As we welcome back the summer months, businesses must continue exploring growth opportunities to strengthen their business. Staying up-to-date on current industry trends and knowledge can help business owners and executives formulate better strategies. By attending small business networking events in Ontario, corporate leaders can exchange ideas and access expert knowledge.

In June 2017,  Mentor Works’ team of Government Funding Planners™ will be attending and participating in numerous Ontario small business events. During these sessions, attendees will learn how to accelerate their growth strategies by accessing government grants and loans. By registering for an upcoming networking event, business owners can ensure they never miss an opportunity to access first-hand insight and resources.

Sign up for an upcoming small business event to discover how grants and loans can support your company’s growth and development strategies.

8 Networking Events to Accelerate Business Growth and Development in June 2017

To register for any of the following networking events, click on the linked heading below.

June 4 – CAMM’s 31st Annual Golf Tournament

(Essex, ON) –  The Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM) represents and promotes the interests of mold makers, suppliers, and service providers within Canada’s mold making industry.

On June 4, CAMM will host its 31st Annual Golf Tournament at the Fox Glen Golf Club in McGregor, Ontario. This event provides a fun way for CAMM members and non-members to network and discuss current industry advice, news, and updates.

June 5 – OAC Golf Tournament

(Milton, ON) –  The Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) is a non-profit industry organization devoted to promoting and expanding Ontario’s aerospace industry. OAC represents over 70% of Ontario’s aerospace industry and supports over 200 member companies.

On June 5, the OAC will host its Annual Golf Tournament at the Glencairn Golf Club in Milton, Ontario. Please note this event is sold out; however, you may still request to be added to the waiting list.

June 8 – OAC Show Me the Money Seminar

(Toronto, ON) –  On June 8, the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) will join forces with FedDev Ontario, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Export Development Canada (EDC), KPMG, and Mentor Works to discuss various business funding opportunities.

During OAC’s Show Me the Money seminar, attendees will learn how to leverage funding opportunities through programs and financing options that support growth and development. Mentor Works’ Director of Sales, Ryan Fusina, will be in attendance and inform business owners and executives about current aerospace funding opportunities.

June 13 – Manufacturing Solutions Roundtable

(London, ON) –  The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Association strives to improve the competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers in domestic and global markets. The organization was established in 1871 and has grown to become Canada’s leading trade and industry association, representing over 10,000 companies.

On June 13, CME will host the Manufacturing Solutions Roundtable to provide Ontario businesses with industry updates and recommendations. During the session, attendees will learn about manufacturing industry challenges, including AODA regulations, Cap & Trade policies, electricity prices, and workplace safety.

June 14 – APMA’s Appetite for Disruption Annual Conference & Exhibition

(Windsor, ON) –  The Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA) represents Canadian original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that produce tools, equipment, parts, and supplies for the global automotive industry. The organization was founded in 1952 and has over 240 industry members that represent 90% of parts production in Canada.

On June 14, APMA will host its “Appetite for Disruption” Annual Conference and Exhibition. This event is the largest networking opportunity for business owner and executives within Canada’s automotive industry. Keynote presentations will cover current sectoral challenges, as well as new innovative and disruptive technologies coming to market.

June 15 – Barrie: SMART Green Program Funding for Manufacturers

(Barrie, ON) –  On June 15, the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Association will be hosting a free information session on the SMART Green Program in Barrie, Ontario. During the session, the Director of CME’s SMART Green Program, Louise Rubletz, will provide further insight into the program’s guidelines and how to apply for funding.

CME’s SMART Green grants can be used to help Ontario manufacturers improve their energy efficiency whiling reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Projects may receive up to 50% of eligible project expenses to a maximum $200,000 in Ontario government grants.

June 20 & 21 – Big Data Toronto

(Toronto, ON) –  Big Data Toronto is a two-day conference and tradeshow that focuses on current industry trends, new technologies, software developments, and artificial intelligence (AI) challenges. During the event, businesses will be showcasing innovative software and technologies that support big data and AI applications. This event will feature over 80 keynote speakers and more than 75 exhibitors that will discuss big data trends, strategies, and solutions.

June 22 – 2nd Annual FBO Golf Tournament

(Niagara, ON)Food and Beverage Ontario is a non-profit organization which supports and promotes the interests of food and beverage processors. The organization was established in 2003 and currently represents more than 3,000 agri-food processing businesses.

On June 22, FBO will host its 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at the Peninsula Lakes Golf Club in Pelham, Ontario (located in the centre of the Niagara region). Attendees will have an opportunity to network with other industry experts and business owners while participating in a scramble format tournament.

[Webinars] Discover How to Access Ontario Small Business Grants and Loans

To register for any of the following webinars, click on the linked heading below.

June 8 – Research Funding for Business Innovation

(Webinar) – Conducting large-scale research and development projects often be a challenge for small businesses. Research grants help business access the talent and resources necessary for carrying out innovative R&D projects. On June 8, businesses can learn how to accelerate their projects by accessing government funding programs.

Canadian businesses can receive funding for the following types of projects:

  • Conducting internal research and development (product development/enhancement);
  • Hiring post-secondary graduates and PhD fellows to solve a specific innovation challenge;
  • Collaborating with academic and/or research institutions to solve a specific challenge; and
  • Creating or adopting innovative technologies to improve competitiveness.

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June 13 – How to Identify and Fund Continuous Improvements

(Webinar) – On June 13, Mentor Works and Farber Financial Group will co-host the Manufacturing Productivity: How to Identify and Fund Continuous Improvements webinar. During this session, business owners and executives will learn how to enhance their manufacturing business by accessing government funding. By leveraging Ontario government grants and loans, businesses can accelerate project timelines and improve their return-on-investment (ROI).

During the webinar, attendees will be introduced to:

  • Financing solutions for equipment adoption, process improvements, and capital investments;
  • How to integrate innovation when adopting new products, processes, and technologies; and
  • Government funding programs that support manufacturing productivity improvements.

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June 23 – Training Grants for Workforce Development

(Webinar) –  On June 23, learn how improve the skills and quality of your workforce by accessing Ontario government grants for training. Businesses can apply for training grants every six months; this allows employers to consistently improve their employees’ skillsets by accessing certified third-party training programs.

Learn how your business can access Ontario training grants that provide up to 66% of eligible third-party training expenses to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee.

By leveraging Ontario government funding, employers can reduce the costs of third-party training programs such as:

  • Management and Leadership;
  • Equipment and Machinery;
  • Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma;
  • Business Systems and Software (Eg. AutoCAD, Mastercam, Graphic Design);
  • ISO Quality Management Systems; and/or
  • Customer Service.

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Register for Upcoming Small Business Networking Events in Ontario

To register for any of the Ontario small business events taking place in June, please click on the event’s date and title. If you’re unable to attend any of the events listed above, there are still plenty of opportunities to participate in upcoming industry events and government funding workshops.

Access Mentor Works’ upcoming event schedule for additional opportunities to accelerate your company’s growth and development.


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