London Community Small Business Centre Company Services
Small Business Enterprise Centre
The Ministry of Economics Development and Innovation operates Small Business Enterprise Centres in communities across Ontario. New and existing Ontario entrepreneurs will find a variety of services and resources to enhance their business development.
At each office, the services offered include:
Consultant Services: the availability of a knowledgeable general business consultant;
Publications: there are many informative publications and booklets that cover everything from preparing a business plan, to creating a marketing plan, record keeping for small business and financial assistance programs;
Seminars: delivery of business-related seminars and workshops to expand your business knowledge.
Self Employment Benefit Program (SEB)
The Self-Employment Benefit Program is designed to provide "Employment Insurance (EI) eligible" or "Reachback" clients with the necessary training and counselling support to launch full-time new businesses in the London Middlesex region. The application process takes 6-8 weeks and consists of Business Planning training, Advisory and Plan Assessment. If accepted, income support for the first 32 weeks of business operations, Business Skills Enhancement training, ongoing Business Advisory services and networking opportunities are available.
The focus of the SEB program is on business start-up and we require that the applicant has a solid business idea and is committed to starting-up upon completion of the Business Planning Workshop Series, and acceptance into SEB. Individuals must clearly demonstrate their "entrepreneurial frame of mind", have a viable business concept with a "reasonable chance of success" in the London/Middlesex region and be recommended for acceptance into this federally funded program by SEB personnel.
On the first Wednesday in every month clients, members, and friends of the Small Business Centre meet to exchange business cards and business ideas. This event provides a great opportunity to form new business relationships and maintain established contacts.
Bridges to Better Business
Bridges to Better Business is an annual event held in celebration of Small Business Week (October). The conference is an interactive approach to addressing the various business issues and/or challenges that you, as a business owner, experience on a daily basis.
Each year, this unique forum brings together businesses in various stages of development for an open exchange of ideas, advice, and feedback through the guidance of facilitators and mentors.
Designed to maximize your learning and networking opportunities, participants can choose either a discussion group or seminar of a pre-determined topic.
Discussion groups are limited to approximately 10 people, allowing for in-depth and quality discussions. Mentors have been recruited to share their knowledge and ensure a dynamic discussion.
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