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Discover Sidney’s Christmas by the Sea from November 27 to January 8.

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Education Opportunities

Advance your Business

Everything You Need

Whether you are marketing your business or hiring employees the Sidney BIA is committed to providing the best possible support from local industry experts.

Year-Round Programs

  • Island Good Free Licence

    Island Good is trademarked and licensed by the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance

    Island Good branding helps shoppers easily identify local products from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

    Sidney businesses receive a free 1-year Island Good membership.

    Email shannon@sidneybia.ca with any questions.

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  • Digital Readiness Free Series

    Enjoy this four-part free digital readiness series designed to help small business owners develop the skills they need to succeed online and grow their companies.

    You can complete just one module or all four—and you’ll receive a digital readiness badge for each module you complete.

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  • Sidney Business Exclusive Social Media Management Subsidy

    The Sidney BIA has partnered with 365 Day Media Group to provide subsidized rates for affordable Social Media Management services.

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  • Sidney Business Exclusive Branding and Web Design Subsidy

    The Sidney BIA has partnered with Billie Design Co. to provide subsidized rates for affordable professional branding and website design services.

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  • Support Local BC Free Profile

    Support Local BC is a free online gift certificate marketplace where 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to the business owners. 

    The Sidney BIA has covered all affiliated costs and any independent business can make a free profile.

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  • Social Media Camp Free Membership

    Social Media Camp is Canada’s longest running Social Media conference and has been a platform to bring together top experts in Social Media Marketing since 2010.

    SMC Club will keep you connected and updated on everything happening in the world of social media. With a unique theme each month, we will bring you content that spark conversations and helps you build relationships that will drive your business forward.

    Sidney businesses receive a free 6-month membership.

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Upcoming Webinars

  • Digital Marketing for Exporters

    Date: November 30
    Time: 9:30am to 11:00am

    In recent months, BC-based businesses have become increasingly reliant on digital marketing to reach customers where they’re most comfortable – online. This great ‘Digital Transformation’ is something all businesses will need to adapt to, especially if they’re looking to expand beyond the borders of British Columbia.

    You’ll discover best practices in selecting sales channels, key website tips for attracting buyers outside of BC, as well as the industry jargon and buzzwords you need to know to optimize your digital marketing dollars

    All webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.

    Sidney businesses use promo code EXPLORESIDNEY at check out for free education.

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  • Finding Opportunities with the Government of Canada

    Date: December 2
    Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Get an overview of buyandsell.gc.ca, which offers access to all the Government of Canada’s tenders and other related procurement information. You’ll receive guidance on the Request for Proposal (RFP) process and general information on the government bidding and evaluation process.

    All webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.

    Sidney businesses use promo code EXPLORESIDNEY at check out for free education.

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  • Business Finance 1: Understanding Financials

    Date: January 11
    Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Financial statements may not get the pulse racing, but they provide essential information used to analyze and answer valuable questions relating to your business.

    They tell the story of your business and can sometimes predict your future fortunes. Join Bill Erichson, Pacific Training Innovations as he teaches you how to understand the story hidden behind the numbers. You’ll learn how to decipher balance sheets and income statements, while understanding how to make your earnings work for your business.

    All webinar participants will also receive access to a recording for seven days after the live session.

    Sidney businesses use promo code EXPLORESIDNEY at check out for free education.

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  • Digital Readiness Series

    Join Grow with Google, for a free four-part Digital Readiness Series designed to help small and medium-sized business owners develop the skills needed to succeed online. 

    The series aims to help small and medium-sized businesses owners like you:  

    • Get found online: Get your business online and improve your digital presence.  
    • Reach more customers: Connect with more customers in more places.  
    • Sell online: Make it easy for customers to shop with you on your website. 
    • Work remotely: Run your business from anywhere. 

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Resource Library

The Sidney BIA has cultivated a comprehensive library of resources covering all aspects of starting, growing and transitioning with your business.