Register for an April 2016 Small Business Event or Funding Webinar

Canadian Small Business Events and Government Funding Webinars

Canadian business owners and executives have several opportunities to learn and grow their company this month. In addition to Mentor Works’ ongoing small business funding webinars, members of our team will also be attending small business events across southern Ontario. Join us at any of the following events to discover small business grants, loans, and other funding opportunities for your business.

Not Able to Attend? Canadian executives can still learn about small business funding opportunities by registering for a government grants and loans webinar or accessing our newest funding resource, How to Find and Recruit Top Talent.

Small Business Events to Attend – Learn From Industry Experts in April 2016

To access more details and register for these small business events, please click on the event’s date and name.

April 13: CTMA Plant Tour and Dinner Meeting

Join the Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA) as they partner with Centreline (Windsor) Limited for a tour of Centreline’s Machinery Division. Participants will receive a walkthrough of the facility, including an overview of their automated production equipment and other advanced technologies. Dinner will be provided, and afterwards participants will be able to learn about saveONenergy energy conservation funding programs. Mentor Works’ Business Development Executive, Kerri Raposo, will be attending and can answer any questions related to Canadian government funding for manufacturing projects.

April 14: Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP) Industry Day 2016

The Ontario Independent Meat Processors Association (OIMP) will be hosting its Industry Day education and networking event on April 14. Here, businesses within Ontario’s meat industry (including processors, producers, retailers, and suppliers) can make new relationships and develop greater industry synergies, leading to enhanced productivity and new business opportunities. In addition to presentations/ learning seminars hosted throughout the day, participants will also have networking opportunity with Ontario meat products being served.

April 14: CAMM Lunch N’ Learn – Energy Rebates and Savings for Business

Hosted by the Canadian Association of MoldMakers (CAMM), business executives will be able to learn about a variety of incentives to reduce energy costs. Vendors with high efficiency lighting and compressors with be providing examples of how the technology works, and members of the Business Resource Centre of Essex County will be available to discuss a variety of government incentives to reduce the cost of purchase/installation. Businesses can become familiar with some of these programs by reviewing our saveONenergy funding programs blog.

For more information, or to register for this event, please contact

April 26: EDC Let’s Talk Exports Tour

Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada’s export credit agency, providing export funding, insurance, and a variety of other solutions to small and mid-sized businesses growing internationally. Join EDC’s Vice-President and Chief Economist, Peter G. Hall with event partner Economic Development Burlington to develop greater context around your exporting opportunities. Discover Canadian Dollar forecasts, commodity prices, and industry growth projections during this event.

April 27: Canada Makes: Additive Manufacturing Forum & Open House

Manufacturing business owners and executives won’t want to miss this special opportunity to learn about how additive manufacturing (3D printing) and CNC machining can be used together to develop innovative products. Join Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), PTooling, and the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation to identify opportunities in additive manufacturing, as well as methods to finance the equipment purchase. Mentor Works’ Kerri Raposo will be in attendance to meet with manufacturers and discuss how to implement strategies discussed during the forum.

Small Business Funding Webinars – Find Canadian Government Grants in April 2016

To access more details and register for these webinars, please click on the event’s date and name.

April 4: Research Funding for Business Innovation

Performing research is easier and more affordable than ever with Canadian government funding and unique opportunities from post-secondary education institutions. During this webinar, learn how your business can receive funding for R&D and find organizations that can help conduct the research for you. Join Alexandra (Alex) Barlow for an in-depth conversation on opportunities such as IRAP funding, NSERC Engage grants, and the new Advancing Water Technologies (AWT) program.

April 8: Grants & Government Funding to Grow Your Automotive Manufacturing Business

Automotive manufacturers across Canada can receive government funding incentives for business expansion and R&D projects. Lucrative government grants and loans are available for automotive parts and vehicle manufacturing businesses, such as the Automotive Supplier Innovation Program (ASIP), Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF), and the Jobs and Prosperity Fund (JPF). Join automotive industry expert, Kerri Raposo, for an inside perspective on how these programs can contribute to business success.

April 12: Business Funding for Export Growth

Expanding into new countries can cause growing pains for many Canadian firms. Developing new contacts, generating leads through effective marketing, and maintaining adequate inventory can all be difficult when growing internationally. However, with adequate capital, businesses can effectively upscale in new markets without many of these difficulties. Join Jeff Dumart as he explores Canadian government funding programs for a variety of international growth projects.

April 15: Hiring and Training Grants to Strengthen Your Workforce

Funding for hiring and training is always a focal point in April because of so many youth graduates joining the job market. Use this informative webinar to learn about sectorial hiring grants that will let your business save up to 50% of a recent graduate’s wage during the first year of their employment. Other hiring grants and funding for training (such as the Canada-Ontario Job Grant) will help employers find top talent and continue their professional development. Join Mentor Works’ Business Development Executive, Jeff Dumart, for a comprehensive look at government funding programs to hire and train your workforce.

Free Resource: How to Find and Recruit Top Talent – Discover the best job boards and recruitment services based on your business and type of position offered.

April 19: Support your Manufacturing Business’ Growth with Grant Funding

Advancements in manufacturing technology is creating new opportunities for Canadian manufacturers. Discover some of the most popular government grants and loans to help your manufacturing business grow, including Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP), the popular FedDev Ontario Training Productivity Initiative. Join Kerri Raposo as she identifies strategic investments to grow, strengthen, and solidify your manufacturing business’ success.

April 22: Research Funding for Business Innovation

Federal Budget 2016 has impacted the way that many innovative research and development funding programs operate. Learn how to access expanded industry-academic collaborative research grants, such as NSERC Engage, as well as more traditional R&D grants like the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) and the Canada Media Fund.

April 25: Support Your Agri-Business’ Growth with Grant Funding

Agri-food producers and processors have several government incentives are available during the month of April and beyond. Use small business grants to enhance productivity, hire new employees, and export to new international markets. Join Alex Barlow, expert in funding for the agri-food industry, for an exclusive session identifying small business funding opportunities that your agri-food business can use to enhance its competitiveness.

April 28: Grants & Government Funding to Grow Your Automotive Manufacturing Business

During our second automotive manufacturing webinar in April, Kerri Raposo will join more business owners and executives to inform them of Canadian government grants and loans that can be used for future projects. Learn how to increase productivity, innovation, and export revenue through strategic government investments.

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