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British Columbia Programs


Community Delivered Options

These workshops are fully customizable.  However, typical content includes an introduction to the field of economic development and the different structures, Strategic Planning, essential tools, Business Retention, Business Attraction and Investment Readiness, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Workforce Development and more.  You will hear of successful initiatives in each category that have been done globally to show you have risk and imagination is all an important part of economic development.  Through a combination of presentations and interactive exercises, participants will help to develop a list of initiatives that can be implemented in the community to support and encourage economic development.  A brief report is provided within two weeks of the workshop to all participants with the initiatives summarized to allow for implementation.  Email info@bceda.ca for more information on pricing and availability.

Business Retention and Expansion (1, 3, and 5-day options)

Business retention, and fostering the expansion of existing businesses, is the foundation of any sound economic development program. And it should be! Changes in the global, national and regional marketplace have put increased pressure on firms to become more efficient to seek out and take advantage of profit opportunities.  Communities must play a role in helping local businesses be competitive not only in the local community but abroad. 

This course explores strategies to retain the existing economic base by making businesses and the communities that house them more competitive. Issues covered include how to apply a wide range of economic development resources, tools, and techniques to support local businesses through the creation of a successful business retention and expansion program.  Several training options are available for Business Retention and Expansion programs including a one-day session, three days and a five day.  Costs vary.  Email info@bceda.ca for more information on pricing and availability. 

Investment Attraction

Every community is looking at ways to attract new investment to the community.  While this is not the most important economic development function, it is a critical expectation of every program.  This one-day interactive course is designed to increase a communities understanding of business investment and attraction as a strategy in economic development.  It will help you determine if your community is investment ready, how to identify “realistic” targets, developing a strategy, introduction to site selectors and the different phases they go through, and measuring success.  Email info@bceda.ca for more information on pricing and availability. 

Economic Development for Local Leaders

To be successful in today's competitive economic development community leaders need and want to understand the different aspects of economic development.  Since 2011, BCEDA has delivered more than 75 full days Economic Development for Local Leaders workshops to more than 1500 local leaders in communities throughout North America making these workshops one of the most delivered in North America.  The workshops, designed for local and regional governments and Indigenous communities, aim to assist communities to expand their capacity, knowledge and skill sets to ensure economic sustainability and future growth. 

New 2018:  The 12 Things You Need to Know for Successful Economic Development (Local Governments)

This new, interactive half-day workshop, covers the new resource manual launched in the summer of 2017 by BCEDA.  The reasons why a community will engage in economic development activities varies greatly. Each community has unique characteristics and own reasons for actively engaging in economic development. Communities understand to create economic diversity, maintain and expand infrastructure, create a sustainable economy and to increase their ability to meet the needs of residents and businesses; they need to develop their economic development focus and goals.  The more you understand about economic development, the more effective you can be in supporting your community’s economic development efforts.  This session is directed to all elected leaders including Mayors, Chiefs, council members and regional directors as well as economic development boards and team members.  All participants are provided with a complimentary copy of the resource manual.  Email info@bceda.ca for more information on pricing and availability. 

New 2018: The 12 Things You Need to Know for Successful Economic Development (Indigenous Communities)

This new, interactive half-day workshop, covers the new resource manual launched in the summer of 2017 by BCEDA and is specifically designed for Indigenous Communities.  It was first delivered with rave reviews to over 100 Indigenous leaders from around BC in December 2017.   The reasons why an Indigenous community will engage in economic development activities varies greatly. Each community has unique characteristics and own reasons for actively engaging in economic development. Communities understand to create economic diversity, maintain and expand infrastructure, create a sustainable economy and to increase their ability to meet the needs of residents and businesses; they need to develop their economic development focus and goals.  The more you understand about economic development, the more effective you can be in supporting your community’s economic development efforts.  This session is directed to all elected leaders including Chief and Council, Economic Development Corporations and all staff.  Participants are provided with a complimentary copy of the resource manual.  Email info@bceda.ca for more information on pricing and availability. 

 

Classroom-Based Offerings (2018)

Western Economic Development Course

The Western Economic Development Course provides a solid foundation for entry-level economic development practitioners or seasoned economic developers looking to update current skills and to be aware of the current trends.  This Basic Economic Development Course serves as the equivalent to IEDC's Introduction to Economic Development course in preparation for the IEDC Certification exam and is the only one offered in Canada.  Accreditation by both IEDC and EDAC ensures that each BEDC covers subject areas determined to be the core building blocks in any economic development organization.  This three and a half day course is delivered by experienced professionals in the economic development industry and is held every fall in Vancouver, BC. Email nfo@bceda.ca for more information on pricing and availability. 

Managing Economic Development Organizations (June 13-14, 2018, Kelowna, BC)

This advanced course delivered in partnership with IEDC will focus on the key principles and practices of professional management in economic development. It will define excellence in economic development and explain the fundamentals of managing for results, outcome-based performance, organizational assessment, stakeholder identification, vision and mission scope, organizational culture and more. Also, participants will learn how to engage their board or council, staff and community stakeholders, constituents, and customers to achieve results in job creation, tax-base stabilization and community growth and development. Since EDOs differ from one another depending on their available resources, location, and mission, this course is designed to equip a leader of any organization to make the right decisions.  Email info@bceda.ca for more information on pricing and registration details.  NOTE:  Some Indigenous communities from BC may be eligible for financial support to attend this course.    

Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting (Spring 2018)

This advanced course teaches the core components to bring the world economy to your community’s front door. Foreign direct investment (FDI) and exporting are now essential components of a local economic development strategy, and in many cases, community FDI programs can access federal funding for implementation. Attendees will learn how to attract foreign investors, from identifying targeted sectors to engaging new businesses. They will also explore how to facilitate exports in their community, with an emphasis on how existing federal and provincial programs can assist. The course will cover all aspects of doing business with foreign entities, from cultural differences to tax and financing issues.  Email info@bceda.ca for more information on pricing and registration details.