You’re Invited: Vaughan Small Business Week Includes Youth Entrepreneurship October 21-25, 2013

vaughan small business week 2013

In Partnership with the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, COSTI Immigrant Services, Welcome Centre, Next Steps Employment and Vaughan Public Libraries, Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre (VBEC)



Celebrate, Network and Learn at Vaughan Small Business Week

Small Business Week Theme: Transformation Grows Business

October 21 – 25, 2013

FREE Admission

Vaughan Small Business Week seminars and workshops are FREE of charge.

Space is limited, so register online today!

Vaughan City Hall
2141 Major Mackenzie Drive
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

Contact: Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre (VBEC) at (905) 832.8526

“Small business is the backbone of a successful city and this week is a celebration of small business owners whose innovation, creativity and job creation have made significant contributions to our community,” said Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua.

  • The City of Vaughan will celebrate Small Business Week with up to 20 different FREE seminars and workshops designed to benefit small and medium sized businesses in all stages of growth.
    • All businesses are welcome.
    • Last year, the event drew more than 650 businesses.
  • Vaughan Small Business Week includes the following benefits.
    • Build brand awareness.
    • Attract potential new customers.
    • Increase your knowledge with informative seminars.
  • Hear leading business experts talk about topics such as:
    • Financing Your Business;
    • Personal Branding;
    • Marketing Your Business; and
    • Youth Entrepreneurship.
  • This year’s opening keynote speaker is TSUFIT, author of the award-winning book, Step into the Spotlight – A Guide to Getting Noticed.
  • Focus on Youth Entrepreneurship – Small Business Week
    • Youth considering entrepreneurship as a career path are invited to a special evening dedicated to learning and networking with other young and energetic business leaders.
    • Come meet with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and learn how you can access funding for youth-related ventures.

Here is the itinerary of Vaughan Small Business Week.

Mon 10/21/13:

  • 9 am – 11 am: Small Business Week Opening Ceremony features a welcome message/introduction by Mayor Bevilacqua, followed by a networking breakfast, and key note address by Tsufit.
  • 11 am – 1 pm: Transforming Your Advertising Approach to the 21st Century.
  • 2 pm – 4 pm: Putting the Magnifying Glass on Your Industry.
  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Business
  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Youth Entrepreneurship
    • Speakers: Andrew Guy, James Bortolus, Michael Eisen.
    • Located at Leo & Sala Goldhar Conference & Celebration Centre, 9600 Bathurst St.

Tue 10/22/13

  • 9 am – 11 am: Business + Charity = A Win Win
    • Speaker: Paula Curtis.
    • Located at McMichael Art Gallery, Founders Lounge, 10365 Islington Ave.
  • 1 pm – 3 pm: Webinar: Measure, Learn, Plan
  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Finance Night

Wed 10/23/13

  • 9 am – 11 am: Make Your Home Business A Success
    • Speakers: Sarah Zeldman, Carolyn Dickenson, Janet Aizenstros, Patricia Curto.
    • Located at The Country Club – Club Links, 20 Lloyd St.
  • 11:30 am – 2 pm: Information Technology
    • Speaker: Ravi Dindayal.
    • Located at BDC Business Development Bank, 3901 Highway 7.
  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: New Anti-Spam Legislation & How it will Affect Your Email Marketing
  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Dress for Success
    • Speaker: Antonella Haas.

Thu 10/24/13

  • 9 am – 11 am: Finding Peace in Your Business; Managing Your Stress
    • Speaker: Susan Opanel.
  • 1 pm – 3 pm: How To Boost Your Revenue with a Business Plan
    • Speaker: Julia Gersh, VBEC.

Fri 10/25/13

  • 9 am – 11 am: Growing Your Entrepreneurial Skills Through Business Literacy
    • Speaker: Cheryl Rankin.
  • 1 pm – 3 pm: Succession Planning
    • Speakers: George Mathew, Kathryn Bennett, Bryan McNulty.
    • Located at Vaughan City Hall Multipurpose Room, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive.
  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Small Business Week Closing Ceremony And Networking Event

    • Join them for the final evening of networking with fellow business owners, friends and colleagues while enjoying refreshments, courtesy of Dave & Buster’s
    • Located at Dave and Buster’s, 120 Interchange Way.

To view or print the 2013 Vaughan Small Business Week’s complete schedule of seminars, events and program guide, please click on the following choices.

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