Small Business Week

Small Business Week is a nationally recognized celebration of the contributions small businesses make to our local economies. The Vaughan Small Business and Entrepreneurship team hosts Vaughan Small Business Week every October to provide local entrepreneurs access to the latest programs, best practices and networking opportunities.

Small Business Week events will be taking place virtually and include an in-person networking event. This series of virtual events is offered at no cost to entrepreneurs and will be delivered during the week of October 17-21, 2022.

This year’s theme will focus on businesses driving the local economy identifying opportunities for growth or launch, highlighting the local support available to entrepreneurs and small business owners through economic recovery and finding ways to succeed despite recent challenges. Entrepreneurs will also explore how to make their businesses more sustainable.

Programming is being delivered virtually together with local business support organizations Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, ventureLAB, YSpace/York University, COSTI, Techconnex, Futurpreneur, BDC, and York Regional Police, among others.


Kick-off Small Business Week on Monday, October 17 at the Monte Carlo Inn. Networking will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The Vaughan Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (VBEC) in partnership with the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a morning of networking, light refreshments, and a program including welcome remarks from Mayor Bevilacqua, an address from Jennifer Coletta Rashty, Interim President & CEO of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce and a special feature on Digital Main Street, supporting small businesses with their digital needs across Ontario.

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You must register to receive access to these sessions. Prior to the event, registrants will receive information, and attendee information via e-mail.

For more information, please contact ed@vaughan.ca.

Small Business Week 2022 Schedule - October 17-21, 2022

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. | In-Person @ Monte Carlo Kick-Off Networking/Breakfast 11:30 a.m (Virtual) The Entrepreneurial Journey hosted by YSpace 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Virtual) Financing for Small Business1-2 p.m. (Virtual) Health & Safety Resources for Small Businesses hosted by WSPS | WSIB | Ministry of Labour 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Virtual) Crime Prevention for Vaughan Business with York Regional Police
10- 11 a.m. (Virtual) Sustainable Development Goals chat with Professor Mark Terry 2-3 p.m. (hybrid) - VB Café Networking | Meet & Greet Session2-3 p.m. (Virtual) Empowerment around your Zero Waste and Sustainability hosted by TechConnex 1-2 p.m. (Virtual) Thinking of Buying a Business? Hosted by Nunzio Presta
1-2 p.m. (Virtual) Hiring Resources for Small Businesses with COSTI

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Small Business Week 2022 Schedule

Sustainable Development Goals Fireside Chat

Date: October 17 | Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Presented by Professor Mark Terry, Hollywood Canada Communications

Is your company doing everything it can to be sustainable?

As part of Small Business Week, learn how you can establish a Sustainability Mandate for your business through this webinar hosted by Professor Mark Terry.

In 2015, the United Nations launched a global plan known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. Every nation agreed to implement the 17 goals of this plan not only in its national policies, but in the behavior and practices of its people and businesses.

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Hiring Resources for Small Business

Date: October 17 | Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Presented by Dana Savescu, Employment Consultant of COSTI

Learn more about potential incentives to take advantage before your next hire! Your company’s success is tied to your employees – get valuable insights into hiring in Vaughan and learn how to make get the most of your next hire. COSTI Vaughan Employment Services will walk local businesses through available funding that will help them to hire their next employees.

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The Entrepreneurial Journey by YSpace/York University

Date: October 18 | Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presented by Nafis Ahmed, Entrepreneurship Manager, YSpace

The Entrepreneur’s Journey – The path to becoming an entrepreneur has many up’s and downs, and while there is no linear path to becoming a successful entrepreneur, this session will cover some of the key steps to pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams.

This session will cover:

  • Why you should become an entrepreneur
  • How to get started with your journey
  • Key considerations – the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind

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Vaughan Business Cafe Meet & Greet (In-Person)

Date: October 18 | Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Presented by Vaughan Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (VBEC)

Join Faaria Wali, Small Business Advisor at the Vaughan Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (VBEC) to celebrate Small Business Business Week. The meet & greet session will be a networking opportunity with fellow entrepreneurs to share about your business, meet other like-minded entrepreneurs, and learn more about VBEC services.

This hybrid session will be held both virtually from our ventureLab Innovation Space at the Pierre Berton Library (spots limited). Participants can attend in-person or turn on cameras virtually.

This session is ideal for any stage of business (or idea!) who like to know what services we offer at the VEBC or talk about your business in this open-forum style Q&A.

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Financing for Small Business

Date: October 19 | Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presented by Futurpreneur & BDC & Credit Union

Hosted by the Vaughan Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (VBEC), you will hear from small business financing experts from our Small Business Week presenting sponsor Meridian Credit Union, Futurpreneur, & the Business Development Bank (BDC). Experts will share more on what financing options are available to entrepreneurs and small businesses. You will learn about what is required to access financing and what makes for a strong application.

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Empowerment around your Zero Waste and Sustainability

Date: October 19 | Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Presented by TechConnex

Empowerment can take many different forms. When you create an environment of empowerment within an organization, great things can happen. Your employees become more engaged and perform better, you foster an improved work environment, and you build your culture and brand.

In partnership with Tech Connex, join us for an open-forum style discussion with Bruce Buchan, Founder and CEO at CleanRiver Recycling Solutions on best practices to create a culture of empowerment around zero waste and sustainability initiatives in your business.

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Health & Safety Resources

Date: October 20 | Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Presented by WSPS, WSIB, & MOL

Join us for a webinar presented by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training & Skills Development (MLITSD), the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS).

This webinar will focus on the basics of Health & Safety needed for your small business including, worker rights and employer responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Financial rebates and free resources for small businesses will be discussed too.

In this session, we will review:

  1. Free Health and Safety resources for small businesses.
  2. Health and Safety at Your Workplace: What You Need to Know to comply with OHSA requirements.
  3. Health and Safety Excellence program: the financial rebates and recognition awards for H&S improvements in your workplace.

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Crime Prevention For Vaughan Business By Work Regional Police

Date: October 21 | Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presented by Constable Vince Garisto, Crime Prevention Officer of York Region Police 

Join to meet Crime Prevention Office Vince Garisto from YRP and learn about Crime Prevention services tailored to business in Vaughan.

Do you know how to keep your business and workplace safer? This workshop is led by York Region Police’s Crime Prevention Officer Vince Garisto. The workshop is designed for Vaughan local businesses and entrepreneurs whether with brick and mortar locations or home-based businesses, and will share practical knowledge on how to keep your business and the community safe. You will learn about crime prevention services tailored to Vaughan business.

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Buying a Business

Date: October 21 | Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Presented by Nunzio Presta, Founder of BuyAndSellABusiness.com

Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (ETA) is the path to becoming an entrepreneur by buying and growing an established small business. For entrepreneurs with the desire to make a meaningful impact and own their own businesses, this can be less risky than starting a business from ideation. Join our discussion to learn how you can Make Business Ownership Real!

Topics covered in this session:

  1. Why buy a business?
  2. What to look for when buying a business
  3. General process for buying a business

This session is ideal for:

  1. Anyone thinking of being a business owner, but doesn’t know how to start a business from scratch
  2. Anyone interested in entrepreneurship
  3. Anyone exploring selling their business

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** Additional events will be added , please check back for more information.