Posted by: WPL | 2014/07/17

More Reasons to Save the Date!

Business Summit

A few weeks ago, we suggested you save October 29 for something special. And now we can tell you what that something special is! The Durham Region Business Summit, one impactful day to learn, lead and succeed, brings awesome speakers (including Frank O’Dea, who overcame incredible challenges to cofound Second Cup), enlightening and educational sessions, and a great trade show to the Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility. There will be more information about this terrific event in the weeks to come, but you might want to consider getting your tickets now. An event this awesome is going to sell out fast!

This business extravaganza is presented by the good folks at the Whitby Chamber of Commerce.

Posted by: WPL | 2014/06/26

Business for Dummies

Business DummiesThey’re one of the most familiar book brands around. They’re easy to spot, wherever they are. Dozens (hundreds?) of new and updated titles are released every year. And we have them at the library.

Of course, we speak of the famed “Dummies” series of books. These yellow and black softcovers explain how to do all sorts of different things – use softwareunderstand a sport, figure out math and, start or run a business. We have a bunch of business books for dummies, from writing business plans to marketing to accounting. They present sometimes difficult concepts in a fun and easy-to-understand manner. And comics! There are always one-panel comics to lighten the mood.

Posted by: WPL | 2014/06/10

This Fall – Save The Date!

Question markHere’s a little teaser. Set aside the 29th of October. The Whitby Chamber of Commerce has a wicked business event planned with a killer headline speaker, informative breakout sessions and a beautiful location. That’s about all we can share at this point, but keep that date open…and watch for more details in this space!


Posted by: WPL | 2014/05/29

Don’t Stop Networking

NetworkingLast month, we hosted a lively and active business networking seminar with the good folks from Business Advisory Centre Durham. While there, we mentioned several books in our collection that can help. We’ve put together a list of great networking books – check it out, then check them out!

Posted by: WPL | 2014/05/13

Spam, spam, spam


Picture of many cans of spam.

Ed. note – apologies for the short notice. I wrote this post on the 13th and I’m positive I hit ‘publish.’ Either I didn’t or WordPress has some gremlins. I didn’t realize that it hadn’t posted until today and the event is tomorrow. 

Ed. note again – it’s posted with a date of the 13th, but didn’t appear when I was looking at the site earlier. So I don’t know how long it was there.

With email came spam. Everyone gets it and no one really likes it. And the federal government is introducing legislation to deal with it. If you send out emails to a subscription list, your business may be affected. The Whitby Chamber of Commerce wants to help you comply with the new legislation and to help you do that, they’re holding a seminar here at the Central Library on May 29 from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. You’ll hear some practical tips on working with these new requirements, while still marketing effectively. It’s free for Chamber members – just register online and join us on the 29th!

The Whitby Public Library is pleased to host this important event. While you’re here, check out our business collection and resources!

Posted by: WPL | 2014/04/28

Business-y Happenings Around Town

Lots of stuff going on around Durham with our partners in the business community. Here are a couple of things to look into:

Posted by: WPL | 2014/04/07

Your Network Is Your Net Worth

ImageSome people take to networking like a fish to water. For others, “working the room” is like getting a root canal. If you’re on the root canal side of the equation, the tips and tricks in our Your Network is your Networth seminar may help. Teresa Shaver of the BACD will help you take the fear out of networking by teaching you how to share your message effectively and how to engage people and hold their interest. You’ll also learn tools that will help you to become a natural connector.

We still have space, so come on out! We’ll be holding this seminar at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 16 in Meeting Room 1A at the Central Library. SIgn up online or simply contact any Whitby Library branch.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Business Advisory Centre of Durham. The BACD is a non profit organization in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Durham and the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment offering support to the small business owner in the Durham Region.

Posted by: WPL | 2014/03/28

The Big Picture

It’s very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutiae of running a business. But you shouldn’t forget the big picture. For example, StatsCan recently released its Food Services and Drinking Places report for 2012. It’s true, the data is over a year old, but it takes time for them to compile and study the data. The study provides big picture data for the huge restaurant industry. For example, the restaurants and bars brought in $50.7 billion in 2012, an increase of 4.5% from 2011. Revenue, expenses and profit margins are all up, and revenue increased in every province. So as tough as the restaurant business is, it’s good to know that at least the big picture is looking good. 

Check out StatsCan’s The Daily to learn what’s new. Maybe you’ll learn about the big picture for your business.

Posted by: WPL | 2014/03/10

Connect Women

Connect Women 2014 flyer.The Whitby Chamber of Commerce is holding their third annual Connect Women event next week. Connect Women is a day for Durham’s women entrepreneurs to learn, share ideas and experiences, and hear inspirational discussions from successful female business leaders. Guest speakers for the 2014 edition are Pakistani pro squash player Maria Toorpakai Wazir, federal Labour Minister and Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch and keynote speaker Rose Reisman, a bestselling author and caterer. In addition to these inspirational speakers, Connect Women offers networking opportunities, lunch, a beauty bar and raffle.

Connect Women will be held on Wednesday, March 19 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Ajax Convention Centre. Cost is $65 to attend, and (as of March 10), vendor tables are still availableRegister online.


Posted by: WPL | 2014/02/25

We have lots of books specific to starting certain kinds of business (for example, starting a pet business or a home-staging business), perfect if you’re looking for a single comprehensive guide in your chosen field. Now the Canada Business Ontario website has done something similar for regulatory requirements. Their How to Start a… website outlines the licences, permits and registration requirements for thirteen different business types, from a B&B to an Event Planning service. Some of the information provided is common to every business – taxation, bookkeeping, financing, etc., but other categories relate to the specific type listed. For example, How to Start a Restaurant or Catering Business in Ontario talks about food safety, liquor licences, smoking and more.

The How to Start… page is a good place to start – you may find a detail you overlooked – and when starting your own business, every little bit helps!


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