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In this issue - January 6, 2012

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MBOT NEWS

 

MBOT Launches New Global Trade
Discussion Forum on LinkedIn

 

Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) has created a new discussion group on LinkedIn for members that are experienced, knowledgeable or interested in global trade (exporting, importing, sourcing, partnerships, consulting etc.). In the forum you can post articles, participate in discussions, share best practices, advice and referrals, or simply learn from others. The forum is not to be used to "sell" your products or services and will be strictly enforced. This group is exclusive to MBOT members that have a shared interest in global trade. 

 

The discussion group can be found by searching "MBOT Global Trade Forum" in LinkedIn.

 

For further information, please contact the MBOT office at (905) 273 6151.
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 New ITSinMississauga.ca Employer Resource  


Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) is strongly committed to serving its business community. Our goal is to foster sustainable economic growth and development in Mississauga, and we offer a wide diversity of business programs and services, and are active on policy advocacy, to help our members and economy reach its full potential.

A key challenge of business these days is attracting and retaining skilled talent. You would not have to search far to find a HR professional who will tell you this there is high competition for the limited supply of qualified candidates (employees) in our country to fill labour demands needed to grow businesses and organizations.

Canada and Mississauga in particular is very fortunate to possess and continue to attract a large pool of well educated, experienced and skilled immigrants,that want and do contribute to our economy and community, however there has been challenges effectively integrating newcomers into our workplaces.

Recruiting and integrating skilled immigrants is a grey area for many businesses that simply don't know where to start, to go about the process, and address any barriers. This is where MBOT's ITSinMississauga program comes into play.

ITSinMississauga (International Trained and Skilled in Mississauga) is an employer focused program delivered by Mississauga Board of Trade, geared at assisting Mississauga businesses with the employment integration of foreign-trained professionals. Through an employer awareness campaign, the program increases awareness amongst employers on the benefits of hiring foreign trade professionals and the resources, tools and services available to support the hiring, integration, training and retention of skilled immigrants.

Part of this service includes an online resource in which employers can utilize to help them through the process of finding, hiring, and retaining internationally-trained professionals. The online resource covers such topics as education, recruitment & retention, mentoring, credential services, and cultural adaptation, just to name a few.

Recognizing we live and conduct business in the digital age, MBOT has decided to launch the employer resource at www.ITSinMississauga.ca. The new employer resource will not only individually profile seven community partners (specially organized by their core services), but will also provide exclusive video interviews with the agencies themselves and local businesses who have used their services. All of which are actively involved in the process assisting/hiring ITSPs.

MBOT believes the new approach is exciting and dynamic and urges employers/ HR professionals to take advantage of it. The proposed launch date is Quarter 1 of 2012, so check back at www.ITSinMississauga.ca under the resource tab for its debut.

For more information about ITSinMississauga, please contact Steven Isidori,
Policy & Research Coordinator, at (905) 273 6151 ext. 38.  
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ITSinMississauga.ca 2012 Job Fair

 

As part of Mississauga Board of Trade's (MBOT) ITS in Mississauga program, MBOT will host a job fair early 2012.  Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with local companies that are hiring, who will be pre-screening candidates on the spot, as well as taking resumes and applications.

 

Last year's event proved to be a success for both employers and job seekers, as many employers were able to meet with candidates that suited the positions they were hiring for.

 

MBOT hosted over 40 employers and was attended by over 600 people. Many different sectors lined the atrium of the Living Arts Centre, ranging from large companies such as Bombardier, UPS, Whole Foods Market and RBC Insurance, to local Mississauga SME's such as CisNet and Harmonic Electrical Solutions. Local community partners were also present, providing employment advice and highlighting their many programs and serves to help individuals become gainfully employed.

 

Check back at www.mbot.com under Events & Programs for date and times as they are announced. If you are an employer interested in a display table, or a potential candidate interested in attending please contact Steven Isidori, Policy & Research Coordinator at 905-273-6151 xt.38 or at policy@mbot.com.
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Pay More at the Door!

 

Please note that there has been a change to the pricing
for most of our networking events.

Members and non-members are encouraged to pre-register and
pre-pay online at
www.mbot.com before each event. If you do not pre-pay, an additional $5 will be added to the total price, at the event registration table.

For more information, please contact the
MBOT office at (905) 273 6151.
  
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MBOT EVENTS  

 

Good Morning Mississauga (GMM) - January

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
 
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
 
Mississauga Convention Centre
 
75 Derry Road West
 
Mississauga, ON L5W 1G3


Meet 150 potential business clients, partners and suppliers
before the start of your workday!


Sponsored by: The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation

 

 

Fees:
 
MBOT Member: $15 | MBOT Member - Speaker: $25
 
Non-Member: $30
 
*Please note there is an extra $5 charge for walk-ins and pre-registrants paying at the door. If you are paying with your registration, please choose the prepaid pricing. If you are pre-registering, and will be paying at the door, please select the pay at the door fee.*
 
To register, please contact Amanda Rushe at info@mbot.com. To view the registration form, please click here and fax back to (905) 273 4937. For online registration, please click here.
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Growth & Power Breakfast Series - January
 

Thursday, January 26, 2012
 
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
 
Glenerin Inn
 
1695 The Collegeway
 
Mississauga, ON L5L 3S7

 

Featuring: Ron Foxcroft
Owner, Fox 40 International
 

 

 

  Owner of Fox 40 International who makes 40,000 whistles/ day. Used by search and rescue professionals in major catastrophes like the San Francisco earthquake and Oklahoma bombing, and collapse of the World Trade Center. Also used by Major League sports officials around the world including the summer and winter Olympics. Foxcroft was the first Canadian to serve as a referee in the NCAA and helped pave the way for several others who have worked in the U.S.

 

 

Sponsored by: KPMG Enterprise & Pallett Valo LLP 
KPMG Enterprise
Pallett Valo

 

  

Fees:
MBOT Member: $55 | MBOT Member - Table of 8: $390
Non-Member: $75 | Non-Member - Table of 8: $540

To register, please contact Brynna Williams at events@mbot.com. To view the registration form, please click here and fax back to (905) 273 4937. For online registration, please click here.
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Mississauga Business Xchange (MBX) - January

 

Monday, January 30, 2012 

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Walkers Fish Market

Mississauga North
(border of Meadowvale and Streetsville)
6531 Mississauga Rd. (@Erin Mills Pkwy)
Mississauga, Ontario
L5N 1A6

 *Please note that the location has been changed for this event.

Correct details are above. We apologize for any inconvenience*


 

Mix business with pleasure!
MBX

Contact list provided to all MBOT attendees 
Complimentary appetizers - Cash bar - Customer leads
Business tips - Marketing ideas - Supplier contacts - Referrals

 

Sponsored by: Walkers Fish Market
 

Fees:

MBOT Member: Free
 
Non-Member: $15
 
*Potential members are only able to attend two networking
events per year
 
*Please note there is an extra $5 charge for walk-ins and pre-registrants paying at the door.  If you are paying with your registration, please choose the prepaid pricing. If you are pre-registering, and will be paying at the door, please select the pay at the door fee.
 
To register, please contact Amanda Rushe at info@mbot.com. To view the registration form, please click here and fax back to (905) 273 4937. For online registration, please click here.
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SPECIAL NOTICES & REMINDERS

 

Share Your Input on Budget 2012: 

Deadline Fast Approaching

 

Pre-Budget Survey
 
Please complete by Monday, January 9, 2012

 

With the provincial budget just around the corner, now is the time to make sure your voice is heard.

 

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) pre-budget survey is made up of 15 questions and takes only a few minutes to complete. Provide your input today! 

 

The OCC will develop its pre-budget submission based on the survey results. The recommendations within the pre-budget submission will formulate the OCC's input into the 2012 provincial pre-budget consultation process. 

 

This is your chance to let the Ontario government know what matters most to your business. Make your voice heard. 

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