The Economic Development team is monitoring the impact of COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

Small Business Week 2021

Small Business Week 2021Small Business Week is a nationally recognized celebration of the contributions small businesses make to our local economiesThe 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 2021 will be taking place virtually. In 2021, this series of events is offered at no cost to entrepreneurs and will be delivered during the week of October 18-22, 2021. 

This year’s theme will focus on seizing the opportunity to build the way forward, exploring how to overcome current challenges, identify opportunities for growth and highlighting the local supports available to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Programming is being delivered virtually together with local business support  organizations Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, ventureLAB, YSpace/York University, COSTI and York Regional Police.  

Space is limited, register today!

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

Small Business Week 2021 Schedule

Small Business Week Kick-Off Event –  Fireside-chat and networking with Vaughan Chamber of Commerce

Date: October 18 | Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  

Presented by Vaughan Chamber of Commerce 

Join the keynote address from Ron Minken, Sara Kauder, and Tejpreet (Tanya) Sambi of Minken Employment Lawyers. This session will include a fireside chat with Brian Shifman, President & CEO of Vaughan Chamber of Commerce on navigating employment law in the COVID-19 era. Plus, hear a virtual address from Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua.


Launch & Grow Your Tech Venture │ Growth Hacking 101 by YSpace/York University 

Date: October 18 | Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Presented by Abtin Masseratagah, CEO of Northrn Mo. 

This is a special session on how to develop business strategy and execution plans to grow traction for early-stage tech startups. Looking for ways to get massive growth? Join Abtin a Digital Marketing Consultant who has helped to create profitable online brands for well over a decade, to learn the successful growth hacking strategies and learn how you can implement these tactics for your own.  

Participants from this session will be invited to further expand their learning by taking part in a peer-to-peer mentorship session on October 22, Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., facilitated by a representative from the Venture Catalyst program at YSpace.  


Crime Prevention for Vaughan Business by York Regional Police 

Date: October 19   

Morning Session: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Do you know how to keep your business and workplace safer? This is a 3-part series of workshops led by York Region Police’s Crime Prevention Officer Vince Garisto. The workshops are 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.

In the first part of this series, you will learn about crime prevention services tailored to Vaughan business, the second session; schedule in November will explore the topic of physical safety and how to protect your premises. Session 3 coming up in December, will focus on designing safety policies and procedures for your business.


Innovation Strand Workshop: Business Model Canvas 1 by ventureLAB

Date: October 20 | Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Presented by Heather Crosbie, Advisor of ventureLAB

This interactive webinar is for startups who want to learn how to develop infrastructure and financial blocks using a business model canvas. Join Heather Crosbie, who teaches entrepreneurship and is on the Board of Directors of a growing social enterprise. Previously, her career was spent as an entrepreneur and business leader in startup, scaling and mature companies. Heather has an MBA from Western University’s Ivy Business School.. In this session you will learn how to:

  • Apply the tools of The Lean Startup.
  • Start building the foundation for a business plan.
  • Develop the four blocks on the customer side of the Business Model Canvas: Customer Segments, Value Proposition, Channels and Relationships.


Launch & Grow Your Food Venture │ Product Packaging by YSpace/York University 

Date: October 21 | Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Presented by Halcyon Tan, Founder and Principal of Imprint Marketing Group 

Join this workshop to understand the key elements of great packaging and what to consider when creating an impactful design for your food or beverage business. Imprint Marketing Group believe that outstanding packaging turns a product into an experience that facilitates connection. Join Halcyon to discover the strategies and insights to leave a lasting impression. In this workshop you will learn: 

  • Packaging design fundamentals 
  • Key elements of packaging 
  • How to stand out on shelf (physical or on-line) 


Innovation Strand Workshop: Business Model Canvas 2 by ventureLAB

Date: October 21 | Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Garry Chen, Advisor of ventureLAB

This interactive webinar is for startups who want to learn how to develop infrastructure and financial blocks using a business model canvas. Join Garry Chan, a tech entrepreneur, investor and mentor focused on advising and building early-stage companies. He is a member of the Maple Leaf Angels, as well as a Fintech & SaaS Advisor at ventureLAB. In this session you will learn how to:

  • Apply the tools of The Lean Startup,
  • Start building the foundation for a business plan; and
  • Develop the three Infrastructure and two Financials blocks of the Business Model Canvas: Key Partnerships, Key Activities, Key Resources, Revenue Streams and Costs


Hiring Incentives for Employers by COSTI 

Date: October 22 | Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Presented by Adriana Padilla, Employment Consultant of COSTI 

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.