any other province or territory? The Government of BC produces several business guides and reports. Topics include: small business resources, starting a small business, importing and exporting, doing business with the government and the BC Jobs plan.

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Pandemic Preparedness

The Surrey Board of Trade has released Pandemic Preparedness Guides (also to be used as Business Emergency Continuity Guides).

As part of Canada’s business community, the Surrey Board of Trade has released the ‘Business Continuity and Recovery Planning Guide’ as well as the ‘Crisis Communications Planning Guide’.

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Emergency Response Toolkit

The Surrey Board of Trade, in partnership with WorkSafeBC, has created and launched an Emergency Response Toolkit for Business. Emergencies and disasters can occur at any time without warning. The more you are prepared for them, the better you will be able to act, minimizing panic and confusion when an emergency occurs. Additional information and training for your company’s emergency response teams is available through the Care Institute of Safety & Health Inc.

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Fast, Forward: How to Accelerate Your Digital Transformation

“Digital” is no longer a separate division of a company; rather, it’s a shift to a new culture—a way of doing things—that changes the focus of an organization’s entire business model. When it’s done well, it can truly transform a business to make it more efficient, collaborative, and successful. However, many small to medium businesses fail to realize the full benefits of going digital; believing that doing so is reserved for tech companies. This inaction may be driven by uncertainty or intimidation, perhaps due to the pace and seemingly complex nature of technological change. In fact, keeping up with change can appear to be out of reach for a smaller business. But this simply isn’t the case anymore.

Here’s why. As technologies scale, they become more affordable, and it doesn’t take much to lay the foundations for a strong digital framework. Here are five key areas to consider when going digital:

●     Digital disruption: The innovations that are transforming business practices today are also streamlining efficiencies at every level. For example, investing in mobile solutions, cloud computing, and data analytics are a great way to start a digital transformation and stay viable in this changing business landscape. They have the potential to change your day-to-day practices for the better—for instance, incorporating predictive analytics into weekly sales meetings to improve sales effectiveness, or using data mining tools to identify duplicate payments to vendors.

●     Digital experience: Whether a company manufactures products, sells goods, or provides services, going digital is a powerful means of driving customer engagement. Once mobile solutions, cloud computing and data analytics are in place, there are many ways in which companies can streamline customer-facing front office processes.

●     Digital operations: Data analytics and cloud computing allow companies to improve their back office processes as well. After all, companies amass huge amounts of data; and with the right software, all this information can be harnessed to predict everything from customer behaviour and buying habits, to managing risk and fighting fraud, to determining staffing requirements well into the future.

●     Digital workforce: When technology is integrated into every facet of a business instead of being limited to an IT department, an inevitable shift in workplace culture will follow. Digitally-sophisticated companies are nimble, fluid, and flexible, working across disciplines in cross-functional teams to find creative solutions. Companies with digital workforces will also be better positioned to attract new talent, as today’s new entrants are seeking—and trained for—digital experiences and systems.

●     Digital trust: Taking a company digital entails certain legal considerations as well. There is also the possibility that a company will be targeted by cyber attacks, since data is very valuable; but with the proper protocols, these risks can be managed and mitigated, and shouldn’t deter a company’s digital transformation.

We’ve all seen businesses that are hesitant to embrace and adapt to change—look no further than Blockbuster Video to understand how important it is for companies to continue innovating and investing in their own digital transformations. Thankfully, due to the scalability of new technology, and the relative ease of implementation with a more knowledgeable and savvy workforce, businesses today can more easily adapt the systems and tools they need to embrace all things digital.

Sign up for PwC Canada’s Accelerating Digital content series to learn more. 

Securing Government Funding: Not a DIY Project

An array of government funding and incentive programs that could help your business grow faster have recently been approved through the 2018 federal budget.

Although funding opportunities may differ from organization to organization, there is a large number (4,500+ across Canada) of incentive programs available, which provide support to a wide range of businesses. This direct funding could be the ideal basis for an expansion strategy, export market development, adoption or development of new technologies, capital acquisitions, training, hiring as well as the development of environment and sustainability projects.

Examples of eligible R&D projects include the prototyping of technological concepts, field-testing of prototypes, technology demonstrations, various manufacturing process improvements, adoption or adaptation of technologies into new environments as well as environmental footprint reduction.

Many entrepreneurial and technologically driven organizations face significant financial challenges at the critical development stages of their technology, products or services. Although most federal, provincial and private funding programs provide free access to the details of the application process, every situation is different. Therefore, the steps required to develop and complete an application are most likely unique to each organization.

Most organizations do not typically have the appetite nor the bandwidth to research their eligibility for funding. Moreover, to meet application deadlines, organizations need to move quickly and intelligently in order to effectively address individual program eligibility requirements. While the application process may seem straightforward, it comprises of a slew of economic factors as well as innovation and social components. And any last-minute complications can derail an organization’s objectives.

PwC Canada’s innovation and investment incentives team provide comprehensive assistance to clients from early development through to global scaling stages. They work with owners and management to develop funding strategies aligned with business growth objectives and to match as well as integrate relevant funding opportunities into the capitalization plan.

PwC’s advisers have in-depth knowledge of the 4,500+ government funding and incentive programs. They get involved with different types of organizations by proactively identifying suitable grants and funding, analyzing matching opportunities, developing a grant strategy, writing funding applications and delivering compliance reporting support.

By working with PwC, organizations gain access to their deep insights and curator approach when it comes to the funding landscape. This approach removes the complexity and reduces the preparation time from month to days, while increasing the chance of a successful application.

George Stefan, MBA, PMP, PEng. PwC | Partner, SR&ED | R&D Investment Incentives T: +1 604 495 8933 | C: +1 604 726 4909 Email: Assistant: Patricia Chang| T: +1 604 495 8939 PricewaterhouseCoopers Associates 13450 102 Avenue, Suite 1400, Surrey BC V3T 5X3