Learn about the different types of business organization and structure, and its legal and tax implications.This seminar, presented by Mydene Cuevas, Sarah Ng and Colleen Ma, aims to educate entrepreneurs
Learn about the different types of business organization and structure, and its legal and tax implications.
This seminar, presented by Mydene Cuevas, Sarah Ng and Colleen Ma, aims to educate entrepreneurs with the legal issues that commonly affect startups. The presenters will cover subject matters in corporate, intellectual property and tax law that startups and early stage companies often face as they launch and grow their ideas into successful businesses.
Do you get sweaty palms when you try to explain your business to someone new? At networking events do you want to curl up in a corner and whimper like
Do you get sweaty palms when you try to explain your business to someone new? At networking events do you want to curl up in a corner and whimper like a kitten? Or do you run around handing out cards to anyone who will take one? Or do you collect as many cards as possible so you can run them through your card scanner and promptly forget who you actually talked with? If you answered YES to any of these questions then the How to Become a Master Networker, may be just the workshop for you! This training session helps people overcome their fear of networking or their lack of etiquette and understanding when it comes to developing referral markets. Come and learn how your Net Worth is = to your Network.
Randy McCord B.A. – Executive Business Director, National Best Financial Network
Randy is a founder of National Best Financial Network, one of the most innovative and progressive Life Insurance brokerages in Canada. He is also Exempt Market Licensed and is a Private Equity Specialist with Pinnacle Wealth Brokers.
Randy and his National Best Team are specialists at protection and investment strategies for Canadians. However, Randy’s personal focus is business clients, whether they are sole proprietors or incorporated businesses. His team is dedicated to assisting business owners who have incorporated businesses and are looking for legal, accounting and financial planning expertise.
Randy is a big believer in education. He has facilitated over 500 educational workshops and courses for Canadians in the last 20 years including: “Investing in Real Estate” at Mount Royal University in Calgary.
He has been an ardent investor himself for over 35 years and has been licensed in Financial Services for 10 years. Randy is an alumnus of the University of Calgary.
Randy trains National Best representatives on the art of networking and referral business, in addition to facilitating a monthly public seminar on this topic. He has won the BNI Notable Networker of the Year for two years running and is the past Vice-President of his BNI chapter.
Randy is a native Calgarian and resides in Bowness with his wife, Phyllis, and Abby the busy border collie. He has two daughters that are all grown up.
He loves playing the guitar and singing. He is an aspiring songwriter and plans to cut a CD of his own material as a retirement project.
They say that being an entrepreneur is a rollercoaster ride, but you probably hear more about the highs than the lows. We’re creating a safe space to share the real
They say that being an entrepreneur is a rollercoaster ride, but you probably hear more about the highs than the lows. We’re creating a safe space to share the real and raw stories of starting and running a business. The good, the bad, the ugly. The little moments that keep you going against the odds. Because you don’t have to go it alone. Our very first event will introduce you to a panel of 3 local business owners who have lived and breathed #entrepreneurlife and we’re excited to have Kim Smith (formerly at the helm of Capital Ideas) to moderate the conversation. Join us for local beers, refreshments and war stories at Work Nicer coworking space. Come with an open mind; leave with a more resilient mindset of what it means to be an entrepreneur today.
The number one starting point for any business small or large should be a business plan.This 3 hour workshop will show you how to build a business plan, learn the
The number one starting point for any business small or large should be a business plan.
This 3 hour workshop will show you how to build a business plan, learn the basics of marketing, research, and financials, and will give you a strong foundation to start writing! You should attend this session if you have been operating your business for a few years but have not yet written a business plan or if you are an aspiring entrepreneur with a specific business idea.
In this session you will learn how to:
Draft the components of a good business plan that will help you move forward with confidence
Conduct informative market research
Develop a marketing plan and marketing activities that reach your target customer
Create financial plans that will support business viability
As Canada celebrates its 150th year of confederation this year, Native children go to bed hungry and drink tainted water. Muslims are gunned down in a mosque. Gay pride symbols
As Canada celebrates its 150th year of confederation this year, Native children go to bed hungry and drink tainted water. Muslims are gunned down in a mosque. Gay pride symbols are vandalized. Female politicians receive death threats. Swastikas are spray painted on school buildings in the night. It’s easy to see we’re still not all equal. But each of us have opportunities in our work, in our lives, to effect change. It’s time to use our creative skills to work toward a better world.
Clarissa Peterson is a user experience designer, speaker, author and teacher. Since starting out in tech as a self-taught web developer 15 years ago, she has tried to learn everything she can about how websites work and how to make them work better for users. Now she spends much of her time helping others learn, as a frequent speaker at tech and design conferences, as the author of the popular book Learning Responsive Web Design (O’Reilly Media), and as an instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Clarissa has lived all over North America and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.
Join Lighthouse Labs for a free afternoon of learning to code at Work Nicer in Calgary! Led by members of the Lighthouse Labs team, you'll be introduced to the fundamentals
Join Lighthouse Labs for a free afternoon of learning to code at Work Nicer in Calgary! Led by members of the Lighthouse Labs team, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of web development, and have the chance to try your hand at building your very own website using HTML and CSS.
Five incredible speakers and almost $40,000 in prize money!Come for one afternoon or come for them all.Join 150+ like-minded Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Calgary's Second Annual Innovation Rodeo, where you'll
Five incredible speakers and almost $40,000 in prize money!
Come for one afternoon or come for them all.
Join 150+ like-minded Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Calgary’s Second Annual Innovation Rodeo, where you’ll learn from five incredible speakers about how to start a successful business and how to add new products or services to an existing business and where we give away almost $40,000 in prizes.
The Innovation Rodeo is four afternoons of keynote speakers, solving Innovation Challenges (daily prizes of $2,000), pitch competitions (daily prizes of $3,000) and networking.
On the fifth day Ernst & Young’s 2017 Global Entrepreneur of the Year Award is a keynote speaker and there is a final pitch competition for $18,000 in cash.
Monday Jeremiah Gardner – An International Innovation and Lean StartUp expert and best-selling author from San Diego, who advises companies like GE, eBay, Intuit, Nike & Cisco, will share insights on how to create new opportunities by changing the way you approach innovation, growth, and value-creation.
Tuesday Randy Thompson – The Founder and Fund Manager of the most active Angel Investor Network in Canada will be in Calgary to share insights on how to validate your idea so you so you are more likely to get funded.
Wednesday Chris Jones – A successful Alberta-based Entrepreneur who is now a highly sought after growth advisor will lead participants through the process of how to grow revenues faster by putting an Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) in their company.
Thursday Bryan de Lottinville – The CEO of a local, almost 400-person, technology company will share how they, and some of their over 250 Fortune 1,000 customers, like Nike, Google and Apple, sustain their growth in challenging times by building and maintaining an impactful corporate culture.
Friday Murad Al-Katib – The recent winner of Ernst & Young’s 2017 Global Entrepreneur of the Year Award will fly in to share how he grew an agriculture start-up into a profitable $2 Billion dollar company with over 2,000 employees on five continents.
About The Innovation Rodeo
The Innovation Rodeo connects some of Alberta’s most promising Entrepreneurs with some of it’s brightest Innovators sp everyone can exchange ideas, build new skills, establish new relationships, and help each other create and commercialize new ideas.
Proceeds from the Innovation Rodeo support aspiring and first-time Entrepreneurs in colleges and universities across Alberta.
Monday to Thursday:
12:00 – 1:15: Lunch & Learns – Lunch included
1:30 – 3:30: Innovation Challenges – with $2,000 cash going to the participants on each day’s winning team of four
3:45 – 4:45: Regional Pitch Competitions: Promising first-time Entrepreneurs compete for $3,000 in regional pitch-offs
4:45 – 6:00: Free beers & networking
Lunch and Learn Topics
Monday: Innovating – How to generate profitable products and business ideas
Tuesday: Validating – How to make your idea more likely to receive funding
Wednesday: Scaling – How to profitably grow your business
Thursday: Sustaining – How to sustain your growth in challenging times
You do not need to attend all three of the day’s events. Feel free to come for lunch and take in the Innovation Challenge or take in the Innovation Challenge and stay for the Entrepreneurship pitch-offs, beverages, and networking.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Keynote by Murad Al-Katib – E&Y’s 2017 Global Entrepreneur of the Year
2:00 – 3:00 Provincial Pitch-off – Regional winners pitch to celebrity judges for $18,000 in cash
3:15 – 3:30 Winners of the daily innovation challenges and Provincial Pitch-off announced
This group is being organized to hold monthly get-togethers and discussions around the WordPress blogging platform. This group is suitable for designers, developers, and bloggers of all levels (including beginners).
This group is being organized to hold monthly get-togethers and discussions around the WordPress blogging platform. This group is suitable for designers, developers, and bloggers of all levels (including beginners). The focus is on the creative use of WordPress for site design and development. The group will also address topics related to content such as Wordpress SEO, though may or may not deal with content development in and of itself.
This 8 week applied program will guide you through the validation of a product and business model. Leveraging the knowledge about your customer and market needs, you will build a
This 8 week applied program will guide you through the validation of a product and business model. Leveraging the knowledge about your customer and market needs, you will build a simple ‘MVP’ for your startup and validate it with real customers. Afterwards, participants will iterate on their product and business model based on feedback received to determine the viability of the opportunity. By the end of the program, you will have sufficient knowledge to decide whether the venture is viable based on customer feedback, and if so, will be positioned to begin sales.
Participants are expected to commit at least 15 hours/week for in class sessions and homework deliverables.
– Each session will take place from 9AM to 12PM –
For more information about Discover, please contact:
Join Innovate Calgary and the Alastair Ross Technology Centre's community of entrepreneurs as we serve up a traditional Stampede Breakfast.Enjoy a delicious servicing of pancakes, sausage, coffee or juice!*Please bring
Join Innovate Calgary and the Alastair Ross Technology Centre’s community of entrepreneurs as we serve up a traditional Stampede Breakfast.
Enjoy a delicious servicing of pancakes, sausage, coffee or juice!
*Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Calgary Food Bank*
The Art of Marketing Science seminar provides a clear understanding of how to develop and implement a marketing plan. Areas of discussion include research, strategic planning, brand development, tactical implementation
The Art of Marketing Science seminar provides a clear understanding of how to develop and implement a marketing plan. Areas of discussion include research, strategic planning, brand development, tactical implementation and the importance of measurement.
Ryan Townend – CEO
Ryan Townend has spent his life in pursuit of entrepreneurship. He discovered his business sense, coupled with creativity, during his childhood years. He later refined this business acumen at the University of Saskatchewan at the College of Commerce. His early marketing days were spent at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm, where he was to apply his talents in a not-for-profit setting. Seeking to advance his career to the media industry, he relocated to Calgary and co-founded William Joseph Communications. The goal was to create an advertising agency that would incorporate smart strategy to provide the base for innovative and on-the-mark creative. From humble beginnings, the agency significantly grew – from its two founders to a diverse team of industry experts with operations across Western Canada. Ryan is passionate about continuing to grow William Joseph and establishing new, long-term client relationships.
Whether it’s the G-Suite, Slack, Square, or Waze…we all use apps in so many ways. Both online and on mobile, on a daily basis they help us stay productive and
Whether it’s the G-Suite, Slack, Square, or Waze…we all use apps in so many ways. Both online and on mobile, on a daily basis they help us stay productive and on track, so that our businesses don’t run away from us or run flat. You are guaranteed to walk away from this session with at least one new tool that you can add to your kit – because with so much going on around us, who wouldn’t want to have some extra help?
Joel Olandesca – SOS Charging Solutions
With his extensive experience in mobile technology, graphic design, and finances, Joel created and co-founded SOS Charging Solutions. SOS is a company focused on helping everyone stay charged up and connected to their communities by having easy, simple access to mobile device charging. The company started in 2013 and has had the privilege of working with many event professionals, providing their solutions to events all across North America.
In addition to being a local entrepreneur and innovator, he is also a firm believer of giving back to others. Joel is an avid volunteer who loves to support causes that are close to his heart, in and around Calgary.
Don't know where to start with your business idea? This brief workshop session will prime you with the basic foundation to help move you in the right direction. Topics of interest
Don’t know where to start with your business idea? This brief workshop session will prime you with the basic foundation to help move you in the right direction. Topics of interest covered include: basic startup terminology and concepts, customer interview techniques, corporate structure, intellectual property strategies, and financing alternatives– all without risking significant time or money!
Audience: Accessible to anyone who is interested in starting a venture, even while working full-time, but is not sure where to start
Learn the basics of writing a bankable business plan. During this 60 minute workshop we will walk you through the ATB business plan builder, and discuss key elements that make
Learn the basics of writing a bankable business plan. During this 60 minute workshop we will walk you through the ATB business plan builder, and discuss key elements that make a financeable business plan. We will cover the importance of considering all your possible start-up costs to get your new venture successfully off the ground, and the magic of realistic cash flow projections.
Following the presentation our business plan expert will be available from 1pm to 3pm for you to work and ask specific questions around your plan. Please bring your business plan, or download the ATB Business Builder template before the event.
Presenter Christina Stevens – Entrepreneur Strategist at The ATB Entrepreneur Centre
Come expierence a fun and non intimidating evening of art with the Ad Artis group of artists. Artists will be showing a selection of their works, which will be for
Come expierence a fun and non intimidating evening of art with the Ad Artis group of artists. Artists will be showing a selection of their works, which will be for sale. There will also be live paintings, an informative session on “Why art is important in the living and work space”, and refreshements. (We hear Toolshed beer goes great with Art shows.) There will also be a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Beakerhead and the artists involved with this show. Ad Artis aims to make art more accessible, and less intimidating so please feel free to chat with our artists!
According to Flurry Analytics, time spent on social media and messaging increased a staggering 400% last year. Businesses are starting to realize that they need to communicate with users where
According to Flurry Analytics, time spent on social media and messaging increased a staggering 400% last year. Businesses are starting to realize that they need to communicate with users where they already are, and that chat provides a superior experience: email doesn’t command much attention, text is very limited, and phone calls require someone’s undivided attention.
Enter the age of Messenger Chat. As we mentioned, increasing numbers of consumers are turning to social media messaging, including Facebook Messenger, to contact businesses with questions and comments. While there are tools that will help you manage the influx of customer messages, sometimes they’re just not enough, particularly when social users are accustomed to a timely response from you.
Facebook Messenger bots let you automatically provide your customers with immediate responses. They can answer basic questions like “What is your return policy?” (even though it’s posted in three different places on your site), “How do I book a call”, “What are your hours”, and so on, freeing up your customer service team to handle more serious follow-ups and concerns. You can also automate business functions such as booking rooms, booking appointments, and purchasing tickets to name a few.
But it’s not just about automating your customer query responses, but also about outreach, and starting a relationship with prospective customers. Via messenger bots you can also reach out via targeted messages and automatically start the customer journey with your prospect – from the initial inquiry and follow-up process, to selling your services from right within the messenger app.
The barrier to entry for messenger bots is also extremely low. Instead of having to build an app which your prospect is then going to have to download, you can instead leverage Facebook Messenger’s 1.2 billon user base and all the functionality built within their app to generate inquiries and leads.
Need more reasons to use messenger? How about these facts:
53% of people say they are more likely to shop at a business they can message directly. 59% say they message more now that 2 years ago 56% say they expect messaging to increase further over the next 2 years In the near future it will be less about the what types of ads we place in front of perspective clients and customers and more about how we manage the conversations that are started from those ads and other avenue.
So join us for this 90 minute workshop and learn how to automate the entire processes using easy to build messenger bots to help you take advantage of this major shift in the customer generation landscape.
You will learn:
About the different type of Messenger Bots and which ones you need to be using inside of your business. The process of utilizing language patterns and “quick” logic to engage, qualify and nurture complete strangers into qualified leads and buyers. How to correctly target only prospects that fit your specific business demographics How to use Messenger Bots as a layer within your current marketing strategy to bolster its effectiveness. How to automate both inbound and outbound message sequences Which software to use to build out your first bot on Your action plan to strategize, implement and launch your Messenger bot in less than 7 days. After the presentation you will also get access to all the workshop slides and access to the Inevitable Growth support and mastermind community where you’ll receive complimentary ongoing training and strategies to help adapt your marketing and customer generation strategies to an ever shifting technological landscape.
“Did you know that a customer is 85% more likely to sign up, buy your product or call your company if you have a video?Have you heard that YouTube now
“Did you know that a customer is 85% more likely to sign up, buy your product or call your company if you have a video?
Have you heard that YouTube now reaches more 18-49 year olds than ANY cable network in the United States?
In 2017 and beyond, YouTube videos are the best way to get your message, your valuable information and your product in front of your audience.
But where do you start?
In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to use the power of YouTube to increase your sales, social media following and internet presence.
How to develop your YouTube strategy to gain authority and rank in Google The only 3 videos you will ever need What other businesses are doing wrong on YouTube (and how to avoid it) Adelle Ramcharan is a Canadian author, entrepreneur and educator who has been creating content online for the past 16 years (under various aliases!).
She started her YouTube channel from scratch in 2012 and has since spun it into a brand with over 80,000 subscribers, millions of views and a multi-stream business strategy that brings in a six figure salary.
Adelle’s main interests are in things that inspire people and the nature of reality and humanity.
She is new to Calgary and is interested in creating more opportunities to get out from in front of the camera and work directly with the entrepreneur community.”
Building a successful, sustainable business takes a crystal-clear vision, followed up by a subsequent strategic action plan initiating impactful activities and routines. Once implemented, the results of these tactics must
Building a successful, sustainable business takes a crystal-clear vision, followed up by a subsequent strategic action plan initiating impactful activities and routines. Once implemented, the results of these tactics must be measured to gauge the effectiveness of everything you do.
Gain insight on how using systems and routines will create efficiency, reduce your stress and increase your ability to make a significant positive impact on your financial results. You CAN have it all when certified sales trainer and business profitability expert, Noelle Leemburg, shows you the power of managing your mind and your behaviours.
Do you have the right tools, systems and routines in place to sustain YOUR business?
Speaker – Noelle Leemburg
Business coaches are a dime a dozen. Sales pundits abound.
But no corporate training professional combines solid transformational leadership fundamentals and insightful, behavioural-based “sales success” principles with that essential foundation of champion mindset mentoring like international best-selling author, inspirational speaker and business profitability catalyst, Noelle Leemburg.
bSavvy, the actual name of Noelle’s certified coaching enterprise, offering small to midsize organizations exclusive instruction in attaining higher levels of productivity through increased efficiency with decreased anxiety, is also her sage advice to her clients. Be savvy!
Effectively growing a viable business takes knowledge and experience, yes, but beyond the basics, there’s the need to develop those shrewd and canny instincts that will really take you to the top, that astute, intuitive ability to “read between the lines” which leads you to then “think outside the box.”
With a unique and eclectic educational background in sociology, anthropology and communications enriched with the comprehensive tools and proven processes from the Forzani Business Coaching program, Noelle excels at not just the practical, empirical methods for organizational alignment and improvement, but the intrinsic human resource related aspects of employee engagement, loyalty and motivating staff to expand their true potential.
Whether it involves implementing new systems of positive thought and empowering beliefs, or new strategies for high powered sales results and impactful leadership, ensuring that your profitable, sustainable business is thriving at top efficiency and effectiveness is both Leemburg’s strength and her passion.
Professional success, personal fulfillment, quality of life; these may not be everyone’s goals, but if they are yours, know that choosing to align with the indomitable Noelle Leemburg, you can have it all.
The Inc., powered by Innovate Calgary, is a community helping entrepreneurs go from inspiration to market. The Inc. provides early-stage startups with space to work and grow through mentorship, support
The Inc., powered by Innovate Calgary, is a community helping entrepreneurs go from inspiration to market. The Inc. provides early-stage startups with space to work and grow through mentorship, support and guidance. This includes dedicated startup programs and one-on-one mentoring from experienced entrepreneur advisors and coaches. Our passion is to help you move your business forward.
Have you ever stood and listen to a person with charm, a sense of humor and the gift of speech? Have you thought “that person is a born salesman”. Chances
Have you ever stood and listen to a person with charm, a sense of humor and the gift of speech? Have you thought “that person is a born salesman”. Chances are they aren’t. Great sales people are made, not born.
The best sales people are systematic, process oriented, and service focused. The best sales people listen way more often than they talk. The best sales people are highly trained and highly organized. In fact, you have probably met some of these people and never knew they sold anything.
This workshop is focus on helping lay-man understand how easily they can transform themselves comfortably into effective sales people.
Following a long and distinguished career in both the corporate world and in private business, Bowdie Bragg is now the Managing Director of Entrepreneur Evolution (E2). E2 is a boutique business coaching firm with a singular mission to change the world of business coaching one success at a time. E2 offers a wide variety of coaching, consulting and training services related to leadership, sales, general business, financial literacy, and process & systems design.