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Networking is your chance to spread the good word...

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Category: Popular Topics Published: Monday, 11 July 2016 Written by Admin

Theres no news like good news, according to a popular saying.

As business owners, we look for opportunities to share our story in a positive way. If we have a new and exciting product or service, we want to shout it from the rooftops. Joining organizations like Mississauga Board of Trade is your chance to share your good news story with others.

Our mission is to connect, champion and advance businesses in Mississauga, says David Wojcik, President and CEO of the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT). Our role is to be the permanent voice for business in Mississauga.

From advocacy to organizing networking events like their popular Growth amp; Power speakers series, customer service workshops to organizing golf tournaments for members such as the Nine, Dine amp; Networking Golf Classic, to NGen events such as the Summer Patio Party, MBOT has a mission to help Mississauga companies grow and thrive.

We have three types of networking events; our Good Morning Mississauga (GMM), Good Evening Mississauga (GEM) and our NGen events. Weve featured many corporate and community leaders as guest speakers as part of our Growth and Power speakers series, including Christine Magee of Sleep Country Canada, Pierre Morrissette, head of The Weather Network and Michael MacMillan, co-founder of Alliance Atlantic, saysWojcik. We have a fireside chat and interview these people who are making a difference. Its an opportunity to hear their stories.

According to Wojcik, the MBOT Womens Leadership series is yet another opportunity for members to hear guest speakers from many business sectors, while networking with like-minded members.

Our Professional Development Series is put on by the business learning office and weve featured popular topics like Your Marketing Sucks. As part of the speakers series, weve also had Olympic athletes and pro football players talk about what they learned from sport that helps them be successful in business.

Each year, the MBOT recognizes outstanding citizens for their achievement in business by announcing the Business Person of the Year at their AGM each fall, and they also select a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.

John McKenna of Logistics Management Solutions was named the MBOT 2015 Business Person of the Year.

John owns a family business which he has built into a robust logistics company and he sits on several boards of not-for-profit organization, says Wojcik. He is someone who has dedicated his career to business success as an entrepreneur, but he also has deep roots in the community and is involved in a number of community organizations.

This years 2016 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Gil Moore of Metalworks Studios, recognized for his outstanding achievement in business and in giving back to the community. Previous winners have included Iggy Kaneff, Harold Shipp and Hazel McCallion. The award is based on the lifetime achievement of an individual and their contribution to helping business grow and succeed in the community. Hazel was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in helping attract 63 Fortune 500 companies to Mississauga.

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MBOT is a private sector, non-profit, volunteer-based business organization that represents business in all industry sectors in Mississauga. Established in 1961, MBOT plays a key leadership role in representing the interests of small to large size businesses in all sectors in Mississauga. MBOT boasts approximately 1,000 members and is one of the most active and vibrant business associations in Canada.

As the Voice of Business in Mississauga, we advocate on policy issues that impact local business at all levels of government and help shape policy decisions, says Wojcik. We listen to the concerns and issues facing our members and advocate on their behalf. Our mission is to impact the growth and prosperity of Mississauga business by taking a leadership role in representing and serving the interests of business.

No business is too small, or too large to take advantage of the benefits of MBOT membership, says David.

Our 1,000 members represent about 40,000 people in Mississauga with small businesses with one to 25 employees making up 77 per cent of our membership, 15 per cent of our members represent medium size companies with 26 to 300 employees, and the balance of the members are from large companies. Membership fees are based on the number of employees. We are a small but might team of 10 staff members who work diligently and passionately to advocate and serve businesses---all businessesin Mississauga to thrive.

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