Speed networking event bridges businesses

Scentsy Independent Consultant Julie Omnet and Craig Timmermans of 103 Great Lakes Country talk about their businesses during the speed networking event held at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre.

LITTLE CURRENT—Representatives from businesses across Manitoulin came together at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre last week for a speed dating networking event.

“The idea behind tonight was to bring together businesses to provide the opportunity for them to learn about each other and what is on Manitoulin,” explained organizer Kelly Timmermans of Country 103, who hosted the event with support from the Manitoulin Trade Fair, Manitoulin Tourism Association and the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre. “They say that Manitoulin is a tough place to do business and if you can succeed in business here you can succeed anywhere.”

Ms. Timmermans gave the example of a tourist on Manitoulin asking a business owner in Little Current where to stay or shop in Gore Bay and that hopefully, through building new connections, businesses will be better able to help each other.

Participants were divided into two groups and paired up, with each business owner given five minutes to talk about themselves and their business with their partner. After the 10 minutes were up, participants on one side of the table moved on to the next pairing, similar to speed dating, until everyone had had a chance to meet and network.

“It was a really good event,” said Scentsy Independent Consultant Julie Omnet. “I enjoyed it and made some great new connections—people I wouldn’t have normally met. It was a lot of fun.”

Kendra Edwards of Kendra Edwards Design (graphic designer and illustrator) also had positive things to say about the networking event.

“It was a great turnout and I made some great connections with people from all over Manitoulin,” said Ms. Edwards.

Participants enjoyed a variety of wine and cheese throughout the evening.