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.

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 startup 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 2018 Schedule

Workshops run from September/October to April at Canadian Forces Bases across Canada.  Stay tuned - we will be releasing the fall schedule in early September. 

If you are interested in learning more about POE, please consider registering for a local POE Connects one-hour information session via Skype.  See next tab for dates and locations. 

Take a look at the Ongoing Support page for a suite of online tools and resources that will help at every stage of your entrepreneurial journey! 

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POE Connects

POE Connects is a one-hour information session hosted by POE staff via Skype or conference call.  It's an opportunity for those considering entrepreneurship, or already have a business idea, to connect and find out how POE can transition your ideas into actions. Register for any session but the local resources discussed will be specific to that region.  It is an online call but those without Skype can dial in. 

During the call you will:
• Learn about POE and how it can help start or grow your business
• Connect with others considering entrepreneurship in your area
• Find out about local small business resources
• Ask questions

Next steps could be:
• Apply to boot camp
• Access online learning modules
• Grow your network by connecting with a veteran entrepreneur in your industry or city
• Follow up with the local small business centre for guidance on financing options, lunch and learns, networking events 

“POE was extremely helpful with regards to info, tech netting, resources, the call really gave me that reassurance that I was heading in the right direction .....Thank you so much!!”


POE Connects Petawawa

Date: May 16, 2018

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POE Connects Comox

Date: May 24, 2018

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POE Connects Calgary

Date: May 30, 2018

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POE Connects Moose Jaw

Date: Jun 05, 2018

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POE Connects Winnipeg

Date: Jun 08, 2018

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POE Connects North Bay

Date: Jun 12, 2018

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POE Connects Toronto

Date: Jun 15, 2018

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POE Connects Cold Lake

Date: Jun 18, 2018

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POE Connects St. John's

Date: Jun 20, 2018

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POE Connects Borden

Date: Jun 27, 2018

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