Small Business Week 2021

Small Business Week is a national celebration of Canadian entrepreneurs and their contribution to Canada’s economy. Locally, we strive to celebrate entrepreneurs in every stage of business during this week – aspiring, start-up, and established business. This year, we plan on hosting a variety of events, with both in-person and virtual options, to educate as well as celebrate. This is a week of education, celebration, connection and inspiration.

Kick-Off to Small Business Week with Keynote Drew Dudley

When: Monday, October 18, 2021
Where: Sacred Heart Downtown  – 217 George St. Sydney
Time: Doors open at 9
Event Begins: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Cost: Free to Chamber Members *contact [email protected] for promo code*
$25 to Future Chamber Members

Join us on Monday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. as we kick-off Small Business Week in a BIG way with keynote speaker and author, Drew Dudley!

As the bestselling author of This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters, and his TED Talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” voted as one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time, we are excited beyond measure to kick-off Small Business Week 2021 with Drew and each of you!

Please note that proof of vaccination is required for this event in accordance with the province.


Customer Success: It Starts on the Inside with Nicole Osmond

When: Monday, October 18
Where: Virtual
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: Free

In this virtual workshop, we will examine the critical role of the people inside the business in delivering an exceptional customer experience. Together we will explore ways to equip and empower your team for Customer Success and deliver on your brand’s promise for an exceptional Customer Experience.

Facilitator: Nicole Osmond, Customer Service Coach

HOSTED BY CBDC


Bet On Me Podcast Launch with Annette Verchsuren

When: Tuesday, October 19
Where: Joan Harriss Cruise Pavillon
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $75 per ticket

Bet On Me: The Podcast with Annette Verschuren is an evolution and extension of Annette’s national best-selling book, “Bet on Me.” This podcast is home to candid conversations with some of Canada’s most interesting entrepreneurs and leaders, uncovering what is takes to succeed in business and proving that global success can be from any of pocket of the world. Season one of Bet on Me: The Podcast introduces enthusiasts from Annette’s community – Cape Breton Island, showcasing the potential and magic that is Cape Breton and its people.

Please note that proof of vaccination is required for this event in accordance with the province.


Small Business Week Virtual Workshops – Pricing and Profitability

When: Tuesday, October 19
Where: Virtual
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: Free

This workshop will cover the financial, marketing, and behavioural aspects of setting prices to achieve profitability, including calculating break even prices and considerations when preparing quotes.

Facilitator: Debi Peverill of Peverill & Associates Inc.

HOSTED BY CBDC


Small Business Week Virtual Workshops – Futurpreneur Workshop

When: Wednesday, October 20
Where: Virtual
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: Free

Local entrepreneur Leah Buffett of Montessori House of Learning will share the story of her business and how Futurpreneur contributed to her business success. You will also learn more about Futurpreneur and the services they offer to entrepreneurs.

Guest Speaker: Leah Buffett, Montessori House of Learning

Facilitator: David Eisnor, Futurpreneu

HOSTED BY CBDC


Business After Hours

When: Wednesday, October 20
Where: Island Folk Cider House
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: Free

Description: Join us for a special edition of Business After Hours on October 20 at Island Folk Cider House as a part of Small Business Week. Engage in an evening of casual networking with our local business community! Everyone is welcome and complimentary snacks and refreshments will be served.

Please note that proof of vaccination is required for this event in accordance with the province.


Small Business Week Virtual Workshops – Dealing with Negative Feedback

When: Thursday, October 21
Where: Virtual
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: Free

Customer complaints on social media happen. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to look at negative comments as an opportunity to convert dissatisfied customers into loyal fans. Facilitator: Ingrid Deon, Word-craft.

HOSTED BY CBDC


Advantage: Stories of Empowerment

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Where: The Forrester Centre
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Cost: Free

Description: Advantage: Stories of Empowerment is a mini-Advantage power session featuring four inspiring local female entrepreneurs; Mariah Battiste, Creative Ceo of Sundaylace Creations & Bling, Rochelle Simmons, Owner of Sawyer + Sunny Boutique, and Whitney Green and Robyn Martelly, Co-Founders of Powerful.Creative.

This moderated panel will inspire each person in the room as these women share their stories of growth and empowerment, leading them to where they are today. We invite you to spend part of your morning with us at The Forrester Centre to celebrate women in business, and the Advantage of being a woman in today’s world. Tickets for this event are FREE and limited. This event is a part of the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Week line-up.

Please note that proof of vaccination is required for this event in accordance with the province.


Rethinking the Way We Work

When: Friday, October 22
Where: Virtual – Remo Platform
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost: Free

How cultivating an age-friendly workplace can ease your recruitment challenges and help to position you as an “Employer of Choice”

Ask any business in Nova Scotia and they will tell you that attracting and retaining skilled, knowledgeable, engaged, and talented employees is key to their success – and it’s never been more challenging! Creating a workplace poised for success starts with employing people of all ages; and to peak their interest in the current marketplace you may have to rethink how you do what you do when it comes to HR. This session is an ideal opportunity to learn what it takes as an employer in 2021 to begin to devise a strategy to attract, retain, and draw on the skills and knowledge of workers based on six key strategies.


Refresh Your LinkedIn

When: Friday, October 22
Where: Ratchford Studios, 208 Commercial St. North Sydney
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free

Refresh your LinkedIn and book a headshot with John Ratchford on October 22 between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We have limited spots available for complimentary headshots with Ratchford Photographic. Please be on time for your registered appointment as these are being scheduled in 10-minute intervals to accommodate as many people as possible.

Please note that proof of vaccination is required for this event in accordance with the province.


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