Date: Monday March 6
Time: 7 pm
Place: Elmsdale Fire Hall
Everyone who has participated in an East Hants workplace education program between 2012 and 2016 is invited to a celebration! We will be celebrating the benefits of the 43 workplace education programs that have taken place for local businesses over the past five years. RSVP
As part of the Celebration, several people will talk about how workplace education programs have benefited their businesses.
Nancy McTiernan of the Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop in Elmsdale will share how marketing and technology programs, gave her the skills to develop and implement a successful marketing strategy which led to a business expansion. In recognition of that accomplishment, the Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop received the Marketing Champion Award at the 2016 Business Excellence Awards: https://www.ehcc.ca/business-excellence-awards/
Amie Ehler will explain how workplace education programs have been helpful to her family’s multi-generational business Barracuda Heating Services Limited. In 1994 her parents started an oil heating services business from their basement. They successfully grew that business and now have a fleet of 10 trucks and employ 14 technicians. Both Amie, who has a degree in business administration, and her husband, who is an oil burner technician, are now involved in the business. http://barracudamechanical.com/about/
Michael Allison will talk about how having a skill, such as being a land surveyor (http://allisonlandsurveys.com/), is only the first step in running a successful business. Workplace education programs help people develop a complement of business skills so they can grow from being that person with a skill, and become an entrepreneur able to make crucial decisions about business direction, growth and expansion.
The Celebration will also hear from Cat Addington. Just over a year ago, she was working a full-time job and dreaming of having her own business as a baker. Supported by the knowledge, skills and confidence gained from several programs, Cat is now running her new business, Kittycat’s Cakery & Confections, full-time. Read about the birth of a baker at: http://kittycatscakery.wixsite.com/home/my-story
In attendance at the Celebration will be Beth McNeill, a founding member of EHWEP. Beth and her husband Roy own McNeills Shell in Elmsdale, and Beth and Roy and several of their employees have participated in workplace education programs. In 2014 their automotive repair shop received the “Head of the Class” Award from the Auto Care Association for investing in continuing employee training and education: http://www.autoserviceworld.com/carsmagazine/nova-scotia-shop-wins-autocare-award/. Beth says she and Roy plan to continue their business commitment to training and improvement, and they look forward to upcoming courses.
Sharon Prest, another long time project team member, will also join us at the Celebration. Sharon has participated in several programs including a series dedicated to business websites and marketing. According to Sharon, the resulting website has been key to the success and growth of her new Nova Scotia business Foundations for Learning: http://www.foundationsforlearning.ca/
EHWEP is the project team that oversees workplace education programs for businesses in the East Hants area. EHWEP is part of the Chamber’s Education Committee. EHCC also administers the programs. EHWEP includes representatives from
- East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce
- Municipality of East Hants Department of Business & Economic Development
- East Hants Community Learning Association
- CBDC Hants-Kings
- Local businesses and past participants
Workplace education programs are funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Workplace Initiatives: http://workplaceinitiatives.novascotia.ca/workplace-education/