Networking is never easy as an entrepreneur. As many have transitioned to remote work for the time being and events have been moved online, this makes meeting new people and gaining exposure even more difficult.

This fall, you can still expect to attend some of the year's most important events — just in a different setting. Ranging from small-scale niche events to national conferences, you can learn the ins-and-outs of starting a new website, work on building an inclusive work environment and see speakers from global tech companies.

Here are some of the best events for business owners and entrepreneurs taking place this October:

Toronto Entrepreneurs Virtual Conference

When is it: October 6, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Why you should attend: Build connections with local business leaders and learn about the latest trends driving success for small businesses at the 10th annual Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference. While this year’s event in entirely virtual, attendees will still get the opportunity to network, watch fireside chats and ask questions to keynote speakers.

Cost to attend: General admission is $10.

Learn more and register here.

Fostering Queer and Trans-Inclusive Environments at Work and Home

When is it: October 8, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Why you should attend: This afternoon session is designed to deliver a deep understanding of LGBTQ+ communities and to help employers create a more inclusive remote work setting including respect of gendered and non-gendered pronouns, sexual orientation code and allyship in the workplace.

Cost to attend: Registration is $73.45 per attendee.

Learn more and register here.

10 Steps to Starting a Business

When is it: October 8, 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Why you should attend: Hosted by the Hamilton Business Centre, learn the ins-and-outs of starting your own business from scratch. Cover the essentials like market research, finance, business planning and more in this educational morning session.

Cost to attend: This is a free event.

Learn more and register here.

Why Your Business Needs an Online Store

When is it: October 15, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Why you should attend: Small business owners and creators in the Greater Toronto Area can learn how to easily create an online store and immediately drive better business results through the ShopHERE program. Attendees can learn how to navigate Shopify, get personalized assistance and can see examples of websites created by similar businesses to help bring ideas to life.

Cost to attend: This is a free event.

Learn more and register here.

BFUTR Summit

When is it: October 22-23

Why you should attend: Being the largest virtual gathering of Black tech professionals globally, this year’s BFUTR promises to feature lively keynotes, panel discussions and networking opportunities across various sectors. Reserve your spot now to take part in the two-day summit covering topics from e-commerce to workplace inclusion and leadership.

Cost to attend: The summit is free to Black tech workers across Canada – for allies and supporters in the community, tickets cost $28.25.

Learn more and register here.

Virtual Toronto Tech Summit

When is it: October 22, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Why you should attend: Join what’s expected to be an exciting industry event that will cover the Toronto tech scene in-depth, spanning topics from disruptive innovation to new work habits and digital interactions. The line-up has speakers from big-name companies such as Google, Shopify, Amazon and LinkedIn; don’t miss your chance to sign up for free.

Cost to attend: This is a free event.

Learn more and register here.


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