Take part in these FREE professional development courses online!

In partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia, the Yarmouth & Area Chamber of Commerce is offering 3 professional development classes starting in February 2022. These 10 week courses are free, customized to your needs and provincially certified, with a value in excess of $1,500 per person.

Seats are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first serve basis.

Classes will be virtual so you must have a computer with a webcam to interact properly.


  • Must be an owner or employee of a business based in Nova Scotia.
  • Be willing to complete detailed registration form.
  • In order to graduate you must attend 80% of classes.

To register

Complete the registration form and email it to info@yarmouthchamberofcommerce.com or call the office at 902-742-3074

Social Media for Business

Wednesdays 5:00pm-9:00pm | Starting February 16th for 10 weeks

Those who take this course will leave with a strong understanding as to what to post on Social Media, when to post it, how to schedule it to save time, how to design it, and how to read the data to ensure you’re maximizing your efforts.

Topics could include:

  • What type of content works with real examples
  • Establishing your brand image (colors/fonts)
  • Graphic design for Social Media using Canva
  • Ad copy – what to write with your posts
  • How to create a content calendar
  • Facebook & Instagram stories

Email info@yarmouthchamberofcommerce.com to register!

About Michaela LeBlanc

Michaela is the owner of Flocial Digital Marketing which specializes in advertising on Social Media for small businesses in Nova Scotia for the past 6 years or teaching you how to handle it yourself for the past 3 years. Customizing the Social Media course to each participant is very important to Michaela so that participants are able to get the most out of their time.

About Lisette Jones

Lisette, owner of ThinkSmart Training and Consulting, is a Harmonious Workplace Development expert who has worked with more than 60 Nova Scotia businesses. She helps create happier and more productive workplaces by enhancing trust, improving leadership, and developing communication skills. She has done countless mediation and coaching sessions with employees and studied HR through the University of New Brunswick.

Transformational Leadership

Thursdays 1:00pm-4:30pm | Starting February 17th 2022 for 10 weeks

Transformational leadership is a leadership style that can inspire positive changes in those who follow and it’s one that Lisette Jones can teach you through topics like:

  • Foundation for Transformational Leadership
  • The Link Between Coaching and Mentoring and Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership Based on the Work of John Maxwell
  • Dare to Lead Based on the Work of Brene Brown
  • Leading from a Distance
  • Change Management

Email info@yarmouthchamberofcommerce.com to register!


Wednesdays 8:30am-12:30pm | Starting February 16th 2022 for 10 weeks

The Level One is designed for people who have a basic knowledge of the program, but are unaware of the true potential of spreadsheets. Many users limit Excel to either data entry, or only use it as an elaborate calculator and are unaware of what Excel can do beyond that.

  • An exploration of the program
  • Customizing Excel
  • Printing spreadsheets
  • Navigating spreadsheets
  • Cell and spreadsheet formatting
  • Basic formulas
  • Budgets
  • Conditional formatting
  • Spreadsheet planning
  • Protecting cells and sheets
  • Mail merge data with Word
  • Email info@yarmouthchamberofcommerce.com to register!

About Rick McMullen

Rick McMullen, owner of The Solution, has 15 years of experience as a teacher and instructor and is skilled with course customization, facilitation, diplomacy and conflict resolution.

With an education in business and commercial design, Rick has kept his feet firmly planted in the marketing and advertising world, and the technology around those activities. He has instructed programs in marketing, business management, sales, leadership, computers and software use.