One-Day Workshops

What is it?

In response to the COVID-19 global crisis, Operation Entrepreneur has paused all in-person workshops, and will now be offering live online Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Business Fundamentals workshops.

These facilitated online workshops will be conducted by our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and will focus on helping transitioning military personnel, veterans and their partners learn about starting their own business. The workshop have been designed to concentrate on the fundamental elements of starting a small business, and helping determine possible next steps. 

You may choose to register for each of the different sessions listed below, or simply register for the session based on the subject matter you are interested in learning more about! Click on the subject you are interested in below, or the "Schedule" tab for more information, and to register.

Idea Napkin
The Idea Napkin is a tool created by Alex Bruton to help identify and focus on the important elements of a business idea. It's a one-page overview that articulates the idea for both the creator and the clients it aims to serve. With this tool you can create your elevator pitch describing the value you will deliver to your clients. This session will discuss the best approach for the Napkin exercise and explain how to use it when testing your business idea. 

Business Planning
Do you have a business idea that you’re passionate about? Do you know who your customer is and the problem you’re going to solve? Are you looking for a concrete next step to get started? This session will provide guidance on how to build the roadmap that works the best for the type of business you’re creating. Every business needs a plan, but not all businesses require a business plan. 

Marketing Strategies
Marketing can be broadly defined as the tools used to communicate with your clients (or potential clients) and includes the ways you both attract and interact with them. There are so many different platforms available, but what platforms are your clients using? Knowing your audience is key when determining your marketing strategy and will help focus your business objectives. 

Money and Finance
Money matters. Effective financial planning matters. Determining how much money you need and what you will be using it for is essential when evaluating the realities of your business. This facilitated discussion will examine start-up costs, spending habits, sales forecasting and cash flow projections. 

Sales & the Customer
Creating your product or service is only one part of the business puzzle. In this session, we will discuss questions like: Who is your market? Where is your market? Who are your competitors? Identifying your goals and developing a sales strategy will help you to ask the important questions and determine what your client or customer really needs. 


One-Day Workshops

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 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 Summer Schedule  

In response to the COVID-19 global crisis, Operation Entrepreneur will be offering Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Business Fundamentals facilitated online workshops throughout July and August. 

These facilitated online workshops will be conducted by our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and will focus on helping transitioning military personnel, veterans and their partners learn about starting their own business. 

You may choose to register for each of the different sessions listed below, or simply register for the session based on the subject matter you are interested in learning more about! The sessions have been developed to concentrate on the fundamental elements of staring a small business and help you determine what your next steps could be. 

If you are unable to attend a virtual workshop, please register for our weekly "Ask us Anything" video conferences to learn more about Operation Entrepreneur and starting your own business. 

Idea Napkin

Date: Jul 14, 2020

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Business Planning

Date: Jul 23, 2020

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Marketing Strategies

Date: Jul 29, 2020

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Money and Finance

Date: Aug 06, 2020

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Sales & the Customer

Date: Aug 10, 2020

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Past Workshops

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Who is it for?

Operation Entrepreneur's one-day Introduction to Entrepreneurship workshops are open to all transitioning or still serving Canadian Armed Forces members, Reserve members, and veterans of any age. One-day workshops are also open to family members, spouses, and partners of military members, as well as any staff within the military community. 

The workshops are designed for those who are exploring the options for their next career move, and who are considering entrepreneurship as a second career. Our Introduction to Entrepreneurship workshops are a great starting point for those who are wondering if entrepreneurship is right for them, and who are looking for some clear next steps to start their business.