Small Business Week: Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Employees Through Meaningful Practice

By Vaughan Economic Development


Date and Time:

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Tickets: Free

This session focuses on tangible practices businesses can begin or strengthen, to better support2SLGBTQ+ employees (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer and more).

The workshop will cover, barriers 2SLGBTQ+ individuals face while accessing employment, steps businesses can take to create more inclusive policies and practices, how to better recruit and retain 2SLGBTQ+ employees and how businesses can strengthen their 2SLGBTQ+ resource networks.

Participants will be free to ask questions throughout the session, in addition to the dedicated Question and Answer period and will leave more empowered and better informed to make decisions which create meaningful and lasting change.

During this virtual open-forum style Q&A, feel free to turn cameras on, ask questions in the chat box, and share more about your business.

If you have any questions for us at VBEC email

*Virtual meeting link will be sent to your inbox 1 day prior to the event.




About the Host

Jordyn Samuels (she/her) is an Anti-Oppression based facilitator specializing in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion-based education.

She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from University of Toronto where she double-majored in Equity Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies.

Jordyn has over 17 years of experience providing Anti-Oppression, Anti-Racism, 2SLGBTQ+ education and EDI-focused topics such as Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions to schools, organizations and communities. Jordyn is currently the Owner and Lead EDI Consultant of Journeys InEquity Consulting.

Hosted by the VBEC every October, Small Business Week is a nationally recognized celebration of the contributions small businesses make to the economy. This year’s theme will focus on helping businesses become more inclusive while driving the Canadian economy. The content will focus on diversity and inclusion with an emphasis on cultural diversity and representation as well as industry and sector variety in small business.


Registrations are currently open to small businesses and entrepreneurs. For a full schedule of events, including descriptions, please visit