One-Day Workshops

What is it?

Our free one-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship workshops are designed to help transitioning military personnel, veterans and their partners learn about starting their own business.

Held in military communities across Canada, workshops are conducted by our Entrepreneur-in-Residence and supported by a variety of educators and entrepreneurs from the local area. Click "Schedule" tab to register for one in your area.

In just one day you can learn:

    • how military skills can be transferred to business ownership

    • how to evaluate business ideas

    • components of business planning like marketing and start-up costs

    •  how to access free resources online and in your community

    • where to network with other entrepreneurs


One-day workshops are open to all CAF members, veterans, reservists and their families.

Join us to explore all the options for your next career move.

What to expect?

Our workshops are a full day, packed with learning and run from 09:00 to 16:00. Lunch and snacks are provided. 

In the morning, you’ll see how your military skills can transfer to business ownership and what characteristics make for a good entrepreneur. We look at where good business ideas come from and how to know if you’re on the right track. We’ll introduce you to free local resources readily available to help you along the way.

In the afternoon we concentrate on some fundamental elements of small business ownership such as marketing and cash flow basics.

You’ll end the workshop knowing if entrepreneurship is right for you and have a clearer idea of what your next steps could be.

What past participants have said:

“The day was beyond my expectations – practical, informative + useful tools.”
“The information gave me confidence that I have a viable business to grow.”
“This has given me the confidence to move forward with my idea.”
“Excellent foundation; Pointing me in the right direction with networking, resources, and planning.”
“The program is outstanding that provides a variety of resources that doesn't end after you do the 7 day boot camp.”

One-Day Workshops

Introduction to Entrepreneurship Winter Schedule  

Check out our Ongoing Support page for a suite of online tools, resources and services that will help at every stage of your entrepreneurial journey!

Other upcoming workshops: Ottawa (French) - February

If you are interested in learning more about Operation Entrepreneur, register for one of our weekly POE Connects one-hour information session via Skype. Use the POE CONNECTS tab under Programs to view the schedule of calls. During the call you will: learn about POE and how it can help start or grow your business, connect with others considering entrepreneurship, find out about local small business resources, ask questions and receive next steps.

Kingston, ON

Date: Jan 15, 2020

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Petawawa, ON

Date: Jan 21, 2020

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Winnipeg, MB

Date: Jan 27, 2020

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Saint-Jean (Fr)

Date: Jan 27, 2020

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Esquimalt, BC

Date: Feb 10, 2020

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Bagotville (Fr)

Date: Feb 17, 2020

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Edmonton, AB

Date: Feb 24, 2020

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Past Workshops

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