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Pembroke, ON: Last Friday, Enterprise Renfrew County (ERC) hosted the 2014 Bridges to Better Business event under the theme “Get More LIFE Out of Your Business” at the Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Center.
Warden Peter Emon, brought greetings to a full room of business entrepreneurs and shared this view “Small business, is the economic engine of Renfrew County, you are responsible for creating new jobs and driving our economy forward. I am pleased to be attending today, to hear about your successes, challenges and how you are getting more life out of your businesses.”
Keynote speaker Greg Weatherdon delivered an energetic and engaging presentation. With a focus on checking your business image, be curious and learn new things. Greg spoke about the importance of passing on key duties to staff. “People will step up if you give them the opportunity. Delegate. Delegate. Delegate.”
Greg Weatherdon is the President of MRG Media Inc. Greg’s book, “Get More LIFE Out Of Your Business” is receiving strong reviews from business owners as a straight forward guide to running any business and not being the hardest working person in your company. Of the many successes Greg has enjoyed, one of the highlights was being nominated for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Receiving this year’s Enterprise Renfrew County Entrepreneur Award was Alison Vandergragt, for her not-for-profit organization ‘Hope Reins’ that delivers equine assisted therapy programs with a focus on mental health and emotional well-being for individuals, families, veterans, and first responders. Alison is the owner of Vanderbrook Farm & Natural Horsemanship Centre in Killaloe. She has more than twenty years of experience of working in community health.
The event was offered as part of the Ontario Government’s Salute to Small Business Month with major funding provided by the Government of Ontario and Canada Business Ontario. In addition, local sponsors were: Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation, Renfrew County Economic Development Services, NRTC Communications, Tubman Marketing Inc., Speedpro Signs, Business Development Bank of Canada, myFM and Futurpreneur Canada.
Enterprise Renfrew County is a non-profit government program funded by the Ontario Government, the County of Renfrew, the Town of Renfrew and the City of Pembroke. Its mandate is to promote and assist small businesses across the County of Renfrew.
For more information, please contact:
Colleen Sadler Business Consultant, Enterprise Renfrew County 613-432-6848
Michael Barber County of Renfrew Media Relations/Grants Coordinator 613-735-7288
2014 Entrepreneurial Award Winner Alison Vandergragt