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BDC Small Business Week™ Speaker Series 2016: October 17-20

Details to come in September 2016.

Take a look at last year’s presentations below:

BDC Small Business Week™ Speaker Series 2015: October 19-23

This 8th annual series is held in collaboration with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Presentations by industry experts will take place daily and will be followed by questions from members of the audience. Each session will take place in the auditorium of the Main branch, located in the basement of 120 Metcalfe. 

Launching an Online Store: Tips for Getting Started

Presented by: Thea Earl, Business Development Manager, Shopify
Have you been interested in launching an online store? Are you curious to learn more about what’s involved? From product sourcing to store management, join us to learn more about e-commerce in Canada and walk away with tangible tips for getting started. This is open to anyone who is just getting started or looking to grow their existing business.
Monday, October 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Get a Grip on Your Business to Achieve Your Business Goals: Engaging Your Employees Starts with You

Presented by: David Saxe, Owner, Next Level Business Planning
Learn strategies that will help you define your business:  who you are, what you are, where you want to go and how to get there.  Learn how to improve the culture of your organization and ensure that each person you hire has the same focus and is rowing in the same direction.
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Doing Good for Business: “Giving Back” to the Community Helps Build Your Business 

Presented by: Stephen Nason, Senior Director, Dovercourt Recreation Centre
Today’s businesses are expected to do more than just make a buck. Your customers, your employees, and the community expect social responsibility.   If done right, this can help you build and grow your business.  In this session, learn practical advice about the ways social responsibility can improve your business and impact the community.
Wednesday, October 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Google Analytics: Finding Your Missing Money

Presented by: David Bird, Owner, Bird’s Eye Marketing
There’s money buried in your website, and Google Analytics can help you find it…if you know how to uncover it.  Simply knowing your page views and traffic sources doesn’t really help you take the strategic actions that will increase revenue and find new customers!  How do you find the information you need to make meaningful decisions for your business?  Learn how Google Analytics can help.
Thursday, October 22,  12:00-1:00 p.m.

The Art of Business Networking 

Presented by: Speaker: Jarrod Goldsmith, Founder, eSAX Networking
If you want to be in business in three years from now, learning how to network effectively is key.  For many, the thought of entering a room full of strangers trying to sell you something can be intimidating. The good news is that with a little knowledge, practice and finesse, you can approach networking with confidence and skill. This session is followed by 1 ½ hours of networking over refreshments (until 2:30 p.m.).
Friday, October 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m.


BDC Small Business Week™ is a registered trademark of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).