Annapolis Valley Register : 2020-03-19

BUSINESS : 20 : B10

BUSINESS

BUSINESS B10 • THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 ANNAPOLIS VALLEY REGISTER • SALTWIRE.COM BUSINESS NETWORKING VWBN, Valley REN team up to present networking event featuring Ross Simmonds Proceeds to support Valley businesswo­men, bursaries KIRK STARRATT DID YOU KNOW? SALTWIRE.COM ANNAPOLIS VALLEY - Ross Simmonds is the founder of Hustle & Grind, an e-commerce store for entreprene­urs, and Foundation Marketing, a content marketing intelligen­ce agency. For entreprene­urs and nonprofit organizati­ons in particular, it’s difficult to assign a value to the importance of building strong connection­s. The Valley Women’s Business Network (VWBN) is partnering with the Valley Regional Enterprise Network (Valley REN) and the Valley Connector Program to present “An Intimate Conversati­on with Ross Simmonds" to address the topic. - Simmonds has spoken about digital marketing at conference­s around the world, from Stockholm and Seattle to Toronto and London. - Simmonds has invested in multiple start-ups and sits on the board of directors for a handful of nonprofit organizati­ons. - Simmonds was named in Mashable as one of the top Snapchat marketers in the world. He writes regularly about marketing at www.RossSimmon­ds. com. country, having a strong network can help you find your way through that maze. Valley REN CEO Jennifer Tufts said building connection­s in the region is at the heart of the regional enterprise network and the Valley Connector program. Being connected to community, business and industry leaders is a vital part of retaining talent. Proceeds from the event will support VWBN bursaries for women in or graduating from a business program at the Nova Scotia Community College Kingstec Campus. They’ll also be used to support Valley businesswo­men through workshops and seminars and to help support businesswo­men in developing countries through Kiva (www.kiva.org). Tickets cost $25 for members and $30 for non-members. They can be purchased through www.eventbrite.ca, search for Ross Simmonds. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more informatio­n on the Ross Simmonds event or for a sponsorshi­p package, contact Cooper via email at president@vwbn.ca. non-profit organizati­on and volunteers for non-profit organizati­ons. The Ellershous­e resident said there is a great need for volunteers, for example, so it’s important to be able to connect with the pool of people who are willing to do volunteer work but who presently are not. “How do you do that? How do you reach them?” Cooper said. She said it’s difficult to overstate the importance of networking and doing it involves different ways. It’s not something taught in business school. “You were taught, if you took marketing, how to make a sale but that’s not what networking is,” Cooper said. The owner of Organized Home Organized Office said to her, networking isn’t about making a dollar. It’s more about learning what you have in common with others, what their needs are and whether or not you know someone who could help them. Cooper said she’s worked with a program similar to the Valley Connector Program in the Halifax area. It helped her gain a greater appreciati­on of the fact, when you’re new to a community, province or Inn, on March 24 at 5:30 p.m. There will be light refreshmen­ts and, of course, plenty of networking opportunit­ies. VWBN president Karen Cooper said the women’s business network and Valley REN believe it's important for businesses and organizati­ons to make truly authentic connection­s. As a VWBN member, she said she has found confidence and a voice by making real connection­s. “No matter what business or organizati­on you work in, whether you are the owner or an employee, connection­s are what makes the day a success or one you’d rather forget,” she said. Cooper is a solo entreprene­ur who also works for a Simmonds is a digital marketing strategist and entreprene­ur with a passion for technology, remote work, good people, good coffee and storytelli­ng. The event takes place at the Main Street Station ballroom in Kentville, formerly known as the Cornwallis Kirk.starratt@kingscount­ynews.ca EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNIT­Y Annapolis County Recreation Interns Accepting applicatio­ns for two Recreation Interns Annapolis County and Bridgetown Term positions from May 11, 2020 to August 28, 2020. Pay rate: $16.20/hr. Assist Recreation & Special Projects Officer and Recreation & Programs Officer with delivery, promotion and developmen­t of recreation programs and services in Annapolis County and the Community of Bridgetown. Preference given to those working towards a certificat­e, diploma, degree in a Recreation/Community Developmen­t or Kinesiolog­y or Tourism; or an acceptable combinatio­n of education, training and experience will also be considered. Must be able to work flexible hours, have strong organizati­onal skills, ability to work in a team and independen­tly, ability to work well with youth and adults, use of a reliable vehicle. Knowledge in Word, Excel, and social media required. A complete job descriptio­n is Duties: % !'!' ! !'!' # Qualificat­ions: & & "& $ & "& $ & # ! available on the County’s website. Successful applicants must provide Criminal Record Background Check, Child Abuse Registry Check or Vulnerable Sector Security Check, valid driver’s license, WHIMIS 2015 certificat­ion and First Aid / CPR. Deadline for applying is April 14, 2020. Annapolis County Intern: Apply to Nadine Barteaux via email at nbarteaux@annapolisc­ounty.ca Apply to Nancy Chisholm via email at nchisholm@annapolisc­ounty.ca Or, apply via fax: (902) 665-5011; or mail/drop off to 271 Granville St., PO Box 609 Bridgetown, NS, B0S 1C0. Please indicate which position you are applying for. Community of Bridgetown Intern: " !"" " Applicatio­ns will not be accepted via Social Media (Facebook). 7910202 The County of Annapolis thanks all those for applying but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. (( , 45 4 4,) ,* * %* * * 2 2 2 2 >4%*" ;# %*%;% ( =C=C ), ( ( >* # . 4%, ( 4 ,4 49;4 ) B 4 3>%4 2 45 ,*(B ? 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