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Small Business Centre Series

Basics of Starting a Small Business

Do you have an idea and want to start your own small business, but you aren't sure where to start?  Attend this free seminar to learn:

  • How to register your business
  • Business structure
  • Government support programs
  • Other services and programs available to you

You will receive a FREE Small Business Centre's Start-up Package, and step-by-step guidance.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (Essex Office)
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, June 5, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Monday, June 15, 2015
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 (Essex Office)
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, July 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, July 20, 2015
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Basics of Writing a Business Plan

A good business plan is your roadmap to success!  A business plan is also required when applying for any type of small business financing.  Attend this informative session to learn how to develop a business plan that will work for you!  This session will cover:
  • The required elements of a business plan
  • How to break it down in to manageable pieces
  • Where to gather relevant information
  • How to professionally arrange your ideas and research
  • What to do with the plan when it's completed
Friday, June 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (Essex Office)
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday, June 22, 2015
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, July 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 (Essex Office)
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Monday, July 27, 2015
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Do you know if your idea is viable and sustainable? You will find this answer as you work through your business plan. Writing a business plan is a key to your success - it helps to keep you on track and develops your entrepreneurial skills. A good business plan is not only beneficial to you, but is also a requirement for any financing you may need. It demonstrates your research, your accomplishments, and ultimately your vision and commitment to your business.

Come to this session to understand what key information should be included in your business plan. Come prepared to brainstorm; we will provide you with a template and will guide you through it, every step of the way!

Starter Company: Developing Your Business Idea
Thursday, June 11, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Do you want to see your dream of starting a business become a reality? How hard are you willing to work at it? Come get inspired by a serial entrepreneur and learn what it takes. Discussion topics include the lifestyle of an entrepreneur, what to prepare for, tools for getting started, taking steps to execute on your idea and how to develop your business. Entrepreneurship is an exciting path, but can be overwhelming.

Come on out and get to know like-minded people who will motivate you and will help you along your way!

Starter Company: Sales and Marketing
Thursday, June 18, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Starting a start up involves becoming an expert in many fields- your business depends on it! This interactive Marketing & Sales workshop will cover topics such as branding, creating a marketing strategy, as well as learning about social media and its importance to your business. We will then discuss the basics of relationship building, the optimal sales cycle and generating sales through personal and professional connections. You can't miss these topics!

Starter Company: Managing and Planning your Money
Thursday, June 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Managing and planning your money can mean the difference between success and failure. Basic financial projections are also a key part of any business plan. This module will cover the basics, and give you practical tools you can use to manage and project your money. It will cover:

  • The differences between profit and cash
  • Breakeven analysis
  • Pricing strategies
  • Forecasting and projecting cash flows and needs
  • Managing cash flows through growth

When you better understand these concepts, you will be in a better position to make purchasing decisions and to capitalize on growth opportunities. 


This session is ideal for existing businesses, start-ups, and anyone working on their business plan.


Thursday, July 9, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In business, there are a lot of things that are like plumbing: they are in the background, they're necessary for things to go right - and you only notice them when they don't work. In this session, we'll cover:

  • Getting your business properly set-up and registered, and the right legal structure for you (sole proprietor, partnership or company)
  • Other government obligations you have to keep on top of - HST, payroll remittances, and income taxes
  • Record-keeping - the law, business reasons, and what works for small businesses
  • Your business plumbers (accountants, lawyers, etc) - who, what and when?

Make sure you cover all your bases by coming to this workshop and ensure your shot at success! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Are you almost ready to launch? It's time to develop the most crucial part of your business - your pitch! Come out and meet the co-founder of Stiltguys, a local entrepreneur and business owner who will help you polish your pitch through practical exercises and hands on work. Based off his personal experience pitching on the Dragons' Den, he will relay the importance of having a clear and compelling presentation; show you how to prepare and perfect your pitch and how to deal with any questions that will be thrown your way.

Even if you don't plan on getting financing from the Dragons' Den, these lessons will serve you well in whatever business you plan on starting.
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Since starting up in 1992, the Small Business Centre has provided thousands of entrepreneurs with the training and support necessary to start and grow successful businesses. From concept, through start-up and early growth stages of business, the Small Business Centre is a one-stop source for information, guidance and professional advice on starting and operating a business.

The Small Business Centre operates as a department of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.