The 2011 Business Appreciation Breakfast that took place at the Campbellford Community Resource Centre on January 19th, 2011 was a great success.  We are proud to announce there was an excellent turn out from local businesses and service providers to take advantage of the great networking opportunity during the event.  Trends from the Northumberland County Employer Survey Regarding Workforce and Skill Needs in the area were presented.  The audience was pleased to learn that Trent Hills is doing well despite the economic down turn.  The survey demonstrates an employment growth of 52% in the past three years.  We also learned the top industry in Trent Hills is Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade compared to previous studies showing Manufacturing and Production.

We were very privileged to have guest keynote speakers Joe Dale, the Executive Director for the Ontario Disability Employment Network and Mark Wafer, a very progressive Tim Horton’s Franchisee Owner from Scarborough.  Joe and Mark’s extremely motivating presentation included stories of success, myths of hiring people with a disability and the overall impact.  This not only focused on the employee facing a barrier to employment, but the overall positive impact of the business.

A special thanks to our generous partnerships that include The Municipality of Trent Hills, Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation, Northumberland County, Employment Assistance Resource Network (EARN), Community Employment Resource Partnership (CERP), Watton Employment Services, Campbellford Community Resource Centre and Community Living Campbellford/Brighton.