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    COUNSELLING

    The Elgin Business Resource Centre offers free business counselling whether you are already in, or looking to go into business. With many years of experience, our staff can provide advice and support to your business venture.

    For those starting from the beginning, our staff can assist you with the development of your business plan while answering any questions regarding maintenance of existing enterprises. All of our staff are knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and ready to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding your business. We understand the challenges and benefits of doing business within St. Thomas and Elgin County. In the past we have helped many clients within the region address concerns such as:

    1. Lack of customers / dealing with competitors / developing a cooperative
    2. Cash flow problems / credit management
    3. Inventory management
    4. Understanding financial statements
    5. Growing the business
    6. Initial business planning and development
    7. Sources of funding for the business
    8. Business Marketing

     

    Kevin Jackson

    (General Manager)

    Kevin has been associated with the EBRC for over six years, starting as a Business Counsellor, then OSEB Coordinator and ultimately General Manager.
    Kevin’s background includes but is not limited to management, sales, marketing, marketing training, workshop facilitation and public speaking. He is certified in several one-on-one Business Coaching solutions and a number of sales/marketing training programs. Kevin has also operated his own small business and is familiar with obstacles new businesses can face. His diverse and extensive experience benefits those requiring business counselling throughout Elgin County.

    Email: kjackson@elgincfdc.ca
    Phone: 519-633-7597 Ext. 337

    Glenn Thorel

    (Senior Business Counsellor/Loans Officer)

    Glenn holds a degree in Business and Administration and has over 15 years’ experience business counselling. He is knowledgeable about all aspects of business including marketing, operations, human resources and financial management. He counsels businesses in different stages of development including new start-ups, growing businesses, succession planning and business transfer. Glenn also deals with business loans and financing. He has over 20 years’ experience in financial analysis, operational audits, and budgeting and reporting for large corporations.

    Glenn has also been a co-owner of a local retail store for over 10 ten years.

    Email: gthorel@elgincfdc.ca
    Phone: 519-633-7597 Ext. 333

    Mark Masseo

    (Senior Counsellor/Satellite Coordinator)

    Mark is a Senior Business Counsellor and Coordinator for the satellite offices in Elgin County, located in Aylmer and Dutton. Mark has a diverse background in sales, marketing, operations, distribution and purchasing/ logistics and provides consultation on inquiries for loans through the Elgin Business Resource Centre. With a strong interest in entrepreneurship, he is also a co-owner of a small business in Elgin County with sales in Canada, the U.S. and abroad.

    Email: mmasseo@elgincfdc.ca
    Phone: 519-633-7597 Ext. 462/471

    Cindy Hertwig

    (Senior Business Counsellor)

    Cindy Hertwig has been an EBRC employee for two years, first as an Ontario Self-Employment Benefit (OSEB) Coordinator and then as a Senior Business Counsellor.  Cindy’s experience with the OSEB program has given her extensive classroom experience as she facilitated the OSEB series of workshops, business counselling and government reporting.  Her expertise also includes sales, marketing, production and inventory control.  She has also managed and co-owned a home based service and installation business and a direct sales business.

    Email: chertwig@elgincfdc.ca
    Phone: 519-633-7597 Ext. 335

    Jeff Sheridan

    (Business Counsellor)

    Jeff’s expertise includes business plan development, personal and corporate lending solutions, financial planning, succession planning, marketing and communications. His extensive experience in the financial sector and developing resources for the Chamber of Commerce enables for him to advise and support a wide range of business needs.

    Email: jsheridan@elgincfdc.ca
    Phone: 519-633-7597 Ext. 471

    Lisa King

    (Accounts Manager)

    Lisa’s expertise includes various financial matters including budgeting cash flow, small business information, bookkeeping, payroll and government remittances. She also excels at task management, administration and report writing.

    Email: lking@elgincfdc.ca
    Phone: 519-633-7597 Ext. 325

    Sharen Symondson

    (CED Officer)

    Sharen has 25 years’ experience in administration, finance and program delivery throughout Ontario. She has 14 years’ experience with the Community Futures Program as an Office Administrator, which includes financial and board governance as well as experience in program delivery including skills, youth internships and local initiatives.

    Sharen has worked for all four levels of government and has private sector experience, knowledge which she brings to the EBRC.

    Email: ssymondson@elgincfdc.ca
    Phone: 519-633-7597 Ext. 461

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