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

    February 2017

  • February 22

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

    First part of a 9 hour workshop 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 in for sessions 2 & 3 on February 24, 2017.

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

    Tickets $100.00/each

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  • February 24

    Business Planning Basics Sessions 2 & 3 - Feb 2017
    Fri, Feb 24th @ 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 workshop. Registration for Session 1 on February 22 automatically includes Sessions 2 & 3 on this date.

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  • March 2017

  • March 1

    Networking March 2017 - Networking Wednesdays
    Wed, Mar 1st @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm



    Connect with local entrepreneurs & professionals, share ideas, and broaden your network of business contacts. 
    Sample fresh culinary creations made by the talented McGinnis team!

    666 Wonderland Road, North 

    Advance Registration is Required!
    Register by Monday, February 27, 2017.

    Tickets $6.19/each

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  • March 2

    Legal Advice
    Thu, Mar 2nd @ 9:00 pm - 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.

    Tickets $20.00/each

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  • March 7

    Accounting Advice
    Tue, Mar 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.

    Tickets $20.00/each

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  • March 8

    GST/HST Seminar
    Wed, Mar 8th @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

    GST/HST Information for Small Business

    The purpose of the presentation is to provide a general overview of how the GST/HST impacts your business operations.

    Learn about:

    • General Information

    • Your GST/HST Account

    • Collecting GST/HST

    • GST/HST Return & Payment Options

    • Quick & Simplified Methods of Accounting

    and many more!!

     

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  • March 22

    Starting a Food Business: Regulations and Requirements to Consider
    Wed, Mar 22nd @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    To help you navigate the requirements, this seminar will provide an overview of the regulations for starting and growing a food business!

    Tickets $0.00/each

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  • March 22

    Starting a Small Business - March 2017
    Wed, Mar 22nd @ 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 $25.00/each

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  • March 29

    Business Planning Basics Session 1 - March 2017
    Wed, Mar 29th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    First part of a 9 hour workshop 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 in for sessions 2 & 3 on March 31, 2017.

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

    Tickets $100.00/each

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  • March 30

    EBusiness Seminar
    Thu, Mar 30th @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

    In this seminar, Jayme Cousins, founder of In House Logic, will help discover the basics of Organic Search Engine Optimization, recognize pitfalls and common mistakes, learn how to refine your webpage for greater appeal and a premium ranking.

    Tickets $55.00/each

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  • March 31

    Business Planning Basics Sessions 2 & 3 - March 2017
    Fri, Mar 31st @ 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 workshop. Registration for Session 1 on March 29 automatically includes Sessions 2 & 3 on this date.

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