Virtual Classroom Training Schedule

The following interactive "virtual" training is offered to "registered" Business Abilities Participants. These sessions are offered in conjunction with Phase One and Two Modules.

Learn from professionals in their various areas of expertise. See and hear them live through technology provided by Elluminate web conferencing.(www.elluminate.com)

Here is the current Schedule - Space is limited - Visit our calendar to choose a session and sign-up today right on the website!.

Please note all classes are posted as “Pacific Time.” To view your time zone have a look at our time zone chart.


April 2009

your Own Business with Doug Tardif
Apr. 9th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
So you are thinking about starting your own company, but you don’t have a clue of what to do. This seminar will give you the basics on the process. We will explore the logical steps that will enable you to make that decision.
Getting Ready for Income Tax Time — Wayne Schweitzer
Apr. 2nd
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
Not sure you are claiming all your eligible personal deductions on your tax return? By attending this workshop we will walk you through the allowable deductions available to Canadians with disabilities.

March 2009

Fusion Marketing with Chris Holland
Mar. 31st
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
Fusion Marketing is working in a collaborative way with other businesses for mutual profitability. This course will look at the theoretical and practical uses of Fusion Marketing and focuses on the best methods for individual venture. This workshop includes hands-on instruction on how to find your best fusion
Introduction to Bookkeeping In Excel With Barbara Williams - Part Two
Mar. 26th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
In this two part workshop you will learn how to set up your own bookkeeping system utilizing the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program. Excel is the perfect program when you are working with numbers and this system will automatically total your journals and produce financial statements at any time. Experience using Excel and downloading zipped files is a prerequisite for this class. This will be a first in a series of bookkeeping workshops.
Introduction to Bookkeeping In Excel With Barbara Williams - Part One
Mar. 23rd
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
In this two part workshop you will learn how to set up your own bookkeeping system utilizing the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program. Excel is the perfect program when you are working with numbers and this system will automatically total your journals and produce financial statements at any time. Experience using Excel and downloading zipped files is a prerequisite for this class. This will be a first in a series of bookkeeping workshops.
Business Regulations and Legal Issues with Doug Tardif
Mar. 19th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
You’ve read the assignment, but you are still confused. This session will uncomplicated the government regulations and explain the differences in the types of business registrations that are available.
Overview of a Business Plan - Kay Ryan
Mar. 17th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
So you have decided to take the plunge and become an entrepreneur. How do you get started, where do you go for help? What is this thing called a business plan that everyone says you need? Take an hour and get an overview of a business plan and learn the steps you need to complete yours.
Money Management with Doug Tardif
Mar. 12th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
Money Management - As a business person, you will have to be frugal to be successful. Learn money management tips that will reduce your expenses and increase your profits.
Time Management with Alice Schoffer
Mar. 10th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
In this presentation you will learn how to focus your time and energy in the right areas of your and business, ensure you are heading in the direction “you” desire and discuss tools that allow more time for yourself and for your business.
Preparing your Cashflow with Kay Ryan - CANCELED!
Mar. 3rd
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
The financial section of your business plan is probably the most important part and the most overwhelming for a new entrepreneur. Before starting your business, you must be able to project its performance to find out whether or not it can be profitable. At this workshop you will learn about all the allowable business expenses and how to project your sales so you can complete a realistic cash flow.

February 2009

Basics of Branding with Chris Holland
Feb. 26th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
Branding is the face you give your company. It is how your customers recognize your products, and should represent what you want people to think about your business, in a 3 second period. Many small businesses feel overwhelmed by the academics of branding. In this workshop we will examine the Basics of Branding - the key details that are most important in establishing a brand that is representative of your business, vision, service and products. We will discuss how to effectively use your brand to get the most bang for your buck, and to find a brand the represents you.
Work and Self Balance with Jeanie Paterson
Feb. 24th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
Without fully realizing it, the number of balls we tend to juggle in relation to engaging in our daily work/life activities and routines can often lead to feeling depleted and at times stressed or burned out. Join Jeanie in identifying how core beliefs, habits, and boundaries can influence our daily decisions, as well as exploring strategies for creating balance in both personal and professional areas of life.
Pricing your Service with Fiona Matthews
Feb. 20th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
What is your time really worth? How many hours do you really have to work to achieve a "billable hour"? Choosing a price that secure sales and maximizes profits in a competitive marketplace is no easy feat. This one hour workshop gives the entrepreneur selling a service the tools they need to make the right price decision.
How to Develop Leadership Skills with Alice Schoffer
Feb. 17th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
This presentation will, help you define what leadership is, why we should learn about developing leadership skills and how to develop these skills. We will then learn how to make a self-improvement plan.
Pricing your Product with Fiona Matthews
Feb. 13th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
Pricing is one of the toughest decisions an entrepreneur who sells a product has to make. Balancing complex issues such as changing business costs, and elusive customer psychology, the business owner must carefully determine a price that will maximize profits in a competitive market. This one hour workshop gives you the tools you need to make the right price decision for the products you sell.
Preparing your Cashflow with Kay Ryan
Feb. 10th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
The financial section of your business plan is probably the most important part and the most overwhelming for a new entrepreneur. Before starting your business, you must be able to project its performance to find out whether or not it can be profitable. At this workshop you will learn about all the allowable business expenses and how to project your sales so you can complete a realistic cash flow.
Goal Setting with Doug Tardif
Feb. 5th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
Think of this seminar as the roadmap to success. When you set a goal, every aspect of your life is impacted. Learn about setting realistic goals, establishing milestones, and celebrating achievement.
Market Research, Identifying your target market with Chris Holland
Feb. 3rd
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
Market Research is an important part of starting up your business, but to some it is an intimidating process. This workshop will help make sense of Market Research and demonstrate how easy it can be. This fun interactive class will have you inspired to get your research done and show off your results.

January 2009

Effective Use and Creation of Advertisements
January 29th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
To effectively create and use advertising you must have an understanding of the process that is involved. This process requires you to recognize what your advertising needs are and to make sure that you are prepared. In this workshop will go over the many opportunities available to you and help create an annual advertising strategy.
Starting your Own Business with Doug Tardif
January 27th
  • Classroom opens at 10:30 am Pacific Time
  • Class starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Class ends approximately 12:00 - 12:30pm
So you are thinking about starting your own business, but you don’t have a clue of what to do. This seminar will give you the basics on the process. We will explore the logical steps that will enable you to make that decision.



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