If you didn't know, October is unofficially Small Business Month. It seems like a lot of people aren't aware of this. I met a local Toronto Entrepreneur this morning the owner of TAJJ Cosmetics and wished her a Happy Small Business Month, she didn't know either! So, to all you Toronto entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs or anyone who has anything to do with Small Businesse- Happy Small Business Month!
To celebrate Small Business Month there are great programs and seminars happening all over the Country, The Women in Business network has created a great list of Small Business Events. Next week Enterprise Toronto is hosting their annual Small Business Forum at the Metro Convention Centre its free to attend, and a great opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and discover new resources.
To celebrate, we've already had 5 programs:
Crowdfunding for Beginners
Join Craig Asano (National Crowdfunding Association of Canada) and James Cooper (www.kisckstarterforfilmmakers.com ) in this beginner's guide to crowdfunding. Find out what it takes to prepare and launch a successful campaign. This session is great for anyone looking to gain a fuller understanding of what it means to be in the trenches of your own funding campaign.
Don't worry for those of you who missed this program we're having another one:
Crowdfunding 101 - October 29, 2013
Asier Ania, co-founder of HiveWire Inc., crowdfunding and crowdsourcing solutions, will guide you through the basics of crowdfunding. This program is in conjunction with the library's Entrepreneur in Residence program series (the deadline for one on one consultations with Jean Chow has been extended to October, 31, 2013). This program is free.
How to Build a Brand for the 21st Century
Andris Pone, co-author of Brand: it ain’t the logo* (*It’s what people think of
you) - as he discusses how your company can build
a remarkable brand that breaks through the noise and resonates deeply with
customers and all target audiences.
Social Media Made Simple
Join author Jim Pagiamtzis as he discusses the variety of
social media platforms businesses need to be aware of, their influence on
customers’ expectations and their effects on buying decisions. Learn to create
a marketing plan leveraging the strengths of each social media site.
Doing Business with the Government of Canada
The Government of Canada purchases approximately $20 billion worth of goods and services each year. Join us with John Lu from the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and learn how to sell to the Government of Canada, including how to navigate the federal procurement process, how to market your products and services, where to find opportunities and much more.
The Mentor's Circle: Clearing Your Path to Business Growth.
Join author Elizabeth Verwey as she explores the benefits of peer mentoring. Based on her book, the mentors circle provides a way to solve problems, brainstorm, gain new perspectives and take the necessary steps to grow your business. Learn how to clear your path for business growth.
Tonight, we'll be having the program The New Ecology of Leadership -Why Small is Beautiful
Join author David Hurst as he discusses themes covered in his recently published book The New Ecology of Leadership. Learn how best to utilize your own management experiences and education to improve your judgment and organization. Discover the ways that small is truly beautiful! Join us!
There are many other great Small Business Month Programs happening in other Toronto Public Libraries, check them out!