Entrepreneur Essentials

Vaughan Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (VBEC) presents Entrepreneur Essentials, a group consultation series. Each virtual session will begin with a short presentation followed by an open-forum style question & answer (Q&A) period. Feel free to turn cameras on, ask questions in the chat box and share about your business or idea!

This series is ideal for early-stage startups looking to take their business idea from registration to launch. Existing and growing businesses can also attend to explore regulatory standards and requirements, improve on key messaging, and branding, and focus on customer segments.

Each session can be taken independently and, in any order, based on interest and stage of business.

Learn more about each session offered below. Please separately register for each topic within the series using the links. Registration will be made available as more dates are added.

See below for full details and registration links.

  • Join the VBEC team for a group session delivered once per month on all you need to know about regulations, business licenses, and the steps to registering your business.

    We will explore:

    • Zoning & By-Law requirements
    • Business licenses
    • Legal structures

    Register Here

    This session is ideal for Pre-Launch businesses looking to register their business and understand regulatory requirements in their industries.

  • Join the VBEC team for a group session delivered once per month on business plan writing tips. You may have attended our business plan launchpad series and are now ready to put pen to paper. Take a deep dive into key sections of the business plan that selection committees and lenders will look for in your plan including:

    • Your company profile
    • A detailed marketing strategy
    • Your process and procedures
    • And moreā€¦

    This session is ideal for Pre-Launch businesses or existing businesses new to Vaughan interested in applying to our Starter Company Plus program.

    Register Here

  • Join the VBEC team for a group session delivered once per month on exploring who you are as a business. We will guide you through conversations about your compelling value, understanding your customer, and fine-tuning your value proposition.

    We will explore and create your:

    • Identity statement
    • Value proposition
    • Customer avatar
    • Credibility list

    This session is ideal for idea-stage, Pre-Launch businesses, & businesses looking to grow.

    Register Here

  • Participants in this workshop will:

    • Better understand how to complete the Start Up Cost and Cash Flow sections of the business plan
    • Learn how to create realistic sales forecasts
    • Understand how the business plan and cash flow interconnect
    • Complete the first draft of the start-up costs and first month sales / expenses
    • Set a realistic date for completing the business plan and cash flow

    This session is ideal for idea-stage, pre-launch businesses, & existing businesses entering a new market or reaching a new target customer and interested in applying to our Starter Company Plus program.

    Register Here

     

  • Join VBEC for a group session to learn what market research techniques are right for your business. We will guide you through strategies to better understand your market and customer.

    We will explore:

    Hands-on primary market research techniques in your industry, community, and competition

    • Developing the questions you want to ask/answers you are seeking
    • What do you want to drive your business/understand your target
    • Hands-on tactics
    • Focus group/surveys
    • Utilize Google Business

    Secondary research techniques using market studies, reports, and analyzing customer feedback data

    • Stats Can
    • Open Data Sources
    • Google analytics
    • Key Sector Directories
    • Vaughan Public Library resources including, online databases, publications, and linkedin learning
    • and more!

    This session is ideal for idea-stage, pre-launch businesses, & existing businesses entering a new market or reaching a new target customer

    Registration will be made available as more dates are added. For any immediate questions please email ed@vaughan.ca