Bay of Quinte Business Week October 16-20 Small business, big ideas.

This year at the Bay of Quinte Small Business Week we'll focus on how we can support our small businesses beyond surviving and toward a path of growth and evolution. Discover how diverse and dynamic Ontario's small business climate is while we shed light on the visions that make these businesses possible.


11:00am - 12:30pm | Business Week Kick Off | Trent Port Marina

Thinking big, supporting small: We invite you to kick off the week by joining us for a presentation from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). President & CEO Isabelle Hudon will speak on solutions for today’s business challenges.


9:00am - 10:30am | Quinte's Untapped Workforce | Trent Port Marina

We're pleased to welcome Leanne Tremblatt and Jennifer Johnson from Career Edge to the stage on day two of business week. They will give insight on hiring practices, branding, culture, and how to be an Employer of Choice, create effective job postings, and where to find well suited employees. The Centre for Workforce Development will provide a newly published HR Toolkit with best practices and templates.

1:00pm - 4:00pm | Thriving in an Age of Uncertainty | Trent Port Marina (in person or virtual registration)

Are you seeking guidance and tools to manage uncertainty as a female in today's workforce? This year's event will help you understand ways to face these uncertainties, make tough decisions, and draw on resources available to you. Learn how four successful local women entrepreneurs have faced similar challenges.


1:00 - 2:30pm | Stepping in and Stepping Up - Bystander no more | Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross St.

Participants will have an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of JEDI and how it contributes to innovation. They will also learn how to spot various forms of discrimination and prejudice and learn how to respond to these appropriately. Central to this work will be growing understanding of gender and gender-based violence as it is experienced by women, girls, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. The responses to prejudice and violence that participants will learn will be respectful of the person experiencing the prejudice as well as the person enacting (saying, doing, etc.) the discrimination. Participants will have an opportunity to practice these skills by working through a variety of scenarios.

2:30pm - 3:00pm | Money Management | Picton Town Hall

The presentation includes topics such as integrating money positively into your life, exploring the concept of Time and Money, strategies for cash flow and net worth, and the advantages of compound interest, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session.

3:00pm - 4:30pm | Liquor Compliance in Ontario | Picton Town Hall

This presentation aims to assist Liquor Licence holders or applicants of Special Occasion Permits in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's role and the compliance requirements under the Liquor Licence and Control Act and its Regulations. Jade Leadbetter, an expert in the field, will provide valuable insights and guidance to ensure that participants are well-equipped to navigate the regulatory landscape effectively.

5:00pm - 7:00pm | Mega Mingle | Base 31, Sergeants Mess Hall

Businesses from across the region come together on Wed. October 18th from 5-7pm to celebrate Business Week. Join the Quinte West Chamber, Belleville Chamber and PEC Chamber for an evening of networking and fun at Base 31. Let's toast to connections, colleagues, and business success!


9:00am - 3:00pm | Not a Trade Show Business Expo | 250 Sidney St. Belleville

Get ready for a turbo-charged Business Expo and networking experience! Join our presenters as we blend the energy of speed networking with the impact of an elevator pitch. It's not your typical trade show – but a great way to connect with local business owners who just might have what you’re looking for!

Come for an hour or stay all day - each hour will showcase up to 10 businesses in a 30 minute round of introductions to their business, what they do and where they are. Both B2B and B2C (because we're all customers) organizations are included in the presentations

5:30pm - 10:00pm | Quinte Business Achievement Awards | The National Air Force Museum of Canada

The 27th annual Quinte Business Achievement Awards continues to recognize outstanding businesses, not-for-profit organizations and business leaders in areas such as entrepreneurship, business growth, company practices, product innovations, customer service, stewardship, marketing success and community service


11:00am - 12:30pm | Business Roundtable with MP Williams & MPP Smith | Zoom

Join us for an open discussion round table with Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith and the business community.

Note: All workshops, seminars and networking events are free to attend.