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Small Business Forum 2019

October 11, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

City of Toronto Small Business Forum

City of Toronto Small Business Forum

Small Business Forum 2019

A must for start-up entrepreneurs building their small business.


for George Brown College Students and Alumni

promo code: SBF-PROMO-2019


9:45 a.m. Morning Keynote Presentation:
THINK BIG and ACT FAST: How to Self-Disrupt in the Digital Age Presented By: Lital Marom, Innovation Strategies & Visionary

For classic companies born before the digital era, it’s a whole new world where age, size, sales, and market CAP won’t guarantee market presence tomorrow. But there’s hope!

10:45 a.m. The Invisible Opportunity

Presented by Ricardo Wagner, Microsoft Canada
Is unconscious bias hurting your business? This remarkable presentation sheds new light on the exciting and profitable opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses that accessibility and inclusivity offer. Get the real facts about people with disabilities, their performance as employees, their purchasing power as customers, and the benefits they contribute to organizations across Canada.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break
Light lunch will be provided in the Members Lounge

Break-out Sessions: Council Chambers

12:45 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Presentation: AI is Everywhere
Presented By: Ramona Pringle, CBC and Ryerson University
What does this rapid rise of AI mean for the workforce, and for your business? In this presentation, Ramona will provide your audience with an insider’s view on the spread of AI is across all sectors. With a look ahead at what’s coming, this talk will give you the tools to plan for the future and set your organization up for success.

1:45 p.m. Succession Planning Panel Discussion
Moderator and Panellists, TD Business Banking and SucessionMatching.com
The importance of succession planning and how to manage a buy or sell business opportunity will be discussed in this panel with advice professionals from TD Bank Group and Succession Matching

Break-out Sessions: Committee Room 1

12:45 p.m. Top 10 WordPress Plugins to Grow and Secure Your Website
Presented by Paul Stevens, iGo Sales and Marketing
You’ll learn the top 10 WordPress Plugins that are beneficial for almost any website to help you grow your business, collect leads and secure your site. Learn from a professional website designer Plugins that are used every day and make websites look great. Brief overview of the top 10 Plugins plus key features and benefits of each one.

1:45 p.m. Common Legal Mistake When Incorporating Your Business
Presented by Derek Hopfner and Shane Murphy, Founded
Starting a business and have questions about the legal side of things? This session will explain the most common legal mistakes when starting your business and the best way to avoid them. You’ll learn about the best legal structure for your business, how to incorporate your company, why you should setup HST early and more.

Break-out Sessions: Committee Room 2

12:45 p.m. Digital Transformation for Small Businesses – the importance, opportunities, and how you can do it yourself.
Presented by Darryl Julott, Digital Main Street
Digital Main Street was created to support Toronto’s SMB community with Digital Transformation over three years ago. They now have a presence in over 300 cities in Ontario helping thousands of businesses every year. This session will go over the importance of Digital Transformation for future proofing small businesses in this changing landscape, as well as the benefits and opportunities that exist for little for little to no cost.

1:45 p.m. Your 2020 Social Media Strategy: 5 Trends You Can’t Ignore
Presented by Silvia Pencak, Powerful Life Consulting (PLC)
Is social media driving you crazy? With all the noise out there and hours wasted do you find results disappointing? End overwhelm once and for all and power up your social media to drive engagement, sales and raving reviews. Silvia Pencak is a voice of experience having used social media for over 10 years to scale up her own business as well as many other businesses and organizations around the globe.

Please note:
Program times and presentations may change without notice.

Refunds and/or transfers are not allowed. All sales are final.

If you require accommodation, please notify us by email at least 4 weeks before the event date at support@enterprisetoronto.desk-mail.com
To cancel the accommodation, we require 5 business days’ notice before the event date.


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100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 Canada
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