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 14Read More
Is your website easy to find? Does it convey the message and present the user experience that you intended? This session will cover SEO, paid search, and social media tactics that will drive more qualified traffic to your site. We will also discuss some simple ways to use free web analytics data to improve your web presence.
Presented by Liz Gray from Fanshawe College
March 19Read More
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.
March 25Read More
Developing a good relationship with your banker can play a key role in your business success. This seminar will help you learn how to work with your banker to maximize your business growth.
March 26Read More
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 28.
NOTE - Completion of the Starting a Small Business seminar is required before enrolling in this workshop.
March 28Read More
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 26 automatically includes Session 2 on this date.
March 28Read More
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 28, 2014.
For more information visit Make your Pitch!