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 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 2016

  • May 3

    Keep Calm & Start a Business - May 3
    Tue, May 3rd @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Young Entrepreneurs - Programs and 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

    Startup Support View Growing Busienss Info Community & Partner Information Community Partner Event
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  • May 4

    Networking May 2016
    Wed, May 4th @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Getaway Restaurant 

    900 King Street East

    Join us at the Getaway Restaurant located at the OLG Slots at Western Fair District. Enjoy a variety of fresh treats made by the Getaway team and network with other local business owners! Attendees may sign up for a Winner's Circle Rewards membership at the event and receive a free group play package. Advance registration required by Monday, May 2, 2016. 

    *Note: Must be 19 years of age or older. Valid government-issued photo identification may be required.

    Tickets $6.19/each

    Startup Support Community & Partner Information Community Partner Event
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  • May 5

    Legal Advice
    Thu, May 5th @ 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.

    Startup Support View Growing Busienss Info
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  • May 17

    Keep Calm & Start a Business - May 17
    Tue, May 17th @ 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 

    Startup Support View Growing Busienss Info
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  • May 18

    Starting a Small Business Seminar - May 2016
    Wed, May 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 $25.00/each

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  • May 25

    Business Planning Basics Session 1 - May 2016
    Wed, May 25th @ 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 May 27, 2016.

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

    Tickets $100.00/each

    Startup Support View Growing Busienss Info
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  • May 27

    Business Planning Basics Sessions 2 & 3 - May 2016
    Fri, May 27th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 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 May 25 automatically includes Sessions 2 & 3 on this date.

    Startup Support View Growing Busienss Info
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  • June 2016

  • June 2

    Legal Advice
    Thu, Jun 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. 

    Startup Support View Growing Busienss Info
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  • June 7

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

    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. 

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Featured Events, Programs & Services

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  • Networking Wednesday at the Getaway Restaurant

    Networking Wednesday at the Getaway Restaurant

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  • Not sure where to start? Attend one of our FREE Info sessions

    Not sure where to start? Attend one of our FREE Info sessions

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  • The Business of You!

    The Business of You!

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