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 May, 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.

Events: Grow Your Business in May 2019

May 8 – CME 24th Manufacturer’s Scholarship Awards & Recognition Night

(London, ON) Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s largest trade and industry association and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. CME directly represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME’s members are small and medium-sized enterprises.

Over 200+ industry professionals will join this event to celebrate sector success and award $20,000 in scholarships to the future generation of manufacturing professionals. This year’s theme will be Growing Agri-Business in Southwestern Ontario, where attendees will receive insight on how Southwestern Ontario manufacturers are overcoming obstacles, scaling up, and leading innovation.

Mentor Works’ Alex Barlow and Sara Hipson will be in attendance to network with professionals in Canada’s manufacturing sector and discuss how government funding can support future strategic growth projects.

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May 9 – 2019 Federal Budget: Government Funding Landscape Impacts

(Webinar) 2019 will be a transitional year for government funding as many programs reach the end of their mandates and will need to be either renewed or replaced by new ones. This cyclical nature of government funding can be challenging for SMEs to keep up with, but we can help you stay mindful of the top concepts you need to know.

During this webinar, Mentor Works’ Business Development Executive, Alex Barlow, will guide attendees through the latest government funding trends and highlight the federal government focus from the recently announced 2019 Federal Budget.

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May 13-14 – OCE Discovery 2019

(Toronto, ON) Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives innovation in Ontario’s economy and helps create new technologies, companies, and jobs. The organization co-invests in highly innovative projects led by businesses, publicly funded colleges, universities, and research hospitals. OCE is a catalyst for research and development in Ontario and supports knowledge transfer to Canada’s next generation of innovators.

OCE’s Discovery event is Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference, showcasing leading-edge technologies and research from sectors such as health, digital media manufacturing, and cleantech. It brings together over 3,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors from industry, academia, and government to collaborate on the greatest opportunities and threats facing Ontario’s innovation community.

Mentor Works’ Brenda Cane Blackwell will be in attendance to meet with event participants and discuss ways that government funding can support technology research, development, and adoption.

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May 16 – Diversifying into New Sectors and Markets

(Webinar hosted by Export Development Canada) Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada’s export credit agency, supporting and developing Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. EDC regularly hosts webinars covering a wide range of trade-related issues.

The Government of Canada supports a wide range of strategic projects focused on building export capacity and reaching/expanding international markets and over the next five years, has committed $1.1 billion to help Canadian companies access new international markets. Whether your business is currently exporting or planning to in the future, learning about the federal government’s new trade diversification strategy can be valuable for all Canadian organizations. During the webinar, the export experts from EDC will discuss the benefits of trade diversification and help you determine how to apply it to your business’s export strategy.

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May 16 – Onward Manufacturing Tour & BBQ Lunch

(Waterloo, ON) The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) is a trade association that represents and promotes the interests of the Canadian tooling and machining industry.

During the plant tour and lunch meeting, participants will tour Onward’s 200,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility which contains three assembly lines, two paint lines, and a press shop including CNC, stamping, break, and in-house tool and die capabilities. Participants will also learn about Onward’s manufacturing capabilities, product lines, market strategy, and some of the existing and trade challenges the business experiences.

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

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May 23 – Greater KW Chamber 2019 Manufacturing Summit

(Kitchener, ON) The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce provides strong, continued service to over 1,800 members in one of Canada’s entrepreneurial business communities. They offer four pillars that support the success of businesses: education, networking, advocacy, and member awards.

This manufacturing summit event will bring manufacturing and supply chain professionals together in the Waterloo region. The 2019 theme will focus on how to recruit and retain top talent.

Mentor Works’ Jeff Dumart will be in attendance to network with industry associations and discuss how the Canadian manufacturing sector can leverage government grants for strategic growth projects.

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May 29 – 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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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.

Comments 2

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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