West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce E-Newsletter

A Diversified Team is the Key to Strong Leadership

As an entrepreneur, you move your business forward, you take calculated risks, and you see opportunities where others may not. It makes sense that you would want a diverse team of strong, creative employees working for you, who can take charge in their own ways.

In business, strong leaders can be innovative in the way they handle their employees and inspire them to do better, and in the way that they increase efficiency with the use of resources. While you (the owner) worry about the "big picture", your team can focus on the day-to-day challenges and opportunities that keep things running smoothly in all aspects of the business.

Because businesses have varied needs, and sometimes fill specific market niches, developing an ideal team can take time and money. You need to know how to assess your strengths and weaknesses, and surround yourself with people who have complementary attributes. Whether you're a new business owner with little management experience, or someone who is more seasoned, it never hurts to hire a mix of people with different skills and different perspectives.

If you run a small organization, you don't necessarily need to have multiple business units led by different managers. You may, however, want to hire people who are experts in certain areas: an accountant to do your books, a human resources expert to handle hiring, payroll, etc. or a marketing lead who can take care of promotion and communications. Learning about organizational design can help you structure your business and meet your objectives.

If you want to grow your business, the range and complexity of skills available among your employees needs to grow as well. You may need to hire more people, outsource some of the work, or even look into managerial development and training if you think it's worth the investment of money and time.

You are the boss, and your employees must be clear about their roles and responsibilities. But when you are a good leader, you gain respect from those around you, inspiring them to become great leaders themselves. Together, you and your team will shape the vision of your business in a well-rounded way.

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2015 Federal Election - All Candidates Debate

The West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce is hosting an All Candidates Debate for the 2015 Federal Election located at the Marcel Noël Hall at the Sturgeon Falls Recreation Center Tuesday, October 6th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Candidates from each party will be attending this event. Members of the community are encouraged to attend as well. 

Please take the time to fill out a short survey indicating what topics and questions you would like addressed by the candidates.

We would like to thank you in advance for providing your input and completing this survey.

Have a great day. 
Please CLICK HERE to begin the survey.

The Labour Market Group 

To better understand workforce development challenges faced by employers across northern Ontario, six workforce planning boards from across the north are calling on local employers to help identify their labour market needs through the employerone survey.
Your invaluable feedback is crucial to the success of this project and we look forward to your participation!
Please follow the link below to complete the 2015 employerone survey online:
English: CLICK HERE 
You can also request a paper copy of the survey by calling us at
Thank you in advance for your participation!

Complete IION's SME Priority Needs Survey before 4:00pm on Friday September 25th for a chance to win a 16GB iPad Mini!
Complete survey before Wednesday September 30th for your chance to win a $100 Gift Card!
Innovation Initiatives Ontario North is the Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) located in North Bay, serving North to Temiskaming Shores, South to Muskoka, West-to-West Nipissing and East to the Quebec Border.
IION is conducting a survey to determine what the priorities and needs are of Small-Medium Size Enterprises in our region, along with what gaps and opportunities there are to develop further meaningful programs and services to assist SME's moving forward.
This survey will only take 5 minutes to complete. Please CLICK HERE to begin the survey.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!

West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce
200 Main Street, Unit B
Sturgeon Falls, ON
P2B 1P2
Tel: 705-753-5672 Fax: 705-580-5672