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SLEP Seminars

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Fri, 09/28/2018 - 15:44 -- Stephen Thompson

The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership’s Business Enterprise Centre is once again pleased to offer free seminars for businesses and individuals in the Sarnia-Lambton area.

Covering a variety of topics including business planning, tax filing, and marketing, the Business Enterprise Centre seminars are aimed at educating the Sarnia-Lambton business community on issues that are pertinent to both small companies and large corporations.

The Business Enterprise Centre’s offerings began on Wednesday, Sept. 19’s with a session on substance use and abuse in the workplace that focused on the Oct. 17 legalization of recreational marijuana and will see its next entry on Wednesday, Oct. 3 which will cover tax filing, common tax errors, financial benchmarks, and different services offered by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Scheduled Seminars:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10:00am – 12:00pm – Tax Filing for Small Businesses
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10:00am – 12:00pm – Operating Commercial Vehicles
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8:00am – 12:00pm – Writing A Business Plan
  • Date To Be Determined – Introductory Marketing

“We work extremely hard to provide as much value as possible to the businesses across the Sarnia-Lambton area, and our seminar offerings reflect that,” said Fraser Parry, Business Counsellor at the Business Enterprise Centre.

“By offering seminars on a wide range of topics, we feel we can have a positive impact on the business community and we hope that these companies take as much information as possible from them.”

September 19’s kick off was held exactly one month out from the Oct. 17 date that marks the legalization of marijuana across Canada and saw over 50 representatives from 22 businesses across Sarnia-Lambton attend the discussion at the Lambton College Events Centre.

Led by Anthony Folan, the Managing Director of Integral HR Solutions, the seminar focused on how companies can expect the legalization of recreational marijuana to have an impact on their operations, as well as what policies and procedures they can put in place to manage drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

With over 30 years of experience in human resources, Mr. Folan’s expertise in creating and implementing workplace policies is just one example of the quality of speakers that the Business Enterprise Centre is offering through its seminars.

Other speakers at the upcoming sessions include Karen Fischer from RK Fischer & Associates, as well as representatives from the Canada Revenue Agency and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.

Mr. Parry, who has been the Senior Business Counsellor with the Business Enterprise Centre of Sarnia-Lambton since 2000, will host the Writing a Business Plan seminar, passing on his wealth of knowledge from a lifetime of working in the business world.

Interested attendees in the fall seminar series are reminded that the sessions are free to attend but are limited to 10 people and require those who are interested in attending to register in advance.

More information on the Business Enterprise Centre’s seminar offerings and to register can be found at or by contacting Fraser Parry at 519-332-1820.

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