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Training and Development For Your Business

Call Christine, to learn about upcoming training and networking opportunities that you can participate in to develop your business throughout the year.


Call Ronda if you are interested in offering a workshop that will provide local entrepreneurs and business owners, at any stage, with the keys to learn and build success in areas such as marketing, finance, legal, e-business, record keeping and taxes.  



Networking Breakfasts

In partnership with Quality Hotel & Suites, we host  2 monthly Networking Breakfasts; the first Monday of the month and the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  This is a hot buffet breakfast for $10.00.  Please contact Christine to RSVP at 519-421-2129 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .    



December 6, 2016

Record Keeping and Taxes.  What a small business owner should know about keeping record and taxes.  Richard Hamilton will discuss maintaining proper books, HST and business number, Income Tax, tax deductions, and more.  No cost for this event.  Start time is 9:00 a.m. and will finish at 11:00 a.m.  Event will be held at Oxford County Building, Room 129.  

November 8, 2016

Content Marketing.  Drive new customers to your door with a great promotion.  Laurie Knechtel will show you how to influence your potential customer's purchases.  You will learn: selecting the right audience, a quick and effective promotional plan, design an offer, reach new customers.  

October 20, 2016

Small business week is in October.  This year our Keynote speaker is Peter Wright  who will discuss his book, "5 Steps to Thriving on Adversity".  This will be followed by 2 local business owners, Tracey Kaiman and Mary Jakeman sharing their business stories.  Closing inspirational comments by Jackie Thomas.  The cost of this event is $20.00 which includes hot breakfast catered by Taste of Woodstock.  The event will be held at Woodstock and District Developmental Services. Start time is 8 a.m. and will finish at noon.   

October 4, 2016

Job Training Grant for individual businesses and organizations that have at least 1 employee.  What are requirements, who will do the training, how much funding can I get?

July 21, 2016

Nutrition and Wellness.  A health conscious guide for the entrepreneur's summer solutions.  Tricia Nickl, CNP, RNCP, ROHP ll presented a seminar on topics such as Hydration 101, talking about fats, body talk, and shaking it up with some shake recipes. 

June 13, 2016

Angela Grover, Client Attraction Specialist with Virtually A to Z presented on all aspects of LinkedIn.  Discover why your LinkedIn profile is so important.  Also, create a professional profile that is focused on your ideal clients.  Optimize your profile for search ranking.  LinkedIn etiquette and best practices, and more....    

June 2, 2016

Managing the Seven Dwarfs - The workshop provided strategies to address the typical road blocks for effective communication and decision making.  Attendees learned how to minimize frustration through greater awareness of conflict handling style and an appreciation of how others view conflict.  Participants had an opportunity to practice the concepts learned through interactive exercises and group discussion.  

May 9, 2016

Introduction to the Three Circle Model presented by Hali VanVliet from BDO.  The challenge for families in business together is that family, ownership and business roles involve different and sometimes conflicting values, goals and perspectives.  The Three Circle Model is useful in understanding the 3 interdependent and overlapping groups that comprise the family business system.  This will also be good for business with employees. 

May 5, 2016

Small businesses want to comply with health and safety regulations but may not know where to start.  This session will help business owners/senior managers.  

March 22, 2016

Women's Day Event - Promoting Your Business at Trade Shows, Fairs, and Exhibits.  Guest speakers:  Susan Gross from Artals Promotions Inc. on "How to get the most out of your time and money as a vendor" and Cheryl-Ann Lovie, Co-owner of the Comfort Guy on "Perfecting your public speaking style".  Design your booth to best fit the show, how to create traffic to your booth, how to bring your best voice forward.  Will be held in the Burtch Room at Quality Hotel & Suites, Woodstock.  Hot buffet supper included for $20.00.     

March 17, 2016

Building a Strategy for Success On-Line - Hands on seminar with Jamie Tieche.  Will show you how to identify your ideal prospect, how to decide where to focus your energy, how to plan your content calendar and tips to execute your online marketing.  Oxford County Building, 9 a.m. to noon.   

January 26, 2016

Organize your office to increase business productivity.  Guest Speaker: Dawn Elliott discussed choosing the proper office location, saving time and money by organizing your desk and filing system, storage choices, and more...  Complimentary event (value over $60.00).  

January 14, 2016

Vision Workshop with Jackie Thomas, Breakthrough Expert.  Design, refine and become mentally in line with life and your business.  Learn 2 essential keys for tuning into your purpose, simple strategies, #1 factor that causes you to lose steam when going after a goal, and more.   

December 8, 2015 

Record Keeping & Taxes.  What a small business owner should know about keeping records and taxes.  Richard Hamilton, Registered Professional Accountant, discussed maintaining proper set of books, HST and business number, Income and expenses, tax deductions, making sure you are ready for year end.  

December 3, 2015

A healthy guide for the entrepreneur's holiday season.  Tricia Nickl, registered nutritional consulting practitioner taught us about diet during the busy season, hydration 101, how to eat healthy at while at or hosting events, energy, and stress relief. 

October 29, 2015

Job training grant.  Do you qualify for a training grant?  This workshop is of interest to individual businesses and organizations that have at least 1 employee. 

September 22, 2015

LinkedIn Presentation was held by Angela Grove of Virtually A to Z.  Topics:  Why is LinkedIn profile important, Creating a profile, Trust factor, optimize your profile for search ranking, and more. 

August 20, 2015

Identify your Instinctual Cognitive Strengths with Kolbe A Index was presented by Andre Brisson, Kolbe Certified Consultant and President of JADE Engineers.  There are 3 parts to the mind: Cognitive, Affective, and Cognitive.  The presentation will describe the 12 cognitive strengths and describe how the Kolbe A Index will highlight you cognitive strengths and identifies your unique method of problem, you Modus Operandi (M.O).  Strategies will also be presented on how to better work within your MO to strive in problem solving.  If you want to know your MO and get a better understanding of yourself, you can take the online 36 question questionnaire prior to the presentation and Andre will do an interpretation of your cognitive strengths following the presentation. 

June 18th, 2015

Grow your email list.  In partnership with Oxford Women In Networking.  This was a fun, fast-paced session to gain an understanding of how simple it can be to build a permission-based list (an audience of people that WANT to hear from you). 50+ ways to do so.  The event was held at Allanti - Institute, and Beauty Distributor & Spa.  Supper was included.

June 11th, 2015

Yes? No? Maybe?... Power of Decision.  Those in attendance, discovered key principles to always making the right decision.  Jackie Thomas taught us how to improve almost any personal or business situation.  Eliminate conflict and confusion in your life.  Increase trust while building your business.   

May 22, 2015

Impactful Marketing.  When it comes to business, people want to stand out from the crowd.  Do YOUR marketing materials help you do that?  Join Jenn Givlin and Susan Gross of Artals Promotions Inc. & TruPrint Printing Services for a hands on interactive session that will help you ensure that you are getting the most impact from your marketing materials and reaching more customers.  Cost is $20.00 including lunch.  This was held at The Oxford Kitchen, Woodstock.  

May 14, 2015

Social Media Management Tips and Tricks for businesses.  This session looked at what you can do to manage your time while garnering the huge advantages that social media offers to community and member engagement.  We explored tools, apps, and content ideas that deliver impact and generate results in no time.  

April 16, 2015

Jackie Thomas, Dream Builder Coach, will walked us through the workshop on topics such as:  Discover what sets you apart from the rest in your field, Uncover the secrets of the right association, What is inspired action, and design YOUR personal success equation.  Thanks for those who attended this insightful discussion and interactive workshop.

March 23, 2015

Laurie Knechtel walked us through 50+ ways to Grow Your Email List.  Thos who joined us gained an understanding of how simple it can be to build a permission-based list. 

March 9, 2015

Jamie Tieche of Socialyze Inbound Marketing will guided the  audience through blogging with hands-on experience.  Learn how to identify your audience and construct a content plan.  Jamie went over what tools you need to familiarize yourself with to be a successful blogger.  

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