BIZZ BUZZ

February 17, 2012

Burlington’s Accu Translations has opened an office in Halifax to serve the aerospace and defence industries in the Atlantic provinces.  This is the latest in a number of recent moves by the company to expand its customer base.  Last fall, Accu Translations received its ISO 9001:2008 certification, which will enable the company to meet the demands of major industry sectors, especially the defence and aerospace industries in Canada and around the world. Also last fall, the company purchased 4Translation Inc., a business based near Denver, Colorado.  This business has been renamed Converto Translation Group LLC.  It is gearing up to meet the translation needs of the U.S. defence industry.

Accu Translations was founded in 1975.  It has been owned by Waterdown resident Steve Desmeules since 2003.  The company provides translation services in more than 50 languages.

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Marketing students Darcy Oberding, Ashley Moras and Richard Kovacs from Mohawk's McKeil School of Business won the 2012 annual Vanier College BDC Case Challenge in Montreal last weekend. The Mohawk team competed against 29 other college teams from across Canada. The Vanier College BDC Case Challenge is an intense, two-day competition where students analyze a business problem in three hours, develop a marketing plan and prepare a presentation to deliver before a jury panel of business, industry and education experts. The Saturday case challenge featured a failing skateboard manufacturer. Mohawk and five other semi-finalists then made it through the final round on Sunday, tackling the challenge of a struggling kitchen cupboard manufacturer.

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The City of Hamilton’s Small Business Enterprise Centre is hosting a series of training courses for people who want to start their own businesses.  The series includes “10 Steps to Starting a Business,” an hour-long workshop that costs $30 and includes lunch.  The other two courses are “Business Planning & Marketing Strategies” and “Bookkeeping Basics.”  These two courses run from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and each costs $45.  Registration for all three sessions is offered at the discounted rate of $100, plus HST.  The courses are all held on the main level at Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West. The February workshops are booked up, but space is available for the March and April sessions.  For more information call 905-540-6400 or e-mail mail@hamiltonsmallbusiness.ca.

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Tricia Hellingman is president of Hellingman Communications, a Hamilton-based public relations and marketing agency.  thellingman@hellingman.com.  BizzBuzz appears every Friday.