Having a new business can be confusing, fortunately there are many who have gone before you, and are ready and willing to help you succeed. These groups will help you learn about the world of digital marketing, funding opportunities, how to manage your employees and more!
Enterprise Toronto is an agency with the City of Toronto who are a one-stop shop for the current and future business owner. They offer advice, mentoring, seminars, training, forums, and a library of available resources to new and old business owners looking to advance in the competitive Toronto market. Enterprise has a variety of mentors who can advise you on everything from legalities and grants, to employee management. They offer seminars on marketing and sales, how to be successful within specific industries and more.
To get started, you can visit one of the 3 Enterprise offices at Scarborough Civic Centre, North York Civic Centre or at Toronto City Hall (by appointment only). You can call them at (416) 392-6646 or visit their website at http://toronto.ca/enterprisetoronto for more information.
Digital Main Street
For many successful new entrepreneurs, social media is part of their business plan from the get go. Make sure that you have a successful social media strategy before you even open your doors by attending seminars and using vendors with Digital Main Street.
Digital Main Street is an online platform and service for main street businesses that can help with the adoption of digital tools and/or technologies. Digital Main Street was created in partnership between the City of Toronto and multiple private partners.
Digital Main Street will provide you with a free digital assessment of your online presence, and you can also choose to work with a member of their Digital Service Squad. The DSS will come out to your business and work with you to develop an effective digital presence and platform for your business.
Digital Main Street also hosts seminars and events that will help connect you to different digital partners and learn how best to implement their technology strategies.
- Sign up for your Digital Assessment here: http://digitalmainstreet.ca/business-account/registration/
- Set up your appointment with the Digital Service Squad here: http://digitalmainstreet.ca/business-account/registration/
- Find more events from the Digital Service Academy here: http://digitalmainstreet.ca/events/
Startup HERE Toronto
StartUp HERE Toronto is an initiative launched to support the growing start-up community in Toronto. The purpose of StartUp HERE Toronto is to connect entrepreneurs to programs, resources and events that will help them start, grow and scale their business in Toronto, in any sector they choose – from food to manufacturing.
Find more events here http://startupheretoronto.com/events-and-training/events/