September 4, 2023

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QPI Workshop: Future Readiness & Tax Obligations for Business Owners ~ May 30th

Join Rémi Straus, CPA, CA on May 30 to learn about how to be "future thinking" about your startup or small business. This presentation will discuss:


  • Bookkeeping” what it is, how it is different from accounting, the importance of quality bookkeeping
  • Small business taxes: a general overview of taxation for small business and what you need to know to make sure you are ready for your business' financial year-end
  • Common write offs for entrepreneurs / small business owners
  • CRA penalties and interest and how they are applied
  • Strategies - keep on top of your books each month 

Click here to register now.

June 3rd  Royal Canadian Air Force Ball 2023

RCAF Ball 2023 - RSVP

RCAF Ball 2023 on 3 June 2023 at the Infinity Convention Center,

Located at 2901 Gibford Dr, Ottawa, ON. Timings: Cocktails: 1800 hrs / Dinner: 1900 hrs / Dance: 2200 hrs


June 10th Government Procurement Small Business Showcase 2023

Procurement Assistance Canada - Ontario Region in partnership with the City of Markham, City of Toronto, City of Vaughan and the Region of Peel will host a Government Procurement Small Business Showcase at the Markham Civic Centre on June 15, 2023 (10:00am-4:30pm). This in-person event will provide businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and services to government procurement officials that could help in making them your customer. You will also have the opportunity to hear about a variety of government procurement initiatives and engage with presenters.

Everyone is welcome to attend and to take advantage of the networking opportunities. Light lunch will be provided.

Why attend?

  • Learn about procurement opportunities from various levels of government
  • Public sector procurement in Canada is a $200 billion marketplace
  • Gain strategic insights on major procurement initiatives (i.e., sustainability, Indigenous, etc.)
  • Connect directly with government procurement buyers to understand how to make them your customer 

Registration link: Government Procurement Small Business Showcase/ 

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Career Pathways Magazine - Your Resource Tool for Jobs, Careers and Being Informed

We are grateful to the companies and organizations that support this important initiative in collaboration

between WMB and 101 Things to Do With Kids Media.


Please visit our Community Members' Directory and learn about the services that our dynamic members offer!

Ozy Belle Fashions

"I love clothes and fashion! My collections are chosen for best fit, great style and value. I want You to feel great and confident in what you wear"
Owner, Kim Edgington

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Holiday Inn Waterfront Kingston

Centrally located just 5 minutes’ walk from Kingston’s waterfront, K-Rock Center and 1000 Island Cruises, this hotel features an indoor pool, as well as a hot tub. Rooms include a small fridge. Satellite and cable TV is offered in all rooms at Holiday Inn Kingston-Waterfront.

A free morning newspaper and coffee-making facilities provide in-room convenience. Guests of the Kingston Holiday Inn can work out in the on-site fitness center, relax in the sauna and borrow a board game from the front desk. Conference facilities are available at this Kingston hotel.

Corporate events, meetings and weddings can be accommodated. Wharf & Feathers offers breakfast and dinner options. Overlooking Lake Ontario, its seasonal patio provides an outdoor dining space and entertainment during the summer weekends. Boutiques in the city center and Old Fort Henry National Historic Site are just 5 minutes’ walk away.

2 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

Phone: (855) 680-3239



 Up to $15,000! Have you heard of the Canada Digital Adoption Program Grant?

The Government of Canada, as part of the 2021 federal budget, announced the Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP). The goal of the CDAP program is to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to meet the challenges of the digital age and reach their full potential.

Eligible businesses can leverage this grant to pay for the services of a digital advisor (who has to be pre-approved for this by the gov’t). These advisors will work with companies to recommend digital pathways and strategies to help them achieve their business goals and increase their competitiveness in the digital economy.

The Boost Your Business Technology Grant

The grant covers up to 90% of the eligible cost of retaining the services of a digital advisor (that’s us!), up to a maximum grant value of $15,000, to develop a digital adoption plan. Businesses also have the opportunity to secure up to a $100,000 - 0% interest loan from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to facilitate the acquisition of new technology.

You can also apply for a wage subsidy of up to $7,300 to hire a student or recent graduate to help achieve your digital adoption goals through a funded work placement program.

If you’re interested in learning more about this, Marketing Guardians is an approved CDAP Digital Advisor and can help you apply for the grant if your business qualifies and can build your Digital Adoption Plan.

Learn more:

SheBoot Launches Canada-Wide Call for Applications


SheBoot, the investment-ready bootcamp for women entrepreneurs, has announced its fourth national call for applications and invite Canadian women-led technology and technology-enabled startups to apply by May 23, 2023. Fifteen companies from across the nation will be selected to participate in the next cohort of SheBoot and vie for a minimum of $300,000 in equity-based investment from women angels.

This will help more women tech founders get investment-ready and secure the capital required to grow, scale, and compete globally. Since September 2020, SheBoot graduates have raised more than $15 million in additional investment, with more on the horizon.  

Click here to apply now.



DELIA Fund for Women Entrepreneurs in Southeastern Ontario


Did you know women entrepreneurs can receive up to $15,000 in micro loan support for their business operations through the DELIA Fund?   Click here to learn more.



First Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (up to $15,000 in Grants)


Are you an Indigenous woman who is launching a business in Central or Eastern Ontario? If so, the First Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship program (FNWE) aims to provide start-up and expansion micro loans and grants of up to $15,000 to eligible First Nations women entrepreneurs. In addition to micro-loans and grants, the FNWE program offers workshops and learning opportunities, as well as business planning guidance and coaching. 

Click here for details.


First Nations Grant and Membership Program for Indigenous Women (up to $3,000)

In order to support the success of First Nations women entrepreneurs, the Grant and Mentorship Program matches experienced First Nations women entrepreneurs with potential/new business owners to create the foundation for launching a viable business.  It also provides FNWE resources, learning opportunities and micro-grants to explore a new business idea. 

Click here to learn more.



Don’t miss your chance to win by participating in Canada Post's Small Business Tales of Triumph Contest!

Behind every small business is a tale of triumph and Canada Post wants to hear yours! Share your tale for a chance to win millions of people’s hearts along with more than $100,000 in services, media, and professional support that will help you start the next chapter of your story. 

Whether your business is just opening its doors, has the most loyal customers, or is finding ways to give back to the community and environment— Canada Post would love to hear about it. 

What Can you Claim on Your Business Taxes - a  Refresh


Dragons' Den

Applications are now open to audition for Dragons' Den, a CBC reality television program format in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hope of securing investment finance from them. Apply now!


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Visit Kingston Video

Camping, events…Ontario welcomes the Summer of 2023!



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