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10 Business Events in Vancouver To Check Out In October

This fall, we’re looking forward to more than just a few events. From an accelerator competition to marketing presentations by international and regional marketing experts, here is our list of upcoming Vancouver business events happening this October 2018.


Small Business BC – INSPIRE 

Engage in an evening of networking, celebration and education at Small Business BC’s 8th Annual INSPIRE event. You’ll get to meet the Small Business community, hear from BC’s most successful entrepreneurs in an interactive panel session and keynote from Ratana Stephens, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Nature’s Path, all while celebrating the launch of the 2019 Small Business BC Awards.

When: Monday, October 1, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Where: Telus World of Science

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Global Accelerator and Pitch Competition Tour – Vancouver

Startup Canada in partnership with UPSExport Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service are showcasing and supporting the global ambitions of 2,500 borderless businesses across Canada. Entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, service providers, and those interested in taking their business global are invited to attend the 1-day accelerator featuring keynotes, panels, and workshops, followed by a pitch competition and networking reception.

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main st., Vancouver, BC

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Surrey Small Business Information Expo (SBIE) 2018 – Build your Business

The 2018 Surrey SBIE lite – Build your Business is brought together by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (Public Services and Procurement Canada), the City of Surrey, and Export Development Canada (EDC). Over 20 government and business support programs will be present to provide valuable resources to small and medium businesses. Along with a trade show the expo will host presentations on a number of interesting topics such as:

– Selling to the Government
– Access to Financing
– Labour Market Possibilities

This expo is free to attend!

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Surrey City Hall

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Business in Vancouver – The 2018 Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies Reception

This networking reception by BIV highlights the achievements of companies across B.C. that have shown remarkable growth over the past five years. A fantastic opportunity to meet and mingle with some of B.C.’s fastest-growing companies.

When: Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Telus Garden – 5th Floor

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The 2018 Better Workplace Conference 

The Conference Board of Canada presents a comprehensive guide to a better workplace. Three streams, one goal—ensuring your future workplace is built on employee well-being. You’ll learn how to be betterwork better and lead better. Be prepared as technology transforms work and a new generation of leaders takes the reins—bringing their values, world views, and management styles to the workplace. Learn how to combine transformation and well-being to inspire and change the way your organization works.

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – Thursday, October 11, 2018

Where: The Vancouver Convention Centre – West Building

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Future U Conference: IT Skills for Tech Jobs

ISS of BC will be hosting this conference, where a variety of speakers drill down into growth areas like : AI and machine learning, Blockchain, Open source and Linux, Cybersecurity, Big data, Cloud computing. Participants will be able to network with employers and trainers who discuss skills needed in jobs now and in the future. Added Bonus: Join the Talent Den competition for interviews with top IT companies.

When: Tuesday, October 16th 2018 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch

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Business Excellence Series: Smart Cities

A discussion focusing on the competitive opportunities and challenges for businesses and individuals in the evolution of our cities aiming a more dynamic, connected and optimal management of our infrastructure.

When: Thursday,  from 

Where: 915 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC

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Marketing Kingdom Canada

After the successes in 15 different countries around the world, the Marketing Kingdom, one of the world’s leading marketing and social media events, is coming to North America. This year’s marketing event includes cutting edge presentations by international and regional marketing experts from Starbucks, PepsiCo, LinkedIn, SAP, Microsoft, Westjet, CBC, 500 Startup, Thomson Reuters, Twitter and Dell. Use code MKCAN20 to book your ticket with 20% exclusive discount.

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Friday, October 19, 2018

Where: Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver

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Leading An Innovative Inclusive Organization

This free event will bring CEOs, Business Leaders and Small Business Owners together to talk about leading accessible, inclusive workplaces. Guests will have an opportunity to learn from each other about what’s working, lessons learned, and best practices – when it comes to the employment of people with disabilities.

When: Friday, October 19, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Fairmont Pacific Rim

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Vancouver Island Economic Summit

The Vancouver Island State of the Island Economic Summit provides a venue and a forum for businesses and stakeholders on Vancouver Island to understand the State of the Island Economy. In this 12th Anniversary ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit, Youth, First Nations, Political Leaders, Business Leaders, Small Business and other inspirational leaders on Vancouver Island participate in championing actions which will position Vancouver Island in the Global Marketplace.

When: Wednesday,October 24, 2018 – Thursday,October 25, 2018

Where: Vancouver Island Conference Centre

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