Welcome to the 1st Annual Pride in Business Business Forum & Trade Show, and the 3rd Annual Pride Business Cocktail Reception

We are excited to present these events as part of Pride Toronto official celebrations. This is a partnership with INspired Media, Pride Toronto, Ontario Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and Berkeley Events (with a very special thank you to Toronto Region Board of Trade for their support).

This will be a day for businesses of all sizes, business professionals, entrepreneurs, consumers, and the LGBTQ community, to network, learn and exchange ideas with experts, make connections with LGBTQ-friendly businesses, and of course to party and celebrate our Pride in our community, for the progress we have made of the years in the business community, and in our wonderful city of Toronto.

WHERE?

Berkeley Bicycle Club

504 Jarvis Street

WHEN?

June 21, 2018

11AM to 6PM

Followed by Pride Cocktail Business Reception 6:30 to 9:30PM
(Exclusive event by Invitation Only)

Plan YOUR Day and YOUR Activities

Choose between schedules for Businesses & Business Professionals or Community & General Public below.

First, let’s get you registered to attend the full daytime activities. This is a great opportunity for a business owner of any size business, managers, and professionals, to meet others in many industries across the city, and grow your network. It is FREE to attend with a small donation.

Plan YOUR Daytime Activities. We have many opportunities to learn, engage, and promote your business throughout the day. As there are several activities happening at the same time, plan your day properly and choose what you really will benefit from participating in, so you do not double book yourself, and make sure to pace yourself so you can enjoy the day. Remember leave room for breaks and for grabbing a grabbing a bite from the onsite cafeteria.

Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions are a great way to keep up on trends, learn some new info from experts, and ask some questions. Four sessions on different topics will be taking place, in simultaneous pairs, so you will be able to be attend a maximum of two panel discussions.

The Advisors – A Master Mind Activity

The Advisors – A Master Mind Activity. Present your business and your business challenges to a group of fellow business owners and experts, and brain storm together, and get valuable advice.

Youth Entrepreneurs – Brainstorming Activity

Are you a youth entrepreneur, starting your first start-up, or have a business idea you want to discuss? Present your business and your business challenges to a group of fellow experts, and brain storm together, and get valuable advice. Youth in this case is 18 to 25.

Networking Sessions

Facilitated Networking Sessions are going to be happening through out the day. Here is your opportunity to introduce your business with a ONE MINUTE elevator pitch. Be creative in how to introduce your business (and if this is your first foray into networking there are very helpful online articles on how to fashion your best elevator pitch). There will be thirteen sessions in total during the daytime, and you can sign up for THREE MAX. We promise you by end of day you potentially have had thirty business operators introduced your business, and you would have learned what services you can approach them for.

Business Tradeshow & Market Place

Business Tradeshow & Market Place is where you can book your business a booth or a table (large or small table options available), and get a chance to promote your services and products to other fellow business operators and to consumers in the LGBTQ community.

Community Market Place
OPEN to the Public 11AM to 6PM

Learn about community organizations, the work they do, and opportunities to get involved. We are very excited about this part of the event. Make sure to drop by the tables of 12 of our LGBTQ community organizations and say hello.

Business Tradeshow & Market Place
OPEN 2:30PM to 6PM

Check out LGBTQ+ friendly businesses and services from all sizes who welcome our community. Drop by their table or booth, say hello, and learn about their business.

Jeff’s Gourmet Catering will be selling delicious food all day!

Morning

  • Coffee
  • Fruit
  • Muffins
  • Cookies

Lunch: Welcome Jeff’s Gourmet Catering Chip Truck

  • Hamburgers / Strip Bacon & Cheese, handmade fresh Canadian beef
  • Cheese burgers / Cheese burgers with bacon and egg
  • Hot dogs, Canadian made (Canadian Meats)
  • Homemade Canadian foot long sausage on a fresh bun (100% pork)
  • Canadian Grilled Cheese (Canadian Cheddar)
  • Fresh cut fries (Local Potatoes)
  • Vegetarian burgers
  • Vegetarian grill cheese
  • Pop / Water

Pride Business Cocktail Reception

You are invited to a Pride Party exclusive to businesses and business professionals, on the patio of Berkeley Bicycle Club. Enjoy entertainment, DJ, fantastic food, cash bar, and of course more networking. This is the 3rd annual reception and always a very fun and popular event. So, make sure to get your FREE ticket with a donation before they are all gone.

Appetizers by Presidential Gourmet Fine Catering

First let’s get your registered to attend a full day of fun and activities, to learn about business, LGBTQ friendly businesses, and community organizations. Stroll around the stunning and historical Berkeley Bicycle Club, network, grab a hot or cold beverage, or stop for breakfast or lunch at our onsite cafeteria.

Plan YOUR Daytime Activities. As a consumer knowledge is power. We have a number of activities that you can participate in.

Panel Discussions

While Panel Discussions are meant mainly for business owners and professionals, they are still a great way to keep up on trends, learn some new info from experts, and ask some questions. Four sessions on different topics will be taking place, two simultaneously at the same time, so you will be able to be part of two panel discussions max.

Youth Entrepreneurs – Brainstorming Activity

Are you a youth entrepreneur, starting your first start-up, or have a business idea you want to discuss? Present your business and your business challenges to a group of fellow experts, and brain storm together, and get valuable advice. Youth in this case is 18 to 25.

Community Market Place
OPEN to the Public 11AM to 6PM

Learn about community organizations, the work they do, and opportunities to get involved. We are very excited about this part of the event. Make sure to drop by the tables of 12 of our LGBTQ community organizations and say hello.

Business Tradeshow & Market Place
OPEN 2:30PM to 6PM

Check out LGBTQ+ friendly businesses and services from all sizes who welcome our community. Drop by their table or booth, say hello, and learn about their business.

Jeff’s Gourmet Catering will be selling delicious food all day!

Morning

  • Coffee
  • Fruit
  • Muffins
  • Cookies

Lunch: Welcome Jeff’s Gourmet Catering Chip Truck

  • Hamburgers / Strip Bacon & Cheese, handmade fresh Canadian beef
  • Cheese burgers / Cheese burgers with bacon and egg
  • Hot dogs, Canadian made (Canadian Meats)
  • Homemade Canadian foot long sausage on a fresh bun (100% pork)
  • Canadian Grilled Cheese (Canadian Cheddar)
  • Fresh cut fries (Local Potatoes)
  • Vegetarian burgers
  • Vegetarian grill cheese
  • Pop / Water

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