Orangeville SBEC offering online info sessions, workshops

January 14, 2021   ·   0 Comments

Small business training and development webinars

The Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre offers a variety of free services for entrepreneurs who are starting, expanding or buying a business. Services include help with business registrations, individual consultations to discuss business issues, guidance for business plans, entrepreneurship training programs, and referrals to local professionals. The SBEC also coordinates regular training workshops to help business owners increase entrepreneurial skills, confidence and competence.  Several free, online sessions are scheduled for the coming months.

Managing employees during COVID-19: Q&A for Employers – January 21, 10 – Noon

COVID-19 has created new situations for employers and their workers. This online information session hosted by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development will help you understand how COVID-19 has impacted employment standards as well as occupational health and safety rights and obligations. Ministry experts will answer frequently asked questions such as What flexibility is there around changing hours of work? Can employees be fired if they refuse to go back to work due to a family obligation related to COVID-19? Who is responsible for protecting workers against COVID-19 in the workplace? – Can workers refuse to work if they feel unsafe due to COVID-19? Get the right answers to these and other questions to help you effectively manage your employees through the pandemic.

Register by January 19. No cost.

Branding Your Business in the Digital World – January 28, 10 – Noon

A brand can create a consistent and familiar way to promote your products or services to your customers. Once established, if used effectively across all of your marketing platforms, a brand can be one of your most important business tools. Green Monkey Creative will discuss how to build a brand for your company. You’ll also learn how to apply it to your website, social media accounts, Google My Business, and other marketing tools.

Register by January 26. No cost.

Get the Most Out of Your Social Media – February 11, 10 – Noon

Social media can be an effective, but complicated marketing tool for your business. Whether you are new to social media or have an established following, this webinar will present different strategies and tactics that will help you get the most out of your online efforts. Green Monkey Creative will discuss how to get started on social media by optimizing your profiles and developing great content. Participants will also learn how to build brand awareness, run ads, and understand trends that apply to their industries, customers, and competitors. Set yourself up for social media success by attending this webinar.

Register by February 9. No cost.

CRA Q & A – February 16, 10 – Noon

Hosted by a representative of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), this two-hour, online session will cover tax issues related to COVID-19 as well as general business tax information. Learn about common tax errors and how to avoid them. Financial benchmarks, general bookkeeping concepts and best practices, and information on the CRA’s services will also be discussed.

Register by February 12. No cost.

Build a Better Website – February 5, 10 – Noon

A professional website is your opportunity to establish a positive first impression with your customers. Before even considering a purchase, potential customers may first use your website to learn about your company, products and services. With so much information available in today’s digital world, your website needs to be informative, visually appealing, and easy to navigate. Without this functionality, you are at risk of losing customers to your competitors. Green Monkey Creative will discuss these key elements and other tips and tricks to help you build the best website for your business. This webinar is suitable for business owners who are starting from scratch or looking for an update.

Register by February 3. No cost.

Tax Planning for Small Business – March 3, 10 – Noon

Gerry Hogenhout of Hogenhout and Associates will lead this popular, interactive session and provide valuable tips and essential rules for operating a small business and minimizing or deferring income taxes payable. Find out what you need to know about the tax system and your business. Learn about home office deductions, effective tax deferral techniques, the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating your business, shareholder remuneration issues, and much more. Bring your questions!

Register by March 1.  No cost.

Insurance for Small Business – March 31, 1 – 3 p.m.

Nicky Hoogendoorn-Degroot of Crewson Insurance and Ken Kraker of Protect Your Finances will discuss the full range of insurance needs for small business owners. Learn about different types of coverage, such as general liability, property and contents, that can help mitigate business risks. Understand when you should consider debt/creditor insurance, business interruption insurance, key person insurance, and much more.

Register by March 29. No cost.

Starting a Small Business – April 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Starting a new business venture? Learn the necessary steps to start your business including how to assess your entrepreneurial readiness, validating your business idea, the various forms of business ownership, government regulations, writing a business plan, forecasting cash flow, identifying your target market, and more.

Register by April 8. No cost.

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