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Does this sound familiar: Don't know how your business is doing, or how to measure that? Worried about what taxes you have to file and pay? Working with a shoebox of receipts or a painful accounting system? We have a solution.

scaleUP Financial is a program that equips entrepreneurs with the resources to tackle their small business bookkeeping. Participants will learn financial management strategies and receive hands-on training to use Xero, a fast-growing cloud-based accounting platform. Xero is perfect for startups and growing businesses of all industries, and scaleUP entrepreneurs receive a 1-year discounted Xero subscription! You will learn to:

  • Create efficiencies in your business
  • Use financial data to make wise business decisions
  • Keep on top of paperwork, bookkeeping, and compliance

why Xero?

ACCESS any place, any device with an easy-to-use interface
AUTOMATION significantly reduce bookkeeping time & effort
INTEGRATION links to a marketplace of 500+ third party apps

key Xero features

  • Quote and bill your customers and monitor/collect cash
  • Keep on track of your spending
  • Keep your records in order with minimal effort and make HST returns easy
  • Get information as you need it, how you need it

in partnership with Hawkins & Co. AccountingXero beautiful accounting software


more info

Email or call 519-253-6900 for more info about scaleUP Financial. Stay tuned for announcements regarding 2019 training dates.


who should use Xero?

  • You are comfortable with technology
  • You can keep your personal and business finances separate
  • You are prepared to invest some time in your bookkeeping

how does the program work?

STEP 1 – Attend a Small Business Centre 101 seminar to learn more about scaleUP Financial. If you cannot attend, call 519-253-6900 to discuss the program with a business advisor. (required)
STEP 2 – Attend Financial Bootcamp: Know Your Numbers (required) 
STEP 3 – Fill out the online program application.
STEP 4 – If approved for the program, an SBC business advisor will contact you to set up your Xero chart of accounts.
STEP 5 – Attend the following Xero hands-on training and financial workshops*:

  • Xero 1 - Billing & Expenses 
  • Xero 2 - Reconciling Your Accounts
  • Xero 3 - HST & Closing Your Quarter 
  • Finance 1 - Understanding Financial Reports, Working Capital & Pricing 
  • Finance 2 - Payroll, WSIB & Income Tax Obligations 

*Participants must attend Xero training workshops in sequential order. Xero workshops are a prerequisite to taking Finance 1 and Finance 2. Participants must ensure they have an adequate amount of activity in their Xero accounts (sales and expenses) before attending Xero 2. All workshops are held Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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what’s my commitment?

  • scaleUP Financial takes approximately 4-5 months to complete, in order to reach mastery level with Xero. You will receive software support while completing the workshops and a Xero software discount for 1 year. You can retain the accounting system once you graduate from the support program.
  • Program cost:
    • $600 + HST for scaleUP training and support.
    • Xero subscription (paid to Xero). Discounted rate of $15 USD per month while enrolled in the program (up to 12 months). $30 USD per month once graduated.