Business Skills Training

Our Business Skills Training sessions have temporarily wrapped up and will resume after the summer of 2019. Thank you to everyone who attended and to our wonderful speakers that shared their expertise with us. Many thanks to our partners who have helped us with this project: Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot, North Island College, and the Young Professionals of the Alberni Valley.

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These sessions are made possible by a grant from the Province of British Columbia.

Here are the sessions we offered in the Fall 2018 and early 2019:

Critical Insurance for Business
Speakers: Ramon Solinas of Solinas & Associates & Bob Collette (retired insurance adjuster)

Financial Management
Speaker: Rob Anderson of Anderson & Associates Chartered Accountants

The Mental Work of Business Ownership
Speaker: Gayle Stephen-Player, owner of Gayle's Fashions

Managing Staff Relations
Speaker: Kryssie Thomson of Smile Inside Out Consulting

Funding Opportunities in the Valley
Speaker: Deb Haggard, business owner and former Business Advisor with Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot

Curb Appeal for Your Business
Speakers: Jan and Karen Lavertu, owners of Home Hardware

Designing Great Content for Social Media
Speaker: Suzanne Jolly or North Island College

Look Better: Product Promotional Photography
Speaker: Darran Chaisson of Darran Chaisson Photography

Social Media for Your Business
Speaker: Karinne Magnussen of KM-Creative

Export Navigator: Expanding Your Market
Speaker: Darrell Goertzen of Venture Connect & Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot

CRA for Business: What You Need to Know
Speaker: Catherine May of the Canada Revenue Agency

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Alberni Valley Business Community
Speaker: Genevieve Huneault of Social Root Consulting

The Art of Your Presence
Speaker: Naomi Nicholson of Secluded Wellness Centre

Succession Planning: It's Never Too Early
Speaker: Darrell Goertzen of Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot