Workshops & Events 

Business Fundamentals: Basic Bookkeeping

Tuesday April 24 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm @ BRC

Every small business owner has a need to understand the basics of accounting and bookkeeping in order to understand the financial health of their business.  If you are a small business owner or considering launching your own business but don't know where to start, join us for this session specially tailored to a small business setting.  During the session we will review revenues and expenses, monthly tracking, creating estimates, invoices and simple monthly financials, including how to interpret them to identify variances (differences) between your budget and actuals. 

Click to Register

Attendance at one of the session dates is mandatory for those wishing to pursue the Starter Company Plus Grant.


Meet a Mentor 

Wednesday April 25 - 10:00 am - 12:00 noon @ BRC

Starting a business can be a lonely road - come meet other entrepreneurs and learn to share the journey.  At these monthly events, you can meet new business connections, share your stories and find ways to work together.  Expand your personal network in a relaxed atmosphere and learn from others in various stages of their business.  These events are open to anyone who sees themselves as an entrepreneur - so be encouraged to bring a friend or share this invitation with those in your own network.

This Month's Topic: Bookkeeping

Click to Register


Business Basics I: How to Start Your Own Business

Thursday April 26 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ BRC

Every new business starts with an idea.  Are you thinking about starting a business but don't know where to start?  This interactive workshop will walk you through the basic start-up requirements including: Choosing a business name and getting it registered, the process and cost, business structures (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation) and their advantages/disadvantages, sources of financing, essential government and industry regulations (licensing, permits, zoning, taxation, WSIB and payroll), business planning and legal and insurance considerations.

** Note: Business Basics I and Business Basics II are offered alternately on a monthly basis

Click to Register


Orientation: Starter Company Plus

Thursday May 3 - 9:30 am - 10:30 am @ BRC

Starter Company Plus is a provincially funded program to help entrepreneurs aged 18+ start, expand or buy a small business in their community.  Successful candidates are eligible to receive a grant of up to $5000 in addition to mentoring, training and one-on-one business coaching.  The Orientation session will provide participants with an overview of the program, program eligibility, timelines, processes and key information on the funding requirements and next steps.

Click to Register

Attendance at one of the session dates is mandatory for those wishing to pursue the Starter Company Plus Grant.


Business Fundamentals: Market Research

Tuesday May 8 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm @ BRC

With so much information available from multiple sources, business owners need to access key resources that impact their business.  Learn how to tap into already existing data and sources to help you analyze your industry, competitors, financing opportunities and current and potential customers.  Discover how this knowledge can inform your key business decisions by learning how to ask the right questions, collect key data and interpret that information.

Click to Register

Attendance at one of the session dates is mandatory for those wishing to pursue the Starter Company Plus Grant.


Business Fundamentals: Marketing & Sales Plan

Tuesday May 8 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm @ BRC

Unlike a business plan, a marketing plan focuses on getting and keeping customers; it's strategic and includes numbers, facts and objectives.  A good marketing plan spells out all the tools and tactics you'll use to achieve your sales goals.  It identifies what you'll sell, who'll want to buy it and the tactics you'll use to generate leads that result in sales.  Without it, your marketing efforts could be wasted or money could be spent in the wrong channels.  Learn to successfully create connections and focus on what your business has to offer.  Learn how to handle objections and set targets and goals and measure the effects of your efforts.   

Click to Register

Attendance at one of the session dates is mandatory for those wishing to pursue the Starter Company Plus Grant.


Business Fundamentals: Business Planning

Tuesday May 15 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm @ BRC

So you’ve got a great business idea and now you want to go forward.  How do you get your ideas on paper so that it’s easy for others to understand your business and for you to execute your ideas? Planning is one of the most important parts and every entrepreneur and small business needs to have a plan to guide them. Gain an understanding of the key components of the business plan and how each section is connected to tell the story of you and your idea. We will explore the core sections typically included: Company Profile, Industry Overview, Competition, Products & Services, Target Market (customers), Operations, Marketing Plan and Financials.

Click to Register

Attendance at one of the session dates is mandatory for those wishing to pursue the Starter Company Plus Grant. 


Business Fundamentals: Financial Forecasting

Tuesday May 15 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm @ BRC

If you want to run a successful business it’s important for you to know your numbers.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to calculate your start-up and operating costs, develop budgets, calculate your cashflow, identify your breakeven points and cost and price your products and services profitably. Learn how decisions you make about your operations and production processes affect your bottom line and how to ensure your estimates and quotes are in line with your final invoice.  

Click to Register

Attendance at one of the session dates is mandatory for those wishing to pursue the Starter Company Plus Grant. 


Meet a Mentor 

Wednesday May 16 - 10:00 am - 12:00 noon @ BRC

Starting a business can be a lonely road - come meet other entrepreneurs and learn to share the journey.  At these monthly events, you can meet new business connections, share your stories and find ways to work together.  Expand your personal network in a relaxed atmosphere and learn from others in various stages of their business.  These events are open to anyone who sees themselves as an entrepreneur - so be encouraged to bring a friend or share this invitation with those in your own network.

This Month's Topic: Online Presence

Getting online and establishing a presence for your business doesn't need to take much time or money, but it does require a clear understanding of what works and what doesn't.  Get ready to learn how to share your story, expertise and experiences.  Learn how other local businesses are successfully engaging with their customers and driving sales by being online.  This interactive mentoring session is deal for those who know they need to be online but are not sure what to do; have struggled with past attempts of getting their business online; or who want to share their own online success tips and tricks.

Click to Register


Business Fundamentals: Basic Bookkeeping

Tuesday May 22 - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm @ BRC

Every small business owner has a need to understand the basics of accounting and bookkeeping in order to understand the financial health of their business.  If you are a small business owner or considering launching your own business but don't know where to start, join us for this session specially tailored to a small business setting.  During the session we will review revenues and expenses, monthly tracking, creating estimates, invoices and simple monthly financials, including how to interpret them to identify variances (differences) between your budget and actuals. 

Click to Register

Attendance at one of the session dates is mandatory for those wishing to pursue the Starter Company Plus Grant.


Business Basics II: Taking the Next Steps to Business Start-up and Growth

Thursday May 24 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ BRC

If you want to run a successful business, it's important for you to get your ideas on paper so it's easy for others to understand your business and to execute your ideas.  Gain an understanding of the key components of the business plan and how each section is connected to tell the story of you and your idea.  We will explore the core sections typically included: Industry Overview, Competition, Products & Services, Target Market (customers), Operations, Marketing Plan, etc.  It's also important for you to know your numbers.  We'll cover how to calculate your start-up and operating costs, develop budgets, calculate your cash flow, identify your break-even point and price your products and services profitably.  Learn how decisions you make about your operations and production processes affect your bottom line and how to ensure your estimates and quotes are in line with your final invoice.

** Note: Business Basics I and Business Basics II are offered alternately on a monthly basis

Click to Register



If you are interested in these workshops, please contact Ramona Gallagher at 519-756-4269 or rgallagher@brantford.ca