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Scaling Up Small Businesses

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Friday, 27 September 2019 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Scaling Up Small Businesses

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26 Sep 2019 Free  

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The OCC is pleased to invite you to 

Scaling Up Small Business 

Panel Discussion and Report Launch Event
Friday, September 27, 2019 | 11:30am to 2:00pm 
Venture North
270 George St N, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 3H1
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is pleased to invite you to our regional panel discussion 'Scaling Up Small Business.'

On September 27, the OCC is hosting an event in Peterborough focused on ‘Scaling Up Small Business’. The event will bring together private and public sector stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to growing a business in Ontario.

A prosperous economy is one that encourages and enables firm growth. Although Ontario is home to an abundance of entrepreneurs, they often face several obstacles to commercializing their ideas and scaling up their businesses. This limits the productivity and competitiveness of our province, as larger firms take advantage of economies of scale, invest heavily in research and development, and generate proportionally greater export value and GDP.

Join us for an exciting opportunity to network, discuss and debate opportunities for scaling up small business in Ontario. 


11:30am – 12:00pm: Networking lunch
12:00pm – 12:30pm: Welcome remarks
12:30pm – 12:40pm: Minister Remarks | The Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, Government of Ontario
12:40pm – 1:00pm: Keynote presentation | Diane Richard, Director of Product Development, Charlotte Products
1:00pm – 1:55pm: Panel discussion

  • Rhonda Keenan, President and CEO, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development
  • Dylan Trepanier, CEO, Alexander Optical
  • John Porter, President and CEO, BarterPay
  • Moderated by: Derek Newton, Assistant Vice President, Innovation Partnerships and Entrepreneurship, University of Toronto

1:55pm – 2:00pm: Closing remarks
*Subject to change

If you have any questions please contact, Stephanie Lewis, Senior Event Specialist. 
Have questions about Scaling Up Small Businesses? Contact Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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Venture North
270 George St N
Peterborough, ON K9J 3H1

Friday, 27 September 2019 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce

For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan voice of Ontario business.

The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members. The OCC’s vision is to foster a vibrant and economically sustainable province that is driven by an innovative, successful and ever-expanding business community. From innovative SMEs to established multinational corporations and industry associations, the OCC is committed to working with our members to improve business competitiveness across all sectors. The OCC represents local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in over 135 communities across Ontario, steering public policy conversations provincially and within local communities.

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