In the early stages of starting a business, entrepreneurs can use all the help they can get.

Whether you’re actively seeking out investors for your existing startup, looking to connect with other small business owners or need help building up your online presence, these events will help you to succeed in your business journey.

Here are some of the best free or lower-cost events for business owners and entrepreneurs in Toronto taking place this May:

How to Get More Customers Post-COVID 19

When is it: May 4, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Why you should attend: In this hour-long free webinar, learn the basics of SEO to improve your business performance online and acquire more customers. Attendees will get insights into how to optimize content for performance, manage reviews online and improving search engine ranking through simple updates.

Cost to attend: Registration is free. 

Learn more and register here.

Personal Branding for Entrepreneurs & Consultants

When is it: May 5, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Why you should attend: Led by consulting expert Terry Rice, entrepreneurs can learn how to position themselves along with their business by developing a strong personal brand. Key takeaways from this course will include understanding how to build an online presence, confident presentation skills, public relations and more.

Cost to attend: The fee to register is $124.

Learn more and register here.

Mental Health and Wellness for Business Owners

When is it: May 12, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Why you should attend: Self-care for business owners is often overlooked in their busy schedules. In this session run by the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association, learn how to properly invest in your mental health as a small business owner and manage stress to avoid burnout.

Cost to attend: The non-member fee for this session is $79.10; discount member rates apply.

Learn more and register here.

Investing and Raising Capital Like a Pro

When is it: May 13, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Why you should attend: Join the Black Professionals in Tech Network and MaRS for the do’s and don’ts and pitching your startup, raising capital investment and building a convincing case for funding. The evening event will feature networking, a fireside chat and a leadership panel discussion by experts in the venture capital field.

Cost to attend: Registration is free. 

Learn more and register here.

Startup Idea Fest: Build and Share Ideas with Potential Customers Online

When is it: May 19, 9:00 – 11:00 PM

Why you should attend: Get the rare opportunity to test your concept or product in front of an engaged audience with the Founder Institute. In this two-hour interactive online session, early-stage entrepreneurs can share their ideas, gain feedback from potential customers and network with others in the community.

Cost to attend: Registration is free. 

Learn more and register here.

Online Startup Job Fair & Expo

When is it: May 25, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Why you should attend: Interested in working for a startup and getting insights into homegrown companies? Join this chat-based virtual job fair to explore new opportunities and network with the local tech community.

Cost to attend: Registration is free. 

Learn more and register here.

Startup Pitch Battle

When is it: May 27, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Why you should attend: Apply to pitch your startup idea or join as an audience member on YouTube Live in the May edition of this startup pitch battle. Participating startups will need to be prepared to share their business stage, market traction and context around their company.

Cost to attend: Registration is free. 

Learn more and register here.


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