Innovation Conversation

The Canton Chamber of Commerce Education Committee brings members the latest business information and best practices, from professionals who are leaders in their field. We offer quarterly business education seminars with topics such as: marketing and sales , navigating legal issues, preparing for retirement and business succession planning, human resource management, healthcare reform and understanding insurance plans, essentials for business start-ups, using social media, and more.

We encourage our members to both submit ideas for future topics of interest, and to develop their very own presentations.

The seminars are held once each quarter at the Canton Community Center from 8:00-9:00 PM on a Tuesday evening. Light refreshments and ample time for Q&A and networking are provided.

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Coming Next:

Future seminars are in the works for 2019 – Watch this Space!


Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM: Innovative Conversation – Cyber Security - Protect Your Business and Personal Identity, Canton Community Center, Room E, 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. During a 40-60 minute panel discussion our experts will help you protect yourself and your business assets. Gain valuable insight and information. A dessert/coffee reception with ample time for Q&A, discussion and networking will follow the presentations.  Chamber members and local business owners are welcome. No cost for preregistered attendees. Space is limited. Register on our website or contact the Chamber Office.


Scott Pare – The Walker Group – Layered approach to cybersecurity

Brian Thompson – The Thompson Agency – Identity Theft


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – Presenting Your Business: “Wake Up Your Business Image”


Eduardo Barrios of Eduardo Barrios Advertising and Graphic Design: Branding and the creative process
Brigitte DiBenedetto of iGRAFIX Creative Solutions: Website design and content management
Seth Duke, Marketing Director, O&G Industries: Marketing your business

View the flyer from the seminar

Tuesday, February 27th  – Tax/Legal Issues for Small Businesses: “Business Nuts & Bolts: Do It Right So You Don’t Get Burned…


Kristin Roberts – Tax & Accounting Issues – Accounting for the non-accountant
Maria Hampton – Legal guidance for business owners, selecting the proper business structure, appropriate licenses/permits, etc.

Tuesday, September 26th – The Networking Process – presented by Chip Janiszewski

Dream it – Plan it – Achieve it: Networking is much more than just showing up at a meeting hoping to get business. In fact, getting business at a networking meeting RARELY HAPPENS… WHY? Because people BUY based upon NEED (food, shelter, comfort, security, etc) and/or IMPULSE (newest iPhone, etc). Commercials and sales pitches at networking meetings don’t normally fulfill needs or trigger buying impulses…
NETWORKING SUCCESS is based upon developing TRUST, which is a PROCESS, not normally achieved at just one event… Learn the process for networking success!

Download Chip’s Handouts: Networking-ChipJ_09262017