Plan, Launch, Grow: Unleash your potential at DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair

Join us for the seventh annual DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair on October 18, 2023, in Surrey, BC

The stage is set for a remarkable convergence of diverse entrepreneurs and small business owners at the seventh annual DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair, scheduled to take place on October 18, 2023, at Surrey City Hall.  Held during Small Business Week, this event promises to be a dynamic platform that will bring the knowledge and tools to help grow one’s small business.

Newcomers face countless barriers to employment, so 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.

“This event is set to benefit the community and entrepreneurship society by offering a platform for diverse businesses, including immigrant, francophone and BIPOC entrepreneurs, to showcase their products, access resources, and gain valuable insights through a tradeshow, marketplace, panel discussions and our DIVERSEcity Business Pitch Competition,” said Florence Kao, DIVERSEcity’s Program Coordinator, Self-Employment and Entrepreneur Program, and event organizer.

At the DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair, attendees will be treated to an event that blends the tradeshow experience with networking opportunities.

Event Highlights:

  • Tradeshow of exhibitors: offering business, government and immigrant services from 3–5 pm.
  • DIVERSEcity Business Pitch Competition: for immigrant and BIPOC entrepreneurs – Dragons’ Den style! Our judging panel will select three winners after the live pitch competition.
  • DIVERSEtalks panel discussion: Viridiana Perez, CEO & Co-founder, NANOSentinel Technologies; Shobna Kannusamy, Founder & Principal Coach, Soirette Coaching & Consulting and VJ Terzic, Founder, MOST Connected Consultancy, will provide inspirational tips on the successes and challenges of starting and expanding a small business.
  • Local entrepreneur marketplace: a unique opportunity for individuals from various cultural backgrounds to showcase their businesses and products in a pop-up sales event format.

Event Details:
Date: October 18, 2023
Location: Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC
Format: Open to public
Time: 3–7 pm

Special thanks to our sponsors, Discovery Community College, The Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDECB), Vancouver Community College, BDC and Surrey Digital Printing.

Learn more about the event and register here.