Calling all entrepreneurs -- Popular Business Inc. program returns this spring

March 12, 2013 | Media Relations

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TORONTO (March 12, 2013) – Toronto Public Library is again partnering with the Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) and the City of Toronto’s Economic Development & Culture Division (ECD) to deliver the popular business incubation program, Business Inc. in its branches. Business Inc. is aimed at helping entrepreneurs throughout the city develop powerful business plans so they can realize their dream of owning and operating their own business.

 

2013 is the third year the partners have offered this eight-week program. Business Inc. participants will gain a better understanding of the guiding principles required to launch their new business or to accelerate an early stage business. 

 

“I had a great idea for a business, but had serious doubts my company would ever get off the ground. Ideas can only take you so far. Then I came across information from Toronto Public Library about the Business Inc. program. The decision to apply was a pivotal moment for me and for my business,” said Wendy Fisher, a participant in last year’s program. “I learned something invaluable from participating in this course: knowledge is empowering. It builds confidence. With knowledge and confidence, my dream will become a reality.”

 

At the conclusion of the program, candidates receive a Business Seminar Series Certificate from the TBDC and may be eligible to apply for a small business loan.

 

Interested entrepreneurs can find information on the program being offered at Northern District, Albion and Agincourt branches. The deadline for applications for this spring’s program is March 28.  Find the application form and information about the program at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/businessinc.

 

Toronto Public Library’s small business services and programs help Toronto’s entrepreneurs develop a competitive edge through free access to subscription databases, business books and magazines, and staff expertise, all of which are available online and offline to anyone with a valid Toronto Public Library cards.

 

Toronto Business Development Centre was established in 1990 to nurture the growth of new and emerging businesses. As a business incubator, it provides access to advisory support, management training, guidance on business plan preparation, networking opportunities and a range of other resources. TBDC's Business Incubation Programs support the success of entrepreneurs and have helped more than 3,700 clients. Contact: www.tbdc.ca.

 

The City of Toronto’s Economic Development & Culture Division provides services that contribute to an economically strong, socially enjoyable and culturally vibrant city. Among its many services are programs and resources targeted to accelerate start-up and early stage business success, ensuring Toronto remains an innovative and competitive global city.

Contact: www.toronto.ca/doingbusiness

 

Toronto Public Library has been supporting financial literacy and small businesses in the city for more than 100 years. Library branches provide staff expertise in business related research, free access to business information resources and databases, as well as job and career assistance. See www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/businessinc for more information.

 

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what's happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.

 

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Media Contact:

Tita Zierer, Communications, Programming and Customer Engagement, Toronto Public Library tzierer@torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

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