Interested in self employment but have some questions or need support? The City of Parksville has recently launched a Business Assistance for Succesful Enterprise (BASE) program that may provide you with theÂ assistance you need.Â This is a free service offered to residents of the Oceanside area to help with new business startup and expansion for existing businesses. Mike Boucier has been hired as the BASE Business Coach and he can assist clients â€œin creating steps to move forwardâ€.Â There is also a trained volunteer mentorship team to further assist clients.Â To schedule an appointment with the BASE Business Coach, please contact Mike Bourcier at the City of Parksville at (250) 228-2518.
Archive for November, 2007
On Dec 6, 2007 the Vancouver Island Education & Career Fair will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre. The promoters of this Education & Career Fair tout it as â€œone of the largest career planning events in British Columbia! With exhibits in a trade show formatÂ and feature areas along with seminars, each Education & Career Fair is designed to help attendees develop or change their career path. The Fair introduces a variety of post secondary education choices, career and employment options and provide labour market information.â€
I have attended the fair in the past years and I especially recommend it to people who are interested in learning more about various fields including training options.
The Career Centre has free tickets to the afternoon portion of this event in our Resource Room. For a list of exhibitors and seminar topics, please visitÂ the Vancouver Island Education & Career FairÂ Website.Â Â
On Thursday November 1, 2007 I attended the Mid Island Science, Technology and Innovation Council (MISTIC) Awards at the Parksville Conference and Community Centre.Â These awards highlight the achievements of individuals or businessesÂ in categories representing:
Leadership in Technology
Aquaculture — Finfish
Aquaculture — Shellfish
Engineering – Mechanical/Electrical
Engineering – Architectural Design
Food and Beverage
Information Technologies – Software Development
Information Technologies – Support Services
Many of the finalists and winners were local and I was amazed to learn how many innovative businesses are out there in our hidden job market. Some of the local finalists were:Â Micro Precision Parts Manufacturing Ltd , Extreme Interface Kayaks and Watercraft, Â Camtech Industries Ltd., Canadian Electric Vehicles, Wellington Foundry LtdÂ and Artisan Edibles Fine Food Company.
All these companies are members of MISTIC and which â€œsupports small business owners and entrepreneurs in knowledge-based and manufacturing industries on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.Â Its mission is to advance the growth and prosperity of technology industriesâ€
If you are thinking of self employment and have an innovative idea MISTIC may be a good organization to contact. Once you are a member one service that you may be interested in is free access to Business Mentor Coaches that can coach you in start up, financing, marketing and export and importing.
Even if self employment is not for you, if you are interested in working in science and technology check out MISTICâ€™s career page for more information on opportunities
What a workshop today – full of laughter and learning…. The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator Workshop is the kick-off to an action-packed schedule next week to celebrate CANADA CAREER WEEK.Â This year’s theme, ‘Say Hello to Your New Boss’ celebrates the vibrancy and optimism of today’s economy and the boundless opportunities that lie ahead for you.
WorkshopsÂ for this week are filling up fast…Â 248-3205 to register for limited seats still available in:
Follow Your Heart
Monday November 5thÂ 1-4pm
Be inspired by others, as they share how they followed their passion in realizing their dream jobs.Â Learn that the path isn’t alwaysÂ straight and smooth.Â Follow what is true to you….Follow your heart.
Check out theÂ complete listing ofÂ workshops or call The Career Centre for more details.