Applications closed.

This Program is a response to the success of the introductory sessions presented from March to July in London, ON, that resulted in many follow up requests from people looking for additional guidance and support.

We will work hands-on with a select group of newcomers, to help them develop their plans to
launch a successful business.


This is a 15hrs FREE training! Get ready to interact with business advisors, subject matter experts, and local small business owners who have experienced the journey of starting a business as immigrants in Canada. 

The class will be hosted IN-PERSON at the London Small Business Centre (379 Dundas St. | Unit 220 | London, ON).  


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. 

September 26th – Tuesday

1 pm – 5 pm

Welcoming and Introductions

Business Plan and Business Model  
Phil Singeris, Senior Business Advisor at the London SBC

Business Language for Newcomers  
Olya Loshkin, Fanshawe College professor, specializing in workplace communication, language and culture. She has been teaching OSLT (Occupation-specific Language Training) programs to newcomers for almost 10 years now. Olya has a broad experience in international business and project management. In addition, she is a freelancer, developing educational workshops and providing training to immigrants.  

September 28th – Thursday

1 pm – 5 pm

Market Research & Demand: how do you identify and keep customers?   
David Proudfoot, Senior Business Advisor at the London SBC 
Mission, Vision, and Goals Setting  
John Anagnostou, Business Consultant with over 30 years of business planning experience

Clients Panel: Setting your Goals:
Mykola & Iryna Bilovol, U.Cake owners
Angel Tsiga, The Fix Inc owner
Oscar Cherivi, Car Keys Geeks owner 

October 3rd – Tuesday

1 pm – 5 pm

Financial Literacy, Financial Management and Forecasting  
Vicky Heredia, Small Business Advisor at Meridian Credit Union 

Understanding taxes and regulations
Rawan Hussein, lawyer. She works with private corporations of all sizes and particularly enjoys assisting startups with their legal needs.

Sharon Watson, Canada Revenue Agency Liaison Officer. Previously, Sharon worked as a bookkeeper and general accountant for several small and large businesses and corporations in various industries ranging from manufacturing to retail.  

October 5th – Thursday

1 pm – 6 pm

Marketing & Sales
Phil Singeris, Senior Business Advisor at the London SBC 

Branding and Digital Marketing 
Youssef Sadaki, Business Development Consultant with extensive experience working with startup businesses, especially Canadian newcomers 

Clients Panel: Preparing to launch
Leon Forest, Chez Leon Breads founder 
Jagoda Hall, Salon Cyan owner

Networking: celebration time 

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