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startGBC Monthly Newsletter | April 2020


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Support Your Local Businesses & Shop Local! 



Its never been more crucial to shop local and support businesses and jobs within our community!  startGBC is happy to present "Shop Local", where we are featuring local businesses run by George Brown College entrepreneurs. Many are offering their services with added value in these uncertain times and we can do our part by supporting now!!



startGBC Lunch and Learn


startGBC Lunch & Learn


Are you interested in entrepreneurship?  Did you know George Brown College has a dedicated support service for students looking to become entrepreneurs?  Join this lunch and learn to hear about the guidance startGBC can provide you on your entrepreneurial journey!


startGBC #WhyNotMe Alumni Social Innovation Entrepreneurs


#WhyNotMe Social


Social innovation and social enterprises provide so much support and services within our community.  Join this online session to hear from a number of George Brown College social innovation alumni entrepreneurs discuss their personal journeys.   


startGBC and Oziel Law Structuring Your Business Legal Lunch & Learn


Legal Lunch & Learn


Are you thinking about creating your own business or already researching the process?  Then join us online for a virtual lunch & learn as Debora Pinkus of Oziel Law presents on "structuring your business" and answers questions you might have.  

startGBC #WhyNotMe Alumni Entrepreneurs


#WhyNotMe Entrepreneurs


There is no better way to learn about entrepreneurship than listening to those that have done it.  Join us for this virtual event as we chat to a number for George Brown College alumni entrepreneurs and learn about their personal journeys.   


COVID-19 Business Support Resources


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COVID-19 has brought many challenges to businesses in our communities and many organizations have created support funds and services designed to ease pain points.  We have created a COVID-19 page to our website where we will continue to update resources as we learn of them.  



GBC #WhyNotMe Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlight

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Sarah Dougall_Made You Look Jewellery



A Graduate of the Jewelry Arts Program at George Brown College, Sarah Dougall is the trail-blazing entrepreneur and brainchild behind Toronto’s famous Made You Look Jewellery Studio and Retail Gallery.

What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?

Being an entrepreneur means choosing the path of most resistance. I run my business like every year is year 1. The minute you think you have figured everything out, you are in trouble. You must stay curious, you must keep learning and it must always feel hard, then you know your are doing something right! To have a successful business you need 3 things: You need to have a good idea, you need to have some money and you need lots of stamina.

Upcoming Events

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Shopify Presents: Offline to Online

In partnership with Digital Main Street, Shopify is pleased to bring you an educational session covering how to get started with an online business. This session is geared towards helping businesses get set up to sell online for the first time. This is a free webinar.

Event Date & Time: 
April 3, 11 am - 1 pm

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Customer Engagement during COVID-19

Your small business needs to engage with customers virtually. In this workshop, you'll get tips and tricks to use social media, email, and Google My Business platforms for engaging with customers. This is a free webinar.

Event Date & Time: April 6, 10 am - 12 pm


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How to Manage Your Finances & Cash Flow During Covid-19 

Enterprise Toronto hosting free webinars with tips to help small businesses stay in business. This webinar will cover valuable information on how to update your financial forecasts, tap into relief funding, marketing, and create an online presence and the tips and tools to use.

Event Date & Time: April 6, 9 am - 10:30 am

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Elevate Main Stage: Livestream Edition

The Elevate Main Stage have partnered with Gamechanger Labs to present Adam Grant, best-selling author, Wharton Professor, TED Talks speaker and leading organizational psychologist in conversation with Candice Faktor, Host of Gamechanger Sessions.

Event Date & Time: April 6, 1 pm - 2 pm 


Digital Main Street_Poster


Facebook and Instagram Advertising on a Small Budget

Whether you have $0, $50, or $100 a month to spend on Facebook and Instagram, you can still reach your target customers and clients. Discover some creative ways to do so in this beginner-level webinar. This is a free webinar.

Event Date & Time: 
April 7, 12 pm - 1:30 pm

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Website Building for Beginners Boot Camp

Building a website for your business can be a complicated & frustrating experience if you’ve never attempted it before. There're lots of pitfalls you can avoid by attending this boot camp. This is a free webinar.

Event Date & Time: April 7, 
9 am - 12:30 pm


COVID-19 Funding Supports

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Resources for Canadian Businesses

During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to support Canadian businesses, their employees and their families.


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Ontario’s Action Plan: Response to COVID-19


In order to provide a financial update that is current, the government of Ontario is releasing a one-year economic and fiscal update that is based on the best information available.

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#HackTheCurve: A national tech challenge by Canadians, for the world


The DMZ is excited to announce #HackTheCurve. Given the emergence of worldwide pandemic COVID-19, the DMZ is calling on Canadian innovators to work together to alleviate some of the difficulties being faced by Canadians and the rest of the world during this outbreak.

Teams of up to five participants will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes by seeing who can develop an innovative technology solution to help flatten the pandemic’s curve.


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