Registration open for Bridges to Better Business 2019

Bridges to Better Business
At last year’s Bridges to Better Business are 2017 Pitch Off winner Sarah Huckson of Scott Coffee Co. with 2018 Pitch Off runner-up Jarrett Longo of MarLo Construction.

Calling all entrepreneurs! Registration is now open for Bridges to Better Business 2019. The annual forum unites local professionals for a night of learning, networking and fun. This year’s event is taking place on Thursday, October 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre.

Bridges to Better Business is hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation and its Millworks – Centre for Entrepreneurship. The 2019 forum will feature a keynote presentation from Mandy Gilbert, who has been recognized as a United Nations Global Accelerator and ranked as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on Canadian Business’ Profit 500 list and Chatelaine’s W100 list.

This year’s event will also feature a Pitch Off between entrepreneurs from two local companies. After a competitive process involving a number of business submissions, Hogan’s Homestead Products and IPI Creations made it to the final round. The owners will present their ideas to the audience and judges panel live at Bridges to Better Business 2019. The audience will then have a chance to vote for their favourite pitch. The winner will receive a grand prize valued at $10,000, and the runner up will go home with a $5,000-valued prize package.

“Bridges to Better Business is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with professionals while gaining first-hand knowledge from renowned experts,” said Harleen Puaar Shukla, Manager of Enterprise Services/ Millworks – Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “The event brings together entrepreneurs and business leaders for an open exchange of ideas, advice and feedback.”

The forum is taking place during Small Business Week, an annual campaign facilitated by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The cost to attend Bridges to Better Business 2019 is $35 plus HST, which includes dinner. Space is limited. To register or learn more, visit

The organizing partners for Bridges to Better Business 2019 are: BDC, Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area, and TD Bank Group. This event is powered by TD Bank Group and would also not be possible without the support of sponsors Laidlaw Paciocco Dumanski Spadafora & Johnson LLP, BDO Canada, Century 21 Choice Realty, Community First, KPMG, Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre, and Wishart Law Firm.