National Small Business Month celebrates the important contributions entrepreneurs make to the economy across Canada and to their local communities. During the month of October, thousands of small business owners take advantage of events, seminars, resources, and many opportunities when they come together to celebrate, learn, and network with other entrepreneurs. This month encourages small business owners and entrepreneurs to take the time to develop their business ideas or to find new and exciting ways to improve and grow their businesses.

For Ontarians, tons of events and activities will be held right across the province, promoting the many organizations and groups that offer valuable support and resources to help foster the growth of small business. Free seminars will also be broadcast via webinars so that all business owners can also easily access these resources as well. Below are just some of the great free seminars happening in October for Small Business Month specifically here in Ontario:

Workforce development program launches in support of hospitality workers

A new workforce development program is offering a curated suite of free online courses for returning workers, current workers looking to up-skill, and those interested in joining the hospitality industry. The Hospitality EDGE program includes courses that target five critically-needed skill sets for today’s workforce: health & safety; customer service; digital literacy; inclusive and sustainable tourism; and resiliency. The program is delivered by Destination Toronto in partnership with the City of Toronto, Tourism Mississauga and the City of Brampton.

City of Toronto offering expanded slate of free webinars for Small Business Month

Throughout the month of October, the City of Toronto is offering an expanded slate of free webinars to help entrepreneurs start and build their businesses. Check out the range of available webinars and register to participate.


Updated guidance on Proof of Vaccination requirements for businesses

The Government of Ontario has published an updated Proof of Vaccination guidance document  to help businesses understand the new requirements. The new documents include minor updates that reflect recent changes made to the Stage 3 regulation, including increased capacity limits in certain settings and clarification that restaurants may require proof of vaccination from dine-in customers when they are ordering from a counter.

Ontario investing $100-million to help tourism sector rebound from COVID-19

The Ontario government is investing $100 million through the new Tourism Recovery Program to help stabilize the province’s tourism industry as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. The program will help for-profit tourism businesses in the attraction, accommodation, and leisure travel sectors—including performing arts, live music and entertainment venues—to prepare to safely reopen and help them develop adaptive and innovative tourism products.

To find out more about any of the above services, you may visit: https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/business-operation-growth/

With that being said, Dataoptin.com encourages business owners to further their research and take advantage of this period to go back to the board and re-analyze their goals. As the change of season begins it is always a good idea to re-cap and look back at what has been achieved while taking time to look into the future. Check out our website to see how we can help you achieve your goals at https://dataoptin.com/en/online-strategy/

By Diana Gonzalez

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