Announcements & Programs
Need some startup funds? Seeing gaps in your entrepreneurial skills? Then Starter Company Plus is exactly what you're looking for!

Starter Company Plus is a training and mentorship program for businesses who want to start, expand, or buy a mainstream business in their community, and are not in school or working full time. This program offers opportunities for training in Business Concept, Research, Marketing, Sales, Financial, Operations, and Presentation Skills. For more information on the program, click here.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 26th, 2021.
Are you starting a new social enterprise? Embedding social purpose into an existing organization? Creating a sustainable financial model for your nonprofit? Give yourself the best chance of success by immersing yourself in the right environment. Pillar Nonprofit Network's Social Enterprise Incubator gives you the opportunity to learn from their staff and other social entrepreneurs as you develop a sustainable model for your social enterprise.

There is no fee to apply to the program, however please fill out the application form on their website. The value of this program is $3,500.00
Ontario is launching a new Ontario Business Registry on October 19, making it easier, simpler, and more affordable for millions of businesses and not-for-profit corporations to interact with the government. The new online registry will replace outdated technology, providing people across the province with direct access to government services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the first time ever.

The Advertising Project
The Advertising Project (TAP) is a student-run club within Wilfrid Laurier University, operating under the Lazaridis Students’ Society, dedicated to nurturing and expanding opportunities for students with a passion for advertising, marketing, and design.

TAP provides professional agency services to the local small business community while delivering value to students through on-campus programs. With a team of over 12 creative designers, copywriters, and account directors, TAP’s Agency services over 20 business in the KW region and beyond annually. It seeks to further local interests while affording aspiring marketing and advertising specialists with invaluable industry experience.

To become a client, visit their website here & complete the form.
The best tech jobs are in Waterloo Region. Wondering why? 

  • We have Canada’s fastest growing tech companies
  • Our job board has 5,000+ open roles
  • Our ecosystem is home to global brands like Shopify, OpenText, Blackberry and Oracle Netsuite

Communitech’s Tech Jam is a national job fair that puts mid and senior level talent from across Canada and the U.S. in a (virtual) room with reps from scaling tech companies. Chat with hiring managers from future-ready employers at Tech Jam on October 21 by signing up here.
Business & Sustainability
Informed by the SDG 10 Guide Advisory Group, this guide aims to be a practical tool for communities looking to localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs are a set of 17 interconnected Global Goals that serve as a shared vision for a more equitable and resilient future, to be achieved by 2030. The international community is committed to taking action on these goals and Canada has shown leadership at the federal level and, even more vitally, within cities and communities.

This guide outlines big ideas for advancing the SDGs locally, inspiring stories of communities that are leading the way, helpful resources, ways to get started, and more. It was written for leaders from across sectors including elected officials, staff within city or regional governments, community organizers, business leaders, and concerned citizens.

Webinars & Workshops
This training session aims to educate and support organizations of all sizes and from all industries to make progress on 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace, sharing insights and best practices in Canada. Presented by Invest Ottawa

Sept 8 | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Startup Business Basics
Starting a new business venture? Learn the necessary steps to start your business! Including: the various forms of business ownership; government regulations; the importance of a business plan; forecasting cash flow; identifying your target market and client profile; when and why to register for HST. Presented by WRSBC

Sept 9 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm | The Power of Beliefs
Learn about the power of letting go, practising daily affirmations, & creating a compelling vision statement! Participants will also learn about creating a compelling vision statement and also why having a support network around you can help you shift into the new that you may desire. This will be an interactive class and will empower participants to embrace the new and make life affirming changes. Presented by Small Business Centres Ontario

Sept 21 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm | Bootcamp: Become Your Own Digital Marketer
In today's digital world, there are tools and methods for you to market and run your business like a boss, but it can be overwhelming to know what to use and where to start. It's time you become your own ultimate digital champion. Led by Lacey Heels and Brianna Theurer you will be safely under the instruction by two women who are experts in the digital field and understand the needs (and frustrations) of small business owners. Presented by WRSBC
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