MSBC Introduction to Business Planning
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
7271 Warden Ave.
Having a tough time getting your
business ideas on paper?
So you’ve got a
feasible business idea, and now want to take things more
seriously. How do you get your ideas on paper so that
it’s easy for other stakeholders to understand and for
you to execute?
Learn to tailor your business
plan to the right audience: are you taking it to a
funder to try and secure financing; are you using the
plan for your own internal guidance; or is it for both?
Gain an understanding of the key components of
writing a meaningful business plan and how each section
connects to one another to tell a compelling story about
why your business will be successful, and how you will
get there doing it! We will explore the core sections
typically included in a business plan:
- Market Research
- Marketing Plan
This session runs
approximately twice per month and is limited to nine
attendees only per session. Small groups allow you to
ask your own questions directly to our business
We look forward to seeing you!
Event Organizer: Markham Small Business Centre
Telephone: 905-477-7000 ext. 6722
Canada's Prosperous Retail Market
September 28, 2016, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Markham Convergence Centre, 7271
will offer suggestions on how to capitalize on
Canada’s large and prosperous retail market
through discussions on: overview of current
Canadian retail market, segment trends and key
players, key challenges and opportunities,
critical success factors and best retail channel
option (bricks and mortar vs. ecommerce vs. 3rd
· Understanding the
retailer's market positioning and where your
product potentially fits in
· Preparing a
"right sized" and powerful sales presentation
· Understanding the retailer's terms and
conditions for conducting business
"Do's and Don'ts" of the quotation process
· Potential questions you may get asked by
the buyer during the sales presentation
Closing off the sales presentation with the
buyer and establishing next steps/follow-up
or go directly to the Online Registration link:
"by appointment only"
Wednesday, September 28, 2016,
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Performing well in an interview
is the most important piece of your job search
puzzle. This is an exciting opportunity to have
your interview skills captured on tape! Note:
You must attend the Interview Strategies
workshop before booking a mock interview.
Location: Job Skills' Markham - 4961 Highway
7, suites 100 - 101
Call 905-948-9996 to book your
Information Session. Pre-registration is
September 30 – October 2, 2016
Discover the world
of art with free programming at the Varley.
September 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Markham Village
Library: PechaKucha Night Markham: Volume 12
(Pay what you want)
Artrepeneur Workshops at the Varley
October 2 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Varley Art Gallery:
Artist talk with Jeff Nye in conversation with
Anik Glaude and Monica Tap.
October 2 | 2
– 4 p.m. | Varley Art Gallery: Opening reception
for fall exhibitions generously catered by Whole
Foods Market Unionville.
Sears 2.0 Grand Re-Opening!
September 27, 28 and 29, 2016
1 Promenade Cir, Thornhill
will take place over three days (September 27, 28 and 29
at Promenade Mall in Thornhill) and then another three
days the following week (October 4, 5, and 6 at
Mapleview Centre in Burlington).
September 27, Sears Canada is hosting a special event to
unveil Sears 2.0. Featuring a stand-up comedy
performance by a headliner from Just For Laughs Festival
42, pop-and-lock dancers, yoga performances and a jazz
dancer duo, you’re invited to come see #WhatTheSears is
The stand-up comedy performance is
taking place from 5:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. and the first
100 guests to arrive will receive a $50 gift card!
Entertainment will be taking place 1:00 p.m. until the
comedy performance and will continue on September 28 and
September 29 between 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.
900 Maple Avenue, Burlington
ON L75 2J8
On Tuesday, October 4, Sears Canada is
hosting a special event to unveil Sears 2.0. Featuring a
stand-up comedy performance by a headliner from Just For
Laughs Festival 42, pop-and-lock dancers, yoga
performances and a jazz dancer duo, you’re invited to
come see #WhatTheSears is going on!
comedy performance is taking place from 2:30 p.m. – 2:50
p.m. and the first 100 guests to arrive will receive a
$50 gift card! Entertainment will take place between
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and will continue on both October
4 and October 5 between 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.
MSBC & MPL: Market
The No-Cost Key to Business Success
September 28, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 1:30
Location: Cornell Community Centre &
Library, 3201 Bur Oak Ave
Cost: No Cost
Finding competitive market
intelligence information is critical for
planning any new business, or for expanding an
existing business. With so much information
available, from multiple sources, business
owners need to use their time most efficiently
to access the key resources that really impact
their bottom line.
Space is limited,
In this seminar, we will explore and learn
to use a number of very useful market research
resources for business planning and marketing,
Library online business databases (business
plan templates, current news, insights, tips
Canada census information and local Markham
Economic/Demographic information (age
ranges, households, income levels, mother
tongue, educational attainment)
Business permit and licence search tool
(find relevant regulations for your specific
type of business)
Directories online: Reference Canada and
local Markham Business Directory (create
targeted business lists to identify
potential suppliers or prospective
Canada SME Benchmarking tool (compare your
business financial statement performance to
the industry averages in Ontario/Canada or
use these averages to help you with
estimating your business plan)
Resources: Canada Business Ontario, Industry
Canada Industry profiles, Statistics Canada
Household Spending report
A limited number of computer
stations are available for use on a first come,
first served basis. You can bring your own
laptop, but access to power outlets is limited.
Event Organizer: Markham Small Business Centre &
Markham Public Library
905-477-7000 ext. 6722
Nye: Recovery Rooms Exhibition
September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Location: Varley Art Gallery
216 Main Street
paintings are physical explorations of loss and memory;
his work reflecting upon the ways in which time and
emotion distorts our relationships to the built
environment. Each work featured in Recovery Rooms
depicts abstracted elements of both domestic and
institutional spaces, settings of particular
significance to the artist, including homes, workspaces
and hospital rooms. Architectural details, such as
walls, windows and floorboards seemingly appear and
disappear from these canvases, caught somewhere between
the remembered past and the physical present.
This project is part of right here|right now.
Launched in 2014, this initiative aims to foster the
work of contemporary artists in York Region by providing
them with exhibition opportunities and ongoing
Tree: Works by the Group of Seven in the Jack MacQuarrie
Drawing on the Jack MacQuarrie
Collection, and supplemented by works from the Varley
Art Gallery’s permanent holdings, this exhibition
explores the recurring compositional building blocks of
rock, water, tree, among others. Combined in numerous
ways to produce the iconic images of the Group of Seven,
they offer a surprising range of mood and meaning.
Innovative Spirit: The prints and drawings
of Pudlot Pudlat
A showcase of works on
paper by Inuit artist Pudlot Pudlat (1916-1992)
exploring his rich and varied engagement with mark
making. As an important figure in the development of
drawing in Cape Dorset, Pudlat combined both traditional
and modern imagery to depict the changing world around
Thursday, September 29 to Sunday, October 2, 2016
Markham Fair is one of the Canada oldest country fairs.
Since 1844 the fair has been providing the community
with a showcase for talents and products in a friendly
competitive spirit. With over 700 volunteers working on
more than 70 committees, Markham Fair is the largest
community based volunteer organization in Canada.
Markham Fair occurs annually on the weekend before
Thanksgiving, and hosts upwards of 60,000 attendees.
Approximately 3,000 exhibitors will enter more than
12,000 items, which will be judged and put on display
during the fair.
As well as the competitive
displays, the community is further brought together to
enjoy various forms of entertainment such as horse pull,
demolition derby, tractor pull, midway rides and
displays of farm animals.
Adults $15, Seniors $10, Child 12 & under $5, Children 4
and under free.
Fair Hours: Thursday to Saturday
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Markham Fair is located on the Markham Fairgrounds at
10801 McCowan Road (6 km north of Highway 7).
plenty more happening during the Markham Fair, check out
the complete Event List at