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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!

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Entrepreneur in Residence - The Meet & Greet

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The Entrepreneur in Residence is a successful local entrepreneur who supports the library’s Small Business programs with seminars, workshops, and consultations. During their eight-week residency, the Entrepreneur in Residence reviews submitted business ideas and meets one-on-one with selected applicants (in-person or virtual) at no cost to critique and evaluate their business ideas and plans. Toronto Public Library is pleased to present the 2022 Entrepreneur in Residence, Christen James!

Join this interactive kick-off event to learn more about Christen! Ask her questions related to her expertise, get acquainted with your entrepreneurial peers and have the chance to showcase your start-up and highlight what it is that you hope to achieve with this program. Also, get a sneak preview of the programs and workshops Christen will be offering during her residency from October 5 to November 26, 2022.

This event is part of Toronto Public Library's Entrepreneur in Residence program series.

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]

This program will take place in-person at the Toronto Reference Library in the Atrium 1st floor.

Design Your Ideal Client

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You have your business idea, but you haven’t quite figured out your ideal client. Join Christen James, Entrepreneur in Residence, for a workshop about understanding the difference between the ideal client and the target client, where to find them, what they do, and identifying the problem that your business helps them solve.

This event is part of Toronto Public Library's Entrepreneur in Residence program series.

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]

This program will take place in-person at the Toronto Reference Library in the Hinton Theatre 3rd floor.

What is Your Mission and Vision?

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Your business’ foundational goals help steer it in the right direction and better position it for long-term growth. Join Christen James, Entrepreneur in Residence, for a workshop that will help you delve into why you want to start a business and the impact your business will have on the community as a whole. The workshop will also give you the opportunity to explore why clients should buy from YOU and help you determine your competitive advantage.

This event is part of Toronto Public Library's Entrepreneur in Residence program series.

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]

This program will take place in-person at the Toronto Reference Library in the Hinton Theatre 3rd floor.

Creating a Short-Term (Quarterly) Strategy

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New entrepreneurs can often feel overwhelmed and will want to get into the habit of planning for their business on a quarterly basis. Join Christen James, Entrepreneur in Residence, for a workshop that will guide you through a 3-month (quarterly) breakdown of setting the right goals, so that it is easier to create and then more importantly implement/follow an action plan that takes you towards a desired outcome.

This event is part of Toronto Public Library's Entrepreneur in Residence program series.

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]

This program will take place in-person at the Toronto Reference Library in the Hinton Theatre 3rd floor.

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