Business community set for affordable, local training

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February 19, 2015 9:00 AM

It’s almost time for the 15th annual Business Education Month in Lloydminster. Kicking off on Feb. 25, events offer training and education to local employers and employees across a variety of fields.

“We know that folks are very busy and are obviously budget conscious,” said Scott Kovatch, general manager of Community Futures, the group responsible for the marketing side of the event.

“Quite often, folks may be offered opportunities in Saskatoon or Edmonton or online that take a significant amount of time or money. We try and provide workshops and sessions that allow employees and employers to take advantage of the training right here in Lloydminster and to make it affordable and convenient.”

This year, organizers are excited to announce two keynote speakers, one of which will speak at the kick-off breakfast on Feb. 25 to get the month started and the other bringing things to a close at the wrap-up event on March 25. Both of these events will be at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre.

Starting things off will be speaker Corey Poirier. According to his website, Poirier is an entrepreneur and corporate customer service and sales training specialist. He is also the publisher of Island Business News, author of four books and hosts his own radio show.

“Today, more than ever, work-life balance is important and productivity is important,” said Kovatch. “Corey Poirier does a great job of helping individuals strike that work balance and identify priorities.”

Barbara Stegemann, another accomplished entrepreneur, has overcome adversity through her hearing impairment and rose above childhood poverty to eventually support the less fortunate overseas by removing them from indenturedness and using proceeds from her perfume company to support soldiers with post traumatic stress.

“I’m really looking forward to the people of Lloydminster being exposed to that. One of the opportunities this year that’s different than last is that Barbara Stegemann will also be speaking to the students at (Lloydminster Comprehensive High School), perhaps being able to connect and motivate some of those youth in business and, perhaps specifically, young women in business,” Kovatch said.

Taking place in between the two speakers will be a range of events covering construction, marketing, business, labour and service.

The Lloydminster Construction Association host their Construction 101 event March 3 and 4, and Community Futures will hold their marketing session on March 11 at the Community Services building.

“The Regional Business Accelerator has a business plan session running March 17-18 at the library,” said Kovatch.

“And for the last, probably, 14 or 15 years the Chamber of Commerce has put on two sessions for labour standards; one for Saskatchewan and one for the Alberta side. The Saskatchewan labour standards are March 18 and the Alberta employment standards are March 19 and you can register by calling the Chamber of Commerce.”

Lakeland College’s Service Best Program will be held at Lakeland College in Room 1079 on March 19.

To register for any of these sessions, can contact the individual event sponsor.

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