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 Advisors. Consultations are free and confidential.
Our Business Information Advisor is 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, meet with a Business Advisor for an in-depth consultation on all aspects of your plan.
Startup Events Calendar
May 31Read More
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.
• Starter Company (Ages 18-29)
• Futurpreneur Canada (Ages 18 - 34)
• Rise Asset Development
• Summer Company (ages 15 - 29)
• Networking Opportunities
• Advice & Mentorship
June 1Read More
551 Richmond Street at Albert Street
Registration for this event is now closed. Please call 519-659-2882 ext. 0 to see availability.
Join us on the patio at Winks Eatery. Enjoy a variety of fresh treats and network with other local business owners. Patio events are one of our busiest! Register and prepay early to ensure your spot. Rain or shine, this event will still go on!
June 7Read More
Access certified accountants to address financial questions and assist with bookkeeping best practices and future forecasting.
Individual half hour appointments booked on a first come, first served basis.
June 14Read More
In today's crowded marketplace, shelf space is limited and competition can be fierce. You need to create a strong pitch to show potential buyers why your product will stand out from the rest and keep consumers coming back for more.
No Charge to attend, but Advance Registration is Required.
June 15Read More
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.
June 22Read More
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 & 3 on June 24, 2016.
NOTE - Completion of the Starting a Small Business Seminar is required before enrolling in this workshop.
June 24Read More
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 June 22 automatically includes Sessions 2 & 3 on this date.