Our Meetups

Silicon Halton holds many meetups during the year - focused on four key tracks: 
Business Growth
Marketing, Sales, Business Development, and Venture Capital;
Technology Innovation
Product and Services Innovation, Research and Development;
Business Optimization
Productivity Methods, Project Management, Learning and Best Practices; and
Networking
Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth.

TGIF Tech - DIY Business Plan with More Passion and Less Numbers

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July 31/15 |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   |   Taste Of Columbia, 67 Bronte Road, Units #2 and #3, Oakville

 

 

 "I think a small-business plan should focus on a few simple, essential things. One, what is the product or service? Two, who will buy it? Three, how will you get paid?"Chris Guillebeau 

Description

“Brevity is the soul of wit,” an old adage that fits right into mold of contemporary business plan. Gone are the days of bulky, finance heavy and passionless business plan of yesteryears. "Things have certainly changed in terms of what constitutes a business plan," says Chris Libis, CEO of Executive Recruiting Consultants, a national executive search firm based in Dell Rapids, S.D. The trend is in to keep it simple, sweet and emotive. The operative word here is emotive. Who best can emote a business? The right answer: entrepreneur himself or herself. If so, wouldn’t it be logical for him or her to self-write the plan? Yes, of course. That said, what needs be done to roll the ball? It’s a million dollar question and I’m going show how to go about it. The seminar will help participants pick the right ingredients and understand steps to concoct a recipe for the DIY contemporary business plan.

Participant Outcomes: By the end of the workshop session, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare contemporary business plan with the old ones.
  2. Analyze why small is beautiful
  3. What it takes to inject passion into a business plan
  4. Initiate the process of writing a business plan

Objectives: These objectives are built on above outcomes as:

1.    

  • Identify major parts of an outdated business plan and it’s layout
  • Compare the same with the new one
  • Analyze the differences and discuss the essential parts and segments.       

2.

  • Discuss the importance of a lean business plan
  • Find out the optimum number of pages in a business plan

3.    

  • Examine why a formulaic and cookie cutter business plan is a tune-off
  • Reflect enthusiasm in the executive summary using appropriate writing style

4.                                                                      

  • Reverse engineer to get to the ground zero of a business plan and move on

 

Total Time (50 minutes)

  • Video: 10 minuteS
  • Exercise: 10 minutes
  • Ingredients & recipe of a contemporary DIY Business Plan and : 30 minutes

 

 

Facilitator: Kevin Arjel

 

Kevin Arjel is a NLP practitioner and a business coach who is also an adjunct professor at George Brown College, Toronto

 

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Twitter id: Kevin   Arjel@Messier01>;;

 

Twitter hashtag for the event: #DIYbusinessplan

 

 

TGIF Tech Supporters

TGIF Tech Sponsors

 

About TGIF Tech

Held once a month on a Friday afternoon, these informal meetings are a way to build the connections among Oakville’s technology ecosystem. We offer an informal touch point for business development, sharing knowledge and information in a relaxed environment. Consider coming out and joining us if you are involved with a digital media business or organization in Oakville. Our broad definition of technology includes video, gaming, wire-less, animation, podcasting, online communications, software programming and consulting, etc.

Got an idea for a Friday afternoon - or looking for more information - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Silicon Halton Day: Milton Innovation Centre

Friday August 7, 2015  |  Drop-in Anytime, 8:30am-4:30pm  |  Milton Innovation Centre

MEV CollageOnce 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?

Come prepared to do your work

This is not an 8 hour business networking event.  Other than some members meeting for a Peer2Peer meetingss and potential Lunch & Learn's, there are no planned sessions during the day. And even if there are planned sessions, you choose to attend them or not. It's your day.  Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from. 

Lunch & Learn? Maybe

Interested in delivering a 1hr lunch & learn presentation? Contact Kyle Benham 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 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.

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

Meetup #70: Windows 10, Ask us Anything

August 11, 2015 | 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Ned Devines, Milton

Windows-10 Product-FamilyAsk us Anything (about Windows 10)

Eventbrite - Silicon Halton Meetup #70: Windows 10

Don’t miss seeing Windows 10 here first.

With the imminent July release of Microsoft’s next operating system, you probably have questions. Many questions. What happened to my start screen? Why should I upgrade? What will it cost? How will Windows 10 impact me and my clients? Will applications I’ve written continue to operate as-is on Windows 10?

Microsoft Technical Evangelist Anthony Bartolo and Microsoft MVP Mark Arteaga of Redbit will kickoff the meetup with brief Windows 10 demos/prezos, then we launch Ask us Anything. Bring your burning questions.

To create an even richer experience tailored to you, we want hear your questions beforehand. Post your questions in this discussion thread (members only) or tweet your question with #SiliconHalton #Win10

Presenters / Panelists

Mark A

Mark Arteaga, President at RedBit Development, specializes in helping customers implement enterprise and consumer facing software solutions. RedBit Development is a software development company focusing on delivering software solutions to solve business problems and help brands connect with their audiences through technology. Mark is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional @MarkArteaga

 

 

 

Anthony BAnthony Bartolo is a Technology Evangelist with Microsoft. Anthony assists the IT Professional community as its trusted advisor on the aspects of Microsoft's ecosystem offering and delivering resources to assist IT administrators in creating efficiencies within their organization. Specializing on the aspects Microsoft's Private Cloud and Virtualization technologies adhering to the Consumerization of IT (CoIT) trend.Anthony was Awarded Microsoft MVP for efforts in evangelizing mobility products and solutions through public speaking engagements, social media and other efforts. @WirelessLife

 

Join The Discussion

ODiscuss100x100n LinkedIn Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the other attendees or interested members, in our private Linkedin group - discussion thread. Help make this meetup relevant to you. Within the Discussion thread, click "Follow" to remain abreast of new discussion items as they happen.

The Venue

neddevines frontNed Devines, 575 Ontario Street South, Milton, Ontario. [map]

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Solopreneur Peer-2-Peer #48

Aug 20, 2015 | 8:30am - 10am | Hampton's Restaurant | SoloP2P #48.  This is an open group targeting the Solopreneurs in Halton. A valuable forum where hi-tech Solopreneurs in our community can learn, grow, and seek peer advice.

jointhediscussionThis month's topic: Continuing on with "5 Questions we wish Clients would ask". Members can read the questions, and join the on-line conversation here.

The link to the notes from last month's p2p is here.  We'll be finalizing the questions and working on an interview process/schedule.  See you there!

Learn more about the Solo Peer-2-Peer here.

Where:Hampton’s Restaurant (Civitan Room) at the Quality Suites Hotel, Oakville 754 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON L6L 6R8 [map]

Silicon Halton Day: Halton HiVE

Friday August 21, 2015  |  Halton HiVE | Drop in anytime, 8:30am - 5pm

Picture of a workspace at the Burlington Hive

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?

Come prepared to do your work

This is not an 8 hour business networking event.  Other than some members meeting for a Peer2Peer meetingss and potential Lunch & Learn's, there are no planned sessions during the day. And even if there are planned sessions, you choose to attend them or not. It's your day.  Free wifi, plenty of power outlets and seating locations to choose from. 

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.

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

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

Cost: No cost for Silicon Halton members ($30 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

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