2019 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo (SBIE)

Looking to start, grow or leverage an innovation within your business?

Join us at the 2019 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo (SBIE).

The 2019 Vancouver SBIE will feature face-to-face opportunities to interact with experts from over 50 support programs who provide valuable resources to small businesses.

In addition to the 50 programs that will be presented, we will host three panel discussions. These panels will be conducted in English, but there will be bilingual representatives on site to assist French speakers.

In addition to the 50+ programs that will be exhibiting, we will host panel discussions on:

  • Innovation Lightning Round 9:00 – 9:30 am: Rapid-fire presentations of programs which support the research and development of innovative goods and services with combined annual contributions of ~$900 million in direct funding and $3.3 billion in indirect funding.
  • Selling to Government 10:00 – 11:00 am: Interested in selling to the public sector? This panel brings together purchasing specialists from different levels of government who will help you understand the processes for government contracting.
  • Access to Financing 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Looking for sources of capital? Want us to show you the money? This panel will bring together government representatives who will provide you with information on various financing (loans & grants) programs and resources available to your business.

New to the SBIE for 2019, the Office of Small and Medium Enterprise (OSME) will offer an interactive Master Class session (space limited) on government procurement topics:

  • Bid Evaluation Master Class 1:30 - 2:30 pm: Get a "glimpse behind the curtain" from procurement professionals on the process used to evaluate bids and award contracts for the federal government. Learn about mandatory and point-rated criteria, the basis of selection, and the kinds of questions which can be asked during the process.

The Master Class will be held in English, but there will be bilingual representatives on site to assist French speakers.

To promote accessibility, sign language interpretation will be available on-site. Please indicate with your registration if you will need this service. The ASL version of this content can be found at our YouTube channel.

Please note that seating at the panel discussions and Master Class sessions is limited, and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please check out our Facebook page for descriptions of our panel discussions.

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (Yaletown)
Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:30 to 15:30
Pacific Standard Time (PST)
British Columbia
Event type
Information Booth, Presentation
Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) business seminars and events
Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
Event Language
Space Availability
Space Available
Online Registration