2014 Business Awards Celebrated in Owen Sound

The 150th Owen Sound Chamber of Commerce Business Awards will be held this evening at the Bayshore. Cocktail hour beings at 5pm and dinner will be served at 6:15. Tickets are $79 for members, and $89 for non-members. The Chamber Award Nominations are open to all businesses, not only Chamber members.  The judging is done […]

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What to Do When You’re in Over Your Head

A seasoned investor offers a handy three-step process to halt panic and get a handle on a challenge that seems beyond you. Ambition is all about pushing yourself beyond your perceived limits. If you’re not taking on reach goals and slightly terrifying challenges than you’re unlikely to reach your full potential. Which all sounds good […]

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The Bleeding Carrot Taking Risks and Winning Hearts

Nothing about Owen Sound’s The Bleeding Carrot can be taken at face value. From the menu to the mandate it upholds with every customer, there is a history with this business that, like many, started when its owner had to leave his previous job. Jim Ansell, owner and manager of The Bleeding Carrot was forced […]

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So You Graduated and Want to Start a Company…

It’s starting to feel like everyone wants to own a start-up these days. We asked 13 successful young founders to share their best advice for actually starting a successful company. We all know what it’s like to soul-search, but no one does it quite so well as recent college graduates, many of whom entertain dreams […]

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Big Presentation? 5 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

Every entrepreneur needs to present at some point. From apologies to information overload, a primer on what not to do. As you grow your company, you will find yourself standing in front of an audience more often. After all, you are the best person to take your message to the masses: You feel the most […]

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Got a Great Worker? Don’t Promote Him

We learned the hard way: Not everyone is cut out for management. It’s great when an employee does a superior job, isn’t it? The person does good work, shows up on time and is pleasant to work with. Over time, it’s natural that we would want to promote the person. The progression seems logical, obvious, […]

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All Brilliant Entrepreneurs Have This

Management skills don’t make an entrepreneur great. Neither does access to capital or innovative thinking. It’s something much more simple. What makes an entrepreneur successful? Some people believe it’s the ability to innovate. However, many startups are refinements of existing business models or improvements on how everyday products and services are delivered. Being innovative helps, […]

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Don’t Delegate Everything: 5 Things You Should Control

Learning how to delegate is crucial for a successful CEO. However, there are certain areas of your business that should always be under your control. Here are five. There is such a push for leaders to delegate to their subordinates that it would be understandable for a business owner or CEO to think her job […]

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Learn to Network

Business Networking International (BNI) Sound Networking meets Each Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 AM at Frog Ponds Cafe

Meet local business people and find out how networking is one of the most effective methods for marketing your business.
Visitors are always welcome, just call ahead to let us know you are coming 519-371-2622.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Basics of Bookkeeping (Three part workshop)
Tuesday September 19th and 26th and Tuesday October 3rd, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room $95 (HST included)
Facilitator: Jane Gallagher
This three part Bookkeeping Workshop will allow you to use the tools and information to confidently understand your financial statements and your own books. Class size is limited to 8 to allow a hands-on, individual learning opportunity for everyone.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

How to “Really” Start a Business
Wednesday September 20th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Bayshore Community Centre
FREE – Pre-registration is required
Facilitator: Cliff Bilyea
Discover the basic steps involved in starting a business, evaluating your idea, determining your market and basic rules and regulations. Attending the is workshop is mandatory for anyone applying to the Starter Company Plus Program.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Introduction to Quick Books (Two part workshop)
Tuesday October 17th and 24th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room, $80 (HST Included)
Instructor: Jane Gallagher
The first session of Quick Books provides participants with an overview and access to a trial version of the program. The second session will be questions and answers to address specific issues. Knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles is required. Limited to 8, you must bring your own laptop. (This workshop does not cover the online version of Quick Books)


Phone: 519 371 7464
Fax: 519 371 4043
Address: 1240 2nd Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2J3

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