Bridges to Better Business

This jam-packed, half-day event features dynamic workshops geared to small businesses. After the series of workshops, delegates will be treated to a luncheon and guest speaker 

The Details

October 17th at the Ramada Inn
Starting at 8:00 am

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The Agenda

8:00 am. – 8:30 a.m. 

Meet and greet –  Simon Fraser

8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Welcome – Traditional Mohawk opening prayer.


9:00 a.m. -10:15 a.m.

Workshop  A – St. Lawrence West

Importance of Paper. Lack of documentation can hurt business and cost money. Presented by Melissa Seal and Elisabeth Messner-Henning – Templemen Law


Workshop B –  St. Lawrence East

Enemy at the Gates. Protecting your business from email based attacks. Presented by: Mike Galvin – Computer Sense

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Refreshment break- Simon Fraser


10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Workshop C – St. Lawrence West

Retirement, Succession Planning.  A change of ownership is much more than just a new owner. Presented by: Rose D’Amato – Business Development  Bank of Canada (BDC)


Workshop D – St. Lawrence East

Securing Your Storefront.  Preventing theft and damage from happening at your business. Presented by: Constable Dan Cloutier- Cornwall Police Services


11:45  a.m. – 12:noon

Refreshment and Networking – Simon Fraser

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon & special guest speaker- Rick Tachuk, National Chair: American Chamber of Commerce in Canada.


1:45 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Workshop E  – Simon Fraser

Understanding our First Nations Business Culture.  How to best blend our two cultures in business. Presented by: Beatrice Johnson-Tarbell – Akwesasne Area Management Board. Traditional Mohawk closing prayer.

Beatrice Johnson-Akwesasne Area Management Board



Keynote speaker – Rick Tachuk

Bridges is pleased to welcome special guest luncheon speaker, Rick Tachuk. Rick is the National Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, and through the association, is an advocate and spokesperson for the expansion and promotion of U.S. – Canada trade.

With his considerable knowledge of Canada / U.S. economic and cross border affairs, keynote speaker Tachuk will provide a timely insight into tariff, trade and border issues, including NAFTA, and how it could have a significant impact on our business sector.






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