Seminars & Workshops

Business owners answer questions during panel eventThe BECN can provide you with business assistance, guidance and resources to help determine the viability of your concept with the following:

  • Free business consultations
  • Business plan development and review
  • Micro grants
  • Business start-up and growth programs
  • Marketing plan assistance
  • Information and resources
  • Business coaching and networking opportunities
  • Business seminars and workshops
  • Guidance on licenses, permits, registration and regulations required to start and build a business

Seminars and workshops are beneficial at any stage of business development.

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The BECN offers opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners to improve their skills and learn business best-practices through a variety of educational formats.

Educational opportunities include several business seminars, workshops, roundtable and networking opportunities, best practices, iPlan: Planning & Prioritizing workshop, and events delivered by experts in a variety of business topics.

Upcoming seminars and workshops will be posted on this page and on the Business & Entrepreneurship Facebook page

View educational videos posted to the BECN YouTube Channel. There are educational resources offering best practices and helpful tips. Including; business panels with local entrepreneurs, 6 individual short videos on various business topics (social media, photography enhancement, website and branding, finance, accounting, enhancing your digital presence).


Bridges to Better Business workshop series

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Webinar: Business Planning Workshop

When: Wednesday, January 25 at 2 p.m. OR Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m.
Where: Zoom (pre-register by clicking the button below)
Cost: Free

Join us for an online workshop discussing how to write a successful business plan.

Writing your first business plan is a major step in putting your small business on the map. Most importantly, it helps articulate the concepts that inspired you to start your business as well as evaluate potential hurdles like competition, risk analysis, and funding issues.


Webinar: 2022 Income tax preparation for sole proprietors and partnerships

Presented by Carey McMaster, Business Development & Growth Specialist, Owner of TRAICON 

When: Wednesday, January 25, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Zoom (pre-register by clicking the button below)
Cost: Free

Instructor will lead participants through the process of completing their 2022 income tax return using form T2125 to report self-employed business income and expenses.

Businesses owned by sole proprietors or partnerships run their tax years based on the calendar year. This means the filing deadline is a set date. Therefore, business owners must file their income taxes by June 15 each year. However, by April 30, businesses must pay off their taxes owing from the previous tax year.

Sole proprietors must include the details of their small business on their own personal tax returns.

In this webinar, we will cover:

  • Setting up a 'My Business Account' with CRA
  • Submitting HST and payroll remittances online
  • Completing the Statement of Business or Professional Activities T2125 for 2022 income tax filing
  • Calculation of Capital Cost Allowance (CCA)
  • Claiming motor vehicle expenses 
  • Common income tax errors made by small businesses
  • Financial performance benchmarks  

Duration: 90-minutes
Includes: Canada Revenue Agency forms 'T2125E - Statement of Business or Professional Activities' and 'T4002E - Self-employed Business, Professional, Commission, Farming, and Fishing Income' Guide
Outcome: Knowledge for filing business income to Canada Revenue Agency

Pre-register for this webinar 


Webinar: Accounting for Small Business

Presented by James Williamson of Welch LLP Chartered Professional Accountants.

When: Tuesday, February 14, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Zoom (pre-register by clicking the button below)
Cost: Free

Join James from Welch LLP Chartered Professional Accountants as he provides information for small businesses. The session will be followed by an open question and answer period. Submit your question ahead of time on the registration form linked below. 

  • How to read income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement
  • Key remittances to remember 
  • HST overview (registering and filing)
  • Annual taxes overview (sole proprietor and corporations)
  • Remuneration (sole proprietor and corporations). Wages vs dividend.
  • Question and Answer period

Pre-register for this webinar


In-Person: Sales Business Owner Style

Presented by Jay Fisher

When: Thursday, February 23, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: BECN Boardroom, 600 William Street, Cobourg. 
Cost: Free. *Limited seats available—please register using the link below to guarantee your seat. If you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.
Recommended for existing business owners

You work hard to run your small business. But you barely have enough time each week to keep the operation running. Selling, who has time to sell? Despite the many challenges related to selling, every business owner must find a way to gain and service customers. No customers, no business. But how?

Based on lessons learned from three decades of personal and coaching experiences, this session will share highlights of a simplified selling process designed specifically for small business owners.  Specific tactics and practical tools will be introduced to help participants hit ‘reset’ on their new selling journey.

By the end of this session, you will gain insights into:

  • Selling efficiently by ‘moving’ people
  • Leading the customer through complex buying processes
  • Developing meaningful, long-lasting client relationships

This session will not include: 

  • A complex selling approach requiring full-time attention
  • Cheap customer selling tactics
  • Ways to trick a customer into buying

Pre-register for this workshop