StartUP Sault Celebrates Four Years of Growth

StartUP Sault Ste. Marie is celebrating four years of community building and strengthening of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Together with our community partners and fellow entrepreneurs we are making a difference.

StartUP Sault began in early 2014, as a grass-roots movement and has since connected with thousands of entrepreneurs, students and business owners in the community. StartUP Sault has hosted more than 40 events, meetups, pitch contests, film screenings, book clubs, networking events and more.

We connect entrepreneurs with the small business resources available in the community, and provide the support of existing entrepreneurs who are building successful companies. Our programs and events continue to evolve, in the interest of supporting the startup and growth of local businesses.

Many people do not realize that StartUP Sault is completely volunteer driven. We do incredible things with very little resources. This isn’t our job and we don’t receive government funding to do what we do. We are just passionate entrepreneurs who want to build our community.

We are grateful for the sponsorship and partnership dollars we are able to leverage from community partners and in some cases from Startup Canada. Without our partners, we couldn’t hold events that involved renting venues and other costs.

In 2017 alone, StartUP Sault held four Startup Drinks meetups, four Book Clubs, a Startup Pitch Night (with nearly $2,000 in prizes), two boot camp training sessions (finance and social enterprise boot camp) and two speaker series events. Most events are free, and we want to continue to host bigger, better and even more valuable events to support our members and build our community.

We are part of a bigger picture, however. Startup Canada, a national movement, has been connecting, and supporting entrepreneurs across the country for just over five years. The flagship program of Startup Canada is the Startup Communities program. Now numbering more than 50 communities across Canada (we were #16), local entrepreneurs and community champions are volunteering their time and efforts to support local startups and connect local entrepreneurs.

Every Startup Community is different, but they have one common goal, which is to support and grow their local entrepreneurs and help build a supportive ecosystem where startups can thrive.

StartUP Sault announced last week, a new membership program that allows its members to support local entrepreneurship while accessing exclusive benefits. We launched a membership program that is pay-what-you-want, in order to be more inclusive for the community. Community members can sign up for a free membership to access members-only special events and programs, and get listed in our online directory. Free members can also stay in the loop and attend free upcoming events and meetups.

The next tiers of $10, $20 and $40 also get access to exclusive programs like the upcoming Startup Cafe Mentorship program, and access to a members-only Facebook Page where they can share resources, and ask for advice or ask questions to other local entrepreneurs. Facebook Groups are powerful tools, while maintaining privacy, so members are often more willing to ask questions or share details about their own business.

We welcome all of our local entrepreneurs to sign up for a StartUP Sault membership – free or paid, so that they can get involved. Only together can we build a supportive, thriving ecosystem in Sault Ste. Marie.

Any revenues derived from the membership program directly support the growth of StartUP Sault and the development and hosting of unique events, learning opportunities and networking sessions.

StartUP Sault is supporting the growth and development of our members and connecting entrepreneurs in the community. We welcome the support of our members as well as the business community in general.

To become a member or learn more about StartUP Sault, please visit Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date on Startup Sault events, startup tips and other useful information.

StartUP Sault Founder Receives 2017 Startup Canada Award

August 25, 2017| Sault Ste. Marie, ON –  Nevin Buconjic was recognized yesterday by Startup Canada as a regional winner (Ontario) of the Startup Canada Entrepreneur Promotion Award, for advancing​ the​ environment​ ​and​ culture​ ​for​ entrepreneurship​ ​in​ ​Canada. Buconjic accepted the award at a red carpet ceremony in Ottawa attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators and anchor company executives.

“It is with great honor that I accept this award for my work with Startup Canada, StartUP Sault and other activities promoting and fostering entrepreneurship in Sault Ste. Marie and beyond, said Nevin Buconjic, Founder and Community Lead of StartUP Sault. We don’t do these things for the recognition, but it feels truly rewarding to be recognized by my peers, and Canada’s entrepreneurial community.”

“Congratulations to all of this year’s 2017 regional award winners,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and CEO of Startup Canada. “Each and every one of these outstanding individuals and organizations have an immense impact on the future of Canada and they all represent the greatness and diversity of our nation’s entrepreneurship community.”

The Startup Canada Awards is the hallmark event and the largest celebration of the Canadian entrepreneurship community – recognizing the individuals, communities, and institutions that have demonstrated innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement, and impact in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

After hundreds of nominations poured in from across the country this Summer, Nevin Buconjic was one of the over 55 regional award winners that have been pushed forward to the National Adjudication Committee; comprised of some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurship and industry experts. The national winners will be celebrated at the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale in Ottawa on October 19, 2017.

For more information, and to schedule interviews, please contact:

Nevin Buconjic



Startup Canada Press Contact:

Lindsay Bright

Communications, Marketing and Digital Production Administrator, Startup Canada

613-627-0787 ext. 101


About StartUP Sault:

StartUP Sault is a grass-roots, volunteer organization connecting new entrepreneurs with the small business resources available in the community, and provides the support of existing entrepreneurs who are building successful companies. StartUP Sault connects local entrepreneurs and innovators through events, meetups and networking opportunities. We are part of the Startup Canada Network. For more information about StartUP Sault, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 Since 2014, StartUP Sault has held 32 local events, meetups and training sessions, impacted over 1,200 entrepreneurs and students, completed two entrepreneurial ecosystem projects and hosted discussions of eight business and leadership books through its Startup Book Club program.

About the Startup Canada Awards

The Startup Canada Awards celebrate and distinguish outstanding achievement in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

The objectives of the awards are to:

  1. Celebrate those working to advance entrepreneurship in Canada;
  2. Increase awareness of the importance of strengthening Canada’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture; and,
  3. Incentivize efforts and elevate the ambitions of the Canadian entrepreneurial community.

 About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the leading national social enterprise supporting and giving a voice to entrepreneurs through online programs, national awards, flagship events, partnerships with private sector and government to foster a community for startup and small business success across the country. Learn more at

My New Book Video

Hey, check out my new video for my book, 25 Money-Making Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time! I created the video for my Amazon page to introduce myself to readers and to explain why I wrote the book and how it can help potential entrepreneurs to get started!

My Book Hit 2,000 Sales Today!

Today is a special day for me, and a milestone for my book sales.

My Book, 25 Money-Making Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time hit the 2,000 sales mark today! All in all, there have been 12,519 downloads since I published the Kindle eBook in September 2012.  The success I am achieving as an author has been tremendously rewarding, and has led me to write and publish several other small business-related titles in the past several months.

To learn more, you can visit my Author page.

Thanks for the support.


Book Launch Featured in SSMEDC Newsletter

The December 2012 edition of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation’s The Pulse newsletter features an article on the launch of my Kindle ebook, Starting Your Own Business: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Growing a Small Business.  As a former Manager of the Enterprise Centre small business division, I spent many years working with and counselling entrepreneurs, youth and small business owners on the startup and growth of their businesses.

This experience was integral in the development of my experience and knowledge of small business challenges and strategies which I discuss in the book.

To read the article, click: SSMEDC Pulse Dec 2012

Starting Your Own Business — My New Book!

I recently finished my latest book project, entitled Starting Your Own Business: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Growing a Small Business.

This Amazon Kindle ebook is geared towards new entrepreneurs and anyone who is considering starting a small business.  I talk about my small business experiences and the things I have learned over the last 12 years as I started and grew several businesses.

I have also learned a few things from the hundreds of small businesses, students and entrepreneurs I have worked with over the years.

I share a lot of real-world tips, advice and strategies you can use to be successful with your new venture.

Whether you are just graduating from college, have been working at a job you don’t enjoy, or you are looking to capitalize on a new opportunity, you can start your own successful business using the information found in this book.

Some of the things you will learn about:

  • What makes entrepreneurs successful
  • How to come up with a great business idea
  • How to use market research to assess your market and competition
  • Where to find the funding you need
  • How to get your business online to maximize success
  • The best tools for marketing and promoting your business on a budget
  • How to harness social media to drive traffic, gain customers and make sales!

If you’d like to get your copy on please click here.

If live in Canada and have an account, please click here.

Approximately 90 pages.

The Path is Now FREE on KOBO!

My short story, The Path is now available for free on the KOBO platform.  Since you are not able to permanently list books for free on Amazon kindle, and I have exhausted my 5 promotional days, I was looking for a new way to share my story.

It has been on KOBO for a few months now, and will be available for free from now on!  If you have a KOBO reader or have the app installed on your PC or any devices, please check it out!

My other book, The Science of Getting Rich (Wallace D. Wattles) is also available for KOBO at the following link:

Look for details on my upcoming book project, tentatively entitled The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Small Business very soon!