Tag: Lunch & Learn

Oakville Chamber Celebrates Small Business Week with Local Entrepreneur Randy Pilon

 Randy Pilon Virox TechnologiesThe Oakville Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada, is pleased to present Randy Pilon, Founder and President/CEO of Virox Technologies Inc., as the keynote speaker for the Small Business Week Kick-off Breakfast on Monday, October 16.

Local entrepreneur and Sheridan Alumni Randy Pilon founded Virox Technologies Inc. in 1998, a company with a patented technology in the disinfection and sterilization market. Virox has appeared in Profit Magazines “Companies to Watch “rankings in addition to feature stories in The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and National Post and Report on Business Television.

In 2005, Randy received the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Randy was also a “Python” on the Pythons Pit Television show that first aired in 2013 and again in 2014. In October 2014 the Pilon family made a significant donation to Sheridan College to support the expansion of the business school and as such was named the Pilon School of Business at Sheridan.

“We are thrilled to have Randy Pilon speak during Small Business Week” says Ken Nevar, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “I look forward to hearing the compelling journey of this local entrepreneur. Randy will share his thoughts on growing Virox Technologies Inc., overcoming challenges and lessons learned along the way. I’m sure the audience of small business owners and professionals will leave the breakfast truly inspired.”

Additional events to celebrate Oakville’s community of entrepreneurs include the Business After Hours and Trade Show on Wednesday, October 11 and a Lunch & Learn on Friday, October 20 where Senior Communications Advisor senior communications advisor Jim Gray will speak about how to deliver your message messages clearly and effectively, in tough circumstances, for the best results.

According to BDC, small and medium sized companies make up 99.8% of all businesses in Canada and one in ten Canadians own a business. This is the 26th year the Oakville Chamber of Commerce has celebrated Small Business Week by offering opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn from experts and network with like-minded professionals and potential clients.  

The BDC Small Business Week schedule of events is as follows:

Small Business Week Business After Hours and Trade Show
Wednesday, October 11
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Oakville Conference Centre
2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville

No registration required, unless registering as an exhibitor. Complimentary to Members and first-time guests. Returning guests $20 at the door. Learn more.

Kick Off Breakfast with Randy Pilon, BA, MBA, ICD.D
Founder and President/CEO Virox Technologies Inc.
Monday, October 16
8:00am – 9:30am
Oakville Conference Centre
2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville

Pre-registration required. Tickets are $35 Members; $45 Non-members. Tables of 8 are available. Register now!
View the slides from Randy Pilon’s Presentation

Lunch & Learn: How to Communicate Like a Leader in Difficult Situations
Presented by Jim Gray, Principal, Jim Gray and Associates Inc.
Friday, October 20
11:30am – 1:00pm
Oakville Conference Centre
2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville

Pre-registration required. Tickets are $35 Members; $45 Non-members. Tables of 8 are available. Register now!

Chamber members and non-members are welcome to register and attend all Small Business Week events. 

Join the conversation using #SBWoakville2017

About BDC Small Business Week 2017TM

This year, BDC Small Business Week is looking toward the future to uncover emerging trends that will shape and grow Canadian businesses in the years to come.

From the emerging digital technologies that are redefining ways of doing business, to shifting demographic trends marked by an aging population, and an increasingly diversified and skilled labour force, Canada’s business landscape is changing in profound and unprecedented ways across all industries.

Join BDC at over 300 events across the country to celebrate Canadian entrepreneurship, and find out how you can start adapting your business to tomorrow’s trends today.

To learn more about BDC Small Business Week and BDC, visit www.bdc.ca


Lunch & Learn : Power Pitching with Jim Gray

This afternoon the Oakville Chamber of Commerce held a Lunch and Learn on Power Pitching with Jim Gray. In our intensely competitive world, the ability to pitch effectively – for new business, funding, or a better job – has never been more important. In his presentation and workshop, Jim taught us the 10 rules of power pitching, rules that can help you compete and win – when the pressure is greatest, and the stakes are highest. Jim Gray is a pitch coach and senior communications advisor. He specializes in preparing individuals, startups and established organizations throughout North America to pitch effectively – and successfully. For the past six years, Gray has served as the pitch coach for NEXT Canada (formerly The Next 36), an accelerator program for outstanding young Canadian entrepreneurs. In July, 2016 Gray was named an Executive in Residence at Ryerson University’s DMZ, Digital Media Zone, where he serves as in-house pitch coach. View the slides from the presentation here. We also conducted our first Facebook Live! You can watch a recording of the event here.