What we're about

Vancouver Business Network (“VBN”) was founded on March 26, 2010 and now is the largest business Meetup on the west coast and the 11th largest in the world. VBN’s tagline is Learn, Network and Grow.

We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings in Vancouver, British Columbia, and are addressed by speakers with strong delivery skills and content that is relevant to active and aspiring small business owners. Joining VBN and attending VNB Meetups is free.

We have a keynote speaker at every Meetup, record their talk and upload it to VBN’s YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/EntrepreneursInternationalNetwork to help entrepreneurs around the world build better businesses.

VBN’s members are:

1. Aspiring entrepreneurs who are self-educating themselves

2. New entrepreneurs who are often independent service providers

3. Established entrepreneurs with micro businesses

4. The average age is around 35

5. Many are new Canadians

6. Most are Internet savvy

7. The men:women ratio is 50:50.

Check out VBN's upcoming events at https://www.meetup.com/the-vancouver-business-network/events/

Upcoming events (4+)

Attract More Clients by Simplifying Your Marketing | Mary Cravets

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THIS TRAINING IS FOR YOU IF …
· Your client generation is inconsistent.
· You’re on an income roller coaster.
· Marketing is overwhelming to you and feels icky … so you just avoid it.
· You don’t have a clear strategic growth plan to follow with confidence.
· You’ve pivoted in your business and things feel a bit out of whack.

TRAINING DESCRIPTION
Client generation is the lifeblood of your business. But with so many marketing options, how do you cut through the noise and find your best strategy for growth? The good news is that by strategically doing LESS, your marketing can be MORE effective.

Join us in a no-hype environment and learn from Mary Cravets how to get better results from your client-generation efforts while feeling more authentic and actually having fun!

TAKEAWAYS
You’ll get immediately implementable tools, including:
· The 6 key elements that keep you out of the feast-or-famine cycle of client generation.
· How to stop wasting time and money on marketing that doesn’t work so you can attract clients consistently and get your nights and weekends back.
· A client generation system that has a proven track record of helping both new and experienced business owners quickly generate more clients and increase their income by 50% or more.

SPEAKER’S BIO
Mary Cravets is a Client Generation Strategist and International Speaker who helps entrepreneurs significantly grow their businesses without working nights and weekends. The majority of her clients increase their income by 50% or more. Clients include the former CFO of Microsoft North America, thought leaders in the coaching industry and rising stars in a variety of other professions. Mary is also an avid roller coaster enthusiast, obsessed with otters and rocks, and a member of her local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (AACP) branch.

SPEAKER’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Mary at:
Email: [masked]
Website: www.simplygetclients.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mary-cravets
Instagram: @simplygetclients
FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bigimpactbusinessowners
Event page: https://simplygetclients.com/event/ein-online-workshop/

SEE MARY IN ACTION
https://youtu.be/Mubx8Z7iLGg

HANDOUT
https://simplygetclients.com/mclm

MEETUP AGENDA
· Zoom room opens 20 minutes before the official start time
· Roger’s opening remarks – 5 minutes
· Self-introductions – 25 minutes
· Upcoming speakers – 5 minutes​
· Problem-solving parties – 25 minutes
· Roger interviews Mary – 5 minutes
· Mary’s workshop – 55 minutes
· It’s a wrap.

YOUR INVESTMENT
Free. We only ask that you attend with a spirit of serving and sharing with your fellow entrepreneurs.

ZOOM LINK
https://successroadacademy.zoom.us/j/83171293255

Use Barter to Cut Costs & Increase Sales | Amber Noakes

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THIS TRAINING IS FOR YOU IF …
· You want to increase your sales
· You want to reduce your cash expenses
· Your cash flow has limited your ability to implement your ideas
· You are curious about modern barter and collaborative barter groups

TRAINING DESCRIPTION
Learn from Amber Noakes how to grow your business using today’s modern barter. Do you have hours in the week that are not booked with clients? Do you have excess inventory that you’re trying to move? What if you could trade your services or products for the things you need? Learn how organized barter networks are helping small business owners to increase their sales and reduce their cash expenses by using “barter dollars” to purchase everything from accounting services, to dental work, to family holidays, and much more.

TAKEAWAYS
· You’ll get strategies for implementing barter in your business
· You’ll get a new tool for reducing your cash expenses
· You’ll discover the benefits of multi-partner barter networks
· You’ll learn how to use barter as a tool to grow your business, with or without a barter network

SPEAKER’S BIO
Amber Noakes is a partner at BarterFirst.com and has been in the barter industry for over 25 years. She loves working with small business owners and helping them to achieve their goals. What she enjoys most about her work is connecting members with one another and developing relationships with her clients. She’s helped thousands of business owners to trade millions of dollars’ worth of goods and services. She lives in Surrey, BC with her husband and young son.

SPEAKER’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Amber at:
Email: [masked]
Website: www.barterfirst.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amber-noakes-89421428/

MEETUP AGENDA
· Zoom room opens 20 minutes before the official start time
· Opening remarks – 5 minutes
· Self-introductions – 25 minutes
· Upcoming speakers – 5 minutes​
· Idea parties – 25 minutes
· Roger interviews Amber – 5 minutes
· Amber’s workshop – 55 minutes
· It’s a wrap.

YOUR INVESTMENT
Free. We only ask that you attend with a spirit of serving and sharing with your fellow entrepreneurs.

ZOOM LINK
https://successroadacademy.zoom.us/j/99514551673

Get known! Get found! Get Paid! How to Build a Brand that Sells | Gerry Foster

THIS TRAINING IS FOR YOU IF …
· You are a service-based business.
· You want to stand out in a sea of sameness.
· You want to resonate with ready, willing and able buyers.

TRAINING DESCRIPTION
Strong branding is all the rage these days, especially for service-based entrepreneurs. But when you’re selling services … something people can’t see because they’re invisible … there is a specific blueprint to follow that will make you stand out and attract ideal clients fast. Plain and simple. If you are not standing out in a sea of perceived sameness to your competitors, you WILL be invisible. Setting yourself apart from other businesses so you stand out, get known, get found, and get paid is more important than ever before!

TAKEAWAYS
· Create an ‘I’m-the-only-one-who-does-what-I-do’ original, irresistible brand your target market will fall in love with and want to buy.
· Uncover your distinct voice to drive home your competitive advantage, and activate customer engagement.
· Kiss ‘goodbye’ to being lost in the crowd and say ‘hello’ to customers coming to you instead of you having to chase after them.

SPEAKER’S BIO
Known affectionately in the speaking and training industry as The Branding Evangelist, Gerry Foster is one of the top small business Brand Strategists in North America, particularly for those who offer their expertise (i.e., services, skills, talents, and abilities). A dynamic speaker and trainer, since starting his Branding Training & Development company full-time in 1985, Gerry has helped over 100,000 small businesses from over 600 different industries with their branding. His mission is “for all small business owners to offer exceptional brands that make an exceptional difference so you can live an exceptional life.”

Gerry Foster will help you uncover your unique identity as a service-based business owner. He will give you the support, “big branding” strategies, training, advice, and wisdom you to excite, delight and ignite your market. What makes us different from other ‘branders’ is that we offer the world’s first 3-step guided system for owners worldwide who want to organically create a big brand and a strong message that sells. You will be able to excite, delight, and ignite your market and attract new clients easier.

SPEAKER’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Gerry at:
Email: [masked]
Web: www.gerryfosterbranding.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gerryfoster

TESTIMONIALS
https://youtu.be/57ux0oBgNFM

MEETUP AGENDA
· Zoom room opens 20 minutes before the official start time
· Roger’s opening remarks – 5 minutes
· Self-introductions – 25 minutes
· Upcoming speakers – 5 minutes​
· Idea parties – 25 minutes
· Roger interviews Gerry – 5 minutes
· Gerry’s workshop – 55 minutes
· It’s a wrap.

YOUR INVESTMENT
Free. We only ask that you attend with a spirit of serving and sharing with your fellow entrepreneurs.

ZOOM LINK
https://successroadacademy.zoom.us/j/91995811601

Take Control of Your Time & Grow a Kick-Ass Business | Diana Noble

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THIS TRAINING IS FOR YOU IF …
· You’re frustrated because there aren’t enough hours in a day.
· You’re tired because it feels like you’re working your ass off but you’re barely making ends meet.
· You feel defeated because you think you should be able to juggle being a business owner AND having a life outside of business.

TRAINING DESCRIPTION
Learn from Diana Noble how to stop spinning your wheels, how to take control of your time and how to focus on the things that really matter to move your business forward. Tap into WHY you became an entrepreneur and get to a place where you love what you do and feel that you can truly have it ALL.

TAKEAWAYS
· Learn how to focus your time and energy on high ROI activities that will move your business forward.
· Take control of your time by implementing strategies that will increase your efficiency while eliminating distractions.
· Remember WHY you became an entrepreneur and get to a place of balance and satisfaction in all areas of your life without having to sacrifice happiness for success.

SPEAKER’S BIO
Serial entrepreneur Diana Noble stumbled into the world of entrepreneurship by accident at the tender age of 24. Since then, she has successfully owned 5 separate businesses spanning industries including legal, media, marketing, real estate and coaching/consulting. Her passion for business led her to becoming an ICF Certified Business Coach where she uses her skills to help entrepreneurs take a 360° view of their business to address gaps between where they are and where they want to be. She knows firsthand that the only limits to what someone can achieve are the ones we impose on ourselves.

SPEAKER’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Diana at:
Email: [masked]
Website: www.noblechoicecoaching.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-noble-55826853/

MEETUP AGENDA
· Zoom room opens 20 minutes before the official start time
· Roger’s opening remarks – 5 minutes
· Self-introductions by attendees – 25 minutes
· Upcoming speakers - 5 minutes
· Problem-solving parties – 25 minutes​
· Roger interviews Diana – 5 minutes
· Diana’s webinar – 55 minutes
· It’s a wrap.

YOUR INVESTMENT
Free. We only ask that you attend with a spirit of serving and sharing with your fellow entrepreneurs.

ZOOM LINK
https://successroadacademy.zoom.us/j/91694279770

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