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“It’s Different This Time”

John Chisholm on April 25, 2014 in Advice for Business Owners

“It’s different this time.” That was how Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist for Export Development Canada introduced his presentation at a recent Burlington Economic Development Corporation breakfast.     The promise of ‘different’ got everyone’s attention.  Hall believes that things are finally on the way up with a revival of confidence pointing to a … Continued



Gearing up for Growth Coming Our Way

John Chisholm on May 1, 2013 in Economic Outlook

Peter Hall, Vice President and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada, provided some valuable insights at the recent Burlington Economic Development Corporation's Economic Forecast Breakfast. Some of the highlights: Europeans are in a recessionary zone as well as Japan. Half believe it will get better and half believe it will get worse. There is a lot … Continued



Golden Horseshoe Manufacturing Network Innovation Breakfast

Glenn Taylor on October 31, 2012 in Advice for Business Owners

Robert Hattin’s words of wisdom rang true for many attendees at a recent Golden Horseshoe Manufacturing Network Innovation Breakfast.  Two things power the leadership of a company … passion and ethics, however “if you compromise your ethics, you will definitely fail”, he said.  Rob is the President of ProVantage Automation in Hamilton, an engineering company that provides … Continued



Golden Horseshoe Manufacturing Network (GHMN)

Elaine Holding on September 5, 2012 in General

SB Partners is a proud sponsor the Golden Horseshoe Manufacturing Network. GHMN’s goal is to encourage innovation and growth of manufacturing in the Golden Horseshoe. An effective tool for doing this has been through the Innovation Breakfast Series. Business leaders share their experiences and lessons learned.



Local Manufacturing Events

Elaine Holding on February 15, 2012 in Advice for Business Owners

Attention Manufacturers, the following events may be of interest to you. On Thursday, February 23 learn about collaboration opportunities with researchers from McMaster and CANMET Materials in the steel industry at Steel Innovation at McMaster. This free event will focus on steel related technologies and local researchers are looking to meet with local businesses working … Continued



Skilled Trades – Things You Should Know

Elaine Holding on May 4, 2011 in Advice for Business Owners

On May 19, the Halton Apprenticeship Advisory Council will host the 11th Honour Roll Breakfast recognizing companies that demonstrate leadership in advancing skilled trades. I encourage you to attend. The keynote speaker will be Tom Rand, a leading Environmental Sustainability Expert and Venture Capitalist. Rand is author of “Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean … Continued



Innovation Night Invites Exchange of Amazing Ideas

John Chisholm on February 16, 2011 in General

The latest Innovation Night held on Jan. 25, brought a full house of curious innovators to the McMaster University campus in Burlington. Almost a dozen presenters took their turn at the podium to share their revolutionary ideas with spectators who were there for a number of reasons: just to listen and learn; to consider investing … Continued