As a member of the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce, you and your employees have unlimited access to 25 FREE online courses, including:
- Accounting & Finance
- Business Communication
- Customer Service
- Human Resource Management
- Leadership, Management & Supervision
- Marketing & Sales
- Systems & Operational Excellence
- Health and Safety
- Desktop Training (Microsoft Office)
- Personal Development
The average chamber member typically has 6-8 employees. SME’s are so busy running the day to day operations that there is little or no time available for owner or staff training. Most off-site training seminars are expensive, time consuming and disruptive to the business.
eLearning is the perfect solution to address the skills shortage and training needs of small businesses.
What is eLearning?
eLearning is a mature, $16 Billion industry in North America. However, eLearning programs have typically only been available to large businesses and government organizations. The Chamber eLearning Centre has created a compelling program that brings these world class business skills and technical courses to small and medium sized local businesses.
“The Chamber eLearning Centre promises to increase the value proposition of the chamber network by giving our business members access to training at a very low cost,” explains Scott McCammon, Vice President, Communications and Stakeholder Relations of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “These state-of-the-art eLearning opportunities will also help our member businesses gain a competitive edge through the attraction and retention of quality staff.”
What is the Chamber eLearning Centre and the Small Business Growth Academy?
The Chamber eLearning Centre offers the lowest cost, most effective employee training available today. Over 250 business and desktop training courses are available over the Internet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our broad range of course content covers all of the business topics required by any small business.
In addition, the Chamber eLearning Centre offers a variety of certification programs for business owners, managers, supervisors and employees:
- Health and Safety Certificate
- Strategic Management Certificate
- Small Business Growth Academy Certificate
- Customer Service Excellence Certificate
- Management Excellence Certificate
- Financial Management for Small Business Certificate
- Tourism Excellence Certificate
- Workplace and Personal Skills Certificate
- Strategic Management Certificate
- Trade Series Certificate
The “Small Business Growth Academy” covers the general management skills SME’s need, following the “8 Steps to a Better Business” model developed by Growth Advisors and used to coach hundred of Canadian business owners to growth and prosperity. There are 34 courses that only take about 30 hours to complete. Providing the SME business owner with all of the general management skills necessary to succeed in business, the “Small Business Growth Academy” helps bridge the skills gap present in many small businesses.
Value for Chamber members
One of the key drivers towards a successful business is having effective, educated, and motivated employees that can assist the business owner to achieve the success they all desire. Training has long been identified to provide great value to both employees and the companies for which they work. eLearning is absolutely the most cost effective method of bringing training to your members. Businesses can meet immediate training needs and also develop long term training strategies. Further to this, Chamber members will receive a 15% discount on the fees normally associated to the program.