Economic Development Webinar Series

Our webinars offer a peer-to-peer space to share knowledge, opportunities, successful practices, tools and resources for local economic development in B.C.

We invite local government staff and elected officials, First Nations leaders, councils and elders, economic development practitioners, elected officials, provincial government staff, and anyone interested in realizing their community's economic development to participate. 

Take a look at our upcoming webinar schedule, and watch the most recent webinars here:

Building Resilience Through Community Economic Development


Community Economic Development is an approach that encourages self-reliance and sustainability as a way of dealing with the ups and downs of economic and social change. Communities can build resilience by mobilizing homegrown assets, both financial and human, while leveraging outside resources to achieve their goals. In this webinar, we’ll introduce the basic concepts and show how they can be incorporated into your economic development work. If you are new to this approach or want some tools to explain it to colleagues or community members, this webinar is for you!  

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Originally broadcast April 4, 2019

Accessing Capital in Small Communities: Equity Capital


We’ve all heard terms like “venture capital” and “angel investors”, but how much do you really know about the world of equity investments and how they power business growth? This webinar will explore the life cycle of businesses and when businesses need different kinds of equity. We’ll discuss the realities of accessing equity capital in a small community, and look in detail at programs that help businesses attract investors, including the Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit.

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Originally broadcast March 21, 2019

Regulation and Opportunity in the Recreational Cannabis Industry

The recreational cannabis industry is expanding rapidly, and presents both challenges and opportunities for communities in B.C. that are looking for job growth while balancing land use, safety, and public health concerns. This webinar will look at how the industry is being regulated, and what types of economic development opportunities there may be for communities and First Nations.

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Originally broadcast on February 5, 2019

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