Workshops & Events 

Business Fundamentals: Business Planning

Tuesday November 21   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.

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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: Financial Forecasting

Tuesday November 21   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 Fundamentals: Basic Bookkeeping

Tuesday November 28   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.

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


Buying an Income Property

Thursday November 30   6:00 pm - 8:30 pm @ BRC

Presenter: Wenda Allicock Paralegal Services & Jason Tangorra, Royal Lepage

Rental property can be a great source of extra income.  But that extra income requires a lot of active work. 

In this workshop you will learn from a local realtor and a licensed paralegal what you should know before buying investment property.   Learn about down payments, interest rates, selecting a location and the importance of doing your due diligence before purchasing a property.

Discover the top 10 things you should know as a landlord and common pitfalls to avoid.  Understand the importance of knowing your rights as a landlord and the rights of your tenants as set out by the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. 

Presented by Wenda Allicock Paralegal Services and Jason Tangorra, Royal Lepage.  

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What Every Employer Should Know: Bill 148

Thursday December 7   6:00 pm - 8:30 pm @ BRC

This Fair Workplaces & Better Jobs Act info-session will examine the changes being made to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act, and the impact of those changes on Employers. Tips and suggestions for lessening the organizational impact will be discussed and will include the following topics:

  • Request for Changes to Schedule or Work Location
  • Changes to Minimum Wage
  • Changes to Record-Keeping Requirements
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Temporary Help Agencies
  • Changes to the Labour Relations Act

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Orientation: Starter Company Plus

Thursday January 4   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.  


Goal Setting

Tuesday January 9   9:00 am - 12:00 noon @ BRC

More information to come!  


Business Fundamentals: Market Research

Tuesday January 16   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 January 16   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.


Meet a Mentor: Entrepreneurship

Wednesday January 17   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: Entrepreneurship

More information to come!

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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.

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 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.  

Click to Register

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


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.

Click to Register

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

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