Workshops & Events 

September Schedule Updates

Please note that there have been changes, updates and additions to our workshop schedule.  This schedule is current as of September 15, 2017.


Business Fundamentals: Business Planning

Tuesday September 19   9:00 am - 12:00 pm @ BRC

So you’ve got a great business idea and now you want to move 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.

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


Business Fundamentals: Financial Forecasting

Tuesday September 19   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 to 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.

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


Networking: Meet A Mentor

Wednesday September 20   10:00 am - 12:00 pm @ 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: Marketing
Mentor: Eustan Matthews

During the session participants will discuss the top three ways ‘to get their name out there'; their social media presence and the platforms they use and address any marketing concerns, challenges and successes.  Bring any printed marketing materials you have and don’t forget to bring your business cards.


Tax Sense for Your Business

Tuesday September 26   9:30 am - 3:30 pm @ BRC

Presenter: Jagoda Mirceta

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.  Learn the basics of financially managing your business from an Accountant.  This workshop provides tips on keeping accurate business records, remitting HST, calculating home office and vehicle expenses with hands-on business bookkeeping examples.

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


Networking: 10,000 Washing Machines

Thursday September 28   6:00 pm - 8:30 pm @ BRC

Presenter: Michael Lewis

Feeling creative? Do you have a sense of humour, good imagination and an ability or gift to promote and persuade? Learn how the magic of combining all your best business abilities with those of others in this fun and engaging business team-building activity. Join us for an enjoyable yet challenging evening when you have to think fast and create under pressure. Your reward…you will discover the power of true collaboration and why every business can benefit from it.  


Orientation: Starter Company Plus

Thursday October 5   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 $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.

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


Business Fundamentals: Business Basics

Thursday October 5   1:00 pm - 4:00 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: 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 & industry regulations (licensing, permits, zoning, taxation, WSIB, payroll), business planning and legal and insurance considerations.


Business Fundamentals: Market Research

Tuesday October 10   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.

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


Business Fundamentals: Marketing & Sales Strategies

Tuesday October 10  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 and implement marketing techniques and sales strategies, personal promotions, advertising materials that 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. 

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


Business Fundamentals: Business Planning

Thursday October 12   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.

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


Business Fundamentals: Financial Forecasting

Thursday October 12   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.

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


Business Fundamentals: Basic Bookkeeping

Tuesday October 24   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.

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


BRC Signature Event: Turn Your Passion into MORE Profit

Thursday October 26   11:30 am - 4:30 pm @ Brantford Golf and Country Club

Presenter: Patti Pokorchak

No Entrepreneur can AFFORD to be afraid of selling their own product or service - besides, if YOU'RE not enthusiastic about what you sell, why would anyone else be? Position yourself as an expert in your market to break into new ones, and get MORE traction with your limited marketing dollars.  Register today to get Guest Speaker Patti Pokorchak, Serial Entrepreneur and Author of The Accidental Farmer, to teach you how to make your business more successful, and more profitable.  $40, includes hot buffet lunch. 

Register: 519-756-4269 or brc@brantford.ca


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