Digital Main Street Forum: Embracing Bricks and Clicks

Businesses on Main Street are increasingly realizing the importance of embracing online tools to build and grow their businesses.

From online marketing and leveraging data to better engage customers, to adopting ecommerce to reach a broader customer base, Main Street businesses are leveraging a range of digital technologies to realize new business opportunities.

At the City of Toronto’s Digital Main Street Forum on April 6th attendees will learn more about the “Why” and “How To” of embracing digital technologies, while also getting connected to the online tools they need to build their business.

The Digital Main Street Forum will include a range of content, including a morning of keynote and panel discussions covering everything from ecommerce and trends on cloud technologies for small businesses, as well as an afternoon of tactical breakout sessions focused on helping businesses activate the solutions they need.

The details are on the Digital Main Street Forum are as follows:

Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall – 100 Queen Street West – Council Chambers
Cost: No Cost

Main Street businesses can register here – https://goo.gl/qxOVcJ.


Enterprise Toronto – 2017 Small Business Money Forum

enterprisetoronto-logoLooking for ways to fund your business? Want to understand how to get access to credit? Interested in understanding market conditions so that you can build your customer base? Join TD and the City of Toronto for a full-day session focused on helping small and medium-sized businesses get connected to financial resources to help them grow and succeed.

There are three great keynotes, including:

  • What I’ve learned from Bootstrapping over 18 Years: 3 Key Points – Sol Orwell, Examine.com
  • Canada’s #1 Crowdfunding Campaign of All Time! – Dan Blumer, CEO, Revol Technologies
  • These Aren’t My Pants – Ilana Ben-Ari, CEO, Twenty One Toys

Plus a range of tactical breakout sessions and a funding marketplace.

Event Details:

Date:               Tuesday March 7, 2017
Time:               9:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm
Location:        Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. 3rd Floor, Council Chambers
Cost:                Early Bird: $15 Regular Tickets: $25

Get 50% off registration – https://goo.gl/bwhuVn

 


Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference & Tradeshow

Free Admission on Behalf of CFIB

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Connecting & Empowering Toronto Area Business Leaders!
With over 1,500 Business Leaders & 50+ Companies in attendance at our 2015 Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference (#TECONF), our event has been designed to provide entrepreneurs, whether budding or experienced, with the opportunity to expand their professional network, hear from experienced and successful entrepreneurs on tips and opportunities and learn what it takes to become successful and stay thriving.  Don’t Miss your Chance to Attend!  
Interested in Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities?  Contact us @ (905) 812-JOBS (5627) ext. 0 or email info@TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca.  
 
#TECONF is presented by TorontoJobs.ca
 
For more information regarding exhibiting/sponsoring/speaking and other upcoming events please visit www.TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca.

Free admission: Small Business Forum in Toronto

On October 25, the City of Toronto’s 16th annual Small Business Forum will illustrate how creative ideas and mentoring can help transform small businesses into larger enterprises.

The all-day forum will feature keynote presentations by inspiring Canadian entrepreneurs Diana Goodwin, Jeremy Potvin and Devon Brooks, along with a mentoring panel and 12 breakout sessions. Details on the keynote speakers:

  • Diana Goodwin is founder and CEO of AquaMobile, an on-demand at-home and condo swim school with 1,500 instructors across Canada and in 25 states across the United States.
  • Jeremy Potvin is the founder of World of Angus, a media and lifestyle e-commerce brand in the pet market. Potvin also mentors with the Founders Institute.
  • Devon Brooks of Vancouver is the co-founder of Blo Blow Dry Bar. Blo is the world’s first and largest franchise chain of blow-dry bars (hair salons specializing in “blowouts”), with more than 70 locations in the U.S., Canada and the Philippines. Brooks, who serves on Futurpreneur Canada’s board of directors, will also be part of the forum’s panel discussing the importance of mentors for start-ups.

The forum will also feature a panel discussion on the Digital Main Street business support platform and will have multiple breakout sessions on effective digital tools and strategies. More than 80 exhibitors will showcase their services for small businesses.

The annual forum, which is attended by more than 2,500 people each year, gives attendees from existing and new businesses alike the opportunity to network and learn from business community peers, including successful entrepreneurs, investors, lending institutions, sector experts and government program providers.

The forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s South Building, Level 800 (exhibit halls F and G). Admission to the forum is free but advance registration is required. For information and to register, visit http://www.toronto.ca/smallbizforum. Interested participants can also follow @enterpriseTO and #SBFTO.

The Small Business Forum is produced by the City of Toronto through Enterprise Toronto. Throughout the year Enterprise Toronto provides services tailored to meet the needs of Toronto’s entrepreneurs and small businesses, helping them to achieve their full potential so they grow to create jobs and contribute to Toronto’s prosperity. Enterprise Toronto is a service provided by the City’s Economic Development and Culture division.

The commitment to building a strong community for small businesses in Toronto is supported by valued sponsors and partners including TD Bank Group, Yellow Pages, Microsoft, Vistaprint and TruShield Insurance.


On Baseball and Business – Are you ready for the Big Leagues?

By: Sheralyn Roman

The only thing that goes better with October than baseball is celebrating Canada’s small businesses. October is national Small Business Month and there’s no better time to take advantage, maximize your business expertise and get your business under the lights Many communities are hosting events geared toward helping small business owners/managers and entrepreneurs take their business to the next level and beyond, especially this October.

It takes a village to go from A-ball to the small business big leagues. Trade shows, small business expos and education events are a great way to get the advice and exposure that can help to put you over the top.

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level and “knock it out of the park,” consider attending an expo or trade show in your neighbourhood. Featuring both local and global speakers, trade shows are a great place to network, hear sage words of wisdom from seasoned professionals and explore new opportunities for growing your business. There are a number of supports for small business available online and listings for many specific industry-related events are only a mouse-click away. With the BDC estimating there are more than 300 shows taking place across the country during Small Business Week, October 16 – 22nd there is no excuse not to show up ready to “play ball.”

Small business owners are the backbone of this country. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says that 15 per cent of Canadians are self-employed and that one in three people own or work in a small business enterprise. According to RBC Economics, SME’s employment represents 54 per cent of payroll, and according to the BDC, SME’s planned to invest over $111 billion into our economy in 2016.

Are you on track for success, not a strike out. If you need to learn more about how to successfully manage your journey into the big leagues plan your Small Business Week accordingly and take in a trade show, expo or summit near you. Go on – take a seventh-inning stretch away from your workplace and learn how to make your next at bat count, hitting a grand slam for both you and your business!

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If you are in the Caledon area during Small Business Week, and would like to learn more about how to successfully manage your journey into the big leagues then join the heavy hitters speaking and attending the SBS. The Small Business Summit takes place Wednesday, October 19th and Thursday, October 20th.

Think Big, Play Big, Think Global/Source Local.

LOCATION
Caledon Centre/ Caledon Recreation and Wellness Centre
14111 Highway 50
Bolton, ON. L7E 2V2

TIMES
Show Preview Wed., Oct. 19, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Small Business Summit, Oct. 20 8am to 6pm

Learn more about the Small Business Summit and get your 30% CFIB discount.

Sources:

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Entrepreneurs First. Investment Intentions of Canadian Entrepreneurs: An Outlook for 2016. January 2016. Accessed via https://www.bdc.ca/en/about/sme_research/pages/investment-intentions-canadian-entrepreneurs-outlook-2016.aspx.

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, Small Business Branch. Key Small Business Statistics. June 2016. Accessed via https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/061.nsf/vwapj/KSBS-PSRPE_June-Juin_2016_eng.pdf/$FILE/KSBS-PSRPE_June-Juin_2016_eng.pdf.

Royal Bank of Canada Economics Research. Q&A on the State of SMEs in Canada. September 30, 2014. Accessed via http://www.rbc.com/economics/economic-reports/pdf/other-reports/QA_SMEs.pdf.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Economics. Small Business Profile – A look at small business and the self-employed in Canada. 2015. Accessed via http://www.cfib-fcei.ca/cfib-documents/rr3396.pdf.


Celebrate Small Business Month at these great events!

CFIB would like to help you celebrate Small Business Month! We will be at these upcoming events and invite you to join us.

sbs-logoSmall Business Summit
October 19th opening night preview and business awards, 5:30 – 8pm Oct. 20, trade show and networking, 8am to 6pm

Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness, 14111 Highway 50, Bolton, ON L7E 2V2

Get your tickets here. CFIB members get your 30% discount using the discount code “CFIB”.

The Small Business Summit features exhibits that cover virtually all areas of business, excellent networking opportunities and expert speakers, including:

  • Bill Walsh of Powerteam International, a top success coach
  • Lance Secretan, global leadership teacher from The Secretan Centre
  • Claudia Harvey, Founder of “On the Verge” and an acclaimed speaker
  • Bassem Ghali of Green Lotus, winner of Entrepreneur of the Year

Click here for more info and follow event updates @theSBSummit and on Facebook.

 

better-business-expoBetter Business Expo
October 20th, 1-8pm
Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd S, Jerseyville, ON   L0R 1R0

Get your tickets here CFIB members get your FREE admission using discount code “cfib”.

The Better Business Expo is Canada’s largest one-day business development and trade show networking event, taking place during Small Business Week. In addition, attendees will receive:

A chance to win a prize package worth $25,000 in a live edition of “Pitch Pit”, a start-up/entrepreneurial competition

  • Social media tutorial
  • 200+ exhibits and a chance to network with hundreds of business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs

Click here for more information about the event, or follow the conversation on Twitter.

 

small-biz-saturday-2016-header-croppedJoin in on Small Business Saturday Celebrations and win $1,500

Small Business Saturday is October 22nd! Join CFIB, Interac, independent businesses and consumers across the country in celebrating this important day. As an added bonus, you can win $1,500, provided by Interac e-transfer, simply by updating your ShopSmallBiz.ca listing. If you have not yet joined CFIB’s ShopSmallBiz directory, Canada’s only FREE directory exclusive to independent businesses and the people who love to support them, sign up here. Update your listing with photos and/or create a coupon for Small Business Saturday. It’s that simple! You will have the chance to win $1,500 plus special mention on Shop Small Biz and CFIB social media accounts.

 

small-business-forum_banner_1140x221-croppedSmall Biz Forum
October 25th, 9am – 4pm Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s South Building, Level 800 (exhibit halls F and G) Get your tickets here. Free admission.

The City of Toronto’s 16th annual Small Business Forum will illustrate how creative ideas and mentoring can help transform small businesses into larger enterprises. The all-day forum will feature keynote presentations by inspiring Canadian entrepreneurs Diana Goodwin, Jeremy Potvin and Devon Brooks, along with a mentoring panel. The forum will also feature a panel discussion on the Digital Main Street business support platform and will have multiple breakout sessions on effective digital tools and strategies. More than 80 exhibitors will showcase their services for small businesses.

The annual forum, which is attended by more than 2,500 people each year, gives attendees from existing and new businesses alike the opportunity to network and learn from business community peers, including successful entrepreneurs, investors, lending institutions, sector experts and government program providers.

For information, click here or follow @enterpriseTO and #SBFTO.

 

E-Series Toronto 2016
October 25, 2016 Fairmont Royal York Hotel

The deadline for E-Series Toronto has been extended. CFIB is a proud sponsor of this educational + mentorship program for women entrepreneurs in the GTA and across Ontario. If you are in need of targeted support to take your business to the next level, get your application in today for this tried-and-true program brought to you by The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs in Toronto.


Free Webinar: Protect your business from credit card fraud

shutterstock_216859354Did you know that one in five small businesses in Canada will get hit with some form of fraud? In fact, the average small business owner will spend more than $6000 fighting fraud.

At CFIB, we help our 109,000 members avoid and combat fraud in their businesses in every way we can. This is why we’ve teamed up with Chase Paymentech and Visa to bring you a free webinar!

In this 30-minute webinar, designed to help you prevent and fight fraud in your place of business, you’ll learn:

  • Small business security basics
  • How to protect customer data
  • Red flags to watch out for
  • PCI Data Security Standards
  • What to do if you get scammed

There will be a 15 minute Q&A at the end of the presentation so please come armed with your questions.

This webinar is free but space is limited. Please sign up for your preferred date below.

Protect Your Business from Credit Card Fraud
October 25, 2016 at 1pm EDT

Protect Your Business from Credit Card Fraud
October 27, 2016 at 1pm EDT

 


Meet you at the summit…the Small Business Summit, that is!

If you’re looking for a productive and exciting way to mark Small Business Week this year, look no further than the beautiful hills of Caledon for the 2016 Small Business Summit!

It’s a jam-packed line-up of big-time speakers and dynamic exhibitors.

The best part? CFIB members get 30% off admission using the discount code “CFIB”.

The details

Date & Time: October 20, 2016, 8am – 6pm
Location: Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness
14111 Highway 50, Bolton, ON  L7E 2V2
Registration and Tickets: buytickets.at/TheSmallBusinessSummit

What’s on the agenda this year? A whole lot of insight, expertise, and opportunities for growth.

Expert speakers

  • Bill Walsh of Powerteam International, a top success coach
  • Lance Secretan, global leadership teacher from The Secretan Centre
  • Claudia Harvey, Founder of “On the Verge” and an acclaimed speaker
  • Bassem Ghali of Green Lotus, winner of Entrepreneur of the Year

Compelling exhibitions on all aspects of your business

  • Financial planning
  • Government services
  • Business insurance advisors
  • Legal advice
  • Work/life balance
  • Information technology
  • Advertising/branding
  • Social media/marketing/communications
  • Coaching and motivation
  • Green business opportunities

Don’t forget to keep an eye on social media in advance of the event to learn more:

FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/TheSmallBusinessSummit
TWITTER: @theSBSummit

Opening nite show preview and business awards, Wednesday, October 19th from 5:30 to 8 pm, featuring  international venture capitalist icon and best selling author Bill Walsh. Tickets $50pp include free admission next day including all key speaker seminars and workshops.

WE’LL SEE YOU AT THE SUMMIT! LOOK FOR THE CFIB EXHIBIT!

 


Free Webinar! How to be Your Own HR Department: Hire Like a Pro

shutterstock_216859354At CFIB, our business counsellors receive tens of thousands of calls from our members each and every year. Many of those calls are about HR issues.

If you’re even thinking about hiring an employee or two you already know that recruiting takes time and money. It can be even more challenging for a small business owner as they are hire all on their own, without an HR department. This is why CFIB is offering our expertise and vast experience to via a FREE webinar to help you hire faster, smarter and better!

In this free webinar, a knowledgeable and experienced business counsellor will offer valuable tips, information and customizable templates to help you hire like a pro.

Here are some of the topics we will be covering:

  • Writing a persuasive job ad
  • Where to post – Does Social Media actually work?
  • Interviewing – Asking the right questions to find the right person
  • Credit and criminal check
  • Using social media to investigate candidates – dos and don’ts
  • Checking references

Let us help you save your time and money in just 45 minutes (plus a15 minute Q&A). Join us in celebrating Small Business Month with this free webinar.

How to be Your Own HR Department: Hire Like a Pro
October 19, 2016 at 1 pm EDT
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6375674681004433154

Être son propre service RH, c’est possible : embauchez comme un pro!
Le 20 octobre 2016 à 13 h (HNE)
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/934006917187653124

Space is limited. Sign up today!

 


Get your 30% CFIB discount and Grow Your Business at E-Series Toronto 2016

Get your 30% CFIB discount and Grow Your Business at E-Series Toronto 2016

CFIB is a proud sponsor of the E-Series Toronto 2016. E-Series Toronto is an educational + mentorship program for women entrepreneurs in the GTA and across Ontario who need targeted support to take their business to the next level. The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs is bringing this tried-and-true program to Toronto on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

This full-day, immersive educational program, which is often described as a “mini MBA,” provides classroom-style sessions on business topics such as capital raising, corporate + employment law, marketing + branding and more. Each participant will also be matched with a Mentor for 12 months of 1:1 support to ensure they have the insight and feedback they need.

They are featuring an exceptional group of entrepreneurs + leaders to teach the program, including:

 

brooksJudy Brooks
Entrepreneur + FWE Board Member

 

dehartJohn DeHart
Co-Founder, Nurse Next Door Home Care Services

kottMarla Kott
CEO, Imprint Plus + Member of the W100
ramsdenKelsey Ramsden
Twice named Canada’s #1 Female Entrepreneur by PROFIT W100
williamsRossann Williams
President,
Starbucks Canada

Targeted for Businesses from Start-Up to $1M+ in revenues.

E-Series Toronto will run three classes simultaneously, so no matter what your size of business, you’ll be placed in a class of women entrepreneurs at a similar stage in business.

The application deadline is October 1 and spots are limited, so apply today.  The program cost is $500 (no tax), and for CFIB Members we are pleased to offer an exclusive 30% discount, to $350 total. To enjoy these savings, simply indicate that you are a CFIB member on question 11 in the application form.

The program includes:

  • Full day of education
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 12 months of continued support with a Mentor.

Click here to see full program details and to apply.

Grants Available!

A limited number of grants are available to provide partial subsidization of tuition, travel expenses (outside the GTA), or both. Applying for a grant is as easy as completing a couple additional application questions at the end.

Learn More About E-Series | A Tried-and-Tested Program

ramsay3E-Series 2016 grad Ashley Ramsay (Co-Founder + Producer of Yeti Farm Creative, the second largest female-run animation studio in BC with revenues $1M+) had this to say about her E-Series experience:

“My company was in an incredible growth curve and pivotal point and I left E-Series with key takeaways that I applied in the eye of the storm. In hindsight, I don’t know what I would have done at that time without it.

Had I not [done E-Series], I’m sure I would still be wandering around grasping for certain key pillars that I obtained during a few short (but jam packed) days at E-Series. It’s a critical experience for you as you grow your business and align yourself for pivotal growth phases.”

Hear what others have had to say about E-Series in this testimonial video:

Meet some of our E-Series alumni:

Lara Kozan (Co-Founder, YYoga + Nectar Juicery)
Lori Joyce and Heather White (Co-Founders, Original Cupcakes + Stars of  W Network’s ‘The Cupcake Girls’)
Andrea Scott (Co-Founder, skoah, with 17 locations in Canada + US)

apply-nowThe program cost is $500 (no tax),  $350 for CFIB members,  To enjoy your member discount, simply indicate that you are a CFIB member on question 11 in the application form.