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Goodmans Presents: The Winding Road of an Entrepreneur


Lawyer Allan Goodman


Building a business from the ground up is hard work and rarely follows a straight or easy path. Survival rates for small businesses remain low and finding ways to grow and scale a business are challenges faced by many entrepreneurs. 

Nancy Peterson, CEO and Founder of HomeStars, has been down this road and learned from the many twists and turns along the way. She started HomeStars in 2006, to help homeowners find reputable home improvement pros. Now the leader in Canada, over half a million people visit HomeStars each month to research and connect with the best rated home professionals near them. Home Professionals advertise on HomeStars to tell their story, and grow their business with highly qualified connections. HomeStars was acquired in 2017 by HomeAdvisor (publicly traded under ANGI Homeservice), the #1 marketplace in the US.

Allan Goodman, Partner at Goodmans LLP, will sit down with Nancy as she shares her views and insights on topics such as:

  • Key success factors for founders
  • Financing models and alternative growth funding strategies
  • Creating culture in a start up
  • Attracting top talent
  • Scaling for success

Original Program Date:

Thursday, November 28, 2019

CPD Value:
1 Substantive Hour

Archive Recording

For more information, email CPD@goodmans.ca or contacts Sandra Montanino at 416.597.4156

For Members of the Ontario Bar:

Viewing archived webcasts, video replays, or other recorded program formats without a colleague is eligible towards the LSO's annual CPD requirement for up to 6 hours per calendar year. You are not subject to the 6 hour cap if you view it with a colleague. This Goodmans Presents archive can be counted toward your CPD Hours.

To report watching this archived recording in your LSO Portal:

1. Log in to the LSO Portal, and click on "CPD" from the left hand navigation menu.

2. Click on the "Add" button found just below your summary of hours in the Details section.

3. Activity Type: Select "CPD Program or Course" from the drop down menu.

4. Fill in the fields as follows:

Area of Law: Corporate/Commercial
Program Name: The Winding Road of an Entrepreneur
Provider: Goodmans LLP
Location: Toronto
Start and End Date: [Insert Date Viewed]
CPD Value:

  • Substantive Hours: 1
  • Substantive Minutes: 0
  • Professionalism Hours: 0
  • Professionalism Minutes: 0
  • EDI Hours: 0
  • EDI Minutes: 0

Other Information: Solo viewing of program moderated by Allan Goodman of Goodmans LLP with Nancy Peterson of HomeStars discussing the various aspects of entrepreneurship, including financing models, attracting talent, creating culture and scaling for success [Insert Time Viewed].

5. Click “Submit” and confirm “Yes” to the entry.

When you select "CPD" from the left hand column, you will see the program in your list of CPD activities and the time will be entered against your substantive hours requirement.

For your reference, the LSO Record Keeping Standards can be found here.