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    Elgin-St.Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre

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    February 2019

    Canada Revenue Agency – What do I need to know for my small business?

    February 28 @ 4:00 pm
    SBEC, 378 Talbot St
    St. Thomas, Ontario N5R 3L7 Canada
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    Facilitated by an experienced Canada Revenue Agency Liaison Officer, the Small Business Seminar is an opportunity to interact directly with the Canada Revenue Agency. Topics discussed will include: - common tax mistakes and how to avoid them - books and record keeping tips and tricks - how to use benchmarking to your advantage - valuable information on the CRA’s online services The goal is to help you navigate the tax system as it applies to small business. Participant involvement is…

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    March 2019

    Build Your Business Identity

    March 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    SBEC, 378 Talbot St
    St. Thomas, Ontario N5R 3L7 Canada
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    Business owners need a strategy that will enable them to understand the value that they bring to the market, and to ultimately target an audience of buyers that will need and buy their products and services. Your unique business identity is the key to building a business strategy. Your business identity is what makes your business different from all others. What you want to do with your core strategy is establish that identity for yourself, your team, and out there…

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    Business Model Canvas

    March 7 @ 1:00 pm
    SBEC, 378 Talbot St
    St. Thomas, Ontario N5R 3L7 Canada
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    The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.  It is a visual, dynamic, action focused and activity driven tool which is valuable to business owners.   The Business Model Canvas is a one page overview that lays out both what you do (or want to do), and how you go about doing it; enabling structured conversations around management and strategy by laying out the…

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    Business Plan Boot Camp – Day 1

    March 12 @ 8:30 am
    SBEC, 378 Talbot St
    St. Thomas, Ontario N5R 3L7 Canada
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    Having a challenging time writing a business plan? Let us help. Two jam-packed days strategically timed so that by the end of day 2, you will walk out with a strong first draft of a business plan. You must be registered in advance to attend the Boot Camp.  Contact Tara at 519-631-1680 ext 4503 or email tmccaulley@sbecinnovation.ca ** PLEASE NOTE – TO GET THE FULL BENEFITS OF THE WORKSHOP, BOTH DAYS ARE MANDATORY.**

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    Business Plan Boot Camp – Day 2

    March 13 @ 8:30 am
    SBEC, 378 Talbot St
    St. Thomas, Ontario N5R 3L7 Canada
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    Having a challenging time writing a business plan? Let us help. Two jam-packed days strategically timed so that by the end of day 2, you will walk out with a strong first draft of a business plan. You must be registered in advance to attend the Boot Camp.  Contact Tara at 519-631-1680 ext 4503 or email tmccaulley@sbecinnovation.ca ** PLEASE NOTE – TO GET THE FULL BENEFITS OF THE WORKSHOP, BOTH DAYS ARE MANDATORY.**

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    SBEC Mentoring – Customer Experience

    March 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Small Business Enterprise Centre, 378 Talbot St.
    St Thomas, ON N5R 3L7 Canada
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    Steps to Creating a Memorable Customer Experience Customer experience is described as the sum total of all the experiences and interactions that the customer has had from your business relationship. It is very different from “customer service” which is focused more on the way a service is delivered before, during and after the purchase. The two are however tied very closely together and are somewhat interdependent. Join us to learn 10 steps that will help to deliver a memorable customer…

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    A Walk in her Shoes: Stories of Resiliency

    March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Historic Princess Avenue Playhouse, 40 Princess Ave
    St. Thomas, ON N5R 3V5 Canada
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    Join the Small Business Enterprise Centre and 94.1 myFM for A Walk in Her Shoes: Stories of Resiliency. This event brings together women of all walks of life to share inspiring stories of resiliency in celebration of the strength and courage of the women in our own community. It will leave an impression on this community about the women who live here, the business women who are hustling for change, the mothers, sisters, and daughters who are strengthening this area…

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    Bookkeeping 101

    March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Small Business Enterprise Centre, 10 Mondamin St
    St Thomas, ON N5P 2V1 Canada

    Bookkeeping 101:   The in's & out's, the do's and don'ts; erasing the fear of numbers. Managing a small business isn’t easy and regardless of the size of your business, efficient bookkeeping practices are essential to keep your business running smoothly. Keeping a close eye on your day-to-day business operations can help you become a small business success story. "Often owners of small business keep financial information in their head, this is one practice that really needs to change because it…

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    April 2019

    SBEC Mentoring – Branding Your Business for Success

    April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Small Business Enterprise Centre, 378 Talbot St.
    St Thomas, ON N5R 3L7 Canada
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    Join Ian Chantler from ICTechnology for "Branding Your Business for Success" - A look at what makes a business stand out to potential clients, draw in new clients, and retain current clients. Agenda: 4 pm - 4:15 pm: Networking & introductions 4:15 pm - 4:55 pm: Mentor - Ian Chantler 4:55 pm - 5:00 pm: Quick networking break 5 pm - 5: 30: Group Mentoring - Share best practices, challenges and solutions. Register

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    May 2019

    SBEC Mentoring – Human Resources & Small Business: What do I need to know?

    May 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Small Business Enterprise Centre, 378 Talbot St.
    St Thomas, ON N5R 3L7 Canada
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    Join Katherine Englander from Human Resources Partners For Business (HRPB) and learn what you need to consider from a HR perspective for your business. It is not just about recruiting but about things like employment legislation, workers' compensation and building good company culture. Agenda: 4 pm - 4:15 pm: Networking & introductions 4:15 pm - 4:55 pm: Mentor - Katherine Englander 4:55 pm - 5:00 pm: Quick networking break 5 pm - 5: 30: Group Mentoring - Share best practices, challenges and…

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    June 2019

    SBEC Mentoring – Planning for the Future

    June 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Small Business Enterprise Centre, 378 Talbot St.
    St Thomas, ON N5R 3L7 Canada
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    As a successful entrepreneur and local business owner, Dan Reith has developed considerable insight and knowledge about focus, growth and leadership in every area of business and life, from that flows the freedom every business owner dreams of. Through his years of business experience, you will gain key insights and learn strategies to plan for the future, determine how best to get there, and prioritize about what’s most pressing in your business today and how to reach the future you…

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    August 2019

    SBEC Mentoring – Resiliency and Small Business

    August 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Small Business Enterprise Centre, 378 Talbot St.
    St Thomas, ON N5R 3L7 Canada
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    Renee Carpenter, owner of Jennings Furniture will share her story of overcoming obstacles and achieving success. Agenda: 4 pm - 4:15 pm: Networking & introductions 4:15 pm - 4:55 pm: Mentor - Renee 4:55 pm - 5:00 pm: Quick networking break 5 pm - 5: 30: Group Mentoring - Share best practices, challenges and solutions. Register

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    September 2019

    SBEC Mentoring – Financing for your Small Business

    September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Small Business Enterprise Centre, 378 Talbot St.
    St Thomas, ON N5R 3L7 Canada
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    Mark Masseo, Business and Loans Advisor with Elgin Business Resource Centre will review financing for small business, addressing questions such as: What to think about before you start? How much do you need? Methods of financing and differences between them; What will a lender require if I need a business loan? Agenda: 4 pm - 4:15 pm: Networking & introductions 4:15 pm - 4:55 pm: Mentor - Mark Masseo 4:55 pm - 5:00 pm: Quick networking break 5 pm - 5: 30:…

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    November 2019

    SBEC Mentoring – The Benefits of Engaging in your Community

    November 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Small Business Enterprise Centre, 378 Talbot St.
    St Thomas, ON N5R 3L7 Canada
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    Mike Kerkvliet, Business Advisor at the SBEC will share insight into how engaging in your community can positively impact your bottom. Agenda: 4 pm - 4:15 pm: Networking & introductions 4:15 pm - 4:55 pm: Mentor - Mike Kervliet 4:55 pm - 5:00 pm: Quick networking break 5 pm - 5: 30: Group Mentoring - Share best practices, challenges and solutions.   Register

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