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

Please register on Eventbrite.ca, or email smallbusiness@huroncounty.ca with any questions.

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Upcoming Workshops 

The Art of Great Storytelling

Sept. 26, 2018 | Blyth Memorial Hall | 9:00 – 4:00 pm

We’re excited to present this hands-on storytelling workshop delivered through the Humanos Institute. Through Human-Centered Design Thinking their approach is a participatory method including interactive lectures and group exercises.

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Starter Company Plus and Starting a Business 101

October 3, 2018 | Seaforth Town Hall | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Free 

The Starter Company Plus program is a business training and mentorship program that offers the potential to receive a $5,000 grant. Startups, new business concepts, and existing businesses with fewer than 3 years of operation are eligible to apply. Successful candidates will have submitted a complete application package that demonstrates economic impact in Huron County.

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Digital Storytelling

October 10, 2018 | Faux Pop Media, Goderich | 9:00 – 4:00 pm
Free

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The Business Case for Diversity

October 16, 2018 | Exeter Town Hall |9:00 – 11:00 am | Free

The Business Case for Diversity: building strategies to broaden your customer base and build a welcoming community.

During this free 2-hour interactive session, we will:

1) Set the Context

  • The demographics of Huron County
  • Community Economic Development needs identified

2) Discuss approaches to attract a diverse market segment:

  • Explore current marketing approaches and how they might be modified
  • Identify short and long term strategies

The workshop will be designed to be a facilitated discussion to identify creative ways to attract a wider customer base, draw more people to shop, settle, and be part of the community. All businesses and organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend!
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Instagram Advanced

October 19, 2018 |Lakehouse of Bayfield | 11:00 – 1:00 pm | Free

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How To Develop an Instagram Marketing Strategy
  • Current Instagram Trends & Best Practices
  • Writing Content That’s Appropriate for Your Brand
  • Fundamental Social Media Metrics & Analytics

This workshop is for people who are already using Instagram for their business or brand. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone or tablet!

Emily Baillie is a social media teacher & marketer. With 15 years of communications and marketing experience, she brings a fun and practical approach to her social media sessions which are designed for people of all ages. Emily grew up in Ailsa Craig, Ontario and is passionate about helping small business owners to grow.

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Introduction to Quickbooks (Desktop Version)

October 23, 2018 | Small Business Centre, Goderich | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | $20

The Desktop version of Quickbooks provides a comprehensive suite of tools for all your accounting needs. This tried and true software is great for any sized business or home office. This class will cover:

  • Software Overview
  • Setting up a company file
  • Cash vs Accrual method
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Customer set up
  • Items set up
  • Sales Receipts
  • Invoices
  • Vendor set up
  • Bills
  • Cash Expenses
  • Credit Card Purchases

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Intermediate Quickbooks (Desktop Version)

October 30, 2018 | Small Business Centre, Goderich | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | $20.

The Desktop version of Quickbooks provides a comprehensive suite of tools for all your accounting needs. This tried and true software is great for any sized business or home office. This intermediate level course will cover:

  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Basic P&L and Balance Sheet
  • GST/HST filing
  • Memorized Transactions
  • Providing financial info to your accountant or tax preparer

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Co-op 101: How Social Enterprise can use the co-op business model.

October 31, 2018 | Small Business Centre, Goderich | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Join Peter Cameron of the Ontario Co-operative Association for this interactive Co-op 101 session.

The Co-operative business model works on the Triple Bottom Line – People, Planet and Profits. It is the best model for Social Enterprises to put their values into practice. Co-operatives are democratic businesses that put the power back in the hands of employees, producers, consumers and/ or community members. There are co-op businesses in virtually every business category including retail, housing, agriculture, social services, renewable energy, health, finance and IT. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the co-operative model including start up, incorporation and financing. Several local successful co-operative businesses will be featured.

Come learn how co-operatives are building a better world!

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Introduction to Quickbooks (Online Version)

November 7, 2018 | REACH Centre, Clinton| 6:00 – 9:00 pm | $20

The Desktop and Online versions of Quickbooks have the same basic concept but different structure and terminology. If you are familiar with Desktop, you will experience a definite learning curve in switching to Online. This class will cover:

  • Software Overview
  • Setting up a company
  • Cash vs Accrual method
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Customer Set up
  • Products & Services set up
  • Invoicing
  • Supplier Set up
  • Bill, Expense, Cheque, Supplier Credit

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Intermediate Quickbooks (Online Version)

November 14, 2018 | REACH Centre, Clinton| 6:00 – 9:00 pm | $20

The Desktop and Online versions of Quickbooks have the same basic concept but different structure and terminology. If you are familiar with Desktop, you will experience a definite learning curve in switching to Online. This class will cover:

  • Syncing Bank Accounts
  • Bank Rules
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Basic P&L and Balance Sheet
  • GST/HST Filing
  • Accountant access

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Payroll and Reporting (Online Version)

November 21, 2018 | REACH Centre, Clinton| 6:00 – 9:00 pm | $20

QuickBooks ™ provides excellent software options for accounting. This class will teach the following topics using the Online Version of Quickbook:

Payroll

  • Government Compliance – Source Deductions
  • Payroll Items – Basic and Customized
  • Setting up Payroll Schedules
  • Setting up Employees
  • Paying Employees
  • Paying Source Deductions
  • T4s and ROEs

Reports

  • Standard Report Options
  • Customization
  • Memorized Reports
  • Exporting to Excel

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Past Workshops 

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.

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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


Webinars:

 

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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Finance

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