June2017 StructuringYourBusinessForGrowth

Tue Jun 27, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (NOTE: early start time) | The Whisky Lounge, O’Finns Irish Temper, Oakville. 

Starting a business is tough! But, once you’ve tackled that major challenge what does it take to make it grow year over year? Are there ways you should structure your company so it’s best suited to grow? Are there things you should avoid?

“The structure of a business is everything that directs, controls and influences the behavior of your people as well as the flow of resources and activities towards fulfillment of your business objectives.

Business Challenges

Entrepreneurs and CEOs of companies are faced with many challenges and risks as they drive along the highway of business growth. While they plot their journey many questions arise and key decisions need to be made. Hard and potentially expensive decisions.

  • How should you the capitalize growth? Should you go it alone, bring on investors?
  • How should you grow? Develop new markets, sell new products and services in existing markets? Both?
  • How can you best valuate your company so you know where you are and where you need to be?
  • Where do you invest money in growing your company? R&D or Sales and Marketing… both? What’s missing?

These are some of the questions we will help answer during our newest installment of our “growth series” of meetups brought to you in part by SB Partners. This meetup will feature presentations from John Chisholm, Greg Clark from SB Partners and Chris Herbert, cofounder of Silicon Halton. Following the presentations will be a panel discussion

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Real World Case Studies

This meetup will feature actual case studies of growth successes and failures including:

    • The story of how SB Partners started and how they’ve evolved and structured themselves to grow. Get ideas on how you can structure your business to grow using some of the things they implemented.
    • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Stories and insights from growth success and failures.
    • Insights from Chris Herbert’s interview with Jon Ferrara. Jon was the cofounder of Goldmine software which he sold in 1999 for $83M U.S. Jon cofounded Social CRM provider Nimble in 2008 and is the CEO.

Finally, we will share new findings that disprove that the lack of capital is the primary reason why Canadian companies cannot scale. We will share the three critical issues Canadian companies need to address in order to fuel late stage growth.

Who Should Attend?

  • This meetup is designed, primarily, for CEOs and Entrepreneurs of growth oriented technology companies with 10 to 100 employees and members of their teams.
  • It’s open to all CEOs and business leaders who want to assess whether their company is structured for growth.
  • For entrepreneurs that have audacious goals of growing 10 times in revenue/value within 5 years

Presentation and Supportive Docs

Presentation DeckCanadian Tech Tortoises, Is a lack of spending on marketing and sales delaying fundraising? | A Failure to Scale, Are We Creating Financially Unattractive Companies?

Presenters/Panelists

JohnChisholm June2017John Chisholm, Partner & CEO - SB Partners
As Partner and CEO of the firm, John is grateful for the opportunity to lead his team. John loves the challenge leadership brings, as well as the opportunity to connect with the community. He tries to keep abreast of emerging issues that affect his clients and their businesses. His main focus is making sure SB Partners put the best possible team on the field every day to help their clients succeed.
Learn more about John >

GregClarke 2017Greg Clarke, Partner - SB Partners
As a professional and trusted advisor, Greg's role is to provide clients with information, options and practical solutions so they can make informed decisions. Solutions need to add value to a business while allowing the flexibility to adapt to an ever-changing business environment.
Learn more about Greg > 

 

Chris.jpgChris Herbert (Moderator)
Chris is an entrepreneur. His ventures include: Mi6 Agency, Silicon Halton and TechIgniters. He’s an author,  former squash professional, a top CMO on Twitter and a finalist in Cisco’s Global Innovation Contest. He loves to blog about technology, sales and marketing.
LinkedIn | Twitter >

 

Join in the Conversation

Silicon Halton members can discuss this event before and afterwards in our LinkedIn group here. Submit your questions in advance to the panelists!

Location

The Whiskey Lounge, O'Finn's Irish Temper
136 Church St, Oakville, ON L6J 1M9
Google Map

 

Friday July 7, 2017  |  Drop-in Anytime, 8:30am-4:30pm  |  MEV Innovation Centre, Milton

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Once each month the Innovation Centre opens its doors to Silicon Halton members.  Whether this your first opportunity to experience co-working or your 15th time, join fellow Silicon Halton members, and Innovation Centre members, at our monthly Silicon Halton Day at the MEV in Milton.

"Traditionally, society forces us to choose between working at home for ourselves or working at an office for a company. If we work at a traditional 9 to 5 company job, (the employer provides) community and structure, but lose freedom and the ability to control our own lives. If we work for ourselves at home, we gain independence but suffer loneliness and bad habits from not being surrounded by a work community. Coworking is a solution to this problem." - Brad Neuberg, first person to use the term "Coworking" and founder of first coworking space (The Spiral Muse in San Fransisco).

If you work in home office or small office, can you afford not to come?

Choose your own window

What time you spend at the Innovation Centre is your decision. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for a Lunch & Learn, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work.

Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from.

Interested in delivering a 1hr lunch & learn presentation? Contact Nitya Irwin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MEV IC MEVIC logoCan't wait?

Immediately discovery what the Innovation Centre has to offer by visiting them for a tour or to use the space.  No appointment neccessary. Also visit them at mevinnovationcentre.ca

 

When: See dates below.  Open from 8:30am - 5pm

Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members. 

Location: Milton Education Village - Innovation Centre: 555 Industrial Drive, Milton [Google Map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here <soon>.

Register: Register at the door

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July2017 SummerSocial

Tue July 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm | Hamptons Restaurant / Patio | Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville

Join us on the patio for a great summer social and speed-networking with Silicon Halton members.  Take time to share info about you and your business - and learn about others. Past attendees have said they always get value from practicing and delivering their pitch - as well as making new business acquaintances.

How Speed Networking Works

  • 3 minutes per conversation
  • First person gets 1 minute to speak about themselves or their company
  • Second person gets 1 minute to speak about themselves or their company
  • Then 1 minute to ask questions or exchange business cards – so bring lots
  • Smile and move on to the next person

What Can You Say In 1 Minute?

A lot actually if you practice a few times before the meetup. You can say:

  • Hello
  • Your name, your role, and your company name
  • What you help your clients / people achieve (one sentence)
  • How you do it (one sentence )
  • Your website (where people can go for more info)

If after the introduction you feel there is value in connecting, absolutely send the other person an email / linkedin request the following day.  

Location

Hampton’s Restaurant at the Quality Suites Hotel
754 Bronte Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 6R8, Oakville, Oakville
Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/N87

Friday, July 21, 2017  |  Halton HiVE | Drop in anytime, 8:30am - 5pm

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Here's your opportunity to experience and experiment with co-working. Join fellow members at our monthly Silicon Halton Day at the coworking space Halton HiVE, Burlington. 

Our ideas are products of our environment. They are influenced by the conversations around us.
- Clive Thompson, Contributing Editor, Wired Magazine

Random opportunities and discoveries that arise from interactions with others – play a large role in coworking
- from Working in the UnOffice from Night Owls Press

If you’ve experienced the favourable collisions, the random opportunities, that regularly occur during the short span of a Silicon Halton meetup, imagine the possibilities during a full day? Collisions are the probable interactions with other local tech businesses or professionals or ancillary tech services. These collisions routinely produce discoveries, economic and/or professional growth.

If you work in home office or small office, can you afford not to come?

Lunch & Learn? Maybe

Interested in delivering a 1hr lunch & learn presentation? Contact Rick Stomphorst at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Choose your own window

What time you spend at The HiVE is your decision. Come for an hour, the morning or afternoon, just for the Lunch & Learn, or all day. Come in, find a desk, get to work.

Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from.

About The HiVE

HaltonHive logo 300xThe Halton HiVE is an open concept office space reengineered for IT professionals, startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Those in the tech space know that “collisions”, unplanned interfacing between IT, Digital Media, ecommerce, etc., professionals often produce economic and/or professional growth. Read more about The HiVE here.

Learn more about the Burlington HiVE here: www.burlingtonhive.com and follow @HaltonHiVE, or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 1-866-427-2450

Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members ($39 value each). 

Location: Halton HiVE, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington – on the South-East corner of Guelph Line & Harvester Rd. [map]

Discuss: Silicon Halton members can discuss the event here.

Register: Register at the door

Monthly | Oakville, ON

Learn to be a better CEO/COO

The purpose is to help CEOs/COOs make higher quality decisions faster in order to grow their hi tech business. Ultimately, they will build stronger companies and stronger ICT cluster in Halton Region. 

A self-directed group, facilitated by Silicon Halton, the group decides the monthly topics, in order to provide the most timely and best value to them.

Membership is by invitation.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details or learn more here.

 

 

 

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