Lunch N' Learns

Date: 
Friday, February 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Speaker: Genevieve Huneault, Principal Consultant & Co-Founder of Social Root Consulting

Join us for a Lunch N Learn from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Chamber of Commerce boardroom (visitor centre), 2533  Port Alberni Highway.  

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is all about reviewing your company’s wider impact on both the local and global communities. How does CSR work and more importantly, how can it benefit your business. Both customers and companies now want to know they are working with responsible providers. They will often choose more ethically aware suppliers over the competition, even at a higher price point. This is especially true when it comes to ecologically conscious companies, with the future of our planet at the forefront of conversation.

Implementing CSR policies says more about your company than the output of the various marketing programs and activities. It demonstrates your values and an awareness of the wider context of your business. With so many organizations focused on the bottom line and return on investment for shareholders, effective CSR management can help you stand out from the crowd.

In this 1 hr Lunch and Learn we will review the fundamental components of CSR and where the risks and benefits lay in this business concept. Participants will take-away industry best practices, key first steps on how to apply CSR in their business model, and helpful resources.

Genevieve Huneault is the Principal Consultant and Co-Founder of Social Root Consulting, a consulting collective that advises on ethical and sustainable development practices in BC. Genevieve’s work is grounded in participatory-based community developed, with an expertise in natural resource management, gender analysis, cross-cultural communications, and responsible tourism development. Her local and international work has led her to completing projects that focus on ecological economic growth in Western Africa, gender analysis for outdoor recreation activities in rural northern BC, and tourism development training on Central Vancouver Island. Genevieve's recent work with the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy further refined her competencies in private and public sector stakeholder engagement for environmental compliance protocols. Genevieve's work with Social Root Consulting seeks to adapt the United Nations 17 Sustainability Development Goals towards regenerative approaches to help mitigate systemic challenges faced by many communities, people, and natural spaces.

*This session includes a free lunch!*

Register today by calling 250-724-6535 or emailing reana@albernichamber.ca

 

 

 

Date: 
Friday, February 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Speaker: Darrell Goertzen, Business Advisor at Venture Connect
Join us for Lunch N Learn from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Chamber of Commerce boardroom (visitor centre), 2533 Port Alberni Highway. 

Expanding sales outside of your home market is an excellent way to make your business sustainable in the long-run. The goal of this presentation is to help businesses grow and survive economic challenges by expanding the market for their products and services. Participants will learn the many benefits of expanding your market such as a diversified customer base and increased profitability.

Darrell Goertzen joined the Venture Connect team back in 2012 as a Business Advisor. Darrell's background includes experiences in companies large and small, in markets across Canada and the US. He has started several small businesses and successfully transitioned them to new ownership. His corporate executive experience includes mergers & acquisitions, business development, marketing & sales and he has led business units in BC and New York. He has also been a business coach, strategy and business planning consultant and seminar leader for business owners. Darrell excels at finding creative solutions for business challenges.

 

Register today by calling 250-724-6535 or emailing reana@albernichamber.ca

 

Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Speaker: Darran Chaisson, Owner of Darran Chaisson Photography

Join us for a *free* Lunch N Learn from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Chamber of Commerce boardroom (visitor centre), 2533 Port Alberni Highway. 

Professional photos will make or break your online business presence. This session will introduce you to the concepts of:

  • How to present your business in a professional manner
  • The difference between a cellphone photo and a professional image
  • Communicating your brand through your photos
  • The basics of how to take a quality photo
  • Considerations for how to stage a photo
  • Considerations for taking pictures of storefronts, products, people, and business events
  • Legalities about photographing people and putting their faces online

Darran Chaisson is a professional photographer based in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Before starting his studio practise, Darran was an industrial mechanic working in some of the most remote parts of Canada. His influences include Ansel Adams, Bev Davis, Sherman Hines, and Mike Tittle, for their diverse body of work and the depth of feeling they achieve.  

A self-taught artist for over forty years, Darran specializes in landscape, concert and promotional photography, taking great satisfation in creating just the right image to suit his client’s needs. He is continually motivated by the challenge of getting his camera to produce the scene and emotion in his mind’s eye. When left to his own devices, he will seek out and capture the unparalleled, raw beauty of the rainforest and ocean on Canada’s west coast. Darran continues to refine and experiment with his medium while maintaining a high personal standard for quality, integrity, and customer service.

Darran has produced ad campaigns for clients across Canada and was selected from over 18,000 entrants as the 2017 grand prize winner for BC Ferries’ #stormwatchBC photo competition. His award-winning photography can be found in private collections in the UK, Canada, Korea, and USA.

Register today by calling 250-724-6535 or emailing reana@albernichamber.ca

*This session includes a free lunch!*

 

 

 

Date: 
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Speaker: Darrell Goertzen, Business Advisor at Venture Connect

Join us for a 1-hr Lunch N Learn session from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Chamber of Commerce (visitor centre) boardroom, 2533 Port Alberni Highway. 

Every business will sell at some point; even yours. And when it's time to sell, your business will become one of hundreds of other businesses on the market needing a buyer. How will your business stand out and gain the interest of a buyer? It's a buyer's market now and this is expected to be the situation for many years to come. You need to be prepared and have your business positioned strongly to appeal to potential buyers. The financial payoff can be significant and your emotional strain reduced when your business is correctly prepared. Even if you don't plan to sell for years to come, it's not too early to start. It's interesting that we detail our cars and stage our homes yet many business owners fail to do the same with their business. Invest an hour in your business, know your options and be prepared to get the most from your business sale.

Darrell Goertzen joined the Venture Connect team back in 2012 as a Business Advisor. Darrell's background includes experiences in companies large and small, in markets across Canada and the US. He has started several small businesses and successfully transitioned them to new ownership. His corporate executive experience includes mergers & acquisitions, business development, marketing & sales and he has led business units in BC and New York. He has also been a business coach, strategy and business planning consultant and seminar leader for business owners. Darrell excels at finding creative solutions for business challenges.

*This session includes a free lunch!*

Register today by calling 250-724-6535 or emailing reana@albernichamber.ca

 

 

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