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January 2019

Personality Dimensions

January 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
$100.00

Recognize Strengths and Appreciate Differences The Personality Dimensions® system utilizes a short questionnaire to reveal your temperament preference. Personality Dimensions® incorporates Introversion/Extraversion in conjunction with four Temperament preferences: Inquiring Green, Organized Gold, Authentic Blue, and Resourceful Orange. These combined aspects create a common language of understanding of yourself and others. The number one goal of each session is to build the grounds for an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect, increase communication, and create strong relationships within the work environment…

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Cannabis and the Workplace: What employers need to know

January 22, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Georgian College, 22 Centennial Road
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 1P8 Canada
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Free

Presented by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), this relevant and informative session will provide an overview of the new cannabis legislation. Employers will gain a better understanding of the implications and risks involved with the new regulations and will discuss next steps to consider as they navigate the changes. This session is being held in partnership with the Skills@Work program at Georgian College Career & Employment Community Services. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Starting a Small Business

January 23, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mill Street Library, 1 Mill Street
Orangeville, ON L9W 2M2 Canada
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$15

Ideal for all emerging entrepreneurs, this session will cover the requirements and considerations involved with starting a small business in Ontario. Participants will discuss the key elements of a business plan and why this essential document is so important when starting or growing a business. This workshop will answer many start-up questions and provide participants with the tools needed to begin building their own “road maps” to success.

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February 2019

Tax Seminar with Canada Revenue Agency

February 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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Free

A representative of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will explain common tax errors and how to avoid them. Participants will be shown how to use financial benchmarks for relevant industries and learn best practices for staying on top of their finances and maintaining a healthy relationship with the CRA. This session offers an excellent opportunity to speak directly to a CRA representative and to ask any questions concerning business tax issues.

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Tax Planning for Small Business

February 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Alder Street Recreation Centre, 275 Alder Street
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 5H6 Canada
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$15

Gerry Hogenhout of Hogenhout and Associates will discuss taxes from an entrepreneur's perspective. This session will complement the information presented in the CRA seminar (February 7) by providing valuable tips and essential rules for operating a small business. Discover ways to successfully navigate your business through the tax system. Gain relevant information about home office deductions, effective tax deferral techniques, the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating your business, and much more.

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Key Tools for Successful Online Marketing

February 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Alder Street Recreation Centre, 275 Alder Street
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 5H6 Canada
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$15

An effective content marketing strategy focuses on creating valuable, relevant and consistent content for your customers. Search engine optimization (SEO) and social media are two key tools that can help your business distribute content while engaging with your audience and building your brand. But how do you know if it’s working? Kellie Anderson, Digital Marketing Specialist at Treefrog Inc. will explain why content should be the focus of your digital marketing strategy. She will share insights to help you enhance…

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March 2019

HST for Small Business

March 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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Free

A specialist from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will present a general overview of how the HST impacts business operations and provide owners with information on their responsibilities with respect to the tax. Topics covered will include input tax credits, filing and reporting, collecting HST, Place of Supply rules, HST return and payment options, Point-of-Sale rebates, quick methods of accounting, and E-service options.

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Selling Food in Ontario

March 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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$15

In this resource-packed session, a panel of experts will provide current information about food business regulations and supports available to entrepreneurs in the Agri-food sector. Whether you are just starting your food business or planning to expand, this session has comprehensive advice to help you succeed. Representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health will be on hand to explain how to ensure you are meeting safety standards and provide guidance on pricing,…

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April 2019

Market Research and Analysis

April 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre, 6 Northmen Way
Orangeville, Ontario L9W 3B2 Canada
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$15

Taking the time to thoroughly research the market can have a big impact on the success of your venture. This workshop will provide training on the P-Census tool for businesses at all stages and help you make better market planning and location decisions. Participants will learn how to use consumer expenditure data to evaluate locations, find markets, and get to know customers. Anne Dorsey, Lead Research Mentor at the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre will be on hand to demonstrate the…

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May 2019

Terry O’Reilly presents Don’t Outspend them, Outsmart them Budget should never get in the way of great marketing

May 14, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Monora Park Pavilion, 500 Monora Park Drive
Mono, ON Canada
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$25

In a world where most advertisers don’t have huge budgets to trounce the competition, where small advertisers are up against deeper pockets, and where not–for–profit communicators struggle to make an impact, there is a way to gain remarkable returns. Marketing guru, Terry O’Reilly, host of CBC’s popular radio show Under the Influence explains how to outsmart the competition, not outspend them. All it takes is a different mindset and a different kind of creativity. In this lunch and learn, Terry…

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