Successful networking event for entrepreneurs in creative industries

This month is Small Business Month and on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, over 60 artists, small business owners in the creative industry and local community partners attended this year’s Bridges to Better Business event: the Business of Art and the Art of Business. The event, hosted by Halton Region’s Small Business Centre, focused on helping entrepreneurs learn how to establish themselves and grow within creative industries.

BridgesToBetterBusiness2GroupWEBThe event was not only a great networking opportunity for those in the creative sector, attendees also heard from three keynote speakers: professional musician Wayne DeAdder; jewelry designer Monica Graves; singer, event producer and entertainment consultant, Krista Blondin. Each one talked about following their passions, balancing financial and family needs and what it has taken to be successful.

In addition, two local spotlight speakers who run small businesses in Halton shared their stories and how they have benefited from the resources and programs available at the Halton Region Small Business Centre: Lisa Penny of Arts at Work and Aleksandra Lason from Chrilleks Productions Inc.

BridgesToBetterBusiness1WEBFinally, Janice Lambrakos from the Ontario Arts Council shared opportunities for provincial grants and funding and Alexis Black of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office spoke about the importance of copyrighting, filing trademarks and more.

Today’s event is another example of how Halton Region is committed to strengthening the economy by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses. To find out more about the programs and services available through the Small Business Centre, please visit our newly updated web pages at

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