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Georgian college hosting business workshop for freshmen

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Georgian College
The Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Center (HBEC) of Georgian College, with support from Simcoe County, is hosting Business Etiquette and Personal Branding, a networking workshop, on March 30 to help community newcomers on their entrepreneurial journey. focuses on.

The workshop features a panel of experts and immigrant-based business owners who share their expertise and experiences with a wide variety of companies operating in Canada.

Jan Bailey, founder of Ovation, an expert in speaker training, is a personal branding expert who will be facilitating the panel discussion. She will discuss tools and strategies for communicating, negotiating, building and maintaining customer relationships, which can help foster business and trust.

Participants were introduced by Miguel Abascal, Founder of UnstoppableMe.Rocks, Road Map to Canada Immigration Consulting Inc. Rosa Diaz, Founder, and Paulo Cardoso, Chief Partnerships Officer, JKR Canada, will also listen. They’ll share stories as business owners—how they overcame obstacles, things they wish they’d known from the start, and tips on how to have the best “talker” business card.

The workshop will begin at 1 p.m. and will include the opportunity for participants to network and make useful business connections on the XcelerateNOW marketplace filled with great vendors and products from local and immigrant-owned businesses. Beginning at 4 p.m. the Sandbox Center will host its Social Hour where participants can continue networking with members of the community.

The workshop is part of the Start Now series, funded in partnership with Simcoe County, which includes a collection of workshops and networking events on specific topics for business owners new to Canada. All workshops in the series will be recorded and available on Bernick Online, which will also be an ongoing resource for newcomers.

“Simco County is a great place to start and grow a successful business,” said Simcoe County Warden Basil Clark. “We are proud to support The Georgian College in delivering this innovative workshop aimed at creating even more opportunities for our residents and economy to thrive.”

The Start Now series is part of HBEC’s XcelerateNOW program – a new initiative focused on supporting newcomers, immigrants and refugees with entrepreneurship support, mentorship, funding opportunities and resources.

“Starting a business is a big adventure, especially when you do it in another country,” said Cecilia Duckett, International and Newcomer Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Center. “Having access to the proper resources and connections can guide you throughout your entrepreneurial experience. Networking is important when running a business and this event is an opportunity to make valuable and empowering connections with our diverse community all in one place.

Register online for this free workshop. To learn more about XcelerateNow email [email protected],

This workshop is funded and hosted in partnership with Simcoe County, and the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Center of Georgia, Invest Barrie, Town of Innisfil, Nottawasaga Futures, Sandbox Center, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Center and Small Business Center In association with Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia.



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