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The Kingston Economic Development Corporation is proud to partner with other organizations in our community to offer events, workshops and networking opportunities.


All Business Basics workshops are delivered in partnership with Darling Consulting. These free one-hour information sessions on starting your own business are designed for new and aspiring entrepreneurs. You will learn how to register a business, navigate the HST, access City of Kingston resources, secure financing, and plan for a sustainable future. You must register to attend.  

Do you have a business idea? Do you want to be your own boss? Do you know what it takes to be successful? Kingston Economic Development runs information sessions on a monthly basis that can help answer your questions.

Wednesday, February 28

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Register Here


 Wednesday, March 27

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Register Here


Entering and Expanding in the Chinese Market - Summit Presentations

On Friday, January 26, the Kingston Economic Development Corporation hosted a one day summit, Entering and Expanding in the Chinese Market.  Speaker presentations are available below.

Agenda & Speaker Biographies

Doing Business in China, Protecting Your IP Abroad 

Doing Business in China, Protecting Your IP Abroad (French)

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Everywhere you do Business

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, Why China Matters

Entering the Market, Business Etiquette

Other Resources:

Doing Business in China, November 2017

Queen’s Smith School of Business Insight


Social Media - Strategies for Small Business

In this workshop, we will continue the discussion around online marketing and social media for small business. Attendees will be given specific strategies for moving their social networks forward, gaining followers, collecting email addresses, and generally how to make online platforms work for them. This is a follow-up workshop to our Online Marketing 101 course, and while it is not necessary for you to have attended it, it is recommended. A laptop is required for this session and a mobile device (iOS or Android) is also recommended.

Wednesday, February 21

5:00 - 6:00 PM

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 Biz Smarts Webinar: Business Planning for the Arts and Creative Industries

As a creative person your ideas are your most valuable asset. Communicating your ideas through your artwork is one thing, but how do we take a concept for a creative business and explain it to the bean counters?

This webinar is designed by a career artist (who also has an MBA) to draw upon your skills as a creative and make them work to the requirements of a structured business plan.

The 75 minute session starts from the artist's perspective and moves through to the basics of creating a business plan. At the end of the session participants will:

  • reflect upon why they wish to pursue arts employment;
  • understand the different roles they can expect to be in as a business person;
  • clarify the context within which they will function as an arts business;
  • understand the basic terminology and techniques of business planning.

Thursday, March 01

12:00 - 1:15 PM

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Biz Smarts Webinar: Achieve Your Business Goals as an Artist

 As an artist, of course you want to focus on doing what you're amazing at, which is creating more art! The reality is that when your art is your business you can’t avoid completing administrative tasks.

This webinar will help you get organized and guide you with ways to prioritize so that your business thrives.

  • What you will learn from this webinar:
  • Why creating a plan is vital for any business and how it actually creates more freedom for you
  • How to make sure your goals or resolutions are realistic and executable in your day to day work
  • How to get organized while being creative
  • How to deal with resistance to changing habits
  • What tasks can you delegate to others in order to make more time for your art

Thursday, March 08

12:00 - 1:15 PM

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 Biz Smarts: Marketing for Creatives

 The past decade has seen a transformation in marketing due to the growth of online strategies. Creatives, like all small businesses, must actively participate in this digital world; watching from the side is no longer an option.

A Marketing Plan that blends both non-digital and digital tactics will drive success, even with limited resources.

This webinar will help develop the foundations for a strong Marketing Plan.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Choose effective Marketing Action Steps to achieve defined marketing goals such as event registrations, visits to a bricks and mortar location or increased website traffic.
  • Discover where their target audience is spending time online and the most effective ways to reach them through content marketing.
  • How to build a wide-reaching digital presence while still having time to create.
  • How to choose key strategies for getting found online.

Thursday, March 22

12:00 - 1:15 PM

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Biz Smarts: Branding & Marketing Yourself as an Artist in the Digital World

Branding is a key component of developing yourself as an artist in today's digital age. It plays a pivotal role in marketing yourself as an artist to your fans, the industry, and your peers. This webinare will focus on how to develop your brand as an artist, how to properly utilize social media and keep it consistent, and how to get into the world of digital advertising on social media to help promote yourself.

Participants will learn how to:

  • brand consistency across platforms
  • importance of social media and websites
  • how to use digital advertising to promote yourself/your artist

Thursday, March 29

12:00 - 1:15 PM

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For more information or to reserve your seat at any of our events, please contact:

Phone: 613-544-2725


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