In­au­gu­ral South Shore Busi­ness Sum­mit Oct. 17

South Shore Breaker - - Front Page - KATHY JOHN­SON kathy.john­son@bel­

An in­au­gu­ral busi­ness sum­mit aimed at help­ing mi­cro, small and medium-sized busi­nesses in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing the so­cial, com­mu­nity and eco­nomic cli­mate on the South Shore is be­ing held on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17, at the Oak Is­land Re­sort and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Hosted by the Ch­ester Mu­nic­i­pal Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Rais­ing Sales Busi­ness Sum­mit fea­tures a great lineup of speak­ers, panel dis­cus­sions and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, says chair of the Ch­ester Mu­nic­i­pal Cham­ber of Com­merce An­gela Steeves. “We want peo­ple to come to­gether to build their net­works, cul­ti­vate ideas and leave with newly ac­quired knowl­edge that will as­sist them in their day-to-day busi­ness life.”

The Rais­ing Sales Busi­ness Sum­mit runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with key­note speaker Ken Rowe of IMP (founded in 1967), who will kick-start the sum­mit with his lun­cheon pre­sen­ta­tion, Chart­ing Your Course. De­scribed as At­lantic Canada’s “happy war­rior,” Rowe is re­garded as one of those rare peo­ple who be­lieves that with the right com­bi­na­tion of tenac­ity, per­se­ver­ance and ap­petite for risk, any­thing can be ac­com­plished.

The day’s agenda in­cludes more ex­cit­ing high-pro­file guest speak­ers as well as a panel of lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als who will dis­cuss: “Tips and Tricks on How to At­tract and Re­tain Your Work­force.”

“We are very ex­cited to have Hugh Mackay, MLA for Ch­esterst. Mar­garet’s to mod­er­ate our panel dis­cus­sion,” said Steeves. “Talk­ing to lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple, we’ve man­aged to as­sem­ble a ter­rific list of key top­ics for our panel to ex­plore in­clud­ing im­mi­gra­tion, em­ploy­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing mil­len­ni­als, hir­ing an un­tra­di­tional work­force and where to source staff.”

Later in the day, the doors will open for net­work­ing and a trade show where busi­nesses and gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties will show­case their ser­vices and prod­ucts. All the at­ten­dees will have the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect and en­gage with each other. This will be fol­lowed by a cock­tails and canapes happy hour with a live band, of­fer­ing the ideal time to re­lax post-sum­mit at Oak Is­land Re­sort with the other par­tic­i­pants, and a great op­por­tu­nity to in­vite a plus one along to meet new­found con­tacts.

Early reg­is­tra­tion is rec­om­mended. Net pro­ceeds from the Sum­mit will be used to fund one or more schol­ar­ships for busi­ness stu­dents. “It is our in­ten­tion that Rais­ing Sales will be­come a key event on the an­nual cal­en­dar for South Shore busi­ness peo­ple and grow each year,” said Steeves. The event sup­ports the Ch­ester Mu­nic­i­pal Cham­ber of Com­merce vi­sion to pro­vide net­work­ing, train­ing and busi­ness ser­vices not only to their mem­bers, but to busi­nesses lo­cated or work­ing with busi­nesses on the South Shore.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, visit www.rais­ingsa­lessum­ and Face­book at www.face­­busi­ness­sum­mit.

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