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, workshops and conferences are beneficial at any stage of business development.

Work Shop Session teams working together

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 events 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).


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Bridges to Better Business workshop series

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What you didn't know about human resources & how it helps

Presented by Lisa Smith-Maxam of The Staff Room - Human Resources Management & Consulting

When: Tuesday, May 30 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: In-person in the BECN Boardroom, located at 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.

About this event

This workshop is recommended for existing businesses, businesses with employees, businesses looking to hire. 

Join Lisa as she provides information, conversation and useful tools regarding three important areas of human resources; policies, health & safety, and the do's and don'ts as an employer.

  • Mandatory 11 policies every business must have (with employees and without)
  • Communicating, tracking, and record keeping of policies
  • Creating a policy template
Health and safety                                    
  • Health and safety obligations as an employer
  • How to properly train employees for safe practices when faced with rude or threatening clients
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) and health and safety: What are they, and how do I become certified?
  • Personal protective equipment: Do we still need it?
Do's and don'ts as an employer
  • Why you have to ensure you adhere to your policies
  • Ministry of Labour: What are they looking for? How do I comply?
  • Importance of insurance
  • Understanding legislation, acts, codes.

Pre-register for this workshop