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Entrepreneurs and Expertise Together in Burlington


From November 12 to 14, entrepreneurs in Halton Region were invited by Halton Region Small Business Centre and HalTech to attend the second annual 2012 Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) at the Burlington Convention Centre. With mentors from local businesses sharing their expertise and business savvy, those looking to grow their own business or find customers for current ventures were given access to great tools for success. Speakers including Sunjay Nath, Charles Plant, Ralph Benmurgui and Ian Portsmouth inspired and informed over the three days on topics such as leadership and social media.

“This past week we were pleased to be able to join with HalTech and our other partners to offer a terrific roster of Entrepreneurship Week events,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “These E-week events provided a wonderful learning experience and plenty of networking opportunities for people already in business, as well as those just now considering entrepreneurship as a career.”

Entrepreneurship Week is a three-day event developed to spotlight local businesses within a variety of industries. Sectors include healthcare, software development, advanced manufacturing and marketing. By connecting innovative inventors to the services and resources available in Halton, E-Week keeps the cycle of success in motion.

“We are fortunate to have such a strong pool of talented mentors available to us in the Halton region,” said Dr. Karen Sievewright, President of HalTech. “By making opportunities such as Entrepreneurship Week available to Halton entrepreneurs, we are building a stronger community connection for current and future business owners.”

Looking to build on community connections, 2012 Entrepreneurship Week was proud to support Food for Life by donating surplus food from the event. Additionally, in lieu of gifts for speakers, HalTech made a donation to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Halton so that mentorship can begin at an age where it can make a big difference.

HalTech assists Halton’s entrepreneurs and technology companies develop their ideas, commercialize their products and establish and expand their businesses. HalTech provides its clients with comprehensive business advisory services, access to capital, entrepreneurship training and networking opportunities. Learn more at

For more information about the Halton Region Small Business Centre, visit You can also follow Small Business on Twitter at @HaltonEcDev, on Facebook at and on WordPress at

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; social assistance/Ontario Works; children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at


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