Our Entrepreneurial Programs

We offer a variety of programs to meet the needs of our entrepreneurs

If you had the opportunity to start your own business… would you?

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. The goal is for TBDC’s clients to craft and implement viable business plans which will lead them to financial independence operating sustainable businesses.

  • Business Inc.
  • BIZ Futures
  • Summer Company

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.

The training phase of this program is a combination of in-class instruction and independent study. The program is designed to help clients start up and operate their businesses by providing valuable background on business planning, marketing, sales, financials and business operations. 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.

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, ext. 231. You can also send inquiries to owsed@tbdc.com.

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

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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.

For more information about the BIZ Futures Program or to sign up for an upcoming information session, please call TBDC’s BIZ Futures Program Coordinator at (416) 345-9437. You can also send inquiries to bizfutures@tbdc.com.

Summer Company is a program for young entrepreneurs funded by the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and supported by the Government of Canada.

Participants are full-time students aged 15 to 29 at schools, colleges, and universities. They start businesses delivering products and services ranging from camps, food vending, swimming lessons, dance lessons, gardening, painting, jewelry design, computer graphics, and much more. TBDC helps the students set up and operate their summer venture. Many continue to operate their businesses after returning to school.

Successful Summer Company Program participants can receive a funding award of up to $1,500 to help with business start-up costs, and additional funds upon the successful completion of the Summer Company Program and returning to school. Participants benefit from targeted business training workshops and meeting regularly with advisors and mentors to receive support and advice relating to their summer business.

Please call (416) 345-9437 and speak with our Summer Company Program Coordinator for more information about this unique summer entrepreneurial opportunity. We can also be reached by email at summercompany@tbdc.com.