Thinking/Starting

Evaluating your idea and getting started

Thinking about your own Business? Not sure where to start?

The Small Business Centre can provide you with the tools and resources you need to evaluate your idea and decide if entrepreneurship is right for you. 

If you're ready to get started the Centre offers a full range of support services, including workshops, seminars, government programs, advisory assistance, networking events and much more to help you put your business on the path to success.

Have questions about your business plan?

Make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable Advisors. Consultations are free and confidential.

Our Business Information Advisor is available to assist you with your market research and help you get started on your plan.

If you've already begun working on a plan, meet with a Business Advisor for an in-depth consultation on all aspects of your plan.

 

Startup Events Calendar

    March 2015

  • March 3

    Accounting Advice
    Tue, Mar 3rd @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Access certified accountants to address financial questions and assist with bookkeeping best practices and future forecasting.

    Individual half hour appointments booked on a first come, first served basis.

     

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  • March 5

    Legal Advice
    Thu, Mar 5th @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Expert lawyers are available to clarify your concerns and provide answers to legal questions about your business.

    Individual half hour appointments booked on a first come, first served basis.

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  • March 6

    Young Entrepreneurs, Make your Pitch!
    Fri, Mar 6th @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch is a competition that challenges Ontario high school students to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video.
    Videos are judged through a combination of online public voting and expert judges. Eighteen finalists will be chosen to present their ideas in front of a judging panel at OCE's Discovery at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
    Six winners will be chosen.

    Videos must be submitted by March 6, 2015.

    For more information visit Make your Pitch!

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  • March 11

    EBusiness Seminar
    Wed, Mar 11th @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

    In this seminar, Jayme Cousins, founder of In House Logic, will help you understand what matters and what doesn't in the eyes of search engines. 

    Discover the basics of Organic Search Engine Optimization, recognize pitfalls and common mistakes, learn how to refine your webpage for greater appeal and a premium ranking.

    Tickets $55.00/each

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  • March 18

    Starting a Small Business Seminar - March 2015
    Wed, Mar 18th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Do you have what it takes to start your own business? Do you know what's involved in getting started?

    This 3 hour seminar will explore the personal aspects of business ownership and provide you with information on government regulations, taxation, legal and financial issues you need to consider before starting a business.

    Tickets $25.00/each

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  • March 25

    Business Planning Basics Session 1 - March 2015
    Wed, Mar 25th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    First part of a 9 hour workshop on creating a business plan. Learn about market research, assessing your competition, creating effective marketing strategies and developing sales strategies. Registration for this session automatically includes registration in Session 2 on March 27.

    NOTE - Completion of the Starting a Small Business seminar is required before enrolling in this workshop.

    Tickets $100.00/each

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  • March 27

    Business Planning Basics Session 2 - March 2015
    Fri, Mar 27th @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Learn about operational concerns and financial considerations, including: start up costs, sales forecasting, cash flow statements, income statements,  and balance sheets. Upon completing this workshop you will have all the tools necessary to prepare your own business plan.

    NOTE - This full day session completes the workshop. Registration for Session 1 on March 25 automatically includes Session 2 on this date.

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  • April 2015

  • April 2

    Legal Advice
    Thu, Apr 2nd @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Expert lawyers are available to clarify your concerns and provide easy to understand answers to legal questions regarding your business.

    Individual half hour appointments booked on a first come, first served basis.

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  • April 7

    Accounting Advice
    Tue, Apr 7th @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Access certified accountants to address financial questions and assist with bookkeeping best practices and future forecasting.

    Individual half hour appointments booked on a first come, first served basis.

     

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  • April 15

    Starting a Small Business Seminar - April 2015
    Wed, Apr 15th @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Do you have what it takes to start your own business? Do you know what's involved in getting started?

    This 3 hour seminar will explore the personal aspects of business ownership and provide you with information on government regulations, taxation, legal and financial issues you need to consider before starting a business.

    Tickets $25.00/each

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  • April 22

    Business Planning Basics Session 1 - April 2015
    Wed, Apr 22nd @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    First part of a 9 hour workshop on creating a business plan. Learn about market research, assessing your competition, creating effective marketing strategies and developing sales strategies. Registration for this session automatically includes registration in Session 2 on April 24th.

    NOTE - Completion of the Starting a Small Business seminar is required before enrolling in this workshop.

    Tickets $100.00/each

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  • April 24

    Business Planning Basics Session 2 - April 2015
    Fri, Apr 24th @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Learn about operational concerns and financial considerations, including: start up costs, sales forecasting, cash flow statements, income statements,  and balance sheets. Upon completing this workshop you will have all the tools necessary to prepare your own business plan.

    NOTE - This full day session completes the workshop. Registration for Session 1 on April 22nd automatically includes Session 2 on this date.

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