‘Major events’ on business, labour, customer service

Leader staff

Something called the Slave Lake 2020 Labour Solution Series is coming to Slave Lake. It’s a three-pronged approach and it starts with a March 12 event called ‘Thriving in Business.’

It continues on April 24 with a job fair at Northern Lakes College and concludes in June with a three-session customer service workshop.

The March 12 event (at the Legacy Centre) will feature the disclosure of the results of a business survey, conducted last year. This was the one where local business people were interviewed about what is working and not working for them in doing business and questions of that sort.

“The evening will also highlight nationally-renowned historian and speaker Ken Coates,” says a news release that came out last week. Coates will talk about his studies on the future of rural Alberta and “how to thrive in business in changing environments.”

The event is free and runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Apr. 24 job fair “focuses on helping fill summer employment gaps for local businesses,” says the release.

It is time to coincide with the return of college students who may be looking for work. Employer booths are available and the general public is welcome.

The customer service workshops will be led by Brenda Robinson, an expert in the field. They’ll be held at the Town of Slave Lake council chambers June 11 and 12 and are aimed at businesses that have staff dealing with the public, as well as people working in those roles.

Four organizations have teamed up to develop the 2020 Labour Solution Series. Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake took the lead on it, in partnership with the Slave Lake & District Chamber of Commerce, Town of Slave Lake and Alberta Labour and Immigration.

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