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September 20, 2004
Small Business Forum 2004: one location to start and grow a small business
Toronto Economic Development will host the fourth annual Small Business Forum
on Wednesday, September 22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Small
business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs will have access to valuable
business information and the opportunity to meet and network with industry

"Entrepreneurs in Toronto today will become our successful business leaders of
tomorrow," said Toronto Mayor David Miller who will be making opening remarks
at the forum. "By providing opportunities through our Small Business Forum, we
hope to inspire and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit for which Toronto is

The forum will include a keynote presentation by Anton Rabie, President of Spin
Master Ltd., a Toronto-based toy company. Mr. Rabie will describe the steps of
taking a student-run business to one that employs over 200 people, operates in
42 different countries and has become the ninth largest toy company worldwide
in a $26 billion (US) market. He will address the challenges of growing and
sustaining a company.

The one-day interactive event will offer seminars, roundtable discussions and
special forums, encompassing all aspects of small business development for
today's entrepreneur, from basic accounting practices to web development. New
this year is the Diversity Business Forum focusing on business issues for new
Canadians that joins the very popular forums for youth and women. As well, the
latest in business products and services from over 90 exhibitors will be

The Small Business Forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an economic briefing by
the RBC Financial Group. Welcoming remarks by Mayor Miller will be at 9:30 a.m.
and trade show hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A full schedule of events and
registration information is available at
Admission is free, however, participants are encouraged to register online
today to avoid delays.

Toronto Economic Development, through its Enterprise Toronto office, delivers a
variety of programs and services to assist with small business start-up and
growth. This includes advisory services and seminars as well as facilitating
access to resources.

Media contact:
Eva Pyatt, Director, Small Business and Local Partnerships, Economic
Development, 416-392-7183



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