Thinking/Starting

Evaluating your idea and getting started

Thinking about your own Business? Not sure where to start?

The Small Business Centre can provide you with the tools and resources you need to evaluate your idea and decide if entrepreneurship is right for you. 

If you're ready to get started the Centre offers a full range of support services, including workshops, seminars, government programs, advisory assistance, networking events and much more to help you put your business on the path to success.

Have questions about your business plan?

Make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable Business Advisors. Consultations are free and confidential.

Our  Advisors are available to assist you with your market research and help you get started on your plan.

If you've already begun working on a plan, you may want to meet with an Advisor for an in-depth consultation and feedback on all aspects of your plan.

 

Startup Events Calendar

    September 2017

  • September 20

    Starting a Small Business - September 2017
    Wed, Sep 20th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Please call 519-659-2882 ext. 0 to register. 

    Do you have what it takes to start your own business? Do you know what's involved in getting started?

    This 3 hour seminar will explore the personal aspects of business ownership and provide you with information on government regulations, taxation, legal and financial issues you need to consider before starting a business.

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  • September 27

    From Recipe to Reality: How to Start a Food Business
    Wed, Sep 27th @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Due to high volume for this seminar, we have closed online registration. Please call 519-659-2882 ext. 0 to see availability. 

    Got a great idea for a food business? Want to learn how to turn your winning recipe into a successful venture?

    Attend this 3 hour seminar to learn what it takes to start a food business.

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  • September 27

    Business Planning Basics Session 1 - September 2017
    Wed, Sep 27th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    First part of a 9 hour seminar on creating a business plan. Learn about market research, assessing your competition, creating effective marketing strategies and developing sales strategies. Registration for this session automatically includes registration for sessions 2 & 3 on September 29, 2017.

    NOTE - Completion of the Starting a Small Business Seminar is required before enrolling in this workshop.

    Tickets $120.00/each

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  • September 29

    Business Planning Basics Sessions 2 & 3 - September 2017
    Fri, Sep 29th @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Learn about operational concerns and financial considerations, including: start up costs, sales forecasting, cash flow statements, income statements, and balance sheets. Upon completing this workshop you will have all the tools necessary to prepare your own business plan.

    NOTE - This full day session completes the seminar series. Registration for Session 1 on September 27 automatically includes Sessions 2 & 3 on this date.

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  • October 2017

  • October 3

    Accounting Advice
    Tue, Oct 3rd @ 9:10 am - 12:30 pm

    Access certified accountants to address financial questions and assist with bookkeeping best practices and future forecasting.

    Individual appointments booked on a first come, first served basis.

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  • October 5

    Legal Advice
    Thu, Oct 5th @ 9:10 am - 12:30 pm

    Expert lawyers are available to clarify your concerns and provide answers to your legal questions.

    Individual half hour appointments booked on a first come, first served basis.

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  • October 17

    Navigating the Regulatory Compliances for Your Business
    Tue, Oct 17th @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Starting a business in the food industry. Thinking about opening a restaurant, bakery, café, wholesale, nightclub, or similar business? This seminar will show you how to navigate the interdepartmental permit and legislation requirements for various food related businesses.

    Tickets $0.00/each

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  • October 17

    EPIC Networking Event
    Tue, Oct 17th @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Celebrate Small Business Week! Join us for a high energy, fun, and productive event with a twist on traditional networking events that will get you in front of a dynamic community of London business owners and professionals. Network and build your reputation as a knowledgeable and reliable resource in your industry, get noticed and be visible!

    Advance registration is required!
    Registration Deadline: Friday, October 13, 2017


    Tickets $12.00/each

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  • October 18

    Starting a Small Business - October 2017
    Wed, Oct 18th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Do you have what it takes to start your own business? Do you know what's involved in getting started?

    This 3 hour seminar will explore the personal aspects of business ownership and provide you with information on government regulations, taxation, legal and financial issues you need to consider before starting a business.

    Tickets $30.00/each

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  • October 25

    Business Planning Basics Session 1 - October 2017
    Wed, Oct 25th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    First part of a 9 hour seminar on creating a business plan. Learn about market research, assessing your competition, creating effective marketing strategies and developing sales strategies. Registration for this session automatically includes registration for sessions 2 & 3 on October 27, 2017.

    NOTE - Completion of the Starting a Small Business Seminar is required before enrolling in this workshop.

    Tickets $120.00/each

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  • October 27

    Business Planning Basics Sessions 2 & 3 - October 2017
    Fri, Oct 27th @ 9:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Learn about operational concerns and financial considerations, including: start up costs, sales forecasting, cash flow statements, income statements, and balance sheets. Upon completing this workshop you will have all the tools necessary to prepare your own business plan.

    NOTE - This full day session completes the seminar series. Registration for Session 1 on September 27 automatically includes Sessions 2 & 3 on this date.

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  • November 2017

  • November 2

    Legal Advice
    Thu, Nov 2nd @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Expert lawyers are available to clarify your concerns and provide answers to your legal questions.

    Individual half hour appointments booked on a first come, first served basis.

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  • November 7

    Accounting Advice
    Tue, Nov 7th @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Access certified accountants to address financial questions and assist with bookkeeping best practices and future forecasting.

    Individual appointments booked on a first come, first served basis.

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  • November 15

    Starting a Small Business - November 2017
    Wed, Nov 15th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Do you have what it takes to start your own business? Do you know what's involved in getting started?

    This 3 hour seminar will explore the personal aspects of business ownership and provide you with information on government regulations, taxation, legal and financial issues you need to consider before starting a business.

    Tickets $30.00/each

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  • November 22

    Business Planning Basics Session 1 - November 2017
    Wed, Nov 22nd @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    First part of a 9 hour seminar on creating a business plan. Learn about market research, assessing your competition, creating effective marketing strategies and developing sales strategies. Registration for this session automatically includes registration for sessions 2 & 3 on November 24, 2017.

    NOTE - Completion of the Starting a Small Business Seminar is required before enrolling in this workshop.

    Tickets $120.00/each

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  • November 24

    Business Planning Basics Sessions 2 & 3 - November 2017
    Fri, Nov 24th @ 9:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Learn about operational concerns and financial considerations, including: start up costs, sales forecasting, cash flow statements, income statements, and balance sheets. Upon completing this workshop you will have all the tools necessary to prepare your own business plan.

    NOTE - This full day session completes the seminar series. Registration for Session 1 on November 22 automatically includes Sessions 2 & 3 on this date.

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  • November 29

    eBusiness Seminar
    Wed, Nov 29th @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Is your website easy to find? Does it convey the message and present the user experience that you intended? This full day seminar will cover SEO, paid search, and social media tactics that will drive more qualified traffic to your site. We will also discuss some simple ways to use free web analytics data to improve your web presence.

    Tickets $55.00/each

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