In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Halton Region Small Business Centre hosted a special event on Wednesday, March 5 entitled “We Are Women – Learning … Growing…Connecting.” The event featured a keynote speaker, two local spotlight stories and two presentations.
Keynote Speaker – Fay Chapple
The keynote speaker for the event was Fay Chapple, a successful coach, international speaker, author and entrepreneur. One of the highlights of her presentation was her top 10 mindsets for success. These included:
- Take responsibility for your life
- Design your life and business
- The present moment will keep you focused
- The comfort zone is for rookies
- Solve your problems yourself
- What’s the worst thing that can happen
- Surround yourself with people you like
- Quitting when you are almost there
- Energy trumps time every time
- Your daily schedule represents your values in life
Fay also spoke about the importance of resiliency, explaining that no matter what happens you can always start over again and that when you reach your limit – your limit expands. Her presentation was very inspirational to all in attendance.
The event also featured two “spotlight” stories showcasing the achievements of local entrepreneurs. These included:
Natalie Haynes, Cornerstone Health Centre
Natalie shared her story with those in attendance and talked about a workshop she offers called “What’s eating you?” The workshop deals directly with emotional eating and how to discover the underlying reasons. Natalie started her business last year and said that helping other people work through emotional stresses in their lives has made her feel alive for the first time.
Mariel created her signature piece “fingerprint jewelry” 15 years ago. She expressed to the group the importance of always doing your very best and to never give up on your dream.
Audie McCarthy from the Marrek Group spoke about the value of networking. She urged those in attendance to plan their networking but also to plan their follow-up. Audie also explained the importance of picking the right events. Time and value go hand in hand.
Juliet Aurora from AIS Solutions shared information about hiring the right bookkeeper and the cost of outsourcing your bookkeeping. She stressed that there are actually three types’ of bookkeepers:
- Data entry – enters stack of receipts
- The bookkeeper – understands the papers
- The accountant – can sit down and tell you what the numbers mean
The Halton Region Small Business Centre is here to help you. One of the goals of the Centre is to empower small and medium-sized enterprises and give you the tools to achieve success. For more information about resources, services, business events and seminars, contact us by dialing 311, 1-866-442-5866, online at www.haltonsmallbusiness.ca, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.