January 19, 2009

Big prospects for small businesses: One-day conference to connect growth with the green economy


Guide to Greening Your Business puts sustainability opportunities into practice


NEWMARKET Adapting to greener practices has become a new reality for small businesses.  Recognizing the vast extent of opportunities that are becoming possible, the York Small Business Enterprise Centre will host Entrepreneurs, Innovation and the Green Economy, a one-day conference on Wednesday, January 21st as part of its annual Bridges to Better Business Conference Series.


Sustainability makes good business sense and its the right thing to do. Recognizing this can open doors to many new opportunities for small businesses, said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  Small businesses have the agility and the resourcefulness to be thought leaders and this presents a chance for many entrepreneurs to re-define the rules of this new economy.


A Guide to Greening Your Business will be released at the conference, providing business owners with a detailed look into the practical aspects of developing an innovative business in the new green economy.


This event provides a valuable opportunity for small business entrepreneurs to network and discuss opportunities to collaborate and develop successful ideas, said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Vice Chair of York Regions Planning and Economic Development Committee.  Creating a culture of innovation and continuous improvement is integral to the greening of business across York Region.


The keynote speaker will be Financial Post columnist and entrepreneurship growth guru Rick Spence, a former editor and publisher of Canada's business magazine Profit.  His topic "Does it pay to go Green," will focus on the long-term benefits of going green for small businesses.


A special panel discussion on Generation Y Entrepreneurs will feature young business people sharing their success stories and experiences on their green ventures, followed by roundtable discussions on marketing, finance, export development and business planning.


Roundtable Topics

Discussion Leaders

Exporting Opportunities & Business Success Case Studies

Jim Hobbs, Gary Oue & Gordon Scheel,

York Region Export Development Program


Finance: Taxes and Bookkeeping

Canada Revenue Agency, Ontario

Ministry of Revenue and Rob Chaggares,

Rumley & Chaggares


Seeking Capital for Green Businesses

Prerna Chandak, Lemonade Capital


Perfecting the Sales Process and Educational Based Marketing

David Cohen, Small Business Big Ideas & Michael Woodbeck, The Summit Group


Business Beyond Borders: Information and Communication Technology

James Burgess, Synergen X



In addition to five roundtable discussions, guest speakers will cover a range of topics from running a green small business to bringing green innovations to market.


The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and takes place at the Cardinal Golf Club, located at 2740 Davis Drive West (formerly Highway 9), in King Township.


Registration fee for the one-day conference is $40 per person and includes lunch.


The York Small Business Enterprise Centre supports six municipalities in York Region (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket, and Whitchurch-Stouffville) and is administered by experienced small business consultants under the umbrella of the York Region Planning and Development Services Department, Economic Strategy Branch.  In partnership with provincial and federal agencies, the Centre also provides a wide range of information on programs, services, assistance, legislation and regulations affecting businesses in Canada.


For more information or to register, please contact the York Small Business Enterprise Centre at extension 1572 at (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675 or email: ysbec@york.ca or visit at www.yorksmallbusiness.ca


Members of the media are invited to attend.


For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca


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Media Contact:         Rohit Jajoo, Corporate Communications, York Region

Phone:  (905) 830-4444 / toll-free 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 1207

Cell: (416) 662-2284 / Email: Rohit.Jajoo@york.ca

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