Work­shop will help plan for the fu­ture

Toronto-based busi­ness writer Rick Spencer will de­liver the work­shop

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - BRENDA SNIDER

Over the years you re­cruit tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als to be­come part of your staff or board of direc­tors for their skills and ex­pe­ri­ence. The hard work and ded­i­ca­tion these in­di­vid­u­als con­trib­ute to your busi­ness or agency is what makes you suc­cess­ful at do­ing what you do. The task all busi­nesses or agen­cies face is en­sur­ing con­ti­nu­ity of the ser­vices that these in­di­vid­u­als pro­vide when they re­tire or chose to pur­sue other op­por­tu­ni­ties.

This can be a chal­lenge or an op­por­tu­nity and is not unique to one or­ga­ni­za­tion or busi­ness.

Meta Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices, to­gether with Vol­un­teer & In­for­ma­tion Quinte and a num­ber of com­mu­nity spon­sors are host­ing a Suc­ces­sion Plan­ning Work­shop on Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Trav­elodge in Belleville from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In­di­vid­u­als can reg­is­ter for $30 per per­son with break­fast and lunch pro­vided. The work­shop is for board of direc­tors, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tors, busi­ness lead­ers and key man­age­ment po­si­tions.

Join us as Rick Spence, a Toron­to­based busi­ness writer, speaker and con­sul­tant ded­i­cated to help­ing busi­nesses grow, de­liv­ers a work­shop. He is the for­mer editor and pub­lisher of PROFIT, the mag­a­zine for Cana­dian En­trepreneurs, where he was re­spon­si­ble for all the busi­ness op­er­a­tions, strat­egy, plan­ning and mar­ket­ing plus cir­cu­la­tion, sales, pro­mo­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion. He cur­rently writes reg­u­lar col­umns on en­trepreneur­ship and growth for PROFIT, MoneySense mag­a­zine and the National Post.

He wrote the first Cana­dian book on growth busi­ness (Se­crets of Suc­cess from Canada’s Fastest­Grow­ing Companies, 1997). Spence has taught “New Ven­ture Startup” at Ry­er­son Univer­sity.

He sits on the board of a Toron­to­based geo­phys­i­cal soft­ware, which gives him hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in lead­er­ship, strate­gic plan­ning, sales, mar­ket­ing, fi­nance, IT, re­cruit­ing and tal­ent man­age­ment, and R&D.

In ad­di­tion, as a con­sul­tant for a num­ber of small busi­nesses, (a client has ap­peared on the Rachael Ray show); he has a deep back­ground in the vary­ing chal­lenges fac­ing small busi­ness own­ers to­day.

Spence be­lieves en­trepreneur­ship is the most im­por­tant force in so­ci­ety to­day for in­no­va­tion, eco­nomic growth and in­di­vid­ual achieve­ment. To reg­is­ter call 613966-9069 or www.metaem­ploy­mentser­ Vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties to choose from this week in­clude: • Cen­tral Hast­ings Sup­port Net­work is seek­ing vol­un­teers to as­sist at the Help­ing Hands Food Bank in Madoc. Vol­un­teers will as­sist with a va­ri­ety of tasks through­out the week Mon­day to Thursday. • The Re­gent Theatre is seek­ing vol­un­teers who can sell tick­ets us­ing a com­put­er­ized sys­tem, an­swer phones, pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and to work in the con­ces­sion stand sell­ing pop­corn, drinks and other good­ies. Ush­er­ing and tak­ing tick­ets at shows, greet­ing pa­trons and show­ing them to their seat. • Frank­ford Youth Cen­tre is cur­rently seek­ing vol­un­teers to as­sist in pro­vid­ing a va­ri­ety of pro­gram­ming ac­tiv­i­ties. Min­i­mum com­mit­ment is one shift per week and shifts are on Tues­days through Fri­days be­tween 3:30 p.m to 6 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. • Path­ways to In­de­pen­dence is seek­ing vol­un­teers to pro­vide so­cial­iza­tion and friend­ship to group-home res­i­dents who have ac­quired brain in­juries and some de­grees of phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions. Friendly visitors who can talk about sports, cur­rent events, play a game of cards, read and share a cup of cof­fee.

Vol­un­teer & In­for­ma­tion Quinte refers vol­un­teers to over 260 agen­cies through­out Hast­ings & Prince Ed­ward Coun­ties. We are cur­rently re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers to ful­fill the needs of our com­mu­nity. Please con­tact 613-969-8862 or visit our web­site at for more in­for­ma­tion vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties and “Help Us Help Oth­ers.” VIQ is a United Way Mem­ber Agency.

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