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Investing In Your Business – March 1, 2018

On March 1, 2018 the City of Pembroke is partnering with the Town of Petawawa, County of Renfrew, Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Renfrew County CFDC to host a 1/2 day conference for business owners and managers entitled Invest in Your Business.

The event takes place from 11:30am – 4:30pm and begins with keynote speaker, author and business owner, Darci Lang. Then, throughout the afternoon, there will be various sessions on business support services and grants.

In the evening from 7:00pm-9:00pm employees and the general public are invited to hear from Darci and her well-know speech: Focus on the 90%.

Register for the Day Session

Register for the Evening Session

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Manners Matter: Entrepreneurial Skills for Professional Success

You already know it; you only have one moment, one instant, for prospects to form an impression of you. Positive or not, it is a matter of perception, theirs.

From the first impression to the last impression, what do you want people to say about you? When you walk in, do you know what you send out? What about when the door closes behind you?

A positive impression is essential to building harmonious and productive partnerships.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or a future entrepreneur, the good news is that making a positive impression can be learned. Based on your vision, you decide on the image that you want to project. Everything is under your control!

Join us for a highly interactive workshop and learn how to:

  • Master your first impression
  • The dos and don’ts of networking activities
  • Communicate correctly with technology
  • Dress for success

The results: your self-confidence will be increased, your stress diminished and you will be in control of your image, ready to make your entrepreneurial dream come true.

Your workshop leader is Julie Blais Comeau, Canada’s go-to etiquette expert, Chief Etiquette Officer at etiquettejulie.com and the author of Etiquette: Confidence & Credibility. A sought-after media collaborator, you may have heard, seen or read her on: CTV Morning Live, Your Morning, HuffPost, CBC, Canadian Living or The Globe and Mail

To register go to entrepreneurialskillsforprofessionalsuccess.eventbrite.ca

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Women in Business

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“Women in Business” is a day for you to network, make connections, participate in presentations and panel discussions, increase your social media awareness and celebrate women in business. There is also opportunity to take advantage of a FREE headshot (offered in part by “To the Moon and Back Photography”).

To register for the days’ events, please follow the steps listed below.

  1. Contact ontrac by phone 613.623.4680 or through e-mail arnprior@getontrac.ca
  1. Please provide: your name, phone number, e-mail and the reason you are interested in participating in the “Women in Business” event.
  1. Indicate if you would like to take part in the FREE headshot! There are only 50 spaces available. You will be assigned a headshot time closer to the date.
  1. Please indicate if you have any food allergies or intolerances so that we may adequately accommodate your food needs the day of the event.

Valley Franchise Expo – 2017


Interested in owning a franchise operation?  Representatives will be on hand at the first Valley Franchise Expo to give information and resources about franchise ownership.

Algonquin College Spring Business & Leadership Conference – 2017


The Algonquin College Spring Business Leadership Conference on May 25th at the Waterfront Campus in Pembroke.

This conference is now into its third year and provides great value for local businesses.  Early bird rates of $199 + HST are available until March 31st and the college expects the conference to sell out.

Here is the link to the conference website:  http://www.algonquincollege.com/pembroke/spring-business-conference/

Women In Business



Enterprise Renfrew County in partnership with Renfrew County Community Futures Corporation are proud to present our annual Celebrating Women in Business Event.

**Registration Deadline has been extended to Saturday March 25th

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM on Wednesday March 29, 2017
8:30 – 9:00 AM Check-in and networking

Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre
1 International Drive, Pembroke.

Tickets are $40.00 plus HST ($5.20) = $45.20 Tickets must be purchased in advance **tickets are non-refundable

Ticket price includes: break refreshments and lunch along with a ballot for a door prize *must be in attendance to win.
If you have  food allergies please let us know when you purchase your ticket. If you have any questions call Kim at: 613.735.8224

What to Expect During the Event:
  • PARO Information Session: Guest Speaker will talk about Paro Circles
  • Entrepreneur Panel: Women entrepreneurs will talk about their businesses, challenges and their triumphs along with a Q & A session
  • Lunch: Sandwich & Salad Bar along with a variety of desserts, plus tea and coffee
  • Keynote Speaker: Karen Cunningham
  • Algonquin College Entrepreneurship Hub: Guest Speaker will give update on what has been happening at the Entrepreneurship Hub
  • Wrap-up and Door Prizes *must be in attendance to win
  • PARO Peer Lending Circles *anyone who would like to work towards starting a Circle is invited to stay after the main event.

The Power of the Female Entrepreneur

Keynote Speaker: Karen Cunningham owner of Integrity Leadership Consulting will talk about obstacles and barriers that many women face while operating their business. Some obstacles are our own making, some barriers are caused due to the lack of understanding of the importance of what is needed for women to take the audacious leap in becoming an entrepreneur.

Selling Food to Ontario-2017

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March 7, 2017
9:00 am-3:30 pm
Learn how you as a farmer or small processor can access new market channels.
Topics include:
● Costing and Pricing for Profit
● Getting Your Product Listed & Keeping it There
● Food Packaging & Labelling
● Food Trends: Consumer & Industry Expectations
● Presentation by the Renfrew County Health Unit
Create new opportunities for your farm or food processing business by learning how to expand into new markets such as grocery stores, restaurants, food hubs, schools, universities and other public institutions.

To register, go to https://sellingfoodtoontario2017.eventbrite.ca

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT | Training day for Pontiac entrepreneurs.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - Training day for Pontiac entrepreneurs

Day will include a human resource management overview;

  • Recruiting the right staff for your business;
  • Staff retention;
  • How to become an employer of choice;
  • How to lead Generations X, Y, Z

13 september 2016 | 5 :00PM to 9 :00PM
Pine Lodge Bristol

16 september 2016 | 8 :00AM to 12:00PM
Café de l’Ile, 224 Ch des Outaouais, Ile-du-Grand-Calumet

Health & Safety Bootcamp

Health & Safety Bootcamp

On September 27th Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation will be hosting a workshop in partnership with McLaren Health & Safety Consulting, to help business owners and employees understand how to manage Health & Safety in their workplace.

Renfrew County’s Health & Safety Bootcamp is rooted in the idea of helping business and organizations in the area develop sustainable safety programs that will reduce injuries and illnesses and increase the bottom line.  Featuring a panel of expert speakers and industry professionals, the workshop is based on the idea of helping organizations become Occupational Health & Safety leaders in the Valley.

Renfrew County’s Health & Safety Bootcamp will take place at the Horton Community Centre from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The cost is $45.00 per person, which includes registration, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Please see the attached poster for more details. Seating is limited, so we ask that you reserve your spot by September 19. For a full listing of speakers, the workshop agenda or to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/health-safety-bootcamp-tickets-27257790786

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Kelley Lemenchick at 613 431-3951.