Ontario Small Business Events

Small business events provide opportunities for business professionals to grow, network, and stay competitive. Not only are they exceptional learning forums where one can hear industry leaders speak, but they also enable attendees to network with peers, connect to customers, learn about competitors, and spark innovation.

This November, consider attending a small business event tailored to support your business’ strategic growth initiatives.

At each of the events this month, attendees can connect with Mentor Works to discover how Canadian government funding supports business growth. Whether it’s to offset the cost of capital investments, market expansion, hiring, training, or research and development, government grants and loans are available to help. Look for Mentor Works’ team of Government Funding Planners and ask how funding can support your projects over the next 12-24 months.

Ontario Small Business Events: Grow Your Business in November 2019

November 7 – Hiring & Training Grants for Workforce Development

(Webinar) Targeted hiring and training programs can help Canadian companies scale operations and reduce talent gaps. But despite the clear benefits of workforce development, few companies allocate enough capital to attracting and nurturing world-class talent.

During the Hiring & Training Grants for Workforce Development webinar, attendees will learn about the top government funding programs that can offset a portion of hiring and training costs by up to 50-83%.

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November 8 – November 2019 Intake: Canadian Agricultural Partnership

(Webinar) The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five-year, $3 billion investment contributed through the federal, provincial, and territorial governments across Canada. It’s the primary mechanism used to disburse government grants and repayable funding contributions to agricultural SMEs, non-profits, and other key industry stakeholders.

During an intake of November 4 – November 26, 2019, Ontario food processors and other businesses will be able to apply for support under CAP.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is committed to initiatives that will boost economic development, elevate innovation, increase sales for the Ontario food processing sector, and create new opportunities for safe, high quality foods to enter new markets. The November 2019 intake will focus on agri-food businesses with projects related to developing new markets, expanding operations, and increasing food safety.

Webinar participants will be equipped with the information needed to develop a government funding plan to capitalize on this government funding program. This includes an overview of eligibility requirements and resources to optimize the application process.

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November 12 – Peerscale Winter Quarterly Networking Dinner

(Toronto, ON) Peerscale is the preeminent leadership organization for Ontario-based technology executives. With a membership of over 220 tech leaders, the network provides peer-to-peer relationships and personal advisory services that are trusted, valuable, and confidential.

During the networking dinner, attendees will hear the entrepreneurship story of Doxim Founder & CEO, Chris Rasmussen, who grew his businesses from the basement to 10x revenue in under five years. This in-depth interview will be followed by a Q&A.

Mentor Works’ Brenda Cane Blackwell will be in attendance to network with other professionals and discuss how government funding can empower strategic growth projects.

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November 19 – Government Funding to Support Export Expansion

(Webinar) Canadian businesses are fortunate when it comes to exporting since the federal and provincial governments support a wide range of strategic projects focused on building export capacity and reaching/expanding international markets.

During the Funding to Support Export Expansion webinar, attendees will learn about specific government funding programs designed to help businesses succeed in export markets. This includes participating in trade shows and developing international partnerships.

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November 21 – How to Grow Sales with Impactful Software

(Webinar) Technology has changed the face of modern businesses. We’re seeing businesses adopt technology at a higher rate than ever before and using it as a guidepost to steer key business processes. Dive into one of the most popular pieces of business tech: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software.

CRMs can help to systemize critical processes, improve visibility of key metrics, and impact productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction across the organization. Throughout this webinar, we’ll discuss the benefits and important considerations when contemplating a CRM or ways to reinvigorate an existing platform.

There is a point in every growing business’ lifecycle when they are required to realize or actualize market expansion, sales growth, and revenue generation. One of the most important considerations to be aware of is that scaling is taking place, and determining whether sales structure and workflow can wait out the growth curve without unduly impacting new revenue. This is the essential strategic question. By the end of this webinar, attendees will gain insight into these game-changing tools and how businesses can embed key processes and information into a coherent and rationalized repository. CRMs empower teams, inform strategic planning, and evolve alongside the business.

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November 27 – Waterloo Region Automotive Seminar

(Kitchener, ON) Export Development Canada (EDC) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC Canada) are partnering to host the Waterloo Region Automotive Seminar. This year’s topic is “Navigating the Future: The Risks and Uncertainties of Today’s Automotive Industry.”

Topics of discussion will revolve around key trends impacting the national and international automotive tooling industry – including the current economic, tariff, and trade climate – and their effect on Canadian manufacturers.

Mentor Works’ Business Development Executive, Jeff Dumart, will be in attendance to network with other business leaders and partners from the automotive industry.

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As Marketing Coordinator at Mentor Works, an organization that helps optimize the funding discovery and application process, Myra educates and inspires leaders on ways to enhance their business’ growth projects through blog and web publication, social media, and event management. To read more of Myra’s government funding content, view Mentor Works’ blog.

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11 March 2019 Reply

Hello, Myra!
Looking to help my husband open a small business in food industry. He has over 11 yrs experience in the industry. Seems it is high time he works for himself. Since his English is not the best, thought I should initiate the process. Could you suggest or recommend seminars or first steps. He has worked for many food businesses and has an idea. However, I think he needs to know details and paperwork.
Any suggestions or help would be appreciated!

13 March 2019 Reply

Hi Hema, thanks for your comment. The first step in establishing a business in Ontario is typically visiting a Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC). These centres have the expertise needed to consult you and your husband directly and provide the individualized support needed to get your business started. Visit that page to learn more about your local SBEC!

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