October 14, 2005

Bridges to Better Business conference puts focus on issues and opportunities for small business operators

NEWMARKET – The York Region Small Business Enterprise Centre is hosting a one-day “Bridges to Better Business” conference on Tuesday, October 25th.
Billed as a National Business Week Event, the conference promises to be a unique learning event for entrepreneurs and business owners, offering feature speakers, roundtable discussions, valuable networking and more.  The theme of the day will be Leveraging Diversity and Inclusivity for Success.
Jim Dixon, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, “The impact of the new disability act on all businesses” –  Jim will discuss the impacts on small businesses of the new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).  Now in effect, this new law outlines specific standards that must be completed by established timetables.  The fines for non-compliance can be as high as $50,000 per day for an individual and $100,000 per day for a corporation.
Andrew Patricio, Up & Running Bizlaunch, “Keys to business success: A new Canadian’s story” –
Andrew will talk about the changing demographics in York Region and the impacts of cultural diversity on business operations.  Learn how Andrew created a very successful company within one year of arriving in Canada.
Roundtable convenors include: Priya Paramsothy, Frank Milner, R. David Gould, Jody Drinkwalter and Kirsten Eastwood.
When:  October 25th   9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where:  Glenway Country Club, 470 Crossland Gate, Newmarket, ON\
Cost:   $30 per person; $15 for students
For more information or to register, please contact the York Region Small Business Enterprise Centre at extension 1572 at (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675; or email yrsbec@york.ca
For more information about The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at: www.york.ca
Media Contact:   Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
(905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238

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