OUR NETWORK OF EXPERTS IN RESIDENCE OFFERS A POWERFUL RESOURCE FOR BUSINESSES AT ANY STAGE

We believe shared knowledge and experience strengthen our business community. Through the Experts In Residence program gain insight into your burning questions, challenges you need to overcome, strategic guidance and more! This program provides a free all access opportunity for you to share and receive expert feedback in order to support your business moving forward with greater clarity. 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

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Financial Growth: Diversifying Into New Markets

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

experts in residence | Group SESSIONS

Are you an entrepreneur looking to take your business online? Perhaps you’re already online and looking to take the next step in how your business can be developed further through e-commerce. We have stepped into a primarily digital world and if you aren’t online in some aspect it’s time to step up your game!
From live/on-demand workshops and community meetups, to online tools and courses, we invite you to join our partner Experts at Shopify to twirl you around the e-commerce dancefloor seamlessly. Shopify is here to not only elevate your business through change, but support you with removing barriers and friction in order to grow your business successfully.

Are you an entrepreneur looking to take your business online? Perhaps you’re already online and looking to take the next step in how your business can be developed further through e-commerce. We have stepped into a primarily digital world and if you aren’t online in some aspect it’s time to step up your game!
From live/on-demand workshops and community meetups, to online tools and courses, we invite you to join our partner Experts at Shopify to twirl you around the e-commerce dancefloor seamlessly. Shopify is here to not only elevate your business through change, but support you with removing barriers and friction in order to grow your business successfully.

Advertising, social media, email, blogging, websites, SEM, SEO, branding, CRM, and more – so many avenues to market your business, so little time! When it comes to generating new sales for your business and the marketing strategy currently being executed, are you optimizing all areas? Learn more and expand your strategy with our marketing experts who are ready to support you with leveling up all of the above. 101 questions with 101 answers straight from the experts in residence. 

Our network of marketing experts include NetGain SEO, Thinkfuel Marketing, Larche Communications, Central Ontario Broadcasting, and Siva Creative

Boosting Online Visibility On A Shoestring Budget
Messaging & Storytelling | Best Practices For Advertising During A Downturn

Whether you’re starting out, growing, buying & selling, succession planning, and more – Barriston’s team of experts can point you in the right direction when it comes to topics related to all aspects of your business. Join Barriston Law and the Sandbox virtually for a fireside chat every month.

Ontario Phase 2 Return To Work
Multiple Wills & Estate Planning
COVID 19 Return to Work Measures
COVID-19 Employment Law & Health Benefits

Our network of finance professionals are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs at every stage of growth. Perhaps you have questions about understanding your lending choices or need some feedback on what the right financial resources are – whatever the reason – join a finance professional and the Sandbox virtually for a fireside chat weekly for all the answers.

Our network of finance professionals includes BMO, Export Development Canada, CFO Centre, Georgian Angel Network, RBC, RBC Wealth Management, National Bank, Scotiabank, Stonebrooke Wealth Management, and TD.

Perspective of Angel Investors
Engaging an Angel Investor
Pitching an Angel Investor
Q&A with GAN Managing Director

Our business accounting and tax Experts in Residence are here to answer your questions about corporate tax, HST, registering a business, CRA challenges and pretty much any other burning accounting questions you might have. Our experts have promised to make this fireside chat fearless, and wait for it… fun! 

Our network of business accounting and tax experts includes BDO & Grant Thornton.

SMALL BUSINESS CENTRE

The Small Business Centre is committed to assisting aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages realize their dreams of becoming their own bosses by providing assistance and support to small businesses in both their start-up and early growth stages. Our team is happy to help you find answers and resources for all your business needs.

barriebusinesscentre.ca

Starting Your Business Basics

Welcome to the World of Entrepreneurship!

Are you considering venturing into the wild journey of entrepreneurship? Have you already started your business and ready to take on what’s next? The Starting Your Business sessions delivered by the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Orillia, and Simcoe County are here for you to take advantage of! Get involved in these small intimate sessions and harness the knowledge offered to you by a Small Business Consultant to support your journey.

Topics include:

  • Assessing the feasibility of your business idea
  • The pros and cons of different forms of business (Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation)
  • Protecting yourself and the business
  • HST
  • Allowable deductions
  • Sources of financing

Business Plan Basics – Parts 1 & 2

Writing your first business plan is a major step in putting your small business on the map! A business plan articulates the concepts that inspired you to start your business, as well as evaluate potential hurdles like competition and funding issues. Whether you are seeking start-up capital or just want a solid road map to guide you through the early years of your business, a workable small business plan will help you accomplish your goals. Explore what will be addressed in part one and two of business plan basics: 

  • Part 1 : Introduction to planning, contents of a plan, executive summary, company overview, marketing strategy, and introduction to market research
  • Part 2 : Operations, financials, critical path, and other library resources that can assist you with your business plan

Digital Main Street and BeyonD

Digital Main Street and Beyond is a program built around an online learning platform, structured training through the Digital Service Squad team. These highly trained professionals help businesses through the adoption of digital tools and technology. When businesses join they receive a free Digital Assessment and recommended to-do list that can help their business meet their digital goals. The Digital Service Squad can work with businesses one-on-one to activate free and easy to use tools.

How it Works:

  • Complete the free digital onboarding
  • Receive a personalized to-do list with recommendations on how to reach your goals
  • Access a list of digital product and service providers who are offering exclusive discounts

DID WE MENTION YOU CAN COME IN AND USE OUR Connectivity SPACE FREE OF CHARGE?

Monday-Friday during business hours (so long as there are no events happening in the Connectivity Space!) you can work on your business venture looking out on the Spirit Catcher and Kempenfelt Bay. Start-ups, Scale-ups, Solopreneurs and Small Business Owners are all invited to use our large main room & patio to connect with others in the business community or to work on your own entrepreneurial pursuits.