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 March, 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 March 2019

March 7 – Funding to Support Export Expansion

(Webinar co-hosted by Export Development Canada) Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian Exporters go, grow, and succeed internationally.

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. As well, overviews for the top government funding programs supporting exporting will be discussed. EDC will give a brief overview of how they can help Canadian exporters mitigate risks, enter new markets, assist with the growth of export sales, and partner with banks to access additional lending capacity and working capital.

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March 19 – 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%, how to access university researchers and provide internships, and why they should hire and mentor post-secondary graduates.

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March 20-21 – OAC 4th Annual Research and Technology Event

(Toronto) The Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of over 200 member companies, representing over 70% of the Ontario aerospace industry employment base and spanning all tiers, business activities, and sizes.

During the Research and Technology Event, attendees will learn how to identify research capabilities and areas of focus of academic institutions, develop a network across all levels of the research & development chain, and understand the range of funding programs available to support innovation.

Mentor Works’ Jeff Dumart will be in attendance to network with other professionals and discuss how the government funding landscape fits in with the aerospace industry.

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March 27 – Training Grants for Upskill Development

(Webinar co-hosted by Bare Slate) Bare Slate is a training and business consulting firm that focuses on transformational growth, human capital empowerment, and cultures of accountability. They believe each business element needs to work symbiotically to foster growth and change, and that your people are the key to success.

If you are looking to grow your business and drive a transformative learning strategy with lasting change and sustainability, this event is for you. During the Training Grants for Upskill Development webinar, we will discuss how to effectively determine, implement, and sustain upskills training, and will touch on tools that build and create a strong foundation to ensure team engagement, optimal productivity, and growth. We’ll also cover the top government funding programs that can offset a portion of training costs by up to 50-83%.

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March 27-28 – 7th Annual Canadian Food and Drink Summit 2019

(Toronto) The Conference Board of Canada is a not-for-profit applied research organization aiming to support a better Canada by creating and sharing insights on public policy, economic trends, and organizational performance. They often host seminars and workshops where professionals can explore practical solutions to issues faced by Canadian business leaders.

During the Canadian Food and Drink Summit, attendees will receive insight into what the next five years hold for the industry and explore opportunities to enhance the food sector’s performance across the supply chain. Find out answers to some of the big questions – like what the next revolution in food distribution will be and what the coming agricultural risks from climate change are.

Mentor Works’ Alex Barlow will be in attendance to network with professionals in Canada’s food system and discuss how government funding can support future agricultural initiatives.

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Myra Bredin holds a Diploma of Business Marketing at Conestoga College. Her interest in blog writing, social media and event planning makes her excited to be Mentor Works’ Marketing Analyst, where she can use these skills to educate and support Canadian businesses with government funding.

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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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