From Survival to Growth: Small Business Strategies (FEB 15, 2017)

Is your business at the precipice of growth but you're not sure how to proceed?

We’ve invited a small selection of business owners to speak about how they’ve grown their business . Each has chosen to springboard their growth in different ways (Franchise, virtual, in-house staff). Join us for a panel discussion on what their decision-making process was and how they moved forward with it.

Starting at 7:30 sharp, each panelist will briefly introduce their business and identify their choice of growth and how they made it happen. We will then move to a panel Q&A to dig a bit deeper with questions we've collected from registrants (you'll be asked to contribute upon registering). The audience will have ample opportunity to pose follow-up questions at the end and there will be brief networking after the panel to allow for further discussion.


·  Jackie Schwarz, Founder of In The Mix Programs

Jackie Schwarz, BEd from McGill University, professional dancer and yoga instructor,  was determined to fill a void in youth programming. Jackie developed a program that could reach youth, despite any economic limitations, disability or geographic obstacles. Through franchising her trademark programs, she is in more than 500 schools, community centres, charities and daycare centres across Southern Ontario - and continues to grow! By fostering artistic abilities in a highly creative environment, In The Mix produce happier, healthier and more self –confident individuals.

· Kevin Whelan, Principal of KVNW Digital Marketing

As a digital strategist and principal at KVNW Digital Marketing, Kevin helps owner-managed B2B service-based companies to attract and retain the right clients with results-driven digital marketing strategy and implementation services. Kevin also has a website maintenance and support company called Sitelove, where he and his distributed team make it easy for organizations of all sizes to manage their website efficiently.

· Avery Swartz, Founder of Camp Tech

Avery Swartz is a Toronto-based tech expert, web designer and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Camp Tech, the tech workshop company for non-technical people. Avery regularly appears on national television talking about tech trends, writes articles about tech and the modern woman for Chatelaine, writes about tech and small business for The Globe and Mail, and hosts the Camp Tech podcast. Avery acts as a digital advisor to a number of charities (including the Art Canada Institute and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation), and co-hosts the Gather North retreat for women who make the web.

Complementary wine & cheese will be served.

We will also be drawing for a few door prizes. Prizes to be announced shortly!

Date: February 15th, 2017

Time: Doors open at 6:30, Speakers start at 7pm. Ends at 9pm.

Cost: $10 per person

Start-up in a Box with Mike Brcic (March 2016)

Whether you are at the idea stage or already at launch, Mike Brcic will break down seemingly complex business and entrepreneurship concepts and ideas into simple, easy-to-replicate steps that show entrepreneurs how to launch and grow their own businesses.

Key categories we will cover include:

• Building Your Business: get clarity around how to turn your idea into an actual business
• Validating Your Business: test and validate your idea before you start spending $$$ on launching.
• Launching Your Business: get into the nitty gritty of launching a business including how to fund your start-up