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COVID-19 update

We are committed to continuing to support Halton small businesses and working with our local community partners.  The Halton Small Business Centre will be offering services including one-on-one client consultations, Getting Started, Futurepreneur Information Sessions and our Bootcamp sessions remotely by phone and video conferencing. Other events and programming will be rescheduled. Get more business information and news on our Halton Business blog or contact us at smallbusiness@halton.ca.  

Learn about our new webinar series, “Reopening your business in Halton,” in the events menu below.

 

Whether you are looking to open a new small business, manage or grow your existing business, or are looking for youth entrepreneurship programs, the Halton Region Small Business Centre can help put you on the path to success.

We offer you a comprehensive resource centre that includes the tools, training and expertise to help guide your business in the right direction at any stage.

Events

Reopening your business in Halton: Webinar Series

All sessions will be held remotely via video conferencing

This webinar is intended to provide businesses with key considerations for building and adapting their business strategies to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and to position themselves for success in our new reality. 

Attendees will hear from an industry speaker with expertise in operational change:
  • Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr (video greeting)
  • Doron Melnick, Partner and Acting National Leader, People & Change Services
  • Question and answer session (questions to be submitted in advance)

Times are changing, and your customer and channels strategy should evolve too. Join the Halton Region Small Business Centre and guests from Shopify and RSM Canada as we explore new channel strategies, learn how to keep your customers engaged, and other tips and techniques on navigating the new normal in retail.

Speakers:

  • Tyler Prete, Market Development – Shopify
  • Tomson Varghese, Customer Experience Leader – RSM Canada

In today’s COVID-19 reality, it is more important than ever for arts, culture, heritage, and non-profits to find creative solutions to engage new and existing audiences. Join the Halton Small Business Centre and Halton Heritage Services to learn how to:

  • Expand your audience and discover new revenue streams
  • Tell authentic and engaging stories by leveraging existing social media platforms
  • Employ technology to realize your mission

Halton Regional Council By-law 47-20, making it mandatory for individuals five years of age and up to wear a non-medical mask or face covering in certain enclosed (indoor) public places, with some exemptions. The by-law is in effect as of 12:01 a.m. on July 22, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2020, unless extended by Regional Council.

To support business owners and operators prepare for the new by-law, you are invited to attend an informative webinar hosted by the Halton Region Small Business Centre. Participants will hear from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health, Kelly Yerxa, Halton Region Senior Legal Counsel and Jing Bo Yu, Halton Region Assistant Corporate Counsel, on a variety of topics including:

  • Public health guidance on the use of masks and face coverings;
  • What the by-law means for business owners and operators; and
  • Resources available to support businesses.

On July 24, 2020, Halton region moved from Stage 2 to Stage 3 of the Province’s reopening framework. Nearly all businesses and public spaces will be able to gradually reopen, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place.

This webinar provides restaurants, personal service businesses and gyms/fitness centres in Halton with important information about reopening effectively and protecting the health and safety of customers and staff. Participants will hear from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health, and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) on a variety of topics, including:

  • Public health guidance on infection prevention and control practices
  • Recommendations for safe work practices to keep your staff and the public safe
  • Resources available to support businesses

Facilitated by an experienced Canada Revenue Agency Liaison Officer, this webinar is an opportunity for small businesses to interact directly with the CRA. You will learn about:

  • Reporting business income (or loss)
  • Common tax errors
  • GST/HST
  • How to use financial benchmarks for relevant industries
  • COVID-19 economic support programs
  • Information on the CRA’s services
  • General bookkeeping concepts and best practices

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020
Time: 10 a.m.–Noon
To register: Email smallbusiness@halton.ca. Space is limited!

Summer Bootcamp - July 15 to August 26, 2020

All Summer Bootcamp sessions will be held remotely via video conferencing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

An in-depth review of start-up requirements and regulations, including: business structure, registration, industry-specific regulations, licences and taxes.

Learn how to develop a viable business model and a strong business plan that will act as a strategic roadmap for your business and help to secure financing.

A practical guide to finding key insights about your industry, customers and competitors.

An overview of Marketing methodology and sales tactics to implement in your small business on a regular basis.

Learn how to leverage online tools such as social media, search engine optimization and websites to grow sales and connect with your customers.

An introduction to the basics of bookkeeping and record keeping, as well as an overview of the Balance Sheet, Cash Flow and Income Statement.

Fall Bootcamp - September 16 to November 25, 2020

All Fall Bootcamp sessions will be held remotely via video conferencing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

An in-depth review of start-up requirements and regulations, including: business structure, registration, industry-specific regulations, licences and taxes.

Learn how to develop a viable business model and a strong business plan that will act as a strategic roadmap for your business and help to secure financing.

A practical guide to finding key insights about your industry, customers and competitors.

An overview of Marketing methodology and sales tactics to implement in your small business on a regular basis.

Learn how to leverage online tools such as social media, search engine optimization and websites to grow sales and connect with your customers.

An introduction to the basics of bookkeeping and record keeping, as well as an overview of the Balance Sheet, Cash Flow and Income Statement.

Additional Events and Seminars

Nov
10
Futurpreneur Information Session
Nov
10
Getting Started
Nov
17
Getting Started
Nov
24
Getting Started
Dec
01
Getting Started
Dec
08
Getting Started
Dec
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