January 20, 2011
Media Release

Entrepreneurs evolve with changing business world

8 th annual Bridges to Better Business conference puts focus on innovation
NEWMARKET – The York Small Business Enterprise Centre, an initiative of The Regional Municipality of York, will present a unique learning event for entrepreneurs, small business owners and new start-ups at the 8th annual Bridges to Better Business conference on February 4th.
The theme of this year’s conference will be “business innovation in changing times.”  Successful business owners and outstanding presenters will discuss the innovative strategies they use to adapt to and evolve with new developments to be more competitive and expand their businesses.
Panel discussions will focus on current, innovative business practices across a range of topics, including customer service, immigration, environmental priorities and social issues.  Innovative business models and the use of new social media will be discussed with leading innovators in companies such as BioMinds Canada, Transition York Region, Windfall Ecology Centre and the Business Knowledge Initiative.
The registration fee of $50 per person includes breakfast, luncheon and networking opportunities.  Trade show tables are available for $50.  Cash, cheque and major credit cards accepted.
WHO: Geoff Dawe, Mayor, Town of Aurora
Bill Fisch, Chairman and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York
Claude Ouimet, InterfaceFLOR, The Power of One
Leslie Gabriel Mezei, Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Project
Kirsten Eastwood, Women’s Centre of York Region, Why Doing Good is Good for Business
WHEN: Friday, February 4
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street, Town of Aurora
REGISTER TO ATTEND: Pauline Nagelmakers
York Small Business Enterprise Centre
1-877-464-9675, ext. 1572
Media representatives are invited to attend the event for free.  Please RSVP to Pauline Nagelmakers.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, Ext. 1238, 416 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
 Cell:  905 251-6413  Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca

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