DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair

Plan, launch and grow your business

Held annually in Surrey, BC, during Small Business Month since 2016, the DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair, presented by TD Bank, supports diverse entrepreneurs get the knowledge and tools they need to plan, launch and grow their own business in Canada. Our 2019 event was a great success with nearly 300 attendees, 30+ exhibitors, five inspirational speakers and the presentation of our Immigrant Entrepreneur Grants.

While the 2020 event was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’re planning on returning with a combination virtual/live event on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 4–6 pm.  To learn more about getting involved, contact selfemployment@dcrs.ca.

What you’ll find at the fair

  • Inspiring speakers and success stories
  • Information from organizations who offer self-employment and small business information and resources
  • Virtual business showcase of local immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Advice to help you get started on your entrepreneurial journey
  • Presentation of Immigrant Entrepreneur Grant Awards
  • Networking opportunities

How will the fair help me?

  • Explore business ideas
  • Learn from other entrepreneurs
  • Get information on the basics of starting a business
  • Learn about financing options for your business
  • Get help on writing a business plan
  • Get tips on marketing your business
  • And much more …

Be a sponsor or exhibitor

Newcomers face countless barriers to employment, and the pandemic hasn’t helped. It’s no surprise then that many newcomers turn to self-employment and entrepreneurship after arrival, with higher rates than Canadian-born people. Statistics show that 10.8 per cent of self-employment Canadians are immigrants, versus 7.5 per cent who are born in Canada.

It’s, in fact, a global trend. A study by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor found that immigrants were more likely to start businesses than native-born populations in most of the 69 countries surveyed. Why is this the case? Immigrants have the education, skills and risk tolerance to succeed as entrepreneurs. However, they lack information on the local context of doing business.

That’s why new immigrant entrepreneurs need additional support to plan, launch and grow their business. The DIVERSEcity
Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair is a great starting point for newcomers and other diverse community members.

Want to connect with these immigrant entrepreneurs?  Join the DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur and Small Business Fair 2021 as a diamond sponsor, grant sponsor or sponsor.

Download Sponsorship Package 2021

Contact us to learn more! Email selfemployment@dcrs.ca.









Immigrant Entrepreneur Grants

Are you an immigrant entrepreneur? Three Immigrant Entrepreneur Grants ($1,000 each) are awarded at our DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair annually.