Friday, April 24, 2009

Celebrate National Youth Week in Oshawa!

Celebrate National Youth Week at City of Oshawa Recreation Facilities!

Friday May 1: Kick Off Barbeque at South Oshawa Community Centre

Saturday May 2: Hawaiian Pre-Teen Dance at Northview Community Centre
Youth Skate at Legends Centre

Sunday May 3: Dodgeball and Pool Party at Civic Auditorium Complex

Monday May 4: Youth Yoga Class at Legends Centre

Wednesday May 6: Open Mic Night at the Arts Resource Centre

For complete event details, visit and click on the National Youth Week link.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Create Your Own Summer Job!

Students aged 14-29 can receive up to $3000.00 to run their own summer business, deadline is May 5 for the government, apply through the Business Advisory Centre by April 30.

Need ideas on what kind of business to run?

Home-Based or Self-Employed
Business Ideas

Here are the top home-based business ideas, in no particular order:

Personal trainer. If you are fitness-minded, you can start your own career as a personal trainer. Check out the necessary association for information about the certification process.

Yoga instructor. Begin sharing your expertise with others by teaching yoga classes. There are a number of online resources, depending on the school of yoga that you practice. Research information on yoga schools, certification, insurance etc.

Tutoring. You can start a business tutoring students by advertising at schools, the local YMCA, and other places frequented by families. If you have children, talk to their teachers and determine the needs of your school district.

Business coaching. Have experience with management or some other specialized business skill? Share it with others by becoming a business coach.

Consulting. If you are an expert in your industry, such as finance, marketing, or mediation, consider beginning your own consulting business.

Medical and legal transcription. If you have transcription skills and the necessary equipment, you can easily work from home for a variety of different companies. Check local community colleges or online for transcription training courses.

Accounting. There are many opportunities available for certified public accountants.

Web design. If you can design quality Web sites, consider turning your skills into a home-based business. Although the software and hardware costs can be steep, good Web designers tend to be well-compensated for their efforts.

Desktop publishing. Do you have a creative flair for putting together brochures and newsletters? You can offer your own desktop publishing services to other small businesses. Software can be expensive, so make sure to give applications a trial run/take a course before investing in one.

Photography. If you are skilled with a camera, you can open your own photography studio in your home. Keep in mind that you will need space to shoot the pictures.

Home inspection. Research information on becoming certified to inspect homes.

Remodelling. If you are a gifted carpenter or contractor, you can turn your passion into your own business.

Interior design. If you have a flair for the creative, consider interior design.

Catering or personal chef. Consider starting your own catering or personal chef business. You can set yourself apart from competitors by providing specialized services such as low-carb or vegetarian menus. Contact the city for more information.)

Gift baskets. Gift basket creation is a popular home-based business. Target both individuals and businesses to increase potential sales.

Wedding planner. If you are an ace at organizing important events and have a Rolodex full of contacts, consider becoming a wedding planner.

Personal shopper. If you are a great shopper with an eye for people's personal styles, you can offer services to those less inclined. In addition, consider providing a gift shopping service for those too busy to shop.

Concierge. If you have a lot of energy, a love for the mundane, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks, consider providing a personal concierge to busy business people or parents.

Custom jewellery creation. Designing your own custom design jewellery can be a lucrative pastime. Make sure to wear your own creations as a way to drum up business.

Computer repair. Are you the person everyone calls when they have a computer problem? Turn this into a business and start getting paid for fixing fatal errors.

Cleaning service. If you are good at cleaning, consider offering your services to others (businesses and homes).

Carpet cleaning service. There are many popular franchises that allow you to start your own carpet cleaning business and receive the equipment and training you need.

A riding school. If you own your own barn, land, and horses, you can open your own riding school.

Child-care services. Turn your expertise with children into one of the most popular home-based business opportunities.

D J Services. Gather together current hit music CD's and offer your services to DJ at birthday or graduation parties, anniversaries, family reunions. Consider specializing in one type of popular music like Classic Rock, Seventies Hits, Disco, Country, Hip-Hop.

House Sitting Opportunities Upholstery Cleaning
Dry Cleaning Delivery Service Mobile Car Detailing
Start a Resume Writing Business Become an Interpreter
Starting a pressure washing business Foreign language tutor
Window cleaning and washing business Gift buyer
Start a piano teaching business Junk removal business
Knife sharpening business or mobile service Home staging business
Starting a duct cleaning business Personal grocery shopper
Starting a locksmith business Party and event planning
Aquarium maintenance services Kid party planning
Offering proofreading services Make custom slipcovers
Homemade specialty cookie business Disc jockey business
Becoming a freelance writer Start a nanny service
Family or High School reunion organizer Start a beauty salon
Make custom doll clothes or Halloween costumes Open a tea shop
Learn to become a makeup artist Embroidery Business
Handmade Candle Business Stained Glass Business
Open a party rental business Pottery Business
Offer linen and laundry services Knitting Business
Auto paint touch-up services Quilt Business
Starting a Scrap-booking Business Sewing Business
Woodworking Business Opportunities Bicycle repair
Become a professional truck driver Selling Decorative Pillows
Starting a Blind Cleaning Business Soap Making Business

Pet Business Ideas
Pet Photography Business Dog Groomer
Dog Walking Business Dog Kennel Business
Starting a Pet Sitting Business Doggie Daycare
Invisible Fence Installation Dog Breeding Business
Mobile Grooming Franchise

Food Business Ideas
Provide commercial kitchen rentals Offer bartending services
Provide a food sculpture service Build custom wine cellars
Start a home-based meal business Start a gourmet bakery
Learn how to become a personal chef Start a chocolate business
Learn how to bottle and sell sauces Open an internet cafe
Start an ice cream truck business
Grow profits with a pumpkin patch business

Retail Business Ideas
Starting a consignment store Discount golf equipment
Starting an antique business Open a used bookstore
Sell environmentally friendly cleaning products Rent office furniture
Lease equipment to small businesses Child safety products
Rent motorcycles/bicycles to tourists Solar home products
Refurbish and sell used fitness equipment
Open a yarn and knitting store

Home Improvement Business Ideas
Drywall services Furniture restoration
Hardwood flooring installation Offer carpentry services
Restoring furniture and homes Painting Services
Repairing lamps Build residential decks
Running a power washing business Repairing clocks
Starting a sandblasting business Tile installation
Offer Handyman services

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Free Video Games to check out at OPL!

On Monday March 9th, Oshawa Public Libraries launched its video game collections. Games for Xbox 360, Wii and Playstation 2 are now available at all branches for one week loan. These games go fast, so check back often to see what titles we have on our shelf. Click here for more info.

Upcoming Program for Poetry Month!

Craft It! Create Your Own Magnetic Poetry Kit

Location: McLaughlin Branch

Date & Time: April 18 @ 2:00 PM

Come make your own magnetic poetry kit in honour of Poetry Month! We will also be making collages. For ages 12-18. Space is limited. Free registration available at any branch.