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Everything you need to know about our February 7th event

News & Events • December 21, 2018
It’s that time of year again…

Each year, we host our Networking Thursday event, which has gone by a few different names over the years. You may know it as Show Me The Money, but this year it’s going by the content presented  by our guest speaker: Workforce Forward-Thinking: Profiting by engaging the future generation. Michelle Schurter, The Millennial Strategist, will present strategies for navigating the new norm of a multi-generational workforce. In Michelle’s words:

“As the year 2020 approaches, people often find themselves working alongside and leading 5 different generations at the same time. While inspired and intrigued by different approaches to problem-solving and communication, the reality is that we are often puzzled at the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of other generations.” -Michelle Schurter

The basics:

Thursday February 7, 2019.

Quality Hotel & Suites- 580 Bruin Blvd., Woodstock

12:30-6:00 pm

Join the Facebook event page for updates


12:30-1:00- Welcome and registration

1:00-4:00- Interactive workshop: Thriving in a Multi-generational Workforce with The Millenial Strategist

4:00-4:30- Break and refreshments

5:00-5:30- Kay Matthews, Digital Main Street: Grants and training for downtown businesses

4:30-6:30- Small business support showcase and networking

Who else will be in the room?

We’re always excited to bring your great exhibitors- all of the people who can help your business in the room at one time. Efficiency is the name of the game! Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned business owner, there’s an exhibitor there who can provide you with what you need. Here are our confirmed exhibitors, but check back as we update more in the coming weeks.


Proudly sponsored by Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association

Michelle Schurter will be presenting our workshop for the event: Workforce Forward-Thinking- Profiting from the future generation


Michelle Schurter, Founder, The Millennial Strategist

Kay Matthews, Executive Director, Digital Main Street


Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation : Our key sponsor for this event, WOCFDCA is our regional association representing 20 Community Futures offices.

Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII) : The Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII) is a program designed to promote growth among small and medium-sized businesses by providing them with the funds they need to develop and innovate products and services, create jobs, and make a positive economic impact on their surrounding communities.

Rural Oxford Economic Development: The ROEDC is committed to helping people and business thrive in Rural Oxford. ROEDC’s economic development professionals strive to do everything possible to mitigate barriers that could hinder good business growth in our communities, in a positive, timely and confidential way.

Canada Business Ontario (CBO): Your one-stop shop for online resources for planning, starting, managing, growing and financing your business. Browse thousands of tools and wizards including business plan templates, how-to guides, market research and more.

Fanshawe College- Woodstock-Oxford Regional Campus: Representing one of their full-time programs, Business-Entrepreneurship and Management is only offered at their Woodstock campus. The program aims to give students real life experience supporting local small businesses throughout their program, many of which provide the mutual benefit of providing free advice to your business.

Verge Capital:  VERGE Capital is a social finance program of Pillar Nonprofit Network in collaboration with Libro Credit Union, London Community Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph, SVX and the Government of Ontario.  VERGE Capital operates two social finance loan funds that provide capital to both new and established organizations across Southwestern Ontario.

What is social finance? 

Social finance is an approach to mobilizing private capital that delivers a social dividend and an economic return to achieve social and environmental goals. Mobilizing private capital for social good creates opportunities for investors to finance projects that benefit society and for community organizations to access new sources of funds.

Examples of social finance tools include: social enterprises, social finance investment funds and social impact bonds. Read more about social finance here. 

The Small Business Centre: Your local, provincially funded small business resource providing Starter Company Plus and Summer Company grant programs as well as learning opportunities and networking.

RISE Asset Development: Rise works to empower business owners with access to financing and business support. The organization recognizes the interdependency of financial well-being to one’s overall quality of life. Rise is committed to improving the lives of people who are unable to secure employment due to mental health or addictions challenges. RISE Asset Development invests in entrepreneurs with mental health or addiction challenges.

Digital Mainstreet- Ontario Business Improvement Area Association:  Digital Main Street is a digital “how to” guide and program to help you grow your business. The program is now supported by a Provincial grant opportunity (up to $2,500) for main street businesses and municipalities across Ontario.

The final details…

No event for small business owners would be complete without some networking! We invite you to linger for casual networking while you enjoy some light snacks and refreshments graciously provided by Fanshawe College.

Ready to reserve your spot? Register today!


Would you like to attend as an exhibitor? Contact for details.

Lindsay Wilson-