Startup and Small Business Events Happening in December 2017

Every month our team compiles a list of startup and small business events in Toronto and Southwestern Ontario that we’re interested in attending and think will be useful to anyone in the startup and small business community.
Some of these events may fill up fast, so if you’re interested in attending please register quickly. Business events are generally free of charge unless a price is listed. If you’re hosting an event or come across one that you think should be included here, feel free to contact us with your suggestion(s). We hope to see you there!




Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library provides free and equitable access to services which meet the changing needs of Torontonians.
Event: Instagram Workshop
When: December 1, 2017, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Albert Campbell, 496 Birchmount Road, Toronto, ON
Price: Free


Each month, the TechToronto Meetup is designed for Toronto technologists to learn something new and meet someone new. You’ll learn from one of the 5x5s: five presentations of five minutes each.
Event: TechToronto Meetup + Afterparty
When: December 4, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: RBC WaterPark Place Auditorium, 88 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, ON
Price: $20.00

MaRS Discovery District

MaRS is where entrepreneurs get the help they need, where all kinds of people meet to spark new ideas, and where a global reputation for innovation is being earned, one success story at a time. MaRS events are ideal for start-ups and science, technology or social entrepreneurs looking to make connections and learn more about a particular aspect of business.
Event: MaRS Sales ABC Workshop
When: December 5, 12 and 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Where: 101 College Street MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON
Price: $100.00

Camp Tech

Camp Tech is a technical skills training hub. They provide half and full-day in-person workshops for adults who want to learn website and digital skills. They create a welcoming environment for those who are hesitant with technology, and emphasize skills that can be put into practice right away.
Event: Intro To Google Analytics
When: December 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 304, Toronto, ON
Price: $99.00

RIC Centre

As the Entrepreneur and Innovation Hub for Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon, the RIC Centre offers a comprehensive range of support services to entrepreneurs for free, including mentorship and advisory services, hands-on workshops, and networking events.
Event: Startup Boot Camp
When: December 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Xerox Research Centre, 2660 Speakman Drive, Mississauga, ON
Price: $20.00

Ladies Learning Code

Have you taken their HTML and CSS workshop? Looking to expand your web development skills? CSS is a powerful web development language that’s used to create the layout and design for web pages. Without CSS, the web would not be as pretty!
Event: HTML & CSS for Beginners: Learn to Build a One Page Website From Scratch
When: December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: HackerYou, 483 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Price: $55.00

Enterprise Toronto

Enterprise Toronto is a one-stop source to start and grow your small business. Their team of small business advisors can help you make the right decisions for your business start-up and help develop your management capabilities as your business venture grows.
Event: Starting Your Business 101
When: December 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 3, Toronto, ON
Price: Free

Startup Toronto

Startup Toronto is a grass roots entrepreneur-led community of Startup Canada. They connect their members to the startup ecosystem in Toronto, foster a supportive home for all entrepreneurs, and provide programs and tools that help entrepreneurs accelerate their business growth.
Event: Startup Social with TorontoStarts
When: December 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Workhaus, 30 Wellington St West, 5th floor · Toronto, ON
Price: $25.00


BrainStation is a progressive educational institution that is powering the next generation of creators. BrainStation is education for the 21st century, where business, creativity, and technology collide.
Event: Search Engine Marketing Fundamentals
When: December 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: BrainStation Toronto, 460 King Street West, Toronto, ON
Price: $20.00




Events designed for project professionals across North America to learn, network and obtain professional education units in a unique environment.
Event: ProjectTalks – Kitchener-Waterloo
When: December 1, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, ON
Price: $40.00

Waterloo Region Small Business Centre

The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre encourages and contributes to the enterprising spirit and economic vitality of our community by assisting entrepreneurs with the development of new or existing businesses.
Event: Startup Business Basics
When: December 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: 100 Regina ST S, Waterloo, ON
Price: Free

IABC Waterloo

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication.
Event: IABC Waterloo Mix and Mingle Holiday Social
When: December 14, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Abe Erb Kitchener, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener, ON
Price: $10.00



Silicon Halton

Silicon Halton organizes a number of events throughout the year in the Halton region, including Burlington, Oakville, and Milton. Their monthly meetups and Peer2Peer events have three main components: a key note presentation, a ‘get to know a member’ presentation, and time set out for networking. These events are catered to anyone at a startup – especially in the tech industry – that wants to learn more about business best practices.
Event: Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer: Topic – Marketing Plans
When: December 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Halton Hive, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON
Price: Free for members


HalTech is the leading source of support and personal service for tech and advanced manufacturing entrepreneurs in Halton. They assist Halton’s entrepreneurs and technology companies with developing their ideas and commercializing their products/services as well as establishing and expanding their businesses.
Event: Developing your Digital Marketing Go-to-market Plan – Hype versus Priorities
When: December 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: 5500 North Service Road, Suite 801 Burlington, ON
Price: $5.00



Software Hamilton

Software Hamilton covers the Hamilton, Ontario technology and startup community.
Event: Hamilton E-Commerce & Online Entrepreneurs: Show & Tell
When: December 3, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: TBA
Price: TBA

Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory helps advance Hamilton’s innovation community and serves as an inspiring expert resource for entrepreneurs that fosters connections across the community and accelerates growth.
Event: Best Practices, Better Sales: E-Commerce Peer 2 Peer
When: December 7, 2017, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 175 Longwood Rd S, Hamilton, ON
Price: Free



Guelph Business Networking Event

When: December 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Fionn MacCool’s, 494 Edinburgh Rd S, N/E corner of Stone and Edinburgh, Guelph, ON
Price: $15.00


CBaSE (the Centre for Business and Student Enterprise) is housed within the College of Business + Economics and is home to all things entrepreneurship at at the University of Guelph.
Event: Hub Incubator Pitch Finals
When: December 13, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: MacDonald Hall, Room 232, 74 Macdonald Street, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
Price: Free

Innovation Guelph

Innovation Guelph is building prosperity for community wellbeing by providing mentorship and business support programs and services to help innovative enterprises start, grow and thrive.
Event: Lessons From Leaders: What I’ve Learned About Bankrolling a Business
When: December 15, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Where: Innovation Guelph, 111 Farquhar Street, 3rd Floor, Guelph, ON
Price: $15.00



Innovate Niagara

Innovate Niagara is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, a network of regional and provincial not-for-profit organizations that deliver services and programs to help entrepreneurs succeed.
Event: [email protected]: ABCs of Tax for Small Business
When: December 7, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: 1 St. Paul St. St.Catharines, ON
Price: $15.00

St. Catharines Enterprise Centre

The St. Catharines Enterprise Centre provides the information, tools and resources that entrepreneurs need to launch and grow their businesses. Aspiring and existing entrepreneurs are serviced through many support services, including a number of informative seminars and events.
Event: Sales and Marketing Seminar
When: December 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: St. Catharines Enterprise Centre, 1 St. Paul Street, 3rd Floor, Suite A301, St., Catharines, ON
Price: Free

Startup Niagara

Startup Drinks is a monthly networking event for Niagara Startups and those interested in the Niagara business community. Startup Niagara is a place for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs alike to gather, learn from each other and get access to invaluable resources and programming. They are entrepreneur-led and are committed to the long-term success and sustainability of our community.
Event: Startup Drinks Niagara
When: December 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBA (Niagara, ON)
Price: Free
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Startup and Small Business Events Happening in December 2017