Our workshops are an excellent way to hone business skills and better the bottom line!


Please register on Eventbrite.ca (search for events by name), or contact the Small Business Centre:

Call: 519.524 8394 ext. 6 | Email: smallbusiness@huroncounty.ca 



Digital Advertising Webinar

May 9, 2018 | Online with Post Media | 11:00 – 12:00 pm

Join us for the first workshop of the “Maximizing Your Web Presence” Business Development Series hosted by the Huron County Economic Development Small Business Centre and Postmedia.

What IS digital advertising? Tune in to find out and learn about Google Adwords, how it works, and why it’s crucial for all businesses.

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Social Media 101: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

May 15, 2018 | Cowbell, Blyth | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Free (lunch purchase available)

Learn about tools & best practices to increase the success of your social media accounts; how to use paid advertising on these platforms & how to measure your success.

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Google My Business and Trip Advisor

May 23, 2018 | Ice Culture, Hensall | 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Free with optional tour to follow 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm ($20)

Learn more about these online tools & how they can both increase awareness of your business or organization, but also help to put our community on the digital map and help us attract more visitors!

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Why Your Business Needs a Website

May 30, 2018 | Bayfield Library with Postmedia | 11:00 – 1:00 pm | Free

At this session, you will learn why it’s crucial for your small business to have a website that does all it can for you! How do you know if your website is working for you? Come to this session to learn more! This workshop is FREE!
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Starting a Business and Starter Company Plus 101

June 6, 2018 |Mainstreet, Blyth | 11:00 – 1:00 pm | Free

Social Media 101 Webinar

June 6, 2018 | Online or Live at the Small Business Centre, Goderich | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Free

Learn about tools & best practices to increase the success of your social media accounts; how to use paid advertising on these platforms & how to measure your success.
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Concept to Creation

June 9, 2018 | with Nicki Darbyson at Camp Maven | Camp Kintail
Session#1 9:00-10:00 am | Session#2 10:00-11:00 am.


August 2, 2018 | Camp Kintail
Times TBD | Pre-registration required.

Join us on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron for a Women Only Summer Camp!

Camp Maven is the ideal getaway to experience a weekend filled with adventure, team-building, and self-development.

This fully customizable itinerary will allow you to discover new activities which will include (but is not limited to) the following:
– Stand Up Paddle Board & SUP Yoga
– Arts, Crafts & DIYs
– Self-Defense Classes
– Astrology Readings
– Archery Lessons
– Relaxation Tent Pamperings
– Boot Camp Classes
– Business & Philanthropy Workshops
– Cooking Lessons
– Self-Love and Spirituality Workshops
– Kayaking Tours
– VIP & Bachelorette Packages will also be available with access to the High Ropes and Zip-lining Course

There will be Award Winning Caterers, as well as local breweries and wineries on site throughout the weekend. Evening Activities will include some amazing local entertainment!

Enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of wood cabins, bunk beds, campfires, and the unlimited possibilities to re-connect to nature, yourself and to other like-minded women!
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Why You Don’t Really Work for Yourself

June 27, 2018 | Online Customer Excellence Webinar with Patrick Donnelly
| 11:00 – 12:00 pm | Free

How do you create memorable service experiences so clients want to keep coming back? Exceptional and consistent customer service is the foundation of any successful business. Tune in to take your client experiences to the next level!
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When Businesses Fail- Networking Night

June 28, 2018 | Cowbell, Blyth | 11:00-12:00pm

We celebrate success stories, but rarely celebrate a good story of failure. Failure is how we learn; it takes us to the next step– the better idea. Join us for a night of networking and celebrate “failure stories” with a panel of local entrepreneurs. Appetizers included; cash bar available.

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Website and SEO Optimization

July 11, 2018 | Online Webinar| 5:00-6:00pm | Free

At this session, you will learn why it’s crucial for your small business to have a website that does all it can for you! How do you know if your website is working for you? Come to this session to learn more! This workshop is FREE!

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Bookkeeping Basics

July 11, 2018 | REACH Centre, Clinton with Carole Weber | 6:00-8:00pm | Free

Are you just starting a business? Learn the basics of bookkeeping– how to track your revenue and expenses, and when to register for an HST number. We’ll start with Excel, and touch on Quickbooks.
Note: If you’re more advanced with your business and would like to participate in a Quickbooks Course this fall, please contact us to reserve a spot.

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Travelling Starter Company Plus 101 Sessions

(with consultation office hours around the County)

The Starter Company Plus program is a $5,000 grant awarded to a new business concept or an existing business with fewer than 3 years of operation. A successful candidate will have submitted a complete application package that demonstrates economic impact in Huron County. Attendees will receive a copy of the Starter Company Plus application guidelines and an in-depth overview of important dates and specific program information. Attendees will also receive an overview of how to write a business plan, as well as a take-home template.

Starting a Business

 Jan 17, 2018 | Small Business Centre, Goderich | 2:00-4:00 pm
54 West St., Goderich

Starting a Business & Starter Plus 101

Feb 8, 2018 | Wingham Library | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
281 Edward St, Wingham, ON N0G 2W0

Starting a Business

March 7, 2018 | Brussels Library, Brussels | 10:00 am-8:00 pm
402 Turnberry St, Brussels, ON N0G 1H0

  • Meet an advisor from 1-3 pm at Community Futures.

Starting a  Creative Business

April 27, 2018 | Clinton | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$10.00 registration, includes lunch.

Starting a Business

May 2, 2018 | Bayfield | 1:00-3:00 pm

With afternoon “Pop-up Ask Me About Business” Q&A on Mainstreet Bayfield. 11:00-1:00pm

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Pop-up Ask Me About Business

June 6, 2018 | Mainstreet, Exeter | 12:00-2:00 pm |

Storytelling and Marketing

Elevator Pitch Express Workshop

March 1, 2018 | Square Brew, Goderich | 6:00-9:00 pm
430 Parsons Ct, Goderich, ON N7A 4K3

Part 1 (6-7pm): elevator pitch workshop
Part 2 (8-8:30 pm): Storytelling in marketing with guest speaker Karen Minty

Elevator Pitch Express Workshop

This one hour workshop will teach you how to create a concise 30-60 second ‘commercial’ about your business that can be used in a variety of different situations.  Learn the three key ingredients of a pitch, the four different ways to hook your listener, and how to tell your story in a way that compels the audience to ask follow-up questions.

Storytelling In Marketing

This presentation will highlight the importance of storytelling in marketing.  When told properly, your story can have a tremendous impact on your audience.  Learn to tell your story in a way that influences others by using simple, yet effective techniques to emotionally connect with your audience.

Women’s Day Pitch Contest

March 8, 2018 | Huron County Museum, Goderich | 6:00 – 8:30 pm
110 North St, Goderich, ON N7A 2T8

Celebrate International Women’s Day and network with your community. Enjoy some soup, provided by Sweet Love Eats, hear women entrepreneurs make their pitch, and place your vote on your favourite business ideas! The winning pitch wins the revenue from the event, as well as a selection of prizes to help them start or grow their business.

$7.00 minimum donation at the door that includes dinner and a vote for the best pitch.

Social Media 101

May 23, 2018 | Ice Culture, Hensall | 9:00 am – 10:30 am
81 Brock St, Hensall, ON N0M 1X0

with tour to follow 10:30 – 12:00 pm



Collaborative Business Practices

March 14, 2018 | Online Webinar | 11:00 – 12:00 pm

How to find partners, create a collaboration and best practices.
Online with Renne Gendron

Social Enterprise 101

April 19, 2018 | Online Webinar | 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Georgian College Owen Sound Campus

Part 1: Social Enterprise 101 with Elly Green
Part 2: The Flourishing Business Model Canvas 101 with Nicki Darbyson.

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Collaborative Marketing

April 25, 2018 | Online Webinar | 11:00 – 12:00 pm

Finding and Maximizing Opportunities for Collaboration. Online with Nicki Darbyson

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Customer Service Training

May 9, 2018 | Online Webinar | 11:00 – 12:00 pm

with Patrick Donnelly

Social Enterprise 101 Webinar

June 13, 2018 | Online Webinar | 11:00 – 12:00 pm

Are you curious about social enterprise or looking to integrate social impact into your current business practices? Learn about different business models and how they measure social and environmental impact. Online with Nicki Darbyson

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Budgeting and Forecasting for Business

Feb 15, 2018 | Hansen’s Independent Grocer, Exeter | 1:00-3:00 pm
62 Thames Rd E, Exeter, ON N0M 1S3

with Dough Martin

They say that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. This is particularly true in your business.

Are you maximizing your business’s potential? Are you focused on your strengths and weaknesses? Have you even identified them?

The Budget and forecasting class will help you:

  • Understand cash flows and why you need them
  • Analyze your results
  • Use your results to make decisions, budget and forecast
  • Make frozen capital calculations
  • Relieve frozen capital ideas and business results


Accounting Essentials for the Non-Accountant

March 21, 2018 | Queen’s Bakery, Blyth | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
430 Queen Street, Blyth, ON N0M 1H0

Q&A with business mentors and advisors.


Funded by the Province of Ontario.


Register – it’s required! Call 519-524-8394 Ext 6 or email smallbusiness@huroncounty.ca
Location: Various Locations throughout the County

If you have suggestions for workshops, roundtable discussions, or panels, please contact Nicki Darbyson: ndarbyson@huroncounty.ca