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Small Business Money Forum

Date / Time
Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Where
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen St. W., 3rd Fl. Council Chamber

Looking for ways to fund your business? Want to understand how to get access to credit? Interested in understanding market conditions so that you can build your customer base? Join TD and the City of Toronto for a full-day session focused on helping small and medium-sized businesses get connected to financial resources to help them grow and succeed.

MORNING KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

What I’ve Learned from Bootstrapping over 18 Years: 3 Key Points

 

Presented By: Sol Orwell, Serial Entrepreneur, Examine.com

Across completely different industries, Sol Orwell has been able to bootstrap multiple businesses into seven figure organizations. In this conversation, he covers the 3 main lessons he’s learned to apply to any business he creates.

Sol is a serial entrepreneur that been building websites since 1997and started making real money in 1999. He has ventured into a multitude of industries generating over 8 figures – from online games to domain names to local search to daily deals to nutrition. With his latest project, Examine.com, Sol was recognized by Fast Company as a Top 10 innovative company in health and fitness in 2015. Men’s Fitness has called him a Game Changer in 2014 (along with names like Stephen Colbert and Pharrell). Examine.com has got him on the advisory board of a certain Arnold Schwarzenegger, and also interviewed on Forbes.

Canada’s #1 Crowdfunding Campaign of All Time!

Presented By: Dan Blumer, CEO and Co-Founder, Revol Technologies

What does it take to create such a successful crowdfunding campaign? Dan Blumer will share the journey, learnings and challenges as they launched their crowdfunding campaign on November 9th 2015, and 60 days later they became the largest Canadian crowdfunding campaign of all time raising over 2.5 Million USD on Kickstarter.

Dan Blumer completed his Queens MBA in 2013, while simultaneously working as an investment advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy. In early 2014, he left his job to pursue the “startup life” with Revol Technologies in order to bring custom- fit earphones to the masses. In July, his company was one of only 15 accepted into the HAX Hardware Accelerator program where he and his team spent 111 days working in Shenzhen, China, optimizing the technology and the product. In March 2017, 11,000+ pre-ordered units will be delivered into the hands of their earliest supporters from around the world.

These Aren’t My Pants

Presented By: Ilana Ben-Ari, Founder & CEO, Twenty One Toys

One social entrepreneur’s story of how she’s still bootstrapping her way to the top. From sleeping on her best friends couch to selling her award-winning toy to 1000s of schools, homes, and offices in over 45 countries.

Ilana Ben-Ari is a multiple-award winning product designer, TEDx speaker, and Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. She has been working at the intersection of design and social innovation for 7+ years, has been featured in the Guardian UK, Independent UK, and TIME magazine and is the founder of Twenty One Toys, a multiple-award-winning toy start-up. She transformed her thesis project into the company’s first product, The Empathy Toy. Originally designed for the visually impaired students and their sighted classmates. It is now used as a tool to teach Empathy to anyone and is already in over 1000+ schools, homes and offices in 45 countries.

 

AFTERNOON BREAK OUT SESSIONS

 

Key Reasons to Talk to Your Boring Insurance Provider

Owning your own business can be an exhilarating but challenging journey. You may need some help along the way to navigate the unexpected twists and turns. Ensuring your business has the proper insurance coverage can be a boring process, but we try to make it as fun as humanly possible. Learn about the unseen risks your business faces and why insurance coverage could be the most important investment you make.

Start-Up Financing for Entrepreneurs Aged 18 to 39

Starting a business or recently started one? Looking for financing and mentoring support? Obtaining financing and the right support are critical to the success of your business when first starting out and Futurpreneur Canada can help.

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades, providing financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners. In this session, you will learn how you can get your application started!

Crowdfunding 101: A Comprehensive Overview of Crowdfunding

This break-out session will provide a comprehensive overview of crowdfunding and opportunities for small businesses. For entrepreneurs looking to leverage crowdfunding, the session will assist with your planning and strategy, building interest and demand, managing post-campaign promises, as well as managing your risks.

Building Your Start-Up Financials Plan

If you want to build a successful business, it’s important to know your numbers if you are looking to secure funding. In this session, you’ll learn to calculate your start-up costs, test the viability of your business idea, and develop financial forecasts that will help you obtain the best financing for your business.

Accounting 101 with FreshBooks

Wondering what the difference between single and double entry accounting is? Want to know how to send a professional looking invoice? Join us for an interactive workshop where we cover accounting basics for small businesses. At FreshBooks, our mission is to help small service based business owners run their business — without having to learn accounting. All levels are welcome.

Cashflow vs. Profitability – Is it the Same?

Have you ever thought, “My Company is profitable, but I never seem to have enough cash on hand!” Many companies spend money quicker than they receive it, and are unable to pay their debts. In this session, you will learn the significance of the relationship between profitability and cash flow.

 

FUNDING MARKETPLACE

Building a business requires money, a range of partners offering grants and financing will be on hand

to share resources for getting the dollars businesses need to start and grow.

Attendees can meet one-on-one with a TD Small Business Banking Advisor to discuss their specific banking and financing needs.

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