Announcements & Programs
SBC Ontario offers FREE e-learning sessions to help you start and grow your business! Up to 60 courses to choose from in English and French, from Business Basics, to Startup and Growth. All sessions are delivered on-demand for you to learn at your convenience.

Some of the topics include:
  • Social Media
  • Government Regulations
  • How to Register Your Business
  • Branding
  • Sales

View all of the available sessions and sign up today at the SBC Ontario website.
Our Digital Service Squad has been actively helping small businesses in the Community for the last few months! The Squad offers up to 10 hours of FREE specialized help to businesses to enhance their digital presence and equip themselves with the digital tools required to be more accessible to customers.

You can get started with our Digital Service Squad by following these 3 easy steps:
The City of Waterloo has began accepting applications for the COVID-relief Community Improvement Plan (CIP) funding. The CIP is intended to help provide support for businesses across the city that have been adversely impacted during the pandemic by providing eligible businesses with grants up to $2,500 to help them recover COVID-19 expenses and grow.

This support will help businesses cover the additional costs associated with building and space alterations and in obtaining professional advice to support their business and respond to COVID-19, through five program streams:
  • Physical Distancing Improvements Grant
  • Business Adaptation Grant
  • Improved Ventilation Grant
  • Outdoor Business Improvement Grant
  • Technology Expansion Grant

These five programs will support expenditures incurred to enhance premises, digital business or health and safety measures to respond to government and customer needs. Businesses may include expenditures from more than one program area. Applications are now open using this link.
Business & Sustainability
The SDG Compass provides guidance for companies on how they can align their strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution to the realization of the SDGs.

The SDG Compass guide is developed with a focus on large multinational enterprises. Small and medium enterprises and other organizations are also encouraged to use it as a source of inspiration and adapt as necessary. It is designed for use at entity level, but may be applied at product, site, divisional or regional level as required.

Webinars & Workshops
ANYTIME – 24/7 ON-DEMAND  | Business Basics
This series will help you to learn the basics of starting a business. Topics include: are you ready to be a business owner, how to research your idea, how to do market research, marketing and sales, how to register you Ontario business online step by step and more. Presented by SBC Ontario

June 15 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Using Canva for Business
This webinar will teach participants how to use Canva to create graphics for social media, website and marketing materials to expand their online brand. Canva makes graphic design amazingly simple for everyone, by bringing together a drag-and-drop design tool with a library of more than 1 million stock photographs, graphic elements and fonts. Presented by WRSBC

This half day program is to provide entrepreneurs who may be small or medium-sized food product business owners a brief, 5-hr overview of what is needed from a knowledge and resources aspect, to grow their food product business, with an emphasis on packaging your recipe or product for retail or wholesale markets. This program offers a brief overview of the legalities, realistic costs, logistics, food safety, and basic food business principles needed to take your business to the next level. Registration is $50. Presented by WRSBC & Foodventure Program

June 23 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm | Getting Started with SEO
SEO is the most important part of enhancing your business' online presence. Matthew from our Digital Service Squad will walk you through the 5 biggest SEO opportunities for small business. Topics include: Google My Business; Keeping copywriting simple; Building backlinks; Optimizing images; and creating long form content. The workshop is going to touch on all the areas a small business owner should be made aware of. There will also be time for a Q&A at the end. Presented by WRSBC
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Resources & Tools
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