Small Business/Not-for-Profit Start-up Seminar
Are you interested starting your own small business or not for profit organization? Well, this is the preconference workshop for you! This year’s COEO Conference Committee has put together an expert line-up of presenters who will share information and insights for aspiring OE entrepreneurs. Participants in this preconference workshop will hear from small business experts, receive up-to-date legal advice regarding small business ownership and starting small scale not-for-profits, and learn about the small business success stories from members of the COEO community.
Participants will spend the afternoon with David Hyde, a Small Business Consultant from the Small Business Centre for Barrie, Simcoe County, and Orillia. He will bring us up to speed by laying out all the essential tools and resources that aspiring entrepreneurs require in order to shape their small business ideas into reality. David will also discuss business plan development, taxes, insurance, and marketing. Sanitha Miranda, a Lawyer from the Day & Borg law firm, will discuss the differences between starting a small business and not-for-profit, and highlight the pros and cons to help you decide which model is most appropriate for your goals. Sanitha will also review recent changes in the law, as well as share common missteps that new business owners and social entrepreneurs often make. Finally, we have also assembled and panel of successful business operators—who are also COEO members—and they will share stories of their successes and setbacks. There will be plenty of time for Q & A and opportunity to go into specific detail with these experts regarding your business ideas and goals. And the best part—this three-hour afternoon preconference is being offered at an exceptionally low price ($20!!!)
Date and Location: Friday September 23, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Camp Couchiching
Registration: Please note that this special pre-conference workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Contact email@example.com, if you would like to participate in this workshop. Registration closes September 8th (or as soon as 20 participants are reached). Payment will be arranged by cheque, Paypal or e-transfer.
Paddle Making with Bruce Smith
Learn how to make your own hand carved Black Cherry canoe paddle under Bruce’s guidance in a special one-day pre-conference workshop. Bruce’s years of teaching and canoeing experience, combined with a simple step-by-step process, will make this a relaxed, rewarding endeavour for everyone. Bruce has worked with a variety of participants: teens and seniors, families and friends, experienced and inexperienced. Everyone always enjoys this workshop!
Participants choose the size and style of paddle a couple of weeks prior to the course. Bruce will then prepare the blanks by planning down the blades, reducing the major bulk of the wood. The workshop consists of layout, rough carving, fine carving and sanding. All hand tools are provided. Some final sanding may have to be done at home. Instructions will be provided for applying finish over 10-14 days following the workshop.
Date and Location: Friday September 23, 9 am – 4 pm, Camp Couchiching
Cost: $135 + HST (includes all tools/materials, does not include lunch)
Registration: Please note that this special pre-conference workshop will be limited to 8 participants. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to participate in this workshop. Registration closes September 8th (or as soon as 8 participants are reached), as Bruce needs time to cut the blanks for the workshop. Payment can be made by cheque, Paypal or e-transfer.
More about Bruce Smith:
Bruce Smith’s love of paddles and all things “canoe” began as a child attending Orillia Y’s Camp Summerland. As a teenager, he counselled at camp and started exploring the wilderness waters of Ontario, crafting the most beautiful and functional paddles and canoes to get there. Others discovered his work and so began a lifetime of carving. Bruce’s official career for almost 30 years as a teacher, mostly teaching shop to troubled teenagers, allowed him to share these skills.
Now a full-time artisan, his canoe paddles have the reputation of being artistically stunning as well as functioning with precision in the water. Since 2009 he has exhibited at juried shows such as One of a Kind, Cabbagetown and Queen West (Toronto), Muskoka Arts & Crafts (Bracebridge), Haliburton Art & Craft (Haliburton), Fair November (Guelph), and New Art (Ottawa). He also offers paddle making workshops Sept through June at his shop near Elora, ON. His passion remains equipping people to find the special places in nature through his high quality, hand carved items from both traditional and specialty woods.