What we're about

Are you starting or growing a small business? We can help. You call them Meetups; we've always called them free programs, seminars, workshops and small business networking - on various topics like social media, taxes, the law, networking, franchising- everything you'll need to run your small business. Meet experts and other like-minded professionals at our programs/networking events, and get your idea rolling! Ask library staff at our branches to help you find what you need- from business resources to great business material in our vast collections! We also have spaces for you to work and meet - everything you need to make your business a success.

Join our Meetup group today and you will never have to pay membership dues, and you will be notified of exciting and informative business programs which will help take your business to the next level!

Upcoming events (4+)

Entrepreneur In Residence: Building a Business Plan

Online event

While tools like Lean Canvas help you get started with a 1-page view, a strong business plan gets into the details, helping you understand the direction you want to take your business in and the steps you need to take.

Join Hamid Rizvi, Entrepreneur in Residence, for a workshop about strong business plans that will help you outline and think through key elements (market overview, sales & marketing, operations, financials, etc.) that will play a pivotal role in the eventual success of your business.

By registering for this EIR program, attendees agree to receive documents that are recommended to review before or during the program. All links to documents will be sent via Crowdcast at least two (2) days prior to the program and are virus and spam-free.

Are you interested in a One-on-One consultation with Hamid? Please fill out an application (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/content/programs-and-classes/featured-series/entrepreneur-in-residence/consultation-package-fillable.pdf) and user agreement form (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/content/programs-and-classes/featured-series/entrepreneur-in-residence/user-agreement-fillable.pdf).

This Live & Online event is part of Toronto Public Library's Entrepreneur in Residence program series (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes/featured/entrepreneur-in-residence.jsp).

This program will be recorded and available for replay at the same link.

Click here (https://www.crowdcast.io/privacy-policy) to read Crowdcast's Privacy Policy.

Questions about online programs? Email us at [masked] or [masked]. You can also reach us at (416)[masked].

Accessibility
Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks' notice is preferred. Phone[masked] or email [masked]

From Hobby to Paying Clients: Starting a Photography Business

With over 118k followers on Instagram, Taku Kumabe is a Toronto-based freelance photographer who loves capturing moments in time and helps clients tell their stories by capturing their brightest and biggest moments.

Taku will share some of the lessons he's learned from starting his own photography business that stems from his passion for the great outdoors and documenting events through photos.

Taku is an ambassador for Nikon Canada and his client list includes well-known Toronto festivals, tourism agencies, and more. You can find him on his website at https://www.takukumabe.com, on his blog at https://www.smaku.com, on Instagram @smaku, on Facebook @TakuKumabe, or on Twitter @theSmaku.

This program will be recorded and available for replay at the same link for a week after airing.

This Live & Online presentation is part of TPL's Small Business Month programming.

Questions about online programs? Please email us at [masked]

Accessibility

Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible, and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks' notice is preferred. Phone[masked] or email [masked]

Entrepreneur In Residence: Show Me the Money

Online event

You have a great business idea, you have come up with a strong business plan and now you want to start – but you need some capital to do so. Where should you start?

Join Hamid Rizvi, Entrepreneur in Residence, for a workshop about some of the common sources of capital and what they can mean for you. Hamid will talk about debt, equity (angel investors, venture capital, etc.), merchant cash advances, grants, etc. – what they mean and which ones may be right for your situation.

Are you interested in a One-on-One consultation with Hamid? Please fill out an application (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/content/programs-and-classes/featured-series/entrepreneur-in-residence/consultation-package-fillable.pdf) and user agreement form (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/content/programs-and-classes/featured-series/entrepreneur-in-residence/user-agreement-fillable.pdf).

This Live & Online event is part of Toronto Public Library's Entrepreneur in Residence program series (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes/featured/entrepreneur-in-residence.jsp).

This program will be recorded and available for replay at the same link.

Click here (https://www.crowdcast.io/privacy-policy) to read Crowdcast's Privacy Policy.

Questions about online programs? Email us at [masked] or [masked]. You can also reach us at (416)[masked].

Accessibility
Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks' notice is preferred. Phone[masked] or email [masked]

Entrepreneur In Residence: Digital Marketing 101

Online event

Digital marketing has become the default way to operate for most businesses. Join Hamid Rizvi, Entrepreneur in Residence, for a workshop about basic forms of digital marketing, the relative strength and weakness of each and how you can think about starting with each. Hamid will look at social media marketing, influencer marketing, email marketing, content marketing/SEO, paid ads, and much more.

Are you interested in a One-on-One consultation with Hamid? Please fill out an application (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/content/programs-and-classes/featured-series/entrepreneur-in-residence/consultation-package-fillable.pdf) and user agreement form (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/content/programs-and-classes/featured-series/entrepreneur-in-residence/user-agreement-fillable.pdf).

This Live & Online event is part of Toronto Public Library's Entrepreneur in Residence program series (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes/featured/entrepreneur-in-residence.jsp).

This program will be recorded and available for replay at the same link.

Click here (https://www.crowdcast.io/privacy-policy) to read Crowdcast's Privacy Policy.

Questions about online programs? Email us at [masked] or [masked]. You can also reach us at (416)[masked].

Accessibility
Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks' notice is preferred. Phone[masked] or email [masked]

Past events (173)

Entrepreneur In Residence: Assessing Your Idea

Online event

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