Savvy Busi­ness Builders Ladies Lun­cheon one of two Lunen­burg County events

Small Busi­ness Week 2018

South Shore Breaker - - Local - VER­NON OICKLE ver­non.l.oickle@east­link.ca

With Small Busi­ness Week 2018 be­ing ob­served from Oct. 14 to

20, some Lunen­burg County busi­ness own­ers and op­er­a­tors have de­cided it’s time to not only cel­e­brate their own suc­cesses, but to also im­part their knowl­edge to other en­trepreneurs look­ing to fol­low their ex­am­ples.

Bernice Wil­liams, a lo­cal com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment en­tre­pre­neur has been work­ing to cre­ate a bet­ter place to live, work and play for sev­eral years. In re­cent weeks, she has been work­ing with a team of en­trepreneurs and ex­perts to or­ga­nize two Small Busi­ness

Week events.

One of those events, the Savvy Busi­ness Builders Lun­cheon, will be hosted at Wile’s Lake Farm Mar­ket in Wileville on Oct. 18 at 11:30 a.m. Dur­ing this event, Wil­liams ex­plains they will be show­cas­ing four lo­cal women en­trepreneurs who have es­tab­lished suc­cess­ful en­ter­prises in Lunen­burg County — Ash­ton Ro­den­hiser, Kacy Delong, Jen­nifer Nau­gler and Michelle Crouse.

“This will be an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to net­work and build re­la­tion­ships with other women en­trepreneurs, and to learn a lit­tle more about how these ladies are build­ing their busi­ness lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” she says.

Wil­liams de­cided this year it was time to do some­thing to ob­serve Small Busi­ness Week be­cause she rec­og­nized it was an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to bring peo­ple to­gether and share knowl­edge about lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We have not cel­e­brated Small Busi­ness Week in the past num­ber of years in Lunen­burg County so I de­cided it is time to cel­e­brate those who are achiev­ing suc­cess in busi­ness in our com­mu­nity,” she says.

The Savvy Busi­ness Builders Ladies Lun­cheon is an op­por­tu­nity to learn a lit­tle about lo­cal women who are mak­ing an im­pact lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, she says.

“I am ex­cited to share the panel with the com­mu­nity to show­case en­trepreneurs who are build­ing busi­ness in new and unique ways. Build­ing re­la­tion­ships al­lows us to grow and sup­port each other go­ing for­ward.”

As a small busi­ness en­tre­pre­neur, Wil­liams ex­plains she uses a com­bi­na­tion of hos­pi­tal­ity and adult ed­u­ca­tion to work on a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity projects. Dur­ing her time as man­ager of the Com­fort Inn Bridge­wa­ter, her team and busi­ness was rec­og­nized na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally for its award-win­ning cus­tomer ser­vice. She was rec­og­nized in 2011 as Choice Ho­tels Women in Busi­ness Al­liance In­ter­na­tional Woman of the Year.

In re­cent years, Wil­liams has played an ac­tive role in the com­mu­nity, writ­ing pro­pos­als and act­ing as project man­ager for large pro­vin­cial, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional events. She has been suc­cess­ful in us­ing events, fa­cil­i­ta­tion and build­ing re­la­tion­ships to show­case the com­mu­nity, lo­cal busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

She says she prides her­self on be­ing a com­mu­nity builder and it is that en­thu­si­asm that she brings to this event. And like her, she adds, the other women fea­tured on this panel have a great deal of knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise that they want to share with oth­ers.

Cre­atively, panel mem­ber Ash­ton Ro­den­hiser says it’s a pow­er­ful tool to help peo­ple break down com­plex ideas, fa­cil­i­tat­ing learn­ing and cul­ti­vat­ing good work.

Ro­den­hiser’s graphic record­ing busi­ness, Mind’s Eye Creative Con­sult­ing and Fa­cil­i­ta­tion, has en­abled her to work na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. She is the founder of Af­ter­glow Art Fes­ti­val, now cel­e­brat­ing its sev­enth year. She is also the chair of Art Hap­pen­ing Bridge­wa­ter board.

An­other pan­el­list, Jen­nifer Nau­gler, is the owner of Sim­ple Lo­cal Life, a me­dia com­pany cel­e­brat­ing life on the South

Shore of Nova Sco­tia.

Rec­og­niz­ing the lack of a lo­cal voice talk­ing about all the fan­tast- ic things hap­pen­ing where she lived, Nau­gler started Sim­ple Lo­cal Life in Novem­ber of 2015. She works pro­mot­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and events through Face­book live se­ries, con­tent creation, lo­cal gift guides and more.

She has added two to three con­trib­u­tors in the last year and Sim­ple Lo­cal Life is a trusted re­source and in­flu­encer in her small, ru­ral mar­ket. She has part­nered with and been spon­sored by Pres­i­dent’s Choice, Na­trel, Mosher Mo­tors Ford Ltd, Gow’s Home Hard­ware, Bridge­wa­ter Phar­masave, Wile’s Lake Farm Mar­ket, the Lahave River Credit Union and more.

Nau­gler sees huge po­ten­tial for busi­nesses in the on­line space and is happy to help them reach their mar­ket.

Michelle Crouse, a skilled and ded­i­cated wealth pro­fes­sional with more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, be­gan her ca­reer with BMO Nes­bitt Burns in 1996, spe­cial­iz­ing in wealth man­age­ment strate­gies for in­di­vid­u­als and their fam­i­lies. She is a grad­u­ate of Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity and holds a bach­e­lor of com­merce. Her pro­fes­sional cred­its in­clude the CSI Pro­fes­sional Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning Course and the BMO Nes­bitt Burns Wealth Ad­vi­sory Pro­gram.

Crouse takes a per­sonal ap­proach with her clients, lis­ten­ing to and en­gag­ing with them in or­der to un­der­stand what truly mat­ters to them. Out­side of work, she is an avid sup­porter of her com­mu­nity. She places value in the re­la­tion­ships she has cre­ated with her clients and com­mu­nity.

The fourth pan­el­list, Kacy Delong, raises funds, spir­its and aware­ness for kid­ney dis­ease and or­gan do­na­tion, in proud part­ner­ship with the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion of Canada be­cause she has lived first-hand with the scary real­ity of a sick loved one.

Her hus­band is a kid­ney re­cip­i­ent, and for­tu­nately, her best friend of 30 years was the donor. The gift was beyond re­payable; it was a new be­gin­ning.

Delong used that mo­ti­va­tion to cre­ate Delong De­signs Met­al­work­ing, a so­cial en­ter­prise cre­ated to build aware­ness about or­gan do­na­tion and kid­ney dis­ease. As a grad­u­ate of Nova Sco­tia Col­lege of Art and De­sign, she uses her tal­ents to sup­port a change in the world.

Wil­liams ex­plains that tick­ets for this event are avail­able at Wile’s Lake Farm Mar­ket, The Barn, The Bis­cuit Eater Café and Book­store, Fancy Pants Café, All About You Lin­gerie and Wig Bou­tique, Halother­apy Salt Spa and Shop on the Cor­ner. These are cash-only lo­ca­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 902-521-6046 or email ber­nice­con­sult­ing@gmail.com.

Ryan Taplin/file

A pic­turesque view of Lunen­burg.

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