13th Open House Success

Thank you to all those who attended the Marguerite Knapp Building’s Open House, held on Wednesday, November 27.  The 13th community open house was a great success with some 50 guests visiting the building, meeting with staff and networking with others in the community.

Pianist Jan Graham entertained for a better part of the evening while guests enjoyed mingling over delicious treats and great company. The wonderful hum of conversation and laughter was only quieted by the drawing of names for the nearly 15 door prizes.

The event was co-hosted by seven organizations serving the English-speaking community, Townshippers’ along with Townshippers’ Research & Cultural Foundation, Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), Mental Health Estrie (MHE), Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre (LDWC) the Townships Sun and special guest, the Lennoxville Youth Centre, who were each grateful to have the chance to share details about their activities and special projects.

Thank you to all that attended and pitched in to make the Open House a successful event and a special thank you goes to those who made donations of food or clothing to the collections from MHE and the LDWC.

One-on-One Business Coaching

Are you a business owner and want to explore ways to use social media to advertise? Do you have an awesome idea for a new business but are unsure about how to make a plan? Do you have a passion that you know could become a great business but have no idea what the first step is? If you answered “yes” to one of these questions then we can help!

YES (Youth Employment Services) provides entrepreneurs of all ages with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. On Wednesday, December 11 YES will be in Lennoxville for one-on-one coaching sessions.

There are presently four one hour spots open: 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, and 3 pm. Registration is required so if you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity, please contact Evelina Smith at Townshippers’ Association at 819-566-2182 or [email protected] to reserve your place. There is no charge for the coaching sessions, however YES requires a $20 one-time only administration fee to open a client file.

“Access to affordable and convenient English-language support is not always available for entrepreneurs, especially in smaller communities,” said Iris Unger, Executive Director of YES. “We are excited to launch this new collaboration with Townshippers’ Association to provide services in Lennoxville in order to support and to address the unique needs of English-speaking small business owners in the Eastern Townships.”

Services provided by YES give clients access to a team of in-house experts and professional business coaches offering individualized business consultations. “As business issues vary from community to community, the coaches are well-informed and instructed on concerns specific to certain regions and rural areas, allowing them to make the most out of every session,” explained Silvina Asurmendi, Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at YES.

For more information about YES, contact them at 514-878-9788 / 1-888-614-9788 or visit www.yesmontreal.ca.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website www.townshippers.qc.ca. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.

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Photo:     2013 11 27 Marguerite Knapp Open House 054.jpg

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:  Some 50 Townshippers braved the stormy weather to warm up over an evening of food, music and friendship at the 13th Marguerite Knapp Building Open House.

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