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:


Rural Dividend Info Session: Application Tips and FAQ's

The Rural Dividend Program team is here to give tips for applying to the grant program, including an overview of the online application form and budget form. As well, the Rural Dividend team will be answering some frequently asked questions about the program, and there will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation.

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Originally broadcast on July 15, 2019


Accessing Capital in Small Communities: Debt Capital

 Loans, lines of credit, and credit cards: What are the different forms of debt, and how do businesses use them productively at different stages of their business life cycle? This webinar will provide an understanding of debt as a financing mechanism, and the different sources and options for businesses who choose to use debt capital as part of their financial plans. Tune in to get a working knowledge of how to help businesses in your community get access to financial capital with a focus on the small/rural community context.
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Originally broadcast on June 20, 2019


2018 Local Economic Development Survey - Explaining the Survey Findings

In an ongoing effort to support evidence-based policy and programming in B.C. and across-government the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, in partnership with UBCM, surveyed local government staff and economic development organizations and practitioners throughout the province. The results of the survey provide insights into how economic development is delivered and funded; what communities see as their priorities, assets, and challenges; the shape of partnerships in B.C.; and deeper dives into things like sustainability, tourism, and small business.

This webinar will look at some of the key findings of the survey and what insights they might have for your communities economic development planning and strategies.

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Originally broadcast on June 17, 2019


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