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Bridges to Better Business: Re-Opening For Success

Expert Information Sessions for all Business Industries

A month long virtual event in partnership with LaunchIt Business Exploration Centre, and FedDev Ontario. Featuring expert guests from a wide range of business backgrounds, experience and lifestyles. Join us for the highly informative series of speakers and learn how you can re-open for success.

Program Info

Who is this Program For?

People or groups interested in learning about any aspect of Business Growth, Development and Implementation. All Welcome!

Existing business New business Start-up Entrepreneurs



Program Start Date

October 1, 2021

Registration Deadline

Registration closes at 6pm day before each event

Session Info

Expert events run daily for the month of October:
Mon to Fri 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Tues to Thu 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Join Business Centre Guelph-Wellington, LaunchIt Business Exploration Centre, and FedDev Ontario this October for our month-long event "Bridges to Better Business".

This amazing virtual event is filled with expert business information sessions through lunch hours and evening timeslots.

Learn from industry experts' best practices for your business success, and network with other members of your business community.

See below for the large list of amazing Experts and Events!
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Friday October 8, 2021: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Changes, Challenges and Choices - Moving Forward! with Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, Speaker, Coach & Canadian best-selling author Rosita Hall
Friday October 15, 2021: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM The Trades and the New Home Office with Steve Reid founder of the Cabin Office Company
Friday October 22, 2021: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM 5 Keys to Increasing Your Sales Influence with entrepreneur and coach Tessa Kampen

Weekly Speakers:
Oct 4th: 12:30-1:30PM Honing Your Company’s Unique Selling Point to Drive Growth, with Dana McCauley, CXO of the Canadian Food Innovation Network.
Oct 5th: 12:30-1:30PM How The Chamber Of Commerce Can Help Your Business
Oct 5th: 6:00-7:00PM Introduction to the Business Centre/ Une introduction au Business Centre Guelph-Wellington (English and French introductory session)
Oct 6th: 12:30-1:30PM Introduction to Our Food Future and COIL
Oct 6th: 6:00-7:00PM How to Better Incorporate Inclusivity in Your Business
Oct 7th: 12:30-1:30PM Introduction to the Guelph Arts Council and the Creative Business.
Oct 7th: 6:00-7:00PM Insights For Recovery and Growth Using Marketing Research, with HRC.
Oct 11th: 12:30-1:30PM Introduction to Innovation Guelph.
Oct 12th:12:30-1:30PM What to consider when registering your business.
Oct 12th: 6:00-7:00PM Startup Canada's Flagship programs and special projects.
Oct 13th:12:30-1:30PM IP 101 with David Hobson, Manager, Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurship from UoG’s Research Innovation Office.
Oct 13th: 6:00-7:00PM Product Packaging - Beginner: where to start and what to prepare for, with Aron Murch, 2H Media
Oct 14th: 12:30-1:30PM Insurance, and what your business needs, with Geoffrey Cazzola, Jeffery and Spence Insurance.
Oct 14th: 6:00-7:00PM Packaging and Sourcing for Your Product Based Business, with Lisa Cove, Co-Motion packaging solutions.
Oct 18th:12:30-1:30PM Common red flags or “Gaps” in Ontario Business HR?, with 1 Stop HR Solutions
Oct 19th:11:30-12:30PM An introduction to Growth Wheel and the 360° Business Perspective
Oct 19th:12:30-1:30PM How Co-ops are Building a Better Ontario!
Oct 19th: 6:00-7:00PM Agriculture business, more than just farms! with Tony Morris.
Oct 20th:12:30-1:30PM Distribution, the who’s and what’s of getting your products into stores, with Grey Jay Sales & Distribution.
Oct 20th: 6:00-7:00PM Crowdfunding - Beginner: Plan like a pro and avoid common pitfalls, with Aron Murch, 2H Media.
Oct 21st:12:30-1:30PM Accounting for small to medium sized businesses, by Eric Tuffnail, CPA and Manager at RLB
Oct 21st:6:00-7:00PM Health and Wellness in business and day to day life, by Katie Skyvington, Travelling Physio
Oct 25th:12:30-1:30PM Financing your Start-Up with Ray Stultz, Senior Account Manager for Small Business at BDC.
Oct 26th: 11:30-12:30PM Real Estate for Business: Leases and Purchasing
Oct 26th: 12:30-1:30PM Connect with and learn what resources the City of Guelph has available for small businesses, with Invest Guelph.
Oct 26th: 6:00-7:00PM Needs for Opening Home Child Care, with the County of Wellington’s Early Years Division.
Oct 27th:11:30-12:30PM Writing a Book: From Concept to Publishing with Anne Day
Oct 27th:12:30-1:30PM Pricing guidelines and how to wholesale handmade products. with Heidi von der Gathen designer and founder of Air & Earth Design
Oct 28th:12:30-1:30PM Connecting your Business with Academic Expertise, with Gregor Lawson, Industry Liaison Manager from the UoG’s Research Innovation Office and Emily Gordon, Business Development Specialist with Mitacs.
Oct 28th:6:00-7:00PM Women in Trades: A discussion with Female Experts in the Trades Industry and how they have navigated a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Wanting to attend any of our free sessions? Select "REGISTER NOW" then simply click on any of the sessions you are interested in to go to the event page or register for all events here.

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