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  • Upcoming Events, Training, Webinars, and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses


    SBCO Business Basics

    Have a great idea and want to start your own business? Do you understand what it takes to be successful?

    If you’re unsure of what it takes to start and run a business, you are in the right place! This series of 10 free online learning sessions will help you decide if starting your own business is the right path for you, then guide you through the steps involved in getting started.

    Sessions include: 

    - Are You Ready to Be in Business?

    - Researching Your Idea

    - Business Structure

    - What Are Government Regulations?

    - What Is a Business Plan?

    - How Do You Finance a Small Business?

    - Why Do Market Research?

    - Sales and Marketing

    - Do You Need Insurance?

    - How To Register Your Business

    - Non-Profits 101

    View On Demand Here


    SBCO Start-Up Sessions

    Are you ready to launch? Do you know how to build a solid foundation for your start-up?

    You’ve done the research, tested your idea, and are ready to launch! This is an exciting time, but there are things you need to ensure your business's success. This series of 10 free online learning sessions will set you up with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully launch your new business.

    Sessions include: 

    - Entrepreneurship

    - Business Model Canvas

    - Market Research

    - Marketing

    - Branding

    - Pricing

    - Sales

    - Record Keeping

    - Social Media

    - Intellectual Property

    View On Demand Here


    SBCO Growth Sessions

    Is your small business ready for growth? Are you prepared for the challenges of growing a business and how to meet them?

    Are you an entrepreneur ready to take your small business to the next level? These 10 free online learning sessions will equip you with skills and knowledge to successfully position your business for growth. 

    Sessions include: 

    - Key Business Practices

    - Time Management

    - Building Teams and Organizational Culture

    - Sustainable Operations

    - Content Management

    - Contracts and Leases

    - Hiring Employees vs Self Employed Contractors

    - Building an Investor Pitch Deck

    - Understanding Financial Statements

    - Expanding Markets

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    Steps to Starting a Small Business

    Wondering where to start with your small business? Join the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre for an introduction to the rules and regulations surrounding your small business start-up. Topics include licensing, name registration and basics of taxation.

    Wednesday, April 3, 2024 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.


    CRA: Taxes for Sole Proprietors 

    Join us for an information session presented by the Canada Revenue Agency's liaison services. Taxes can be complicated - make the process a bit easier by understanding your obligations, deductions, and common errors to avoid. Session will include Q & A.  

    Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.


    CRA: Taxes for Corporations

    Join us for an information session presented by the Canada Revenue Agency's liaison services. Taxes can be complicated - make the process a bit easier by understanding your obligations, deductions, and common errors to avoid. Session will include Q & A.  

    Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.


    Futurpreneur: Financing & Mentorship for Your New Business

    Join us to hear from Futurpreneur about how you can apply for financing & mentorship for your new business. Futurpreneur Canada provides financing & mentorship to brand new entrepreneurs under the age of 39.

    Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Register Here


     

    What is Visual Merchandising?

    Learn more about visual merchandising - from what it is to how it can help your retail business and improve your business performance in any physical selling spaces. Topics include the impact of visual merchandising on retail businesses, the different examples or areas of visual merchandising work, how to assess the impact, and more!

    Wednesday, April 17, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Hosted by Toronto: https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/new-businesses-startups/ 


     

    A Guide to Canadian Business Expansion to the U.S.

    Join the Halton Global Business Centre and Invest Buffalo Niagara to learn valuable insights into the strategic move of expanding to the U.S. This seminar will delve into essential considerations for a successful U.S. expansion, including optimal location selection, structuring a U.S. business effectively, cross-border financial transactions, and managing personnel movement. 

    Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Register Here

    Hosted by Halton: https://www.halton.ca/For-Business/Halton-Region-Small-Business-Centre  


    The Co-op Model 101

    Want to learn more about the co-operative business model? This webinar will show you the unique benefits of co-operatives and their shared ownership model and will cover the basics of getting started and where you can find resources and support to help you on your co-operative journey. Presented by Michelle Christmann, the Education Manager at the Ontario Co-operative Association. 

    Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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    Hosted by Toronto: https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/new-businesses-startups/    


    Branding Magic: Setting Up Your Small Business & Startup For Growth

    Join Radhika Kapoor, the Founder & Creative Director at Moon Rabbit Strategy, for a dynamic webinar uncovering the vital role of branding for small businesses & startups. Learn actionable insights to amplify your presence, connect with your audience, and drive growth. 

    Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Register Here

    Hosted by Richmond Hill: https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/invest-and-do-business/Small-Business-Enterprise-Centre.aspx 


    Google Business Profile

    Google Business Profile (GBP) is a free and powerful tool for bringing awareness to your local business. Before you even have a website, this is where search engine optimization begins. From initial setup to getting verified by Google, this workshop covers the essential steps to harnessing the power of Google Business Profile in local searches. 

    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

    Register Here

    Hosted by Waterloo: https://www.waterlooregionsmallbusiness.com/ 


    Insurance for Small Business

    This informative webinar will provide you with working knowledge of small business insurance, demystifying all the jargon. It will also enable you to ask the right kinds of questions from insurance professionals. Presented by Anne Marie Thomas is Director of Consumer & Industry Relations for the Insurance Bureau of Canada in Ontario.

    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Register Here

    Hosted by Toronto: https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/new-businesses-startups/ 


    From Dreamers to Doers: Empowering Youth Through Entrepreneurship

    Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur and the programs and supports that are available to support youth on their entrepreneurial journey.

    Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Register Here

    Hosted by Brampton: https://www.brampton.ca//EN/Business/BEC/Pages/Welcome.aspx  





     

    Legal Issues of Running a Business

    This session dives into crucial legal aspects, from formation to daily operations. Learn to steer clear of common pitfalls, navigate regulatory challenges, and ensure legal compliance. Equip yourself with the knowledge to safeguard your start-up against legal hurdles. 

    Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Register Here

    Hosted by Durham: https://www.bacd.ca/  





     

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    The Food and Beverage manufacturing sector of Ontario is the 3rd largest in North America and is vitally important to our local and regional economy. For over 30 years, Ontario Small Business Enterprise Centres have been committed to guiding people through the start-up and early growth stages of small business. 

    Foodpreneur Advantage is a regional collaboration of Small Business Enterprise Centres.

    Whether you are starting your food venture, or ready to expand and scale your operation, this is the place to start. This webinar series is designed to guide you through the different areas of starting your food or food manufacturing business.

    The series is offered on a few times per year on an ongoing basis.  You can register for any or all of the sessions individually. 

    Foodpreneur start-up webinar series includes the following sessions: 

    - Starting a Food Business & Regulatory Compliance 

    - How to Sell Your Food Product

    - Costing & Pricing to Make Profits

    - Marketing & Branding your Food Product

    - Labelling & Packaging your Food Product

    - Selling to Food Retailers

    Register Here


    Comply & Protect: Strategically Safeguarding Your Business Expansion

    Businesses globally are increasingly prioritizing cybersecurity compliance due to the escalating threat of cybercrime, leading to significant data breaches and disruptions. Whether you are starting up, scaling or a thriving business, cybersecurity and compliance is no longer a luxury; it is vital to business growth.

    Tuesday, April 23, 2024 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Register Here

    Innovate Niagara: https://www.innovateniagara.com/ 


     

    Introduction to AI Tools 

    This workshop will provide an introduction to the basics of what an AI (Artificial Intelligence) is and what common uses AI has today. The session will be broken up into two parts: 1) a slideshow and discussion of AI and 2) a “play” section where we will explore some popular free online AI tools like ChatGPT and Dream.ai. 

    Wednesday, May 8, 2024 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

    Register Here

    Brock University: https://brocku.ca/linc/ 


     

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    Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Presents Business After 5 

    Join the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) for an evening of food, fun, networking, and prizes! Business After 5 is a monthly networking event hosted at local businesses or community spaces throughout Niagara.  

    Tickets are complimentary for GNCC members. Non-members are welcome to attend two Business After 5 events complimentary before coming on board as a GNCC member. 

    While admission is free, registration is required!

    Register Here

    Upcoming Dates: 

    Tuesday, May 7, 2024    Host: Sport Niagara

    Neil Campbell Rowing Centre
    Henley Island Dr
    St. Catharines, ON 


    Tuesday, June 4, 2024    Host: Outlet Collection Niagara

    300 Taylor Road
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

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