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May 2021

Intellectual Property

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bring your creations to life. Learn why intellectual property matters. Innovation starts with an idea—your idea. Are you developing your idea into something tangible such as building a brand for your business or creating a product to sell? If so, then you need to know about intellectual property (IP). This seminar, with Catherine Vardy, will introduce you to trademarks, patents, trade secrets, industrial designs and copyright, and explain how protecting your creations through IP rights can give you an advantage over your competition.

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Counselling Your Clients Through Financial Forecasting

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

For a small business idea to be considered viable, it should generally meet four criteria: it should be aligned with the entrepreneur’s passions and interests; it should be aligned with their skills, abilities, and resources; it should solve a problem or meet a market need; and it must demonstrate financial viability. While small business clients can encounter uncertainty at any of these four stages, proving financial viability is often the largest hurdle. Simply put, many would-be entrepreneurs struggle with financial literacy, numeracy, and market analysis, and this prevents them from properly assessing the profit potential of their enterprise. In ‘Counselling Your Clients through Financial Forecasting’, we’ll explore strategies and methodologies you can use to help your clients through this often-difficult process. Cost…

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Building Business Brainstorm with Bernice Williams

May 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for Coffee and conversation. We are offering the space to bring forward ideas, challenges and opportunities with like-minded people. This community of practice is a space that allows people to engage and support each other as they open, build and grow their business. Everyone is welcome, our strength is in collaboration.

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June 2021

Business Plan Analysis for Small Enterprises

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Business Plan Analysis for Small and Micro Enterprise is for Business Development Professionals (counsellors, consultants, business coaches, and advisors) who work with small business clients to develop, maintain, and expand their businesses. It will be particularly beneficial for anyone who is expected to review written business plans or business funding applications. Cost is $250 per person, $225 each additional person from the same organization. For questions or more information contact Jodi Eye 1-866-654-4499

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September 2021

Client Management Part 2

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This practical and experiential course builds on the content covered in ‘Client Management   Part 1’ and reaches deeper into building and managing client relationships. Using a combination of individual reflection, paired and group discussion, role play and case analysis. Cost is $250 per person, $225 for each additional person from the same organization.

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Business Model Canvas 101

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Business plans guide the entrepreneur’s strategy, help them raise capital, test their assumptions, and convey important ideas to others. Too often entrepreneurs get caught in the weeds writing lengthy plans before testing basic logic behind their business model. Often ideas have not been tested on real people, and they may not understand the value proposition, cost drivers, and revenue streams. Business Model Canvas is accepted worldwide as an essential business startup tool that helps business owners clear those hurdles. Cost is $250 per person, $225 each additional person from the same organization. For questions or more information contact Jodi Eye 1-866-654-4499

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