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September 12, 2011
Enterprise Toronto's 11th annual Small Business Forum: Learn Today. Grow Tomorrow!
How to Grow is the focus of this year’s most anticipated entrepreneurial event, Enterprise Toronto’s Small Business Forum, taking place Tuesday, October 18. This 11th annual free event has grown to become a pivotal day in the life of small business owners in Toronto.

The all-day forum will include 15 in-depth seminars featuring business professionals, who will share their experiences in finance, investing, social media, sales, marketing and growth strategies. Other features: a trade show with more than 75 exhibitors; the Digital Zone, providing an opportunity to discover the latest new technologies including business software, mobile applications and social media tools; and a "mega networking" evening sponsored by the Toronto Board of Trade.

Keynote speaker Nadja Piatka, founder and president of Nadja Foods, is also an author and motivational speaker. Piatka took her home-based business out of the kitchen and created a multi-million-dollar international food company that supplies Subway and McDonald’s with healthy snacks and desserts. With an idea and $100, Piatka dared to dream big and has seen her dreams come true.

"Toronto recognizes the enormous potential of small businesses to grow, prosper and create jobs," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee. "The 1,500 people attending the Small Business Forum will receive the information needed to turn their ideas into reality and their dreams into jobs."

Toronto's 300,000 small/micro business owners are a driving force for job creation. The City of Toronto is committed to supporting the growth of existing firms and to help new businesses. For entrepreneurs and established business owners, the Small Business Forum is an opportunity to learn from, and network with, other successful entrepreneurs as well as to meet investors, funders and government program providers. The forum is also an opportunity to access information about new business products and services; and to explore new technologies and approaches to business development.

The forum will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 18 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd., South Building, Level 700. Advance registration, while free, is required for attendance. For information and to register, visit or call 416-392-6646.

The Small Business Forum is the signature event of Enterprise Toronto. Throughout the year, Enterprise Toronto provides services and programs tailored to meet the needs of Toronto's entrepreneurs and small businesses, helping them to achieve their full potential so that they grow to create jobs and contribute to Toronto’s prosperity. Enterprise Toronto is a service provided by the City of Toronto's Economic Development and Culture division.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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