Free Month of Business Webinars & Workshops

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The Town of Gananoque, Township of Leeds & the Thousand Islands and the Business Support Network Welcome a Month of Free business focused Webinars & Workshops!
The Town of Gananoque, Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands and the Business Support Network welcome our businesses to a month long of free workshops and webinars with the theme “Rising Up”. 

As our businesses come out of Covid-19, we want to ensure they continue to grow and rise in our communities, which helped us come up with the theme of Rising Up. For the month of October, both the Town and Township are working together in collaboration with the Business Support Network to provide our businesses with resources to help them rise up as they continue to work through the pandemic. Stated RED Project Coordinator, McKenna Modler.

Thanks to Rural Economic Development (RED), we are able to host these webinars/workshops through funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. 
"As we come out of the 3rd wave, we want our businesses to rise and to be the best that they can with enough resources available to them," stated Modler. Our businesses are what make our communities and we need to support them to continue rising in our communities."

October Webinars & Workshops

October 6, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Zoom (Online)
Join Jennifer Baker during her Canva 101 webinar to develop the skills and knowledge you need to effectively utilize Canva, an online graphic design tool, to design beautiful images and graphics for use on your social media channels. Participants will be guided through account set-up and platform navigation, as well as simple design strategies.

October 13, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Zoom (Online)
Join Jennifer Baker during her Canva 102 webinar to increase your existing knowledge of Canva. It's recommended that participants have preexisting knowledge of Canva OR have attended Canva 101. Users will learn how to improve their design skills on Canva through photo-editing tools, and animation as well as learn how to batch-create content and resize canvases.

October 20, 2021 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Holiday Inn Express (in-Person)
Join Melissa Schenk from MS2 to explore the psychology of a share, types of ‘sharers’, missed sharing opportunities, and the#7 Key Guidelines for Sharing Content that can grow your reach, raise your results and rise up your community engagement. You will leave knowing how to maximize your social media efforts through planned marketing campaigns that will result in increased online conversations, amplification and applause!

This workshop will also be live streamed to allow us to reach more businesses. For those who are able to attend, they will be entered to win one on one time with Melissa.

October 27, 2021 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Zoom (Online)
COVID-19 has put additional stress on all business owners. This fall could be one of your most challenging in terms of your own mental health, as well as your staff’s and your customer’s. Join WSPS in this awareness session on what mental health is and the resources available to you. 

How will you move beyond COVID-19 and measure your performance against competitors? This session will help you examine the problems you face, to begin to create solutions to plan for the future. Moving beyond the pandemic, you will decide, prepare, and be ready for what your future will look like.
The Business Support Network consists of the Town of Gananoque, the Township of Leeds in the Thousand Islands, KEYS Job Centre, 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce, Gananoque Public Library, Leeds Grenville Small Business Centre and Eastern Workforce Innovation Board. This group has been working collectively for the past decade bringing support to the businesses in our area.
If you are interested in joining any of these webinars, please register at or contact McKenna Modler at
For more information, contact:
McKenna Modler
613-382-2149 ext. 1131