Category Archives: BizSeminars

Getting Free Publicity for Your Small Business

Free. It’s a great word. Especially for your small business looking to make a dent in your market. Publicity can be a low-cost way to build awareness among your target audience. With a little public relations saavy, your small business can get some much deserved free publicity that can help generate real sales.

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The Art of Entrepreneurship is Heading to Toronto


Over 1200 like-minded business professionals are expected to attend The Art of Entrepreneurship, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on October 7th, 2013.

Whether you’re just starting your own company or have been in business for years, this conference is sure to get those entrepreneurial juices flowing. Some of the key speakers on this day will include Gary Vaynerchuk, Chris Guillebeau, Debbie Travis, Eric Ryan, Alexis Ohanian.

Small Businesses represent 98% of all business establishments in Ontario, this event aims to provide the entrepreneurs currently driving the Canadian economy with the tools and knowledge needed to scale their business.


The Art of Entrepreneurship and BizLaunch have partnered up this year to offer our blog readers an exclusive discount allowing you to save $50 per pass. To take advantage of this special offer, simply use promo code BIZLAUNCH32 at the checkout.

We hope to see you there!

Learn How to Manage Cash Flow Challenges – Webinar for Alberta Small Business Owners

Small business webinar

You’ve heard it before, “the cheque is in the mail,” “we lost your invoice,” or the old standby “our accounts payable person is on vacation.” These excuses can be dangerous to your business because it means you aren’t getting paid on time for your goods and services.

Improving your cash flow can make your business more profitable, so make sure you attend the “Cash Flow Management Tips for Small Business” webinar on January 24 at 1 pm MT. (If you don’t live in Alberta, but want to attend a cash flow webinar click here).

At this webinar you’ll learn:
• The main causes of cash flow problems
• Cash flow management tips you can apply to your business
• Strategies to keep the cash flowing
• Why you need to develop a cash flow forecast
• Simple ways to ease cash crunches and improve your daily cash flow

Webinar details
Date January 24, 2013 at 1 pm MT
Cost There is no cost to attend this webinar
Click here to sign up for this event

Small business experts from ATB Business and BizLaunch will be there to answer your biggest cash flow questions, so make sure you sign up for this event! What’s even better is that there is no cost to attend.

About your host:
Andrew Patricio is a small business expert with more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience. He is the author of two books about how to run a successful small business, he delivers hundreds of webinars every year to entrepreneurs across North America, and he has traveled the world training and advising thousands of small business owners.

10 Reasons Entrepreneur' s Fail

1. They don’t have a clear vision, goals and business plan of where they want to take their business in the future

2. The don’t have systems in their business to ensure that things get done the way they are supposed to

3. They don’t understand the numbers side of their business enough: costing, pricing, profit margins, break-even, ratios, taxes etc

4. They don’t clearly target their market because they don’t know enough about their customers or competitors

5. They don’t differentiate their product or service enough for clients to choose them above their competitors

6. They don’t develop clear marketing plans

7. They often don’t have sufficient cash flow to ensure growth

8. They focus on doing rather than leading

9. They don’t spend enough money on training and developing their staff and themselves

10. They focus too much on revenue, not enough on profit and don’t control expenses

Creating A Sellable Service Business Workshop

Chicago: September 29&30

Toronto: October 2&3

The problem with owning a service business is that clients usually want to deal with you, the owner. As long as customers are asking for you, your business will always be limited by the number of hours in your day and won’t be worth much when you’re ready to sell.

John Warrillow has started and exited four service businesses – his latest was acquired by a public company in 2008. In this workshop, John will teach you the techniques for transforming your service business into a sellable company. You’ll learn how to:

• Calculate the value of your company using the same methodology acquirers use
• Bump up your multiple
• Create a reliable stream of recurring revenue
• Reduce your reliance on a few key clients
• “Productize” your service
• Reward and retain key employees without making them a partner
• Eliminate the need to respond to a Request For Proposal (RFP)
• Increase the number and quality of your referrals
• Spot and interpret the second most important sentence on an offer to buy your company
• Shorten the length and importance of an “earn out”
• Avoid the biggest mistake service firm owners make when getting their business ready to sell
• Structure agreements to include the one sentence you need to sell your business for a premium

Register using the discount code “BizLaunch” and you’ll save 25%.

Your workshop leader:

John Warrillow is the author of Built To Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You, which was released by Portfolio/Penguin on April 28, 2011. He has started and exited four companies. Most recently he transformed Warrillow & Co. from a boutique consultancy into a recurring revenue model subscription business, which was acquired by The Corporate Executive Board (NASDAQ: EXBD). In 2008 he was recognized by BtoB Magazine’s “Who’s Who” list as one of America’s most influential business-to-business marketers.

Tips and Insights on how to make your restaurant a success

Moneris invites you to Ready To Serve – Tips and Insights on how to make your restaurant a success

Thursday, May 26 8:30 – 11:00 AM (Breakfast served from 8:00AM)
TIFF Bell Lightbox – 350 King Street West.

Join Toronto’s premier Chef Corbin (Dinner Party Wars, Restaurant Makeover) for an informative session on topics related to running your restaurant business.

Learn about:

  • Maintaining successful work & life balance
  • New payment technologies for the restaurant industry
  • Fraud trends and PCI compliance for restaurants
  • – a success story
  • New integrated solutions for restaurants

Registration is freelimited to the first 100 restaurateurs. Register today at and be entered into a draw to win an Apple iPad®

Watch today's live webcast

Wednesday May 18th, 2011

Here is a link to today’s webcast. It starts at 8.00am PST or 11.00am EST. Click the link to watch it live!