Ontario Small Business Events

Welcome 2020! The start of a new year is always a fantastic time to plan out strategies that will support the growth of your business. Small business events can do just that – they provide opportunities for business professionals to network, grow, 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 January, 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 January 2020

January 15 – Government Funding for Export Expansion

(Webinar co-hosted with Export Development Canada) 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. As well, overviews for the top government funding programs supporting exporting will be discussed.

Mentor Works will be joined by Export Development Canada (EDC). They are Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian Exporters Go, Grow and Succeed internationally. 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 add additional lending capacity and working capital.

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January 22 – Government Funding to Grow Your Manufacturing Business

(Webinar) The North American manufacturing industry is poised for growth in 2020 and beyond. Because of this, Canada’s vast supply chain of parts manufacturers should explore opportunities to scale operations, become more productive, and improve worker skills to support tech innovation.

Fortunately, government funding programs are available to offset the costs of manufacturing growth projects.

During this Funding to Grow Your Manufacturing Businesses webinar, attendees will learn about specific government grants and funding opportunities to hire and train employees, adopt new technologies, perform cutting-edge research and development projects, and reach export markets.

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January 28 – 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.

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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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