Linda Ockwell-Jenner is joined by Tim Elgar, Director of Small Business Services, American Express Canada to discuss the latest Small Business Monitor. This ongoing study, of which this is the 17th report, looks at issues facing small businesses. It provides excellent insights into what motivates small business owners and it's perhaps not what you think!
Messages from the Founders
One of the tips we want to share with you today is simple but small business owners sometimes don't have time to think about the important basics of running their small business. Ensuring your website is up and running and kept up to date is crucial. Your domain name also needs to be secure so make sure you not only pay the fee when requiested for your domain name but ensure the security fixes are all taken care of. If your domain name expires you will not have a website to showcase. Another thing people may forgot to check up on is your email, is it working?
The SBCN will be celebrating 12 years of assisting small business owners thsi coming November. How time flies. One question we are asked often is "How did you grow your business and continue an upward growth"? Easy answer, consistency, credibility and community, three important things in any business growth. Why not come along and meet the co-founders of the SBCN on Wednesday 15th April at WRSBC, Kitchener City Hall, at this monts networking event?
The Small Business Community Network (SBCN) and TELUS have partnered to bring you the Small Business Mentor-in-Residence program. This initiative is an opportunity for small businesses to take advantage of mentorship from local leading business experts. Led by Linda Ockwell-Jenner, Co-Founder of the SBCN and hosted by TELUS Stratford, we invite you to join us. You can register to attend this event, it's free to attend.
Thursday April 9th 7pm 8pm
Opportunities abound everywhere. Don't miss out look for the opportunities starting you in the face. Check out the Small Business Community Network (SBCN) events taking place in April and register to attend:
Connect to the RIGHT people, at SBCN Connect!
Join us on March 30th for SBCN Connect - our special blend of open-house networking aimed at finding the perfect connection for your business. Open to everyone and completely free, SBCN Connect is the place to foster great business relationships with new people, on-line connections and existing partners, clients and colleagues.
Linda Ockwell-Jenner shares some tips on influencing your network. It's not all about selling; you may need your connections to partner with you, refer you, sponsor you, etc.
The Small Business Community Network (SBCN) and TELUS have partnered to bring you the Small Business Mentor-in-Residence program. This initiative is an opportunity for small businesses to take advantage of mentorship from local leading business experts. Led by Linda Ockwell-Jenner, Co-Founder of the SBCN and hosted by TELUS Stratford, we invite you to join us.
The next FREE mentoring session takes place on Monday March 16th, 7pm 8pm, and LindaOJ SBCN Co-Founder will be sharing some tips on Social Media, she is after all the Social Sweetheart.
Did you know that the SBCN Members are invited to share the SBCN Badge on their own website? This is a win win scenario, it showcases to people visiting SBCN Member websites that they are associated with a credible networking organization and also shows loyalty to that organization.
Thank You to our members for showcasing the SBCN Badge on your website!