New Start is dedicated to fostering unity and a sense of belonging among individuals. When immigrants establish their businesses and engage with local communities, it not only enhances their connection but also strengthens relationships for everyone involved

You will find here the right resource to start your entrepreneurial journey!

1. Explore the possibilities

Attend one of the introductory exploring sessions. 

With a range of programs and services tailored to meet your needs, the London Small Business Centre in Ontario, Canada, can help you start and grow your business. This FREE seminar offers you an overview of programs, services, and critical business startup information for newcomers.

What you need to know about the first steps. 
Info session introducing you to self-employment and business ownership.
Connection to
additional resources.

Register for the upcoming session

2. Meet with an advisor

We want to know you and your business idea.
Schedule a meeting with a business advisor to build your path. 

Let’s us help you navigate the Canadian market, regulations, and guide you through this journey. 


3. Increase your knowledge and build your community

After meeting with the business advisor, you may be eligible to participate in more in-depth training and mentoring groups.



✅Empowering Mentoring Groups 
✅Newcomer Build your Business Class

Empowering Mentoring Groups 

These monthly informative sessions will feature different business topics in an open discussion format led by a facilitator.  Hear from experienced immigrant business owners, how they started and their tips for success. Share your journey and receive valuable feedback and guidance from subject matter experts.

Upcoming Topics

Cultural Integration
Legal and Regulatory
Financial Management
Marketing and Branding
Networking and Relationship Building
Online Presence
Customer Service and Communication
Work-Life Balance

Criteria for Participation
To ensure quality discussion, these sessions have limited seating and may be restricted to participants who meet certain criteria and who are at the appropriate stage of business development. Not to worry, when you meet with a business advisor, they will work with you to determine your suitability and whether additional steps must be taken before you join the group.

Business started (last 3 years)
Generating revenue
You have been in Canada for less than 7 years. 

First Session: February 29th
4 pm-6pm
Location: 379 Dundas St. Unit 220 – London, ON

Newcomer Build Your Business Class

Throughout the class, participants will likely gain practical skills, knowledge, and perspectives necessary to start and grow their own businesses successfully in Canada. 

  • Understanding the fundamentals of creating a business plan and a solid business model to guide you.
  • Learning effective workplace communication, language, and cultural skills to excel in the business environment.
  • How to identify target customers and maintain your loyalty through effective market research.
  • Learning how to define a clear mission and vision for your business, as well as setting achievable goals for growth.
  • Understanding the basics of financial management, including budgeting, forecasting, and managing business finances.
  • Gaining insights into legal and regulatory requirements for businesses, including taxation and compliance.
  • Interacting with a representative from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to clarify tax-related queries.
  • Exploring strategies for effective marketing and sales to attract and retain customers.
  • Learning about building a strong brand identity and leveraging digital marketing channels to reach a wider audience.
  • Listening to real-world experiences from successful immigrant business owners.
  • Practicing networking skills and celebrating the completion of the course, fostering connections among participants. 

Dates to be announced

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