Entrepreneurial Programs

Sharpen your skills and find your calling

TBDC delivers several entrepreneurial programs geared to the specific needs of various entrepreneur groups. Whether full-time year-round ventures or summer-only businesses for students, TBDC’s approach is the same – combining practical skills development with personalized advisory support to grow successful businesses. We package the appropriate skills development training with hands-on advisory support.
OWSED

Start a Business with Ontario Works

Ontario Works Self-Employment
Development Program (OWSED)

Program Details

Sponsored by the Province of Ontario in partnership with Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS), the Ontario Works Self-Employment Development Program (OWSED) is designed to assist individuals currently receiving social assistance support to start their own businesses. Participants complete a comprehensive business plan during the training phase of the program. On-going business advisory support is available for a period of one year as clients implement their business plan.

Contact Information

For more information about the OWSED Program or to sign up for an upcoming information session, please call TBDC’s OWSED Program Coordinator at (416) 345-9437 or send an email to owsed@tbdc.com

Business Inc

Toronto Public Library

Business Inc. Program

Program Details

The Business Inc. Program, offered at various Toronto Public Library locations, is designed to assist new and early-stage entrepreneurs to develop and grow their businesses. During the program participants will:
  • develop an effective business model
  • have access to a business advisor and other valuable resources
  • network with other entrepreneurs The program is offered in the spring and fall.

Contact Information

For more information and dates, please contact us at (416) 345-9437 or email us at businc@tbdc.com

BIZ Futures

Nothing can hold you back

BIZ Futures Program

Program Details

BIZ Futures is a skills development and business support program designed specifically for persons with disabilities who are starting their own business. It combines business skills development workshops with one-on-one advisory support to help participants develop their business plans and launch their business idea. BIZ Futures is sponsored by Ontario Disability Supports Program – Employment Supports, ODSP-ES.

Contact Information

For more information about the BIZ Futures Program, please call TBDC’s BIZ Futures Program Coordinator at (416) 345-9437 or email us at bizfutures@tbdc.com

Skilled Trades Program

Construct your future

Skilled Trades Program

Program Details

In partnership with the Government of Ontario, we provide high-quality, hands-on and in-classroom training programs through our training partners. During the training program, we offer financial and other support to students, in order to ensure the successful completion of the course. Once students complete their program, we leverage our business networks to connect them with potential employers. Our latest program is Explore Skilled Trades.