We welcome YOU to participate in our first Small Business Leadership Conference.

This two-day conference provides small businesses with an opportunity to network with industry professionals, learn about future trends, marketing strategies, renewable energy and ways to develop and grow your business.

LEARN
various topics including Hiring the Right Candidate, Bookkeeping Tips, Policies and Procedures… and many more…

NETWORK
with diverse minded Business Professionals…

GAIN INSIGHT
into new trends and opportunities…

FREE
Professional development can be costly. Take advantage of this free opportunity to gain valuable information to assist with your business development.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Economic Development, along with its partners, the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Massena Chamber of Commerce and Akwesasne Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the collaboration of a Small Business Leadership Conference.

Held from March 14 & 15, 2018 at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino & Resort.

Join us at this great Networking Event

Maxium of 100 Attendees, Register before its too late!

Workshop Sessions to look Forward To:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cultural Awareness
Presented by Beatrice Johnson
A quick look at getting to know your neighbours. This informational session will give you a brief insight into the history of our people, some of the struggles of our past and how we are moving forward in todays society.

Motivation and Leading your Team
Presented by Casey Swamp & Nathan Lashomb
What is leadership? Some may equate leadership to boss, but you will learn that is untrue. Being a great leader takes commitment, communication and support. Learn tips on what you can do to lead your team to greatness.

Six Steps for Creating a Customer Focused Culture
Presented by Kylee Tarbell
Knowing and understanding your customer is important to every business owner. In this session, you will learn steps to creating a customer focused culture from within, what are your expectations with regards to customer service, how can you, as a team, do to ensure a high quality of service to your customer.

Women in Business
Presented by Nance Arquiett and Brittany Murtagh
Want to be motivated and inspired? Listen and learn from <Presenter> who has been through it all. The challenges she faced and what she did to get to where she is today.

Leadership skills for Babyboomers to Millenials
Presented by TBA
Learn about strategies to lead and manage your diverse team. Workers are now reporting to individuals 10+ years their junior, babyboomers are staying in the workforce longer, how can a Leader manage the diverse needs of each group, while maintaining a cohesive team.

Networking Essentials – The Business Pitch
Presented by Colleen Nolan
Networking is essential for every business owner. In this session, you will create an effective and powerful business pitch and have fun putting your networking skills into practice.

Marketing – Creative Inspiration
Presented by Catherine Landry
This fun and highly interactive session will get your mind thinking ‘outside the box’. You will learn about the importance of marketing, ways to increase your visibility as well as resources to grow your business.

Money Smarts for Business Owners
Presented by Judith Cane
Building a successful business from the ground up is a huge challenge at the best of times. You need a solid business plan and a limitless amount of energy and enthusiasm. But more importantly you need to be Money Smart. You will be able to implement Judith’s Money Smart tips and maximize the chances of your business success.

TOTAL Team Building
Presented by Colleen Nolan, Kylee Tarbell, Casey Swamp, and Nathan Lashomb
Here’s a chance to have your team participate in this conference. Each employee is a valuable asset to any business. Strengthening your team can have many benefits including motivation, commitment and performance. In this workshop, your team members will have the opportunity to be engaged, learn new things and have fun !!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Grants and Loans for the Entrepreneur (Ontario/Quebec)
Presented by Kevin Velleux and Ron Murray
A panel of speakers will present information about Funding and Grants available to Business Owners in Ontario/Quebec information on requirements, application procedures and where to obtain more information.

Grants and Loans for the Entrepreneur (New York State)
Presented by Michelle Collins and Jim Murphy
A panel of speakers will present information about Funding and Grants available to Business Owners in New York State with information on requirements, application procedures and where to obtain more information.

Developing an Online Presence
Presented by Jason Hendricks
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram !! Learn how to effectively market your business with these simple tips. Understand how social media presence without an appropriate strategy can be damaging as not having one.

How to do Business with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
Presented by TBA
Learn about the procedure and process for working with Mohawk Council Departments. Hear from the Finance Department how they work with other MCA Departments to ensure the process is followed and what situations can cause delays in payments.

Tips for Hiring the right Candidate
Presented by Jason Lazore
Having the right employees can have a direct impact on your business, good or bad. They are the first people your customers interact with. Learn tips that can assist you with finding employees that can help your business run effectively.

Business Trends/Opportunities
Presented by TBA
If you haven’t noticed, Millennials have been on the rise. They are now the largest living group according to the Census Bureau. Because so many Millennials are in charge of buying decisions, the world is changing and business trends for the upcoming years will have to cater more to this generation. For an audience that craves success and technology, here are 10 strategies you may want to consider revamping for 2018.

Enviromental Climate Change in Business
Presented by TREK Education

Developing Financial Skills
Presented by TBA

Building Partnerships
Presented by Simon McLinden
Relationship building is key to success in any business you are in. How can we build better relationships and partnerships with our neighbors? Hear about some current projects that have opened the door to opportunities because of our unique geographic location.

Bulding Your Brand: 10 Easy Steps (Led by Seale Strategies)
Presented by TBA
Your brand strategy is how, what, where, when and to whom you plan on communicating and delivering on your brand messages. Where you advertise is part of your brand strategy. Your distribution channels are also part of your brand strategy. And what you communicate visually and verbally are part of your brand strategy, too.

Interested in possibley presenting? Contact Colleen Nolan at [email protected] or 613-575-2250 ext 1054