Professional Vendor Coaching for Kemptville Vendors

Every business that participates in the Shop Local Showcase will receive expert business planning from Karen McDonald-Hurley of Opportunity Group and Social Media coaching from Lisa Leduc of Look Forward Media.  They will be blogging throughout the coming months and sending weekly emails for 6 weeks, leading up to the show.  This will help vendors to plan for the day and get the best return on investment. Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Tradeshow 101: How to be successful at a trade show
  • Social Media: Why it’s so important
  • How planning can save you time and money
  • What makes you and your business special
  • Creating your dream team
  • Followup is where the money is at

All vendors and sponsors will be automatically registered for the weekly emails, so keep an eye on your inbox starting mid-March.


Karen McDonald-Hurley and Lisa Leduc are both new partners of the Shop Local Showcase. It’s one more way that we want to give back to vendors for participating and how we harness the power of local resources. Make sure to check out their companies, and you will soon learn that a business and social media coach can help you attain your goals.

Karen McDonald Hurley

Karen McDonald-Hurley

Recognized as a small business expert, Karen regularly speaks to audiences about the different ways to start, and use, planning in your business operations to increase your business value, whether you are a start-up, expanding or selling.   Increasing your business value means more profit, more time away from your business, less headaches and  stress, and loosing that feeling of constant overwhelm.  She is known for her “out of the box” thinking and for seeing opportunity in every situation.

Karen has consulted and mentored hundreds of small businesses while working with the Ontario Self-Employment Benefit Program, Skills Link Build Your Own Business, Leeds & Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre’s Business Success Coaching Program, Summer Company and Starter Company, and St. Lawrence College Self Employment Opportunity Assistance Program.  She is the creator of “Business Plan BootCamp” an easy to understand, customizable step by step planning system to develop a business plan, and “Pitch Deck” which has been used extensively in Small Business Enterprise Centres throughout Eastern Ontario.

Having experience in planning with both for profit business and not for profit agencies/organizations Opportunity Group combines  expertise in business with over twenty years’ experience in both the not-for-profit and public sectors providing perspectives across the continuum of business owner, manager, consultant, staff person, board member, and volunteer.

Lisa Leduc

Lisa Leduc


Look Forward Media is a service based company that provides peace of mind to business owners while they focus their energies on what they do best.
Lisa can do everything from managing your social media campaigns, to branding your business, to tackling your marketing to-do list.