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 2016

  • September 28

    Business Planning Basics Session 1 - Sept 2016
    Wed, Sep 28th @ 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 Session 2 on September 30, 2016.

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

    Tickets $100.00/each

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  • September 30

    Business Planning Basics Sessions 2 & 3 - Sept 2016
    Fri, Sep 30th @ 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 Sept. 28 automatically includes Sessions 2 & 3 on this date.

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  • October 2016

  • October 4

    Keep Calm & Start a Business - October 4
    Tue, Oct 4th @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Young Entrepreneurs - Programs & Services

    Why work for someone else when you can be your own boss? Attend this free 1 hour session to learn about programs, services and
    resources designed to help young entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

    Learn about:

    • Starter Company (Ages 18-29)

    • Futurpreneur Canada (Ages 18 - 34)

    • Rise Asset Development

    • Summer Company (ages 15 - 29)

    • Networking Opportunities

    • Advice & Mentorship

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  • October 4

    Accounting Advice
    Tue, Oct 4th @ 9:10 pm - 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

    Networking October 2016 - Networking Wednesdays
    Wed, Oct 5th @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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    John Labatt Brewery (John Kinder Labatt Room)

    150 Simcoe Street. 

    Join us for an exciting evening of great networking combined with
    beer, soft drinks, and pizza!

    Arrive on time if you'd like to tour the brewery and learn how
    beer is brewed and bottled. Space is limited!

    *Photo I.D is required for this event.
    *The tour requires FLAT FOOTWEAR with closed toe and heel, and please DO NOT WEAR JEWELERY!*





    Tickets $6.19/each

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  • October 6

    Legal Advice
    Thu, Oct 6th @ 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 18

    Keep Calm & Start a Business - October 18
    Tue, Oct 18th @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Young Entrepreneurs - Programs & Services

    Why work for someone else when you can be your own boss? Attend this free 1 hour session to learn about programs, services and
    resources designed to help young entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

    Learn about:

    • Starter Company (Ages 18-29)

    • Futurpreneur Canada (Ages 18 - 34)

    • Rise Asset Development

    • Summer Company (ages 15 - 29)

    • Networking Opportunities

    • Advice & Mentorship

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  • October 19

    an SBC EPIC Event!
    Wed, Oct 19th @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am

    We're excited to announce an SBC E.P.I.C (Entrepreneurs: Promote, Inspire, Connect) Event!

    Join us for breakfast with keynote speaker Barb Stegemann. Barb will share her inspiring story of launching her business from her garage to landing a venture-capital deal on the CBC TV show Dragons' Den, building her company to become the "Top Game Changer in the show's history.

    Breakfast, with featured Keynote, Networking and Breakout Sessions only $40

    Early Bird Special

    NOW ONLY $25

    Click here to register

     

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  • October 19

    Starting a Small Business - October 2016
    Wed, Oct 19th @ 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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  • October 26

    Business Planning Basics Session 1 - Oct 2016
    Wed, Oct 26th @ 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 October 28, 2016.

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

    Tickets $100.00/each

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  • October 28

    Business Planning Basics Sessions 2 & 3 - Oct 2016
    Fri, Oct 28th @ 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 workshop. Registration for Session 1 on October 26 automatically includes Sessions 2 & 3 on this date.

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