Latest Issue: January 7, 2020

A Year In Review: 2019

Flooding, snowmobiling, funding and more

A month-by-month review of news covered in 2019 editions of Ottawa Valley Business. Download the latest issue.

Free Online Financial Literacy Course

Learn about debt, budgeting, investing and more

McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, RBC Future Launch and The Globe and Mail have combined to offer a financial literacy course for Canadians. The course is free and available online. The goal of the course is to offer participants the knowledge and tools needed to make better financial decisions. Download the latest issue.

OPP Detachment Updates

A review of local OPP Detachments and related news. Download the latest issue.

Algonquin Land Claim Update

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The Ontario government continues to make progress with the Government of Canada and the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) at the negotiation table toward reaching agreement on the proposed treaty within the next four years. Approvals by each party will then be required to bring the treaty into force and begin implementation. Download the latest issue.

Provincial News In Brief

Chicken, immigration and poverty reduction

Provincial news that impacts local business. Download the latest issue.

Don’t Skip The Reference Check

The information from a reference can be helpful

One part of the hiring process that is usually left to the end is checking a candidate’s references. If an employer has a good feeling about a candidate, they can sometimes skip this part, but recruiting agencies always advise that references are requested and checked. Download the latest issue.

Marketing | Jennifer Layman

Referenc Check Your Referrals: Make sure it is the right fit with due diligence
Over the holidays, I had a chat with an out-of-town friend who shared an experience on being referred to a business. He had a company in mind that he wanted to call, but a business colleague spoke poorly of the company and re-directed him to another option. The friend took the colleague’s advice and called the other company. At first, things went well, but before long, it became clear that the referral was not able to complete the job. The contract terminated and my friend followed his gut and set up an interview with the company he had initially considered for the job. The relationship continues to this day. Download the latest issue.

Book Club | Arlene Dickinson

Reinvention: Changing Your Life, Your Career, Your Future

Do you want or need to change your life, but aren’t sure where to start, or whether you have what it takes? At 57, Arlene Dickinson’s life was turned upside down. Her company was on the brink of disaster. Her sense of herself as a strong, confident leader was in tatters. She was overwhelmed by feelings of loss, fear, and shame. Five years later, her business is booming, she’s never been happier or more excited about the future, and she’s raised tens of millions of dollars and built a whole ecosystem to help other entrepreneurs. Download the latest issue.

  • Events Calendar: Business and related events in the region
  • Business News Around The Valley: Briefs on local news and information
  • n The Move: Local promotions, new hires and retirements
  • It’s A Fact: Interesting facts connected to business
  • Biz Quiz: A quick 10-question quiz on recent news headlines
  • Tenders: Current tender postings and results