The Dragons Return to the Big Apple

Dragon's Den MeafordThe 6th Annual Dragons Den Meaford will be held Wednesday, October 29 at the Meaford Hall. Tickets are $25 and the show starts at 7:30.

There are five contestants who will be judged by five Dragons. Each Dragon has committed a minimum of $1,500 to the show. Past winner Jenn Croft of Creative Choices says, ‘After two years people still remember I was a part of that. So, it’s pretty cool.’

The contestants this year are Caldwell who is looking to start a custom hand-made leather shop, Lundberg wants to open a business focused on helping seniors transition to smaller homes, Monahan who is looking to expand his operation by adding technology to help elders and their caregivers, Wareham who wants to grow and expand his craft brewery business, and Wilson who is a 3D printer owner wanting to purchase new printer hardware.

‘I looked at it as a stepping stone to the real Dragon’s Den, until I realized I was standing in front of 300 local business owners.’ 2012 winner Croft says, ‘I looked at it as a stepping stone to the real Dragon’s Den, until I realized I was standing in front of 300 local business owners. And that’s how our community works, basically a bunch of small businesses and word of mouth.

‘The experience has been great,’ she says.

The Dragons who will be judging the entrepreneurs this year are Grayson Ambrose of A2A Capital Management, Bill Brick of Owen Sound Volkswagen, April Stewart of Landlord Legal and the Meaford BIA, Desmond von Teichman of Royal LePage Location North and Carmenie Stemmler of Grey-Bruce Bee Products, Services and Supplies.



Learn to Network

Business Networking International (BNI) Sound Networking meets Each Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 AM at Frog Ponds Cafe

Meet local business people and find out how networking is one of the most effective methods for marketing your business.
Visitors are always welcome, just call ahead to let us know you are coming 519-371-2622.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Basics of Bookkeeping (Three part workshop)
Tuesday September 19th and 26th and Tuesday October 3rd, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room $95 (HST included)
Facilitator: Jane Gallagher
This three part Bookkeeping Workshop will allow you to use the tools and information to confidently understand your financial statements and your own books. Class size is limited to 8 to allow a hands-on, individual learning opportunity for everyone.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

How to “Really” Start a Business
Wednesday September 20th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Bayshore Community Centre
FREE – Pre-registration is required
Facilitator: Cliff Bilyea
Discover the basic steps involved in starting a business, evaluating your idea, determining your market and basic rules and regulations. Attending the is workshop is mandatory for anyone applying to the Starter Company Plus Program.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Introduction to Quick Books (Two part workshop)
Tuesday October 17th and 24th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room, $80 (HST Included)
Instructor: Jane Gallagher
The first session of Quick Books provides participants with an overview and access to a trial version of the program. The second session will be questions and answers to address specific issues. Knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles is required. Limited to 8, you must bring your own laptop. (This workshop does not cover the online version of Quick Books)


Phone: 519 371 7464
Fax: 519 371 4043
Address: 1240 2nd Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2J3

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