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November 13, 2015 | Christina | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

2015 Entrepreneur in Residence at TPL

Mike Brcic

Mike Brcic

Mike Brcic, TPL's Entrepreneur in Residence and founder of Sacred Rides, leads a panel discussion and Q&A on fundraising options available to Canadian entrepreneurs, with experts from the crowdfunding, banking, and equity sectors.

This popular program will be offered twice:

Thursday, November 19, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library, Atrium - 1st Floor

Guest Speakers:
Ilana Ben-Ari, Twenty-One Toys
Pat Cook, Tormont Group
Susan Henry, Alterna Savings
Nena Kulakovska, Business Development Bank of Canada


Tuesday, December 1, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
North York Central Library, Auditorium

Guest Speakers:
To be announced.

These two events are free and all are welcome.

If unable to attend, visit the Business & Personal Finance blog for advice written by Mike.   Read his very interesting blog Starting a Business has never been Easier.   It is filled with many suggestions and links to useful tools and resources for entrepreneurs. 

Remember to check out the available resources for entrepreneurs and/or small businesses in relation to raising $$$ for your small business at the Toronto Public Library.  The Business & Personal Finance Blog Financing Your Business provides a summary of recent titles that are available.

For other Small Business programs throughout the Toronto Public Library system, visit the Small Business Programs & Seminars web page.

Intellectual Property for Small Business

November 11, 2015 | Elsa | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Intellectual property (IP) refers to the creative products of the mind such as inventions, music and literary works which are protected by a set of laws and legal rights including copyright, trademark, patent, industrial design.

Intellectual property can:

  • Establish rights and ownership of intellectual creation, enabling IP owners to profit from their creative efforts.
  • Prevent competitors from copying a business' product or service.
  • Secure a business' unique identity and image.

For many start-ups, the only advantage they have is a better way of doing something. As a small business owner, you should consider your IP asset planning as an essential part of your business strategy. Learn more about what intellectual property is and its importance to entrepreneurs by attending this upcoming seminar at North York Central Library.


WHEN: Thursday, December 3, 6:30 pm

WHERE: North York Central Library, Auditorium

WHAT: Intellectual Property: What's In it For Me?

WHO: Mark Biernacki, Partner at Smart & Biggar

Registration is FREE. Click here to register.


If you cannot make it to this event, check out the following recent titles on intellectual property:

The inventor's bible : how to market and license your brilliant ideas Guide to intellectual property : what it is, how to protect it, how to exploit it The innovative entrepreneur

  The innovation handbook how to profit from your ideas, intellectual property and market knowledgeCanadian copyright lawWhat's wrong with copying?

The mom inventors, inc. handbookThe eureka myth : creators, innovators, and everyday intellectual propertyIntellectual property : the tough new realities that could make or break your business

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

October 17, 2015 | Christina | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

 Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? 

Mike Brcic 
On Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, Mike Brcic, TPL's 2015 Entrepreneur in Residence & founder of Sacred Rides, and a panel of five 'real-life' entrepreneurs held a lively discussion on life as an entrepreneur; i.e. the struggles, successes, and failures.  

The five guest speakers were:

If you missed this event, check out the following recent titles on entrepreneurship or small business start-ups:

Passion into Profit Any-thing You Want Startup Opportunities
Passion into Profit Any-Thing You Want Startup Opportunities

For additional information, search the Toronto Public Library catalogue with the recommended subjects:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • New Business Enterprises
  • Small Business - Management

2015 Entrepreneur in Residence at TPL is Mike Brcic, Founder of Sacred Rides

September 1, 2015 | Christina | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

Mike Brcic, founder of Sacred Rides, is this year's Entrepreneur in Residence at Toronto Public Library.

Mike Brcic

Sacred Rides is ranked the "#1 Mountain Bike Tour Operator on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine and the "World's #1 MTB Outfitter" by Outside MagazineSacred Rides has helped 10,000+ people live life to the fullest through mountain bike adventures in some of the most spectacular places on earth.

In 1996, Mike Brcic founded the company based on his passion for mountain biking and travel.  His company has expanded to over 50 adventures in 15 destinations around the world, pioneering the world of mountain bike travel.

Through his travels and work, Mike Brcic visited many rural areas in the developing world where lack of access to reliable transportation provided a significant barrier to escaping poverty. He has co-founded a charity, Bikes Without Borders, that uses bikes as a tool for development in communities in need. The charity does this both locally and internationally.  

As former Dean of Social Entrepreneurship at the Centre of Social Innovation, a role that ended in March 2015, Mike Brcic worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, "all striving to make change in the world while making money". Mike Brcic notes, "Success in the world of entrepreneurship is no easy feat, especially if your business also carries a social mandate that can often hinder profitability, but for those who can balance growth and social good, it's a compelling model." 

Moreover, Mike Brcic offers courses such as Social Entrepreneur Bootcamp. The course is described as being "the ultimate workshop/training for entrepreneurs looking to change the world". Online entrerpreneurship courses are likewise offered. 

This year, Toronto Public Library's Entrepreneur in Residence will conduct six entrepreneurial programs, meet one-on-one with entrepreneurs as well as blog about entrepreneurship

Visit the Entrepreneur in Residence web page to find out how to apply for free one-on-one advice regarding your small business idea or plan with Mike Brcic.

Come and meet Mike Brcic at the 2015 Entrepreneur-in-Residence Launch on:

Date:  Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Place:  Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, 1st Floor, Toronto Reference Library
Time:  6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

All are welcome! 

Find out about Cold Calling at Fairview Branch

April 9, 2015 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Talking on the phone by Daniel Foster

Cold calling (or the act of soliciting business from a client you have had no previous contact with) is a practice that has both its advocates and its detractors. Criticised by some as a way of drumming up new business that’s heavy on investment and low on return, advocates argue that when done properly, cold calling can be an excellent and effective way to increase your business’ client base.

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Meet with a Small Business Advisor

March 27, 2015 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Ready to Start or Grow Your Business?

Book-A-Business Advisor at the Toronto Public Library


Idea Plan ActionAre you an entrepreneur currently researching, starting or running a business in Toronto? If so, Fairview Branch is excited to announce a new pilot project with Enterprise Toronto that you might be interested in!

Enterprise Toronto is a one-stop source to start and grow your small business. Its team of small business advisors can help you make the right decisions during your business start-up and help develop your management capabilities as your business venture grows. The consultations are free and services include: 

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Get a Speed Coaching Session for your Small Business

February 25, 2015 | Thomas | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Amy Ballon Danielle BotterellInterested in some free expert coaching for your small business? 

Meet Amy Ballon and Danielle Botterell, MBAs, entrepreneurs, authors, and business coaches at Spark Consulting. Amy and Danielle will be stopping by Fairview Library's Small Business Networking group tomorrow to help you look at your business with a trained eye.

The Small Business networking series also give participants the opportunity to meet and learn from other business owners, share your own experiences, and soak in the collective wisdom of the group. 

Please register at the Information Desk at Fairview or call 416-395-5750 to let us know you're coming.


Bring your business cards!

Fairview-library-01 Mom IncSmall Business Network: Speed Coaching
Fairview Branch
35 Fairview Mall Drive  
Thursday February 26, 6:30 PM


(You can also check out Mom Inc., Amy and Danielle's awesome book from a library near you!)


Small Business Network: Come meet CEO and Visionary behind Orchard

February 2, 2015 | Thanusa | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

I hope everyone had an amazing start into the New Year!

North York Central Library's Small Business Network series is back and we sure are excited about the amazing speakers we have lined-up for you this year.

(image courtesy of jairoagua posted on on July 5, 2006. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

If you haven't attended one of our networking sessions, come and join us this month! It's an on-going network event for small business owners or people who are thinking about starting their own business. We invite successful entrepreneurs to share their stories and provide their expertise. There is opportunity to network with others in the group and exchange business cards! Plus, it's free!

Bruno WongOn Wednesday, February 18th, come and meet Bruno Wong, owner of Orchard, a Toronto-based startup focused on changing the way Canadian buy and sell used computer technology.

As a self-taught designer, and entrepreneur, Bruno will share the insights he has gained after taking a business from idea to $250,000 in transactions over a 10-month period.

The session will be held in the Large Study room in the Teen Zone from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

                                       Please register online!  

 Check out a few of our latest books on Business Start-Ups:

Invent Reinvent Thrive  Start Your Own E-Business Business Start Up in the Digital Age  From Passion to Profit      

Tax On Your Mind? I'm Talking about Business Tax!

December 22, 2014 | Thanusa | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

(image courtesy of Steven Depolo posted on on July 15, 2014. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

It will be that time of season again, when we start thinking about preparing our personal income tax. For those aspiring entrepreneurs with the new year's resolution of starting up a business or for those that already have an existing business, you might want to focus on business tax return preparation.

You probably have commonly asked questions that you need answers to such as, What can I claim or write off as expenses to my business?, Should I apply for GHT account?, or Which form should I use to file my small business return?

Come with your questions and join us on January 15th at North York Central Library for the Business Tax 101: Vital Tax Strategies for all Business Owners- New and Seasoned program.

Dale Barrett
Dale Barrett
, Tax Lawyer at Barrett Tax Law and bestselling author of "Tax Survival for Canadians: Stand up to the CRA", will teach you how to keep the business profits in your pocket and not in the government's.

Topics include: corporations and other business structures, HST and other tax compliance, capital gain verses business income, owner and employee compensation structures, recordkeeping and audit preparedness, and much more.


Click Here to Register for the Free Program





Small Business Network: Come meet the owner of BizLaunch!

December 1, 2014 | Thanusa | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

We made it to the last month of the year but are you still thinking about making your business dream into a reality?

Come join North York Central Library's last Small Business Network session to motivate you in taking that next step!

Andrew P 

In December's session, you will meet owner of BizLaunch, Andrew Patricio. BizLaunch trains, advises and mentors Entrepreneurs. Andrew is the author of two books on small business and has started 7 businesses of his own. He worked with thousands of entrepreneurs in USA, Canada, Russia, Latvia, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Korea, Holland, Namibia, Belgium, USA, Barbados and South Africa.

For this session, Andrew will share with you the 7 secrets to building a successful small business. You'll learn the importance of defining your vision and how to develop a growth strategy that includes: your marketing and sales strategy, your financial strategy, your employee strategy, technology strategy, and your exit strategy.

Please register online: Small Business Network on December 17th

Session will be held in the Large Study Room in the Teen Zone at 6:30pm.

Don't forget your business cards and be ready to network!


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