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Small Business Seminars, Programs, Success Stories & More!

  “Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.” - Simon Sinek

There are 10 months still ahead in 2018.  Will this be the year to start or expand your dream business?  Our team at the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) is here to help.  

Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre
Mississauga Central Library 4th Floor | 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd W
(905) 615-4460 | mbec@mississauga.ca  | mississauga.ca/mbec
Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Starting a business? In this 75-minute session, learn the key steps of starting a business, including business registration, licenses, taxes, regulations and more.

Date: March 1, 2018
Location: Mississauga Central Library - 2nd Floor Classroom
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Cost: $13.25 plus tax

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The City of Mississauga’s Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre(MBEC) offers the Starter Company PLUS program. This program will assist people 18 years and over interested in starting, growing or purchasing a business in Mississauga.

The program provides:  

  1. Free training and business skills development
  2. Free mentorship and guidance
  3. Opportunity to apply for a program grant of up to $5,000 after the completion of mandatory training and mentoring. Acceptance and participation in the program does not guarantee receiving the program grant
Applications for the SPRING Intake are now open.  Deadline to apply is March 29, 2018

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If you are between 15 to 29 and attending high school, college or university in Ontario, and returning to school after the program ends, you may have the opportunity to apply to the Summer Company Program to help you start and operate a new business during the summer.

The Summer Company program provides:

  • Business training and mentoring to help you get your business up and running.
  • Opportunity for grant funding up to $3,000 to help you launch your summer business.
Applications are now open for the Summer 2018 Program .  Deadline to apply is April 20, 2018.

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Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Government of Ontario, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video.

Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%).Twenty finalists are chosen who are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE’s Discovery conference and showcase, April 30 - May 1, 2018, in front of a panel of judges from the entrepreneur community. Based on the live pitches, the judges select six winners who are presented with reserved entry into the Summer Company program along with an award suite to be announced.


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Discover Entrepreneurship Series: A Journey from Ideation to Planning

Discover Entrepreneurship is a three-part workshop series designed to help you journey from idea to action plan. The series includes:

  • Ideation (Feb 27)
  • Validation (Mar 13)
  • Planning (April 3)

Attendees will also learn about Summer Company - a government-funded program for entrepreneurial youth (15-29) that offers free training, mentoring and an opportunity to receive a grant up to $3,000!

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Adrian Arnieri, a young Mississauga fashion designer and recent grad from Ryerson University, had a dream come true when one of his designs made its debut on the red carpet of the 75th Golden Globes awards.  Adrian designed a full length black dress for Sangita Patel, Entertainment Tonight Canada Host, who called it a ‘piece of art’.

With the support of MBEC ‘s Summer Company program in 2015, Adrian started his fashion wardrobe styling business, Arnieri.   ‘The Summer Company program played a huge part in my success’,says Adrian. He credits MBEC and the Summer Company for helping build the foundation of his business skills which included developing a sales and marketing strategy, branding, and networking.   It was through the networking skills learned that Adrian was able to connect with key people in the fashion industry, including Sangita Patel and the ET Canada Team. The grant money he received through the Summer Company program gave him the ability to purchase the proper supplies and materials he needed to start his business.

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Whether you are starting or growing a small business, or just thinking about it, the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) can help you.
We offer:
  • Free business information and resources
  • Free business consultations (by appointment only)
  • Free business plan reviews (by appointment only)
  • Low cost business seminars and workshops
  • Low cost online business training courses
  • Entrepreneurship programs
Learn from small business professionals to Start Build Grow your small business.
The Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre is your central source for small business information, resources and guidance. Visit our office on the 4th floor of the Mississauga Central Library.
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