Workshops & Events 

Set for Success: Goal Setting

Thursday January 18   9:00 am - 12:00 noon @ BRC

Start the New Year off on the right foot by joining our Eustan Matthews for a goal setting workshop - "Set for Success".  If you want to get a jump start on the new year and make 2018 your best year in business ever, you will want to attend this workshop!  The three keys to having a successful 2018 in business are learning how to:  

  1. Structure your goals so they are based on the results potential of your business
  2. Break through your income ceiling
  3. Grow any business (Hint, there are only two ways to grow any business)

Get set to crush your 2018 goals!


Business Fundamentals: Business Planning

Tuesday January 23   9:00 am - 12:00 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.

**SESSION SOLD OUT**

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


Business Fundamentals: Financial Forecasting

Tuesday January 23   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.  

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


Business Basics: How to Start Your Own Business

Thursday January 25   6:00 pm - 8:30 pm @ BRC

Every new business stars 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: registering a business and choosing a business name (the process and cost), legal entity structures (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation) and their advantages and disadvantages, sources of financing, essential government and industry regulations (licensing, permits, zoning, taxation, WSIB, payroll), business planning and legal and insurance considerations. 

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Business Fundamentals: Basic Bookkeeping

Tuesday January 30   9:00 am - 12:00 pm @ BRC

Every small business owner has a need to understand the basic 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 and invoices.  We will teach you the skills to create simple monthly financials and how to interpret and use them to identify and understand variances (differences) between your budget and actuals.

**SESSION SOLD OUT**

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


Orientation: Starter Company Plus

Thursday February 1   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 candidate are eligible to receive a grant of up to $5,000 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, process and key information on the funding requirements and next steps.

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


Optimizing Your Website

Tuesday February 6   9:00 am - 12:00 pm @ BRC

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Basics:  Essential Tools You Need to Optimize Your Website.  In this introduction to SEO, Trevor Cherewka will fully explain the extreme value SEO can deliver to a site and why, more than ever, you need to understand it.  You will learn basic Do's and Don't's as well as the tools you need to ensure your website is performing its best to drive customers your way.  Although this session is intended for SEO newcomers, Trevor's tips offer improtant reminders for those who have been optimizing their site for years. 

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Business Fundamentals: Market Research

Tuesday February 13   9:00 am - 12:00 noon @ 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 you 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.  

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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 February 13   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.   

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


Business Fundamentals: Business Planning

Tuesday February 20   9:00 am - 12:00 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 February 20   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: Entrepreneurship

Wednesday February 21   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: Sales

More information to come!

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


Business Fundamentals: Basic Bookkeeping

Thursday February 22   9:00 am - 12:00 pm @ BRC

Every small business owner has a need to understand the basic 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 and invoices.  We will teach you the skills to create simple monthly financials and how to interpret and use them to identify and understand 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: How to Start Your Own Business

Thursday February 22   6:00 pm - 8:30 pm @ BRC

Every new business stars 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: registering a business and choosing a business name (the process and cost), legal entity structures (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation) and their advantages and disadvantages, sources of financing, essential government and industry regulations (licensing, permits, zoning, taxation, WSIB, payroll), business planning and legal and insurance considerations. 

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