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How to Improve Job Readiness with the Hard-to-Employ

Join NNSP for a webinar with Larry Robbin on Tuesday, October 8
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific / 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern
$45 to register / $25 for NNSP members

Do you struggle to help people with limited work histories, multiple barriers, or low motivation to find employment? How can you improve the job-readiness of these hard-to-employ individuals?

People who are hard-to-employ may have little or no work history, multiple barriers to employment, and low levels of motivation to go to work. Serving this group with effective job readiness strategies has often been a huge challenge for workforce programs.
Part of the problem is that most people doing workforce and sector work do not come from the ranks of the hard-to-employ, so it is difficult for people to understand the worldview of the population. This revealing webinar will help you see the world through the eyes of the hard-to-employ so you can design appropriate strategies to work with them.
In the webinar, you will:

  • Find out from interviews with hundreds of people that made the journey from hard-to-employ to working person what helped them make that journey.
  • Learn multiple innovative job readiness strategies that worked for these individuals so you can put them into your work.
  • Discover how to shift your work from an information-based to an experience-oriented model.
  • Find out how to use cohorts, program alumni, and individual empowerment strategies to improve job readiness.
  • Organize a job readiness coalition that will provide wrap-around, comprehensive barrier removal services.

If you want to help people who are far from being in the labor market move closer to employment, do not miss this webinar.

larry-robbin-photoAbout the presenter:

Larry Robbin, Executive Director of Robbin and Associates, has over 45 years of experience in workforce development working with the hard-to-employ. Besides his direct service experience, Larry has designed successful workforce programs for every population that can be found in the ranks of the hard-to-employ. His innovative approaches have been used to lead thousands of people from long-term unemployment and multiple barriers to a paycheck. Larry is widely regarded as a national expert on helping hard-to-employ people become job ready. He has trained over 100,000 people and presented at over 500 workforce and business conferences.

Living Wage: Dialogue on Employer Involvement

The webinar scheduled for Thursday, 10 October 2013 has been postponed

Community Social Planning Council is inviting leading employers in Greater Victoria to participate in dialogue about the living wage, a key strategy for combatting child poverty. Living Wage expert Michael McCarthy Flynn will show how a wage levels influence child poverty and local economic conditions, and CEO Toby Barazzuol of Eclipse Awards will discuss the business case behind his company’s decision to become a Certified Living Wage Employer.

Watch our website for the new date!

Government Funding for Business Startups: Get the Strategic Information You Need

It is easy to get lost in the crowd of governmental financing programs.

What are the various accesses to these financing programs? How do they work? Are they intended for you?

Match the strengths of your business to available opportunities. To do this effectively, you need to collect, screen and analyze information about the business environment.

The most important consideration in developing an effective approach to forecasting and planning is not solely depending on the internet to find information, but finding the right information quickly with the most relevant business information resources available.

This webinar will cover:

  • how to efficiently gather market information on-line to assist you in developing your business plan and marketing strategy;
  • how and where to seek financing;
  • how to find information on your competitors to determine the viability of your venture in a designated market;
  • how to determine what new information you'll need overtime as your situation and environment changes.

12:00 - 12:45 pm Eastern time | Welcome/Presentation
12:45 - 01:00 pm Eastern time | Questions & Answers

The CEDEC Small Business Support Network is an initiative of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC).

CEDEC is funded by the Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities and by the Government of Canada.Webinar participation is FREE, but registration is required. 

Once registered, you will receive the access

instructions for webinar participation.

Guest Speakers:


Ameyo Komlan

Market Information Agent

Ressources Entreprises


Ameyo graduated in Information Sciences at Pantheon Sorbonne University in France. Specialized in scientific and technological intelligence and competitive intelligence, she carried out several missions in companies such as L’Oréal, Total, Johnson&Johnson in France before settling in Quebec. Ressources Entreprises is a non-profit organization offering business information to the entrepreneurs in Eastern Quebec. View Ameyo's LinkedIn profile.

Hari Randrianarisoa


Info-Conseil PME

Ressources Entreprises


Hari holds a PhD in Engineering Science and has a strong knowledge in technology transfer. He is a Business Development professional with more than 12 years of related experience in academia and industry, focused on supporting innovative SME's and R&D intensive companies in their technology development through research partnerships. Through program delivery and referrals to other funding opportunities and Research and Innovation stakeholders, he has contributed to the long-term sustainability and of many start-ups and SME's in various sectors. View Hari's LinkedIn profile.


Strengths, Challenges and Opportunities of Farm and Food co-ops in Eastern Canada

September 11th, 2013
12:00 - 1:00PM
Eastern time

Lunch 'N Learn Webinar: "Strengths, Challenges and Opportunities of Farm and Food co-ops in Eastern Canada"
Presenter: Andrew Alford

This short report will provide a quick glimpse to small-scale farm and food co-ops across Eastern Canada (i.e., Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia). There will also be an in-depth focus on farm and food co-ops located in Ontario. It is composed of co-op visits that took place during the summer of 2013.

About the Speaker

Over the past two years, he has dedicated his time to learning and practicing ecological agriculture on small-scale farms in the Guelph area. Recently, he has shown a keen interest to co-operative business structures - especially when it incorporates healthy, local food! He has committed the summer of 2013 to studying and supporting smallscale farm and food co-ops across Eastern Canada. In the near future, Andrew is interested in farming co-operatively and involving himself in local food policy.

Co-op Conversions: Profiling the Aron Theatre and Moonbeam Co-operative

August 14th, 2013
11:30AM TO 1:00PM Eastern time

Lunch N' Learn Webinar: "Co-op Conversions: Profiling the Aron Theatre and Moonbeam Co-operative"
Presenters: Russ Christianson, Independent Co-op Developer & Christian Howald, Co-op Developer, CCO

As part of our "Profiling New and Emerging Co-ops" mini series, Russ and Christian will review the origins, successes, challenges, learnings and future steps of two businesses that were transformed into co-operatives to ensure their local communities continued to thrive.

About the Speakers

Russ Christianson is the President and founder of Rhythm Communications. He has a broad range of experience in strategic positioning, market research, feasibility studies, business planning, management systems, facilitation, and multi-stakeholder consultations. Russ is the developer of Whole Systems Feedback, a unique motivational research methodology.

Since 2010, Christian Howald is the Northern Ontario co-operative development agent for a francophone co-operative association that was founded in 1964: the CCO (le Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario).Christian acquired a master’s degree in applied social research for which he specialized in community social and economic development in Northern Ontario: teaching people to work together. His passion for developing Northern Ontario comes from his children, who unless the system changes, will be forced to leave the region like so many others.

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