Startup and Small Business Events You Don’t Want to Miss in November 2015

Business Events Hamilton

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 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.

Toronto Events

Ladies Learning Code

Whether you want to start your own blog, or your company website is run on it, WordPress allows you to update and create content easily, while allowing for your own style and customization. In this workshop, we will show you how to install WordPress, what it all means, and of course, how to edit a theme to make it your own.

Event: Toronto HTML & CSS for Beginners: Learn to Build a Multi Page Website
When: November 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: HackerYou, 483 Queen St W.,3rd Floor, Toronto
Price: $55.00

MaRS Discovery District

MaRS is where entrepreneurs get the help they need, where people meet to spark new ideas, and where a global reputation for innovation is earned, one success story at a time.The often-free events at MaRS are ideal for startups, science, technology and social entrepreneurs looking to make connections and gain business insights.

Event: Value Proposition – Entrepreneurship 101
When: November 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: MaRS Centre (Auditorium), 101 College Street, Toronto
Price: Free

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: Lunch&Learn on Social Media and SmallBiz
When: November 9, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Xerox Research Centre of Canada, 2660 Speakman Drive, Mississauga
Price: $10.00 (Member), $40,00 (General Admission)

Toronto Board of Trade

The Toronto Board of Trade facilitates opportunities for knowledge sharing, networking, business development, and city building. It is the authoritative voice of Canada’s most prominent business community.

Event: Advanced Selling Skills: How to Tailor Your Sales Strategy to Your Customer’s Buying Style
When: November 10, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Where: CC Lounge, 45 Front St. East, Toronto
Price: Free (Members); $15 (Non-members)

Hustle: Communicate with Confidence 

Hustle is a community of like-minded professionals who want a fun, inclusive environment to practice the communication and people skills to develop rewarding careers and opportunities for advancement.

Event: Networking Event: Get Out Of Your Own Way!
When: November 11, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue, Whole Connector Room 1st floor, Toronto
Price: $10.00


This one day event intends to convene the rapidly-growing technical entrepreneur community located in the greater Toronto area. The target audience is young professionals, interested in technical entrepreneurship, who wish to strengthen their business development skills, learn how to make their ideas into inventions, and receive inspiration from visionary success stories.

When: November 14, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: MaRS Centre, 101 College Street, Toronto
Price: Member, non-member, and student prices vary

Rails Pub Night

This informal social event is perfect for anyone interested in web development. People in the industry, as well as interested recruits gather in Toronto’s exciting web development and startup community.

Event: Toronto Rails Pub Night
When: November 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Where: The Rhino, 1249 Queen Street West (Queen & Dufferin), Toronto
Price: Free

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 during your business startup and help develop your management capabilities as your business venture grows.

Event: Marketing & Sales Boot Camp
When: November 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 4, Toronto
Price: $15

Camp Tech

Camp Tech is a tech skills training hub. They provide half and full-day in-person workshops for adults who want to learn web and digital skills. They create a welcoming environment for those who are hesitant around technology, and we emphasize skills that can be put into practice right away.

Event: SEO: How to Drive Traffic to your Website
When: November 24, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Price: $85.00

Waterloo Region events


Founded by a group of dedicated entrepreneurs in 1997, Communitech is Waterloo Region’s hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies. Over the years, they have supported and helped build a tech cluster of nearly 1,000 companies that now generates more than $30 billion in revenue.

Event: Communitech 2015 AGM
When: November 12, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Tannery Event Centre, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener
Price: Members Free, Non-member $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: Sales Essentials (E101)
When: November 19, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 200 King Street West, Kitchener
Price: $20.00

Halton Events


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, commercializing their products/services and establishing and expanding their businesses.

Event: Pitch Perfect: Pitching your Business to Investors
When: November 16, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Oakville Town Hall, Bronte/Palermo Rm. 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville
Price: Free

Silicon Halton

Silicon Halton organizes events in the Halton region (Burlington, Oakville, and Milton). Their monthly meetups and Peer2Peer has three main components; a key notes presentation, a get to know a member presentation, and time set out for networking. Events are catered to anyone at a startup, especially in the tech industry, who want to learn about business best practices.

Event: Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer #51…Can You Tube?
When: November 20, 2015, Drop in anytime, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Halton HiVE, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington

ACTION Conference 2015

The ACTION Conference is a intensive, hands-on startup conference aimed at teaching critical venture creation skills through active experiential learning. While ACTION is focused on technology commercialization, it is by no means limited to it.

When: November 21, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 South Service Road, Burlington
Price: Student $100, startup $120, professional $150

Hamilton Events

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: Sales Peer2Peer – How to Make a Successful Sales Call
When: November 11, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, #101a, Hamilton
Price:  Free

Startup Weekend Hamilton

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Hamilton designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.

When: November 13 – 15, 2015
Where: CoMotion on King, 115 King St E, Hamilton
Price: $79 (student $59)

Guelph Events

Innovation Guelph

Innovation Guelph provides educational programs, events, and services to help entrepreneurs, community organizations, researchers and business leaders develop ideas. Here, expert advisors can also help your development.

Event: Startup Drinks
When: November 13, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Brass Taps, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road East, Guelph
Price: Free

Niagara Events

Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Businesses in Niagara are looking for leadership to address the real issues that are facing businesses and communities in Niagara. The goal is that this organization can bring together business leaders who are ready to help position Niagara’s economy for the 21st Century.

Event: Business After Five
When: November 3, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Where: Performance Mercedes-Benz, 371 Ontario Street, St. Catharines
Price: Free

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: Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend
When: November 6, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – November 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Brock University, 500 Gelnridge Ave, St. Catharines
Price: $15.00

Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre

The Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre runs events geared towards both new startups as well as existing businesses. This seminar will describe marketing techniques that are critical to the success of your business. Investing in a good marketing plan will generate excellent returns and provide long-term benefits.

Event: Marketing Research and Advertising
When: November 26, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: City of Niagara Falls, 4310 Queen Street, Niagara Falls
Price: $20.00

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Startup and Small Business Events You Don’t Want to Miss in November 2015