BCB BULLETIN BOARD

Business Cape Breton is pleased to have many partners and contacts within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality who are hosting informative BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL events and activities throughout our communities. 

BCB receives many requests to highlight these events and activities using our e-blast messages so people from across the island will be aware of upcoming gatherings of interest. Rather than fill your inbox with many messages, Business Cape Breton is introducing the BCB Bulletin Board which will be updated regularly and will showcase the events people wish to promote; as well as, it will feature valuable resource information for businesses (new and existing). There is no charge for this service. 

Please send your BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL notices and your CONTACT INFORMATION to info@businesscapebreton.ca and if we have any questions, we will contact you to discuss further or call 902-562-2201 or toll free 1-800-818-2201.

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POSTINGS IN  JUNE  2016

There’s One Big Thing Many Small Business Owners Are Neglecting

Posted By Melinda Emerson On June 28, 2016 @ 5:00 am In Management

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The internal audit is a form of self-discipline that can prevent countless problems.

The first time you said to someone, “I’m starting my own business,” you probably felt a sense of pride and empowerment, as well as nervousness. When setting up a small business, you want to plan for as many contingencies as possible, and prepare for anything the marketplace or business world may throw at you.

 

But when you read up on tips for small business owners, one thing you probably won’t see is information about a crucial activity: the internal audit .  Yes, the word “audit” is scary, but the internal audit is actually about allaying fears.

The Importance of Internal Audits

The internal audit helps ensure that your business operates as it should, that you are able to effectively manage risks, and that your business remains in compliance with regulations and laws that apply to it.

Financial and Operational Discovery

Setting up a small business usually doesn’t involve the creation of an internal auditing department. Budgets are tight, and personnel often have to play many roles simultaneously. But you can internally audit your business using the team you already have to gain information about operations and finances. At least two people should be involved to prevent auditors from simply assuming their own work is in compliance, and to open up channels of communication about processes and regulations. Discussing the results of the audit, and preparing a report on it helps your team understand why internal audits are important, while giving everyone actionable information that can help your business flourish.

Make Internal Auditing Your Responsibility

The first step to conducting a self-audit is to define what you want to achieve and what benefits you expect to come away with. Define a series of objectives, and identify any risks associated with them. If you have known problem areas, highlight them so the audit can focus on them. When planning audit activities, determine what you plan to look at, how intensely you will examine particular areas, and for what time period. Each task should have connected with it the name of the person who will be able to help you acquire the information you need.

It’s possible you’ll have to change course at some point during an audit, should new matters of importance come to light, and that’s OK. The information you gather during your audit should be used to create a deliverable product (typically a report) that drives specific actions. Plan to evaluate those actions at a specified interval after the report is prepared and note if the improvements you expect are being achieved. Subsequent audit procedures will need to be fine-tuned to better meet your needs as your business grows and changes.

You Can’t Correct Issues You Don’t Know About

Internal audits are about discovering issues that need attention. You, as a small business owner, probably know which areas are most suitable for being audited. In general, the following small business functions benefit from an internal audit:

  • Expenses – because if you don’t know where your company is spending money, you don’t know where it’s wasting money
  • Customer Service – Do you know how satisfied customers are? What they’ve praised and what they’ve complained about? How do you plan to put this information to use?
  • Data Quality – including inventory reports, cash balances, and accounts receivable and payable. This data must be current and accurate for these processes to benefit you.
  • IT Security – including security within your business and between your business and the outside world
  • Disaster Recovery – including a detailed plan of how to recover operations in the event of a natural disaster, theft, or other catastrophe. What are the top priorities after a disaster?
  • Compliance – whether with internal, industry, or government regulations, including compliance with tax laws. Regularly monitoring compliance can help tremendously if you become the subject of an outside audit.

Regulatory Compliance Begins with Your Team

At minimum your small business must comply with payroll, Department of Labor, and tax regulations. If you’re in industries like healthcare, financial products, or education, then you will have to comply with many other regulations as well. Knowing exactly how the well-oiled machine that is your small business operates is step one to ensuring compliance on all fronts. When your team knows that internal auditing is a priority, they’re more likely to understand the importance of external audits and be prepared.

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Safety Check

Safety Check will be putting on another Emergency and Standard First Aid course this month at a discounted price.  (Standard is a two day course, and Emergency is the first day) 

July 12th, 2016
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm 
Course: Emergency First Aid 
Location: Grand Lake Road Fire Hall, 2nd floor, room #15
Cost: $95 plus tax person
 
July 13th, 2016
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm 
Course: Standard First Aid 
Location: Grand Lake Road Fire Hall, 2nd floor, room #15
Cost: FREE

 

(Two day course, need to take the Emergency First Aid above!)

Please call or email Jennifer to register at 902.562.6100

web:  www.safetycheck.ca

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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016

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Representatives from Business Cape Breton will be in Inverness on Thursday, June 23, to outline services available to existing businesses and for those wishing to start a new business.  If you have an idea for a business or have been considering starting, buying or expanding a business, please join us for a discussion regarding how Business Cape Breton can help.
 

Services available to entrepreneurs include:  Business Plan Development; Business Counselling; Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Awareness.  The BCB Programs provide support for the successful operation and growth of small business throughout Cape Breton. Business counsellors are available to travel to Inverness to meet with clients.
 

Where:  Robin’s Donuts, 15896 Central Ave, Inverness
When:  12:00 Noon on Thursday, June 23

 

There will be a designated area in the restaurant for the presentation and there is no cost to attend.  Refreshments will be provided.  For registration or questions, please contact Business Cape Breton at 1-800-818-2201 and choose option # 2 or e-mail joyce@businesscapebreton.ca

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MEET THE ARTIST FRIDAY,JUNE 10 FROM 11 AM to 4 PM 
at the CENTRE FOR CRAFT AND DESIGN 
THE EXHIBIT RUNS UNTIL JUNE 30

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1) Northside Collection 

This collection features pieces I created from casting silver over rocks, found on Northside Beaches, which enhance and compliment my designs.  The silver pieces feature several gemstones including opals, diamonds and garnets.  I combined the natural beauty of Cape Breton Island with real gemstones from all over the world to showcase my jewelry and transform them into wearable works of art, with each piece telling its own story. 


2) Cuttlefish Collection 
In Mediterranean countries, there is a centuries-old tradition of using cuttlebone as a mould to cast small objects. I learned this technique in Cape Breton and was immediately inspired by the exotic structure it creates. I played with unexpected combinations of textures and forms to create truly unique pieces.  
In each piece, you can appreciate the unique organic cuttlebone texture, resembling waves rippling on water. I combined this practice with striking semiprecious gemstones to create fresh new pieces which reveal the craftsmanship and design of my jewelry.  


3) Wild Child Collection
I experimented with sterling silver and various gemstones to create this eclectic and unique collection.  I was inspired by the sense of freedom and creativity of the ‘wild child’ generation, and channeled my own inner wild child when creating these bodacious, bold pieces.   The sterling silver was fused, textured, hammered, folded, oxidized and cast over natural shapes to create interesting works with a unique point of view. These texturizing processes are an essential  part in creating depth and contrast in all my designs.  

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POSTINGS IN  MAY  2016

Business For Sale (by hopefully retiree):

Well-established, take-home food, and catering business servicing Sydney and surrounding areas. Proven increase in sales year over year. Website, online ordering system, signature recipes, repeat clientel, and all associated equipment included. Option to rent fully-licenced, newly-renovated kitchen at a reduced cost for first 24 months.

Please send any inquiries to establishedbusiness2016@gmail.com.

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Festiville Baddeck

This summer Baddeck is undertaking FESTIVILLE BADDECK.  This will be held on
3 days beginning in July and ending in September. The dates are: July 4, Aug 8, Sept  1st. This event will be a celebration of Nova Scotia, featuring artisanal products, food, musicians, entertainment including but not limited
to buskers, choirs, face painting, sidewalk art and much more.   
This will take place on Monday (July & August dates) and Thursday (Sept date) evenings from 5PM to 9PM on Chebucto Street which is the main artery in the Village of Baddeck.

Participation in the FESTIVILLE BADDECK can take place in a variety of ways.  We are looking for applications to participate as Vendors in the FESTIVILLE.  The cost of participating is $120 for all 3 dates or $50 per date.  This will secure a table where you can set up your product for sale.  We anticipate over a thousand visitors on each of the above mentioned dates.

The focus on Nova Scotian culture, art and food will be an incredible draw to this event.  Participation can also take place through sponsorship of the event.  Sponsorship of the event is $500. Sponsorship will aid in the success of the FESTIVILLE.   Sponsors will be recognized throughout the area during the event and in all print, radio, and social media advertisement.  Sponsorship will be limited to a small number of sponsors.
 

Should you be interested, please contact Iris Kedmi - on behalf of Festiville Baddeck committee no later than June 4th @ 1-902-818-8504 or via email ikedmi@yahoo.com

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In co-operation with the St. Ann’s Bay Development Association, Business Cape Breton is pleased to present Dr. Alastair MacLeod outlining Tips for Productive Meetings.  

Dr. MacLeod has extensive experience in chairing effective meetings. For 8 and a half years, he was the volunteer Chair of the Citizens’ Liaison Committee of the Sydney Tar Ponds Cleanup Project. The committee was comprised of 15 organizations and government representatives faced with many challenges throughout the years leading to the successful completion of the project.

He has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Director of the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce, Director of Nova Scotia Business Inc, President of the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce, and was inducted into the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame in 2007.

Some of the topics to be discussed in Tips for Productive Meetings:

• The role of the Chair and Committee Members.

• The structure of effective meetings.

• The importance of welcoming new members.

• The need for respectful and inclusive discussions.

• How to reach consensus.

As well, discussion will take place with Bernadette MacNeil, Manager of Marketing and Administration for the Port of Sydney Development Corporation regarding cruise ship shore excursions and what tour operators look for in order to include a location in their itinerary.

Joyce MacDougall will provide a brief overview of programs provided to businesses by Business Cape Breton.

Where:  Celtic Tea Room at St. Ann’s Bay United Church

When:  Wednesday, June 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Free admission. Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SIGN-UP FORM!

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Safety Check will be putting on the following courses:

Date: June 7th, 2016
Course: NS Confined Space Entrant Attendant 
Location: Kavanagh Room – Port of Sydney (fiddle)
Cost: $120 plus tax 

Date: June 9th, 2016
Course: POEWP (Power Operated Elevated Work Platforms) – Manlift/ Boom/ Scissorlift 
Location: CAT Dealership
Cost: $100 plus tax 
Only a couple seats left on this one 


Safety Check will be putting on a two part Emergency First Aid course:  For this time only! 

June 6th, 2016
Time: 9am start -5pm 
Course: Emergency First Aid 
Location: Kavanagh Room – Port of Sydney (fiddle)
Cost: $95/person

June 7th, 2016
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm 
Course: Standard First Aid 
Location: Grand Lake Road Fire Hall, 2nd floor, room #15
Cost: FREE
(two day course, need to take the Emergency First Aid above)

Please call or email Jennifer to register:

Jennifer Head-Fahey
Office Manager
Safety Check Inspections
Tel: 902-562-6110
Fax: 902-562-8661
Email: jhead@safetycheck.ca
Web: www.safetycheck.ca 

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Interesting Business Articles

Small Biz Trends” is a free on-line newsletter with articles of interest on a number of business related topics.  It is an American publication, but the information in many of the articles apply anywhere including the following in the current edition:

Build Your Brand

Small Business Social Media Ideas

Follow Up On Sales Leads 

 

 

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Welcome to the Boudreau Family of Fuels! 

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Since 1995, Boudreau’s Fuels Ltd. has been proudly serving your family with all of your home heating needs…and now we have some exciting news! Boudreau’s Fuels is thrilled to unveil a great new look, and proud to introduce a new affiliate to the Boudreau Family of Fuels. Our newest member, Caper Fuels, offers the same great service and value to our friends in the Sydney area as our Boudreau’s Fuels customers have come to rely on. 

 

And to celebrate, we’re offering some great promotions to our valued customers. Just click on the promotions below for all the exciting details. 

Friendly Smiles, Familiar Faces…and now a great new addition to The Boudreau Family of Fuels! 

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POSTINGS IN  APRIL  2016

 

Safety Check Inspections

Safety Check Inspections will be putting on the following courses in May:

May 3rd and 4th

Time: 8am- 4pm  

Location: Fiddle – Kavanagh Room – Sydney

Course: TWS – Temporary Workplace Signage

Cost: $240 plus tax

(TCP is a pre-req for TWS)

 

May 10th, 2016

Time: 8:30am-2:30pm

Location: Fiddle – Kavanagh Room - Sydney

Course: NS Fall Protection

Cost: $120 plus tax

 

May 10th, 2016

Time: 3pm -6pm

Location: Fiddle – Kavanagh Room - Sydney

Course: POEWP (Power Operated Elevated Work Platforms – Scissor/Man Lift)

Cost: $65 plus tax

Pre-req for POEWP is a valid Fall Protection certificate

 

May 11th, 2016

Time: 8:30am -3pm

Location: CAT – Hewitt Rentals – Sydney

Course: Safe Forklift Operation

Cost: $120 plus tax

 

May 12th, 2016

Time: 8:30am – 4pm

Location: Fiddle – Kavanagh Room – Sydney

Course: Confined Space Entrant Attendant

Cost: $120 plus tax

 

If you wish to register, please contact:  

Jennifer Head-Fahey

Office Manager

Safety Check Inspections

Tel: 902-562-6110

Fax: 902-562-8661

Email: jhead@safetycheck.ca

Web: www.safetycheck.ca

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TIPS FOR PRODUCTIVE MEETINGS

WHEN:   Thursday, April 28, 2016

WHERE:  L’Auberge Acadienne Inn, Arichat

TIME:   12:00 Noon to 1:30 pm

COST:    $15 (all inclusive for lunch and the presentation)

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY NOON ON TUESDAY, APRIL 26 BY CALLING 1-800-818-2201 AND CHOOSING OPTION # 2 OR E-MAILING joyce@businesscapebreton.ca

Business Cape Breton, in co-operation with the Isle Madame Tourism and Trade Association and the Municipality of Richmond, will present a luncheon on April 28 in Arichat on the topic of “Tips for Productive Meetings.”

Some of the items to be covered in the presentation and the ‘Question and Answer’ discussion:

  • The role of the Chair and Committee Members.
  • The structure of effective meetings.
  • The importance of welcoming new members.
  • The need for respectful and inclusive discussions.
  • How to reach consensus.

The Guest Speaker is Alastair MacLeod who has extensive experience in chairing community meetings.  For 8 years, Alastair chaired the Citizens’ Liaison Committee for the Sydney Tar Ponds Cleanup.  This committee comprised representatives from 15 community organizations, who met monthly with an equivalent number of government and cleanup officials. He has also served in a volunteer capacity as a director of the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce, a director of Nova Scotia Business Inc., and President of the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce.  In 2007, he was inducted into the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame.

Beginning in 1997, Alastair assisted Dr. Gary Samson from time-to-time in Arichat’s Isle Madame Dental Centre.                                                                 

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Unleash Your Style

A 1-day LIVE Workshop

For women who are ready for a beauty, style
and wardrobe makeover
and so much more . . .

This beauty, style and fashion Event will TRANSFORM how you look,
how you dress and how you shop for clothes

Lesson 1: How to Choose Flattering Styles

Lesson 2: Colour, Hair, Makeup and Grooming

Lesson 3: How to Create a Wardrobe You Love

 

When: Saturday, May 7th, 2016

    Where: Kreative Design

  Time: 10-4pm

Early Bird Registration: $119 before May 2nd  Regular $139

 Limited # of Seats available

 

You Will Receive:  Lunch

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 Learn more here: www.unleashyourstyle.net or call 578-0509

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Financial Wellness

with John MacPhail

 

 

Employers include financial wellness in programs

The Institutional Retirement Income Council (IRIC), a non-profit think tank for the retirement income planning community, recently released its list of top trends to watch in 2016.

IRIC says there is a growing need for retirement plan sponsors to help participants with retirement readiness and securing their financial future.

IRIC suggests this will drive plan sponsors to expand financial wellness initiatives and evaluate retirement income solutions for employees. Financial wellness is quickly becoming one of the most important employee benefits an employer can offer.

62% of working Canadians say they would like to see more wellness programs from their employer.

For a free information package or to find out how a free “Financial Wellness” information session could benefit you and your employees, email Maureen at John MacPhail’s office:  maureen.gillis@investorsgroup.com.

 

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John R MacPhail 

Consultant

Investors Group Financial Services Inc.

256 Prince Street Sydney NS B1P 5K6

Bus(902)562-5000  Toll Free(866)562-5300 Fax(902)539-5950

Please visit my website at www.johnmacphail.com

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UPCOMING SEMINAR FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Presented by:  Business Cape Breton & Port of Sydney

'Cruise Ship Spending 101'

Shopping ashore is nothing new to the cruise industry.  Stores and vendors in the Caribbean, Mexican, and Alaskan ports of call have been profiting for many, many years.  This seminar aims to help small businesses understand how to successfully market to the 57 cruise ships that are scheduled to dock in 2016.  Simply opening your doors on a port day is not enough. It is vital to anyone who is banking on increased passenger spending ashore to understand the mindset of the cruise ship passenger and create a strategy on how to increase spending habits.  This seminar will breakdown the cruise ship dollar and how to identify a target demographic business by business. 

SEMINAR DETAILS:

Date:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Location:  Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, 74 Esplanade, Sydney, NS

Time:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

NO COST TO ATTEND - PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY VISITING:  www.cruiseshipseminar-2.eventbrite.ca

Register by April 15, 2016, and receive a tailored marketing promotion suggestion unique to your business. 

PRESENTER:

Jennifer Maher - Spending almost 5 years at sea on 15 different cruise ships, Jen Maher comes with a vast insight on spending habits of cruise guests.  Having been port and shopping guide with Onboard media, she coordinated integrated marketing campaigns with hundreds of retailers, Jen lead an army of shoppers into the ports, where they were eager to 'shop till they dropped.'

The Port of Sydney has purchased software to bring our ‘Walking Map to Life.’  Attend the seminar and you will learn of a fantastic advertising opportunity for this cruise season.  A demonstration on what our activated map can do to profile your business, not only to cruise ship passengers, but to all visitors whereby you will have three (3) different buy-in levels.  The Port of Sydney is excited to coincide the launch of this campaign with the opportunity to take advantage of the expertise being made available to you through this seminar.

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TALKING BUSINESS LUNCHEON WITH GUEST SPEAKER:  JOHN PINO - APRIL 19, 2016    

INSURANCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Have you ever wondered if your business is properly insured for the hazards which can affect your operation? What new insurance protection is now available that would be of benefit to your business and employees? What can you do to protect against errors and omissions or breach of client information? Beyond the usual vehicle and property insurance, how can you protect your business assets?

John Pino, Vice President of Industry Relations for the MacLeod Lorway Financial Group (Insurance) will cover these topics and more including Flood Coverage, Cyber (Personal Information) Protection, Equipment Breakdown and Business Interruption during his up-coming luncheon presentation regarding commercial insurance. Having worked with MacLeod Lorway since 1994 and having attained his MBA as well as insurance industry designations of FCIP, CAIB and CRM, John is well qualified to answer your questions regarding protection for your business.

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 19, 2016
WHERE: Cambridge Suites Hotel, 380 Esplanade, Sydney
TIME:  12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm
COST:  $20 all inclusive lunch

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!  

Registration is required by noon on Monday, April 18.


Questions?  Please contact Joyce MacDougall at 902-562-2774 or joyce@businesscapebreton.ca

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POSTINGS IN  MARCH  2016

21 Clever Spring Marketing Tips - Visit Small Business Trends website for marketing ideas that your business can capitalize on!!!  

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POTENTIALS a YOGA STUDIO is proud to present Eddie LeMoine live on March 31st 2016.

Presentations will be at two locations Baddeck in the AM and Sydney in the PM:

BADDECK ALDERWOOD COMMUNITY HALL - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SYDNEY POTENTIALS a YOGA STUDIO  - 54 PRINCE STREET - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

 

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WOMEN IN SCIENCE RETREAT

Register now for this year’s Women in Science Retreat held at CBU's Verschuren Centre on April 2nd from 10-3:30.

All new activities and format with loads of hands on science for girls ages 10-18 (although all are welcome).  There will be great prizes and its free!  Role models from several different careers paths (engineers, doctors, pharmacists, chemists and biologist, nurses and therapists, etc.) will be there to answer all your questions.

Register online today before spaces are filled up:  http://www.cbu.ca/research/wise/

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UPCOMING LAE COURSES 2016 SPRING
 

The Sydney Area Chamber of Commerce will be administering an LAE sponsored workplace skills training course entitled 'Introduction to Simply Accounting-Sage' for the CBRM BUSINESS COMMUNITY starting early April 2016 (Exact Dates TBA).                     
 
Introduction to Simply Accounting / Sage 50
 

This 40 hr course administered by the Sydney Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by NS Dept Labor and Advanced Education (LAE) is designed to introduce the student to the most commonly used functionality of Simply Accounting / Sage 50.  Highlights include an overview of the interface followed by a detailed look at creating a company, defining the company settings, modifying the chart of accounts, and entering historical financial information.  Coverage of the core modules in the software as well as the most common transactions, banking, periodic processing, and reporting are also discussed.  Other areas covered will be setting up accounts receivable/payable, invoicing, HST reporting, banking, and financial reports.
 
DETAILS:

Course facilitator will be Spencer Wadden, CPA and NSCC Marconi Campus Business Diploma instructor.  Course will be delivered on Mon/Wed evenings 5:30-8:30pm over a 6 wk period beginning early April.  

The course location will be at the Chamber of Commerce office, 275 Charlotte St, Sydney.

To register, please email your interest to info@sydneyareachamber.ca or call 902-564-6453.  You can also register on our webpage at www.sydneyareachamber.ca and click 'Training.'

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Business Cape Breton was asked by Scotia Rail Development Society to visit their website www.scotiarail.ca to sign an online petition to support the railway remaining in our region.  If you wish to also offer your support, it would be valuable to our region and very much appreciated!

Thank You!  

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Cabot Trail Business Workshops

Indian Brook Fire Hall - 10 km past Englishtown Ferry

For more information, please click on the poster or visit:  http://www.jayrawding.com/workshops/

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POSTINGS IN FEBRUARY 2016

 

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CELEBRATING SMALL BUSINESS

On Saturday, March 12, the Mayflower Mall is the place to be from noon to 4 PM as clients of Business Cape Breton present their new, expanded and exciting businesses.

Come and meet the business owners and see the products and services they have to offer. Participating businesses include stone carving; medical esthetics; health care services; themed photography; home renovations and maintenance services; recreational activities for young and old and much more! Healthy and natural products will be available for purchase.

Think Cape Breton First.  Come out and support some of the local businesses which are making our economy grow. 

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Celebrating Small Business is a Cape Breton REN activity presented by Business Cape Breton.

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Sydney:

Sleep is the foundation of good health and well-being.  There are many modern-day lifestyle and environmental factors that are currently causing an increase of sleep disturbance. An estimated 40% of Canadians suffer from a sleep disorder.   Losing an entire night of sleep has been proven to cause the same level of impairment as having a blood alcohol level of .08 percent, not to mention physical, cognitive and emotional fatigue. Chronic sleep deprivation can contribute to obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Shaun Maher will be covering important sleep hygiene recommendations as part of his talk.  “Having a solid sleep routine is a good start, but people can do so much more to get a good night’s sleep,” says Maher. The Sleep Hygiene – how do I get better sleep? talk is part of the wellness speaker series being held by the Frank Rudderham YMCA and the Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness clinic.

Wednesday February 24 - Frank Rudderham YMCA, 399 Charlotte St.   Presentation will take place at 11:30 am during the Free Community Expo being held at the YMCA. 

Thursday February 25 - Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness, 850 Grand Lake Road, Suite 3 - 7:00 pm.

Media Contact:  

Dr. Shaun Maher

850 Grand Lake Rd. Suite 3

Sydney NS

T:  902-270-7022 

Email:  info@islandchiro.com

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FUNDING:  CANADA SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml

Business Cape Breton encourages owners of businesses with 50 or fewer employees and non-profit organizations to check this federal government website which outlines the Funding:  Canada Summer Jobs Program.  Application for this program closes February 26, 2016.

Highlights of the Program:

  • Applies to private sector businesses with 50 or less employees.
  • Provides 50% funding of minimum wage jobs.
  • Employs full-time students ages 15 to 30 who are returning to school.
  • Also applies to non-profit organizations (see website for details).

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Business owners will be interested in attending the up-coming Business Cape Breton 'Talking Business Luncheon' with guest speaker John MacPhail of Investors Group Financial Services.
 
The presentation will focus on preparing sound financial strategies for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.  Mr. MacPhail will discuss investments and retirement plans as it relates to business owners and their employees, including group and personal RRSPs, group and personal Tax Free Savings Accounts, corporate investment accounts and company benefit plans.  He will also touch on the current global economy and discuss the importance of creating a financial plan to secure your successful financial future.
 
WHEN:  Tuesday, February 23, 2016
WHERE:  Cambridge Suites Hotel, 380 Esplanade, Sydney
TIME:  12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
COST:  $20 (all inclusive lunch)
 
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY NOON ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND, BY CONTACTING BUSINESS CAPE BRETON:
 
Phone 902.562.2201 or 1-800-818-2201 or email:  info@businesscapebreton.ca.

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POSTINGS IN JANUARY 2016

 

SAFETY CHECK INSPECTIONS presents:

'Safety Representative Training'

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time: 8:30 am- 4:00 pm  

Location:  Safety Check Office – 270 Stable Drive, Sydney

Employers with between 5-19 employees are required to have a Safety Representative.  This course will teach you how to become an effective safety representative.

For more information and to register, email Jennifer jhead@safetycheck.ca

 

Does my business require a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee or Health or Safety Representative?

A Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee is required in workplaces with 20 or more employees who work for more than four weeks in a row.  

A Health and Safety Representative is required in workplaces with 5 or more employees and where no Committee is required.

Who is responsible for making sure that there is a Committee or Representative?

It is the employer's responsibility to establish and maintain a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee or to make sure a Health and Safety Representative is chosen.

What does a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee or Health and Safety Representative do?

The function of both Committees and Representatives is to get employers and employees working together to improve health and safety in the workplace. 

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Business Cape Breton features entrepreneurs making a difference in our region.  For a list of stories featured to date, please click the following link:  SUCCESS STORIES!
 
If you are interested in finding out more about the services that Business Cape Breton provides, please phone 902.562.2201 or 1-800-818-2201 or email:  info@businesscapebreton.ca.
 
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Don’t let winter win!

The first major snowfall of 2016 struck on Wednesday morning, forcing the shovellers out in droves.  If this winter is anything like last, there is much more snow on the way.  Back injury from snow shovelling is quite common during the winter months.  While it is a common injury, it is a preventable injury, if you know the best ways to remove snow without straining the back.

'Shovelling snow can actually be a great form of exercise, if you know what you are doing,' explains Dr. Jen Maher.  In January, Dr. Jen Maher will present two informative sessions on snow shoveling and injury prevention.  These informative sessions are aimed at helping cape bretoners concur winter shoveling. 

Everyone is invited to attend.

Wednesday January 27th – 11:45am

Frank Rudderham YMCA, 399 Charlotte St.

Thursday January 28th – 7:00pm

Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness, 850 Grand Lake Road, Suite 3

Dr. Jen Maher, Chiropractor

Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness

850 Grand Lake Road, #3

Sydney, Nova Scotia

www.islandchiro.com

902-270-7022

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TALKING BUSINESS LUNCHEON

Business owners, start the New Year off right by attending the first TALKING BUSINESS LUNCHEON of 2016 with guest speaker, JOHN NASH, FCPA, FCA.  Mr. Nash will provide valuable tax information for private sector business owners which will be helpful for the coming tax year.

WHEN:         Tuesday, January 26

TIME:            12:00 NOON

WHERE:       Cambridge Suites Hotel, 380 Esplanade, Sydney

COST:           $20 including lunch, tax and gratuity

Registration is required by contacting info@businesscapebreton.ca or calling 902-562-2201 or toll free 1-800-818-2201!

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POSTINGS IN NOVEMBER 2015

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FOR INFORMATION ON THE OPEN HOUSE, PLEASE CLICK ON THE POSTER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SENIORS COLLEGE FALL 2015

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FOR INFORMATION ON THE FALL 2015 SCHEDULE (COURSES THAT ARE STILL AVAILABLE), PLEASE CLICK ON THE POSTER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY DUE DILIGENCE WORKSHOP

Business Cape Breton is presenting half-day workshops in all Cape Breton municipalities to outline the requirements for businesses to comply with Nova Scotia Health and Safety regulations.  Please click below to find out more information on the workshops within your municipality:

LIST OF WORKSHOPS WITHIN ALL CAPE BRETON MUNICIPAL UNITS!  

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SENIORS FALL PREVENTION TALK 

Sydney:

In 2016, one in three seniors will have a fall.  Of those falls, 40% will result in hip fractures and 20% of injury related deaths in seniors can be traced back to a fall.  As part of their commitment to injury prevention, Dr. Jen and Dr. Shaun Maher from Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness are hosting a Seniors Fall Prevention talk on Thursday, November 26th at 7:00pm.  The talk, part of their healthy living speaker series, will provide helpful tips on keeping safe and exercises that seniors can do to keep their strength and balance over time.

'So many of our patients are over sixty,' says Dr. Jen 'giving this free talk is a great way for us to help people stay strong into their golden years,' she continues.  Seniors are injured at home more than any other location; the talk will provide ways to keep them safe at home.  Furthermore, over time muscle and bone strength decreases and this can lead to falls. '“One of the best ways to prevent falls is to focus on strength and balance training,' says Dr. Jen.  'On Thursday, we will cover some easy to do exercises that will focus specifically on building strength and balance for those over 60.' 

The talk starts at 7:00pm in the Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness clinic at the Grand Lake Fire Hall, Suite #3, everyone is welcomed!

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jen Maher

Chiropractor

Island Chiropractic & Family Wellness

850 Grand Lake Road, #3

Sydney, Nova Scotia

www.islandchiro.com

902-270-7022

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CHRISTMAS IN BADDECK - To view all of the details, please click the poster below!

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INSIGHTS WORKSHOP

Date:  Friday, December 11, 2015

Time:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location:  Joan Harriss Pavilion

Title of Workshop:  Engaged, Diverse, and Inclusive:  Key Ingredients in the recipe for success in a high performance organization.  For more information on this workshop, please click on the poster below:   

INSIGHTS WORKSHOP POSTER (PDF)

REGISTRATION FORM (PDF)

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EMPLOYER RESOURCES - GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

This website contains information on Human Resource Management, Labour Market Information, Programs & Services for Employers, Regulatory Information, and Update on the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011.

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For more information on this toolkit, please visit Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (click here).
Questions/Comments, please email info@businesscapebreton.ca

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