6 Ontario Small Business Events You Won’t Want to Miss in May 2017
As spring approaches, business owners and executives should continue looking for growth opportunities in 2017 and beyond. A great way to stay up-to-date on current industry news and network with other thought leaders is by attending Ontario small business events. Industry focused events provide an outlet for professional networking and access to expert knowledge.
Throughout the month of May, Mentor Works’ team of Government Funding Planners™ will be hosting/participating in several Ontario small business events. During these sessions, attendees will learn how to access government funding to improve their business’ growth and development strategies. Businesses are encouraged to register for upcoming events to ensure they never miss an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and industry insight.
Join us to discover how Canadian government funding can accelerate your company’s growth by offsetting project costs.
Ontario Small Business Events to Attend in May 2017
To register for any of the following events, click on the linked heading below.
May 3 – CTMA’s How to Capitalize on the Booming Automotive Industry
(London, ON) – The Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA) is a non-profit association that advocates on behalf of the Canadian tooling and machining industry.
On May 3, CTMA will co-host the How to Capitalize on the Booming Automotive Industry breakfast seminar with Mentor Works Ltd. and Harbour Results. Keynote speakers will present trends impacting Ontario’s automotive industry and ways to improve business financial strategies. Mentor Works’ President and Owner, Bernadeen McLeod, will be in attendance and discuss government funding programs that support R&D and capital investment projects.
May 15 & 16 – OCE Discovery Event
(Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) supports collaborative research between industry and academia. This drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals
On May 15 and 16, OCE will host its two-day Discovery Conference supporting the commercialization of innovative technologies and products. This networking event provides an opportunity for business owners, industry experts, students, and industry organizations to exchange knowledge and advice.
We invite you to stop by Mentor Works’ event booth; Bernadeen McLeod and Alex Barlow will be in attendance and discuss current government funding opportunities for Ontario businesses.
[Webinars] Discover How to Access Ontario Small Business Grants and Loans
To register for any of the following webinars, click on the linked heading below.
May 9 – Training Grants for Workforce Development
(Webinar) – On May 9, employers can learn how improve their workforce’s skillsets by leveraging funding for third-party training programs. In Ontario, employers can access training grants every 6 months. These investments provide trainees with the ability to perform new tasks and become more employable.
Discover how training grants can provide up to 66% of eligible third-party training expenses to a maximum $10,000 per trainee.
By leveraging government funding for workforce development, employers can offset the costs of training programs such as:
- Management and Organizational Leadership;
- ISO Quality Management Systems;
- Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP);
- Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma; and/or
- Customer Service.
May 18 – Export Support Services & Funding
(Webinar) – On May 18, Mentor Works and Export Development Canada (EDC) will co-host a workshop regarding export support services and way to reduce export activity costs. Attendees will learn how to leverage export grants and financial services to offset international expansion costs, such as product certification, testing, and capital equipment.
During this session, keynote speakers will discuss:
- How to become exporters through strategic business expansion projects;
- How to mitigate risks when entering new export markets; and
- What government funding programs are available to reduce the costs of trade show participation, performing market research, and increasing production capacity.
May 23 – Green Technology Grants for Business
(Webinar) – On May 23, join the Green Technology Grants for Business webinar to gain insight into cleantech funding programs that help businesses develop or commercialize new technologies. Ontario manufacturers will be introduced to government funding programs that help companies reduce their carbon footprint, improve energy efficiency, and address GHG emissions.
During this webinar, Mentor Works will discuss the CME SMART Green Fund; the program provides up to 50% coverage of eligible expenses to a maximum $200,000 per facility.
Attendees will learn how Ontario government funding can be used to offset costs associated with:
- Adopting new energy efficient technologies;
- Training new and existing employees on energy efficient processes; and
- Assessing energy efficient equipment and processes.
May 30 –The Top 5 Business Grants of 2017
(Webinar) – On May 30, business owners and executives are invited to learn about the most popular government grants of 2017. This workshop will discuss how manufacturers can increase their competitiveness by leveraging Canadian government funding. By taking a proactive approach to funding, businesses can accelerate project timelines and reduce project costs to improve their return-on-investment (ROI).
Discover Canadian government funding programs that provide a good fit for your 2017 business projects.
Attendees will be introduced to small business funding for activities such as:
- Export development and business expansion;
- Workforce hiring and training;
- Capital and technology adoption; and
- Research and development.
Register for Upcoming Ontario Small Business Events
To register for any of the small business events listed above, please click on the event’s date and title. If you’re unable to attend an event in May, there are still plenty of opportunities to participate in upcoming industry events and government funding workshops.
Access Mentor Works’ upcoming event schedule for more opportunities to grow your business with Canadian government grants and loans.
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