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Encouraging Entrepreneurial Excellence

Build Your Business | Engage, Connect, and Be Informed

Are you looking to start or grow a business?  In celebration of Small Business Month, we invite you to join us on October 25, 2017 for our Mayor’s Small Business Forum, hosted in conjunction with the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC). You will have the opportunity to learn about local programs and services available to our small business owners and entrepreneurs.

We are excited to highlight that a key component of the event will be to hear a panel of business and government representatives speak about the programs and services available to support our local small business community, and then be able to participate in a question and answer period following.

Enjoy a time of networking and refreshments following the presentation in the lobby area, where you will also have a chance to learn about other programs and services provided by some of our location organizations, including the Business Development Centre (BDC) and the Mississauga Central Library.

Topics & Speakers

EXPERIENCE:  Local Small Business Support Services and Programs  

Are you a new entrepreneur launching a business and not sure where to start? Are you a business owner looking for opportunities and guidance on how to expand your business? 

Learn from our own City’s Small Business expert on funding, resources, programs and services available right in our own backyard to help you start/grow your business.

Speaker: Susan Loveless, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Consultant Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (City of Mississauga).

ENGAGE: Government Programs and services

Are you an entrepreneur in the manufacturing or technology sector looking to grow your business? Do you know what the Ontario Government is doing to help expand businesses?  

Learn from an expert in the area of government programs and services that can help you find the best programs to support your business needs and help take your business to the next level.

Speaker: Peter Jones, Senior Business Advisor, Ontario Investment Office

EXPORT: Building your business beyond Canadian Borders.

Are you interested in selling your product beyond Canadian borders? Are you an existing export company looking to grow your international sales? 

Learn from an expert in the area of exporting starting with assessing your Global Mindset, Global Readiness and the supports to help you reach new export markets.

Speaker: Patrick Devine, Regional Export Advisor, Business Engagement Branch, Ministry of International Trade 

EMPLOY TALENT: Hiring and Training Resources and Incentives

Are you looking to expand your workforce?  Are you interested in finding ways to offset your training and staff costs in an environment of rising wages?

Learn from an employment expert about funding, financial incentives, programs, and support available to help meet your human resource needs.

Speaker: Dev Maharaj, Project Manager – Employment Services, Peel Career Assessment Services Inc.