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Entrepreneurs Connect is a workshop series developed in 2015 where we discuss business topics through local speakers and follow that topic up with group brainstorming where in teams, you practice and apply a principle that you've just been taught. The purpose of the event is to create synergies with local businesses to allow them to become a part of a family of mentors and mentees alike and avoid social isolation of being in business by yourself. Connecting is the best form of learning, join us as we work together to make your business successful.

This event is a partnership with the Brampton Library and is sponsored by Meridian Credit Union.

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Entrepreneurs Connect at the Library: Small Business Banking - What to know

Brampton Library - Cyril Clark Branch

Entrepreneurs Connect is a workshop series developed in 2015 where we discuss business topics through local speakers and follow that topic up with group brainstorming where in teams, you practice and apply a principle that you've just been taught. The purpose of the event is to create synergies with local businesses to allow them to become a part of a family of mentors and mentees alike and avoid social isolation of being in business by yourself. Connecting is the best form of learning, join us as we work together to make your business successful. Topic: What small business owners need to know about business banking a. Be prepared b. Be knowledgeable about your Business c. Understand things that affect your Business d. Have a plan e. Have a Team Top Takeaways: you are the Business; You need to be the expert in your Business; Your Team and Partners are all part of your Business Speaker Bio: Robert graduated from the University of Guelph in 1996 with a degree in Economics. He has worked in the Financial Services Industry for 22 years, all in a Sales and Service Capacity. Most recently at Meridian Credit Union where he has been involved with the launch of the Small Business Banking Initiative and was the Pilot Territory Lead for Guelph and Fergus. Robert’s focus with Meridian is on member service. This includes taking a personal interest in their members as individuals and taking the time to understand them as people first. People are passionate about their Small Businesses and he shares their passion. He looks to seek an understanding of the Business itself and the dreams his members have for themselves and their Business. This event is a partnership with the Brampton Library and is sponsored by Meridian Credit Union.

Entrepreneurs Connect at the Library: Tax Tips for Small Business

Brampton Library - Cyril Clark Branch

Entrepreneurs Connect is a workshop series developed in 2015 where we discuss business topics through local speakers and follow that topic up with group brainstorming where in teams, you practice and apply a principle that you've just been taught. The purpose of the event is to create synergies with local businesses to allow them to become a part of a family of mentors and mentees alike and avoid social isolation of being in business by yourself. Connecting is the best form of learning, join us as we work together to make your business successful. Topic: Get Smart with Tax Matters! This is for current and aspiring business owners, and in particular those operating corporations. Also a refresher for non-tax legal and accounting professionals. Investing within a corporation is complicated, requiring advice that contemplates wealth in all its forms and locations -- looking past the present toward tax-effective income draw and ultimate decumulation. • Legal structure fits your business best? • Accessing the small business tax rate • Sharing the wealth - Latest on families • Tax-free dividends – Is that real? • Your corporation: Salary, dividends or both? • More options for retirement savings? • Surplus corporate cash taxation • Protecting yourself - Insurance • Setting the stage for selling out • Lifetime capital gains exemption Speaker Bio: Doug Carroll is Practice Lead - Tax Estate and Financial Planning with Meridian Credit Union. Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, helping more than a quarter of a million Members in communities from Windsor to Ottawa grow their lives and businesses. In his role, Doug researches case law, legislation and financial media, in order to prepare support material for Meridian wealth advisors, and in turn for Members. The balance of his time is spent writing articles for financial media, speaking on financial industry conferences and public seminars, and consulting directly with Members who have complex needs, particularly business owners.

Entrepreneurs Connect at the Library: Where to get Financing for your Business

Brampton Library - Cyril Clark Branch

Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union​ Entrepreneurs Connect is a workshop series developed in 2015 where we discuss business topics through local speakers and follow that topic up with group brainstorming where in teams, you practice and apply a principle that you've just been taught. The purpose of the event is to create synergies with local businesses to allow them to become a part of a family of mentors and mentees alike and avoid social isolation of being in business by yourself. Connecting is the best form of learning, join us as we work together to make your business successful. Topic: Where to get Financing for your Small Businesses a. Sources of money b. Features and Benefits of various sources c. How to Access and what to do d. What Financial Institutions look for when you want money e. Business Plans and Applications f. Fees and Costs g. Pitfalls/Roadblocks Top Takeaways: Money is out there, you just need to know how to get it; be prepared; when you inject money from outside sources, you are diluting your ownership/authority Speaker Bio: Robert graduated from the University of Guelph in 1996 with a degree in Economics. He has worked in the Financial Services Industry for 22 years, all in a Sales and Service Capacity. Most recently at Meridian Credit Union where he has been involved with the launch of the Small Business Banking Initiative and was the Pilot Territory Lead for Guelph and Fergus. Robert’s focus with Meridian is on member service. This includes taking a personal interest in their members as individuals and taking the time to understand them as people first. People are passionate about their Small Businesses and he shares their passion. He looks to seek an understanding of the Business itself and the dreams his members have for themselves and their Business.​

Entrepreneurs Connect at the Library: Success to Business Succession

Brampton Library - Cyril Clark Branch

Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union​ Entrepreneurs Connect is a workshop series developed in 2015 where we discuss business topics through local speakers and follow that topic up with group brainstorming where in teams, you practice and apply a principle that you've just been taught. The purpose of the event is to create synergies with local businesses to allow them to become a part of a family of mentors and mentees alike and avoid social isolation of being in business by you​rself. Connecting is the best form of learning, join us as we work together to make your business successful. Business success to business succession - Prompts and pointers for entrepreneurs From a lawyer’s estate planning view, the business is the object or the ‘what’ in a succession, but the subject is the ‘who’. That obviously starts with the entrepreneur, but as importantly it encompasses those people close to that central figure. Whether you’re prompted by developments in your business market, challenges in your own operation, or your age … if you’re within 5 years of (hopefully) waving good-bye, it’s time to take stock. • Stepping back for perspective • Coordinating with your professionals • A cold, hard look at your skills • Everyone loves their kids, but ... • Equalizing or equitizing? • Trust in negotiating a buy-sell • How might the money flow? • What if you check out early? • .. or can't carry the mental load? • The best laid plans Speaker Bio: Doug Carroll is Practice Lead - Tax Estate and Financial Planning with Meridian Credit Union. Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, helping more than a quarter of a million Members in communities from Windsor to Ottawa grow their lives and businesses. In his role, Doug researches case law, legislation and financial media, in order to prepare support material for Meridian wealth advisors, and in turn for Members. The balance of his time is spent writing articles for financial media, speaking on financial industry conferences and public seminars, and consulting directly with Members who have complex needs, particularly business owners.

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