UBC Small Business Accelerator Debuts

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre recently launched its Small Business Accelerator Program. The SBA initiative was originally conceived by David Lam Management Research Library librarian Jan Wallace during her term as interim director of the IKBLC. The concept began with a visit from an economic development officer from Nelson, BC, who was seeking assistance in strengthening the business skills of entrepreneurs in the region. Over the past two years, staff at the IKBLC have been developing the portal, and testing it with community members throughout the province.

Based on industry research guides created in the David Lam Library at Sauder School, the SBA features dozens of guides on researching small businesses in BC, as well as interactive tools for would-be entrepreneurs to communicate with each other, and for other subject experts to add information to the portal.

IKBLC Community Services Librarian Aleha McCauley is leading a team who will visit communities across BC to teach secondary market research skills to community members, just as the David Lam librarians teach those skills to business students at Sauder.

Canaccord Learning Commons in the News

” The University of British Columbia business school’s library is clearing out the equivalent of an entire floor’s worth of books to make room for 17 new group discussion rooms, silent study space, conversational areas, larger computer monitor stations supporting collaborative student projects – and, for the first time, enough electrical outlets to support all the students who want to plug in their laptops,” writers reporter Scott Simpson in today’s Vancouver Sun.    With interviews from Jan Wallace and Jeff Kroeker, Simpson details how the Canaccord Learning Commons and the Sauder School of Business will engage  students with a dynamic space and innovative learning opportunities.  You can read the complete article on the Vancouver Sun‘s website:   School wants students to break dumb rules for smart results.

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