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Brantford Resource Centre aiming to help grow businesses

Local NewsBrantford Resource Centre aiming to help grow businesses

The Brantford Resource Centre (BRC) will be hosting the upcoming “Navigating Entrepreneurial Growth: From Startup to Scale-up” business development conference on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

The annual business conference has been running since 2015 and is aimed towards helping entrepreneurs and small business owners grow towards success.

Mae Legg, manager of Economic Development and the BRC, said that throughout the year, the resource centre makes note of certain topics that are relevant to its clients and later partners with a speaker to help address said topics.

Jan Vilaca, a local multi-preneur (Tasty Road Trips and Create Your Virtual Influence), will headline this year’s full-day workshop and will aim to equip entrepreneurs and business owners with the insights and skills necessary to successfully scale and propel a business forward.

“We have partnered with Jan before and when we talked about what our clients are looking for, she talked about the idea of scaling up,” said Legg. “A lot of businesses come in and we [the BRC] speak about starting that business up and getting grants, but then where do you go from there? So, once the business starts growing, which direction do you want to go in and how much can you handle to make it sustainable? Are you going to have to bring in a bookkeeper or virtual assistant? So this event will be all about the next steps for businesses.

During the event, Vilaca will reveal the crucial next steps towards success within entrepreneurship, and how to grow your businesses further. Members of Vilaca’s business support system will also be joining her during the event as well.

Legg said that because there’s always so much focus on initially getting a business up and running, many entrepreneurs often miss the opportunity to think about what comes next and where they want to take the businesses.

“There’s a lot to think of like, where do you want this to go? Do you want to make it a franchise or do you want it to grow so you can have different locations, or do you just want to grow and sustain yourself?” she said. “We do find that some business owners don’t think about those next steps because there’s just so much emphasis on just getting started.”

On the day of, registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the event will kick off at noon with lunch being served at 12:15 p.m..

Vilaca’s first session will take place at 1:00 p.m., and her second will take place at 2:30 p.m.. Legg said that the event should end around 4:15 p.m.

The BRC offers free business advice with expert advisors who have hands-on business experience. The BRC also provides free business workshops so entrepreneurs can learn more about starting and growing a business, and meet other business owners.

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