The Trinidad & Tobago Association of Ontario (TTAO) is hosting its first-ever “Mind Your Business” Expo on Saturday, April 14 at The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive in Etobicoke, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The organization is also embarking on its first-ever Mind Your Business Network (MYBN).
The TTAO is a non-profit organization that has been supporting nationals in Ontario for 36 years, namely with respect to small business owners, job creation and self-employment initiatives.
The Expo will give business owners and service providers an opportunity to showcase their products or services, connect with other leaders and members of the community, exchange ideas, build synergy and develop business leads.
During the event, representatives and community members will have the opportunity to visit vendor booths, purchase goods and services, register for a membership in TTAO and MYBN or make a donation to support the goals of the non-profit. This free, family-friendly event will also host a number of guest speakers, entertainment and light refreshments. Guest speakers will cover topics such as starting a small business, the power of social media in business, banking 101, identity theft, job hunting and teaching children about money.
Immigrants from Trinidad & Tobago started arriving in Canada in significant numbers during the 1960s. Trinidad & Tobago expatriates have flourished in Ontario specifically, and are represented at all levels of the political realm and across multiple industries and volunteer and charitable organizations. They continue to make noteworthy contributions to the socio-economic, cultural and political dynamics in Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, the Caribbean and worldwide.
As the next generation navigates their way toward adulthood, these young people are faced with new challenges, which are unlike those of their parents or grandparents who retired after 30 to 40 years of dedicated service with a company or organization. Considering the contemporary economic climate, self-employment opportunities and business development within this community are critical. The TTAO continues to do its part to support current and future generations by creating job opportunities and other support mechanisms.
The non-profit also helps underprivileged families, empowers youth in education through scholarship grants and business ventures, builds relationships, hosts special and fundraising events and supports other cultural organizations.
For more information about TTAO, volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, call one of the TTAO board members: Tammy Cole, 647-885-7641; Horace Thorne, 905-454-4332; Jean Turner-Williams, 416-836-5448; or Giselle Cole, 416-564-1988. To find out more about the expo, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mindyourbusinessexpo.com.