Recommended Books by Donovan Dill, 2017 Entrepreneur in Residence

December 1, 2017 | Christina

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Donovan Dill, 2017 Entrepreneur in Residence, has successfully completed his residency at the Toronto Public Library. Donovan ran six, productive workshops across the Greater Toronto Area on topics covering the reality of small business startups and growth; small business financing; services offered by local business incubators to entrepreneurs in their...

Let's Talk Business, Your Business to be Exact

November 1, 2017 | Donovan

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Donovan Dill, TPL's 2017 Entrepreneur in Residence Are you just starting out and want some help to build your knowledge and networks? Are you thinking about a pivot after a few months or years of doing business? Whatever the case, Toronto Public Library provides Entrepreneur In Residence programs for you...

Your Money Matters: Personal Finance Programs for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

October 25, 2017 | Diana

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November is not only Financial Literacy Month in Canada but the launch of our newly expanded Personal Finance program series, with over 142 FREE programs throughout Toronto starting this fall through 2018! Our Personal Finance campaign usually runs from January through March, but with the level of interest expressed at...

SEO for Your Small Business

October 1, 2017 | Hector

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If you own a small business or you're looking into starting one, then an important part of being visible online is ensuring that your search engine optimization (SEO) is well designed and planned out. According to, SEO is "the methods used to boost the ranking or frequency of a...

Marketing to Millennials

June 13, 2017 | Raya

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Image credit: USA Today Millennials, the name given to the generation born between 1982 and 2004, are now being recognized as the consumers that will drive business growth. They have $200 billion in direct purchasing power and over $500 billion in indirect. They are also the most diverse group consisting...

Second-hand Economy

April 13, 2017 | Raya

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image courtesy of Canadians love buying stuff second-hand. At least that's what the latest Kijiji's Second-Hand Economy report says. According to the study, conducted by researchers at the Université du Québec à Montréal, 82% of Canadians participated in the second-hand economy, which translates into $29 billion. Second-hand purchases/sales or...

Get Your Business off the Ground with Help from Business Inc.

February 23, 2017 | Raya

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image courtesy of Are you thinking of starting your own business? Do you have a great idea but don't know where to start? Then Business Inc may be for you. Business Inc. is an eight-week business program offered at Toronto Public Library (TPL) in partnership with the City of...

Why You Should Be Blogging for Your Small Business

February 11, 2017 | Raya

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image courtesy of The term blog comes from the combination of "web" and "log" or "weblog," which initially started in the 1990s as an online diary where people would keep personal accounts of their lives. Eventually the term was shortened to "blog," but it still remained the same in...


January 16, 2017 | Raya

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Between January 25th and 27th the City of Toronto and the founders of StartupFest present ResolveTO, a festival that will bring together the best of young startups and large organizations for a look at innovation, disruption and emerging markets. The emphasis will be on corporate and societal challenges that engage...

Small Businesses You Can Start on a Shoestring

January 12, 2017 | Raya

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(image courtesy of Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India) Are you thinking of starting a new business in 2017 but don't have a large amount of capital to get started? The following businesses can be started inexpensively and in some cases, with almost no start-up cash at all. Each one can...