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At LaunchIt, Thursdays are kind of a big deal.

That’s because every Thursday of each month, LaunchIt hosts advisors across a range of personal and professional support areas.

Our experts offer one-on-one guidance at no cost (seriously!) to help you move forward in your life or business.

1st Thursdays

Dollars and Sense
with Robin Blyth

Ideal for: new entrepreneurs, small businesses, growing businesses

2nd Thursdays

Business Basics
with Harold DeVries

Ideal for: new entrepreneurs, small businesses, growing businesses

3rd Thursdays

Employment Exploration with Faith Loft

Ideal if you’re: seeking a job; changing careers; upgrading skills; an employer who needs assistance recruiting, hiring or training staff

4th Thursdays

CEO Day

Ideal for: business owners and professionals seeking focused time and camraderie to get things done

1st Thursday – Dollars and sense

Robin Blythe, Account Manager, Commercial/Agriculture Relationships, Libro Credit Union | Coach

Robin is an agriculture and commercial lender for over 14 years and holds professional designations including being an accredited commercial lender and an agrologist. She is passionate about co-ops and credit unions, and the impact they have on our communities. Her favourite part of her work is the people, hearing their stories and being a part of their hopes and dreams.

Robin can help with:

  • Preparing business credit applications for financial institutions
  • Reviewing & understanding financial statements
  • Financial forecasting

2nd Thursday – Business Basics

Harold DeVries, Small Business Advisor

Harold built a business as a personal clothier, providing an in-office clothing service to executives across southwestern Ontario. After 12 years in business, he turned his energy to helping others succeed in business as a business advisor and trainer. Harold has assisted hundreds of business owners to develop and launch their business ventures through Self-Employment Benefit, Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Ontario Works programs. As an entrepreneur and training professional he is passionate about helping others succeed in building foundations under their “castles in the air”.

Harold can help with:

  • Business Planning
  • Value Proposition
  • Accountability

3rd Thursday – Employment Exploration

2nd Chance Employment Counselling

2nd Chance provides employment services, at no cost, to all job seekers and employers throughout Wellington County. No matter your age, educational background and work history, you can access support to find employment or to explore training and career options.

If you’re an employer looking for assistance to recruit, hire and train new employees, 2nd Chance can help with posting jobs, collecting resumes and pre-screening applicants.

2nd Chance is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development we provide Employment Ontario programs including the Canada Ontario Job Grant, Second Career, Apprenticeship Employer Signing bonus and Job Matching, Placement and Incentives.

2nd Chance can help with:

  • Finding a job
  • Upgrading skills
  • Changing careers
  • Recruiting, hiring and training employees

4th Thursday – CEO Day

If you’re a company of one who wears more than one hat, this dedicated day each month at LaunchIt provides focused time to get out of your office and work alongside other independent professionals to level up your business.

Whether its bookkeeping, marketing, or streamlining your operations, come hang at LaunchIt and get things done.

Ideal for:

  • Independent service providers who need focused time to work on their business
  • Entrepreneurs and freelancers who want to share ideas, expertise and experience with other business owners

Not sure if LaunchIt is what your business needs?

Dip your toe in by participating in a workshop or lunch-and-learn.