October 20, 2021
Cornwall Ontario – October is known across Canada as Small Business Month, a time set aside to recognize the important contributions that entrepreneurs make to the economy and to their local communities.
Many events are traditionally focused in third week of October which is referred to as Small Business Week. This year Small Business Week takes place from October 18-24, and there are a number of free local events such as webinars and networking activities meetings to celebrate entrepreneurship. We’ve put together a look at what is happening in our community to help support entrepreneurs.
Bridges to Better Business – Thursday October 21
The Bridges to Better Business event returns this year with a daylong event featuring webinars on timely topics: workforce recruitment, debt repayment and mental health. This is the seventh year in a row that the Bridges event is held in Cornwall and it is organized by the Chamber of Commerce, ACCFutures and the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre. The webinars are free and the day concludes with a keynote speaker and networking event.
Cornwall and Area Job Fair
Workforce recruitment remains an important issue facing local small businesses. The Cornwall and Area Job Fair will be held at the Benson Centre over 5 days stretching from October 19 to October 27. 50 employers will be taking part to provide information on the over 500 available jobs in the area.
The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre continues to support local businesses with a number of webinar offerings, consultations, and programs. During the month of October, CBEC will be hosting the following webinars:
- Website Development – October 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
- SEO & Website Analytics – October 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
- E-Commerce & Selling Online – October 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
- Business Taxes –October 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
- Work/Life Balance – October 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
During Small Business Week BDC will be hosting a series of webinars on Canada’s Changing Business landscape, an Economic Outlook, and Diversity & Inclusion 101. These webinars can be found here: https://www.bdc.ca/en/small-business-week/bdc-hosted-events
Small Business Assistance Programs
There are a number of programs that remain available to small businesses who need assistance in finance, marketing, advertising, and more. The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre can provide help entrepreneurs understand these programs, which include:
- Digital Consult
- Digital Main Street – ShopHERE
- Digital Main Street – Digital Transformation Grant
- My Main Street
About the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre
The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre helps small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed in Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry & Akwesasne by offering information, tools and support during the start-up and growth stages of business operation. This includes administration of the Summer Company and Starter Company PLUS programs. The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre is operated by Cornwall Economic Development and funded in part by the Government of Ontario.
The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre is located at 100 Water Street East (Cornwall Civic Complex) and can be contacted by phone at 613-930-2787 x2276 or online at: