Waterloo Region Small Business Centre

Do you want to learn more about the Waterloo Region Small Busines Centre? As many of you know, they are partnered with us at the SBCN for the upcoming Small Business Showcase.

Check out a short video where some of the faces from the centre talk about their services and philosophy. You'll also hear from some of the clients of the centre and see exactly what they found valuable.


I almost forgot that  this important week is upon us. As a two time breast cancer survivor I strive to bring awareness to everyone about this terrible disease. Evidently breast cancer awareness is still not reaching everyone. The people who have already been touched by breast cancer in one way or another are taking notice and that is wonderful.

Rich Interiors presents "Energize Your Living Space"

Do you want to learn how to add some PIZZAZ and ENERGY to your current home decor? Learn tips from a fully certified Interior Decorator . This fall Rich Interiors presents a FREE decorating seminar in Kitchener to teach you how to Energize Your Living Space through the use of colours, fabrics, accessories and furniture placement in your home. This one hour seminar will be held on Monday September 24th at Seven Shores Trading Company, 72 Leger St. Kitchener from 7 - 8 pm.

Ask the Experts - Industry Leaders & Small Business Leaders - 18th September Zehrs Community Room

Don't miss your chance to meet some of the areas top small business leaders and industry experts for a special Ask The Experts session. We are delighted to welcome: John Roccheta, President - the Beat Goes On - Paul Walman, Sherwood Digital Printing - Tony DaSilva, Cucci Cabello, and the SBCNs own Tanya Riemann, Platypi Designs. Come along on Tuesday September 18th 7 - 9 pm, Zehrs Community Room, Stanley Park Zehrs Community Room, 1005 Ottawa Street North, Kitchener. $5 members, $10 guests, refreshments and prize draw. Contact Linda 519 893 1598 for more information.

"Fire the Grid" Earth Event July 17th

Recently I found out about this world wide event and feel inspired to pass it on to you in hopes that you’ll participate. You are asked to meditate, pray, or sit quietly and repeat positive words, or do whatever brings you joy for 1 hour starting at 7:11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 17th.

The following letter from Shelley Yates explains it 

The Record's "Reader's Select Awards"

The Record is currently running a contest that allows you to vote for your favourite business/restaurant/whatever. You can vote online by visiting or to go directly, click here.

They seem to have covered many business types, but not all of them. i.e. "Home Decor Store", but not "Interior Decorator", and (if I may address my own category) "Computer Store", but not "On-Site Computer Service".

If Architects had to work like Web Designers

Several SBCN members perform web design services for clients -- I've occasionally done so myself. I came across an article today that typifies the difficulty in being a web designer: by looking at it in the context of an Architect, instead.

Unfortunately, the server hosting the article is running slowly, so here is the text...

Tanya Riemann, of Platypi Designs, awarded Chamber President's Plaque

Wednesday June 13th 2007 marked the 8th annual gala of the Guelph Awards of Excellence. It was a fantastic evening to celebrate many individuals and businesses that give back to their community.  Platypi Designs is proud to announce that Tanya Riemann was the recipient of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce President`s Plaque for Exemplary Service for 2007.

Face Lift for Your Home

Written by SBCN member Maureen Rich...

By choosing the right selection of colours, you can draw attention to some wonderful architecture features of your home.

Tuesday June 26th - Successful local business owners share the SECRET of SUCCESS...

Authoring in Business - Successful local business owners share the secrets to boosting your business by becoming an author. Linda Ockwell-Jenner and Jane Orend offer you this chance to do what they did, discover the SECRET of SUCCESS! Come along and discover what you really need to know, registration costs $20 and includes a choice of complimentary book written by Linda or Jane! Tuesday June 26th, 2 pm to 3 pm Zehrs Community Room, Stanley Park Mall, Kitchener.