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Small Business Events

We host, sponsor, and participate in events and webinars that give small business owners the opportunity to learn, network, share ideas, and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs.

Looking for opportunities to learn and connect with other entrepreneurs? Check out these upcoming events and webinars to learn from local experts, hear from Alberta’s small business owners and find out how the small business community can support you in your journey.

Need a little extra support for your small business? Refer to our past volunteer experts page for a list of business professionals who can help you take your business to the next level!

10:00-11:00

Are you starting a business and need to know where to start when it comes to tracking your financials? Are you in the first year of business and looking for a ‘how-to’ operate financially? This webinar is for you. 

This webinar will include the key considerations when starting a business and the first year of operations. The information will be geared toward anyone starting unincorporated and incorporated businesses as well as those moving from self employed to incorporating a company. We will also cover some practical steps for the start up process so you understand how it can move smoothly.

Register for free today!

Facilitated by: Michelle and Morgan DuFord, Accounting MD

Morgan lives in Calgary and Michelle lives in Kelowna. Together they are building a new kind of accounting firm. Together they have over 35 years of experience in accounting between them and their focus is on small businesses, sole proprietors and accounting technology.

Please note:

Our expert will address as many questions as possible, but we cannot guarantee all questions will be answered. This webinar is not recorded.

16:00-18:00

We want you and your business to survive AND thrive! Join us as CPA explores financial survival for entrepreneurs.

This session helps entrepreneurs beyond the first three years of operation with the management of growth and expansion, financing and tax.

Please join us at this event if you are looking to learn:

• To understand the management of growth and expansion
• To be able to identify the key numbers to understand and monitor
• To get a better understanding of tactics of seeking out financing
• To learn effective tax strategies

With tax season around the corner, you won’t want to miss this afternoon of learning with a CPA designated accountant—make sure to bring your notepad and any questions you have!

Location: ATB Entrepreneur Centre

Cost: FREE

Join us to create invaluable connections.

Please know that by registering to attend this event you are authorizing us to share your contact information with our event partners.

Photos will be taken at this event. If you would prefer that we don’t use your photos on social media or for promotional purposes, please let a Business Link representative know at the event.

March Biz Connections YEG
12:00 - 16:00

Get answers to your small business questions by connecting one-on-one with our Legal Expert!

Get advice on incorporating, shareholder/partnership agreements, contracts, liability, intellectual property, buying/selling a business, dispute resolution, debt collection, and other legal matters.

Cost: $25 per 30 minute private appointment. 

Contact via phone, in person (at our Edmonton office), or Zoom

Legal Expert from Bryan & Company LLP

Policies: Registration closes 12:00 pm the day before. Cancellations accepted online 24 hours prior to appointment. Cancellations after this will not be refunded.

12:00 - 16:00

Get answers to your small business questions by connecting one-on-one with our Accounting Expert!

Get advice on tax issues, eligible expenses, leasing, record keeping, payroll, business structure issues, buying/selling a business and other accounting matters.

Cost: $25 per 30 minute private appointment. 

Contact via phone, in person (at our Edmonton office), or Zoom.

Accounting Expert: Kevin Fichtner, Padgett Business Services

Policies: Registration closes 12:00 pm the day before. Cancellations accepted online 24 hours prior to appointment. Cancellations after this will not be refunded.

10:00 - 11:00

Join Trevor Prentice from The IP Link to consider why you might want to file a patent or protect your intellectual property, or why you might not.

 His presentation will include:

  – a brief overview of intellectual property including copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secret;

  – a few of the most important things to know before jumping in;

  – some of the common pitfalls; and

  – how to move forward with protecting your IP.

Register for free today!

Facilitated by: Trevor Prentice, The IP Link

Trevor currently runs his own intellectual property consulting firm, The IP Link, educating, advising and supporting entrepreneurs with their patents and other intellectual property.  Prior to this, for nearly 8 years he managed technology commercialization projects in a variety of sectors at TEC Edmonton.  He has extensive expertise in developing patent strategy including assessment of patentability and commercial potential, marketing, and negotiating commercial agreements including intellectual property licenses.  Trevor previously worked as Staff Scientist at TELUS World of Science Edmonton and has additional experience as an entrepreneur.  Trevor completed a BSc in Physics at the University of Alberta, a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, and Certificate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (both from the University of Washington).

Please note:

Our expert will address as many questions as possible, but we cannot guarantee all questions will be answered. This webinar is not recorded.

9:00 - 16:00

Are you challenged to track the outcomes of your marketing campaigns and link them to customers and leads?

Do you want to get more out of your limited marketing dollars?

As a B2B (Business-to-Business) company, you know that every dollar counts when you are trying to get your product in front of the right customer. This two-day seminar will help you do just that, whether you’re about to go-to-market or are an existing company that has seen some growth but knows there’s potential to scale.

If you feel like you lack the structure or resources to grow your business, Go Digital will help you learn how to build and execute integrated digital marketing campaigns using a fully integrated platform and modern marketing methodology. Participants will leave each session ready to execute their newly learned methods immediately after each session, and this learning will be supported by hands-on coaching between sessions. The sessions will be outcome-focused, and participants will leave with a digital marketing and customer engagement platform.

Join experts Social Lite for digital communications strategies, Chris Fletcher on data analytics, Aaron Budnick, Rainforest YEG, and Barbara McKenzie, Business Link, on integrated digital platforms.

Outcome:

  1. A digital marketing strategy for your business
  2. A digital and customer engagement platform for tracking and lead generation.

Agenda:

DAY ONE

  • 9:00am – Registration and Coffee
  • 9:30am – Welcoming Remarks
  • 9:45am – Session One: Marketing Basics
  • 11:00am – Session Two: Customer Avatars
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Session Three: The Customer Journey
  • 2:00pm – Session Four: One-on-one coaching
  • 4:00pm – Conclusion

DAY TWO

  • 9:00am – Registration and Coffee
  • 9:30am – Welcoming Remarks
  • 9:45am – Session One: Data Science 101
  • 11:00am – Session Two: CRM as a Database
  • 12:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Session Three: ZOHO Basics and Setup
  • 2:00pm – Session Four: Customer Journey Process in ZOHO
  • 4:00pm – Conclusion

Location: Business Link500, 10150 – 100 Street

Cost: $99 per person

Space is limited to only 25 participants so sign up soon so claim your spot.

10:00-11:00

Immigrant Women: Challenges, Barriers, and Supports to Start a Business in Alberta.

“Immigrant women can contribute to Canadian economic development as they are growing in numbers and significantly underrepresented in the labour force.” – Sara Rose Taylor, PhD, Research Associate, National Immigration Centre, The Conference Board of Canada.

This statement speaks to the opportunities and challenges that immigrant women face in the Canadian employment market and the same statement can apply to the representation of immigrant women entrepreneurs in Canada.

In this webinar, we discuss challenges and barriers that immigrant women in Alberta may face when starting businesses, including:

  • Experience in Canadian Industry/Job Market
  • Exposure to Canadian Culture and Market Knowledge
  • Access to Financing Options
  • Knowledge about Credit
  • Personal and Business Networks and Connections
  • Access to Child Care

    and more…

Alongside the discussion of challenges and barriers faced by immigrant women, we will also explore possible solutions that can help them overcome some of these obstacles.

Facilitated by: Kiran Sagoo, Program Specialist, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)


Please note:

Our expert will address as many questions as possible, but we cannot guarantee all questions will be answered. This webinar is not recorded.

12:00-16:00

Get answers to your small business questions by connecting one-on-one with our Legal Expert!

Get advice on incorporating, shareholder/partnership agreements, contracts, liability, intellectual property, buying/selling a business, dispute resolution, debt collection and other legal matters.

Cost: $25 per 30 minute private appointment.

Contact via phone, in person (at our Edmonton office), or Zoom.

Legal Expert: David van Moorsel, allincorporated.ca

Policies: Registration closes 12:00 pm the day before. Cancellations accepted online 24 hours prior to appointment. Cancellations after this will not be refunded.

12:00-16:00

Get answers to your small business questions by connecting one-on-one with our Accounting Expert!

Get advice on tax issues, eligible expenses, leasing, record keeping, payroll, business structure issues, buying/selling a business and other accounting matters.

Cost: $25 per 30 minute private appointment. 

Contact via phone or Zoom.

Accounting Expert: Fay Chrisohou, FCPC Group

Policies: Registration closes 12:00 pm the day before. Cancellations accepted online 24 hours prior to appointment. Cancellations after this will not be refunded.

Franchising Webinar
14:00-16:30

Join us in Calgary for an afternoon of learning, connecting and growing your marketing presence for your small business.

Are you interested in learning from the successful marketing experts on how to improve your marketing strategies? Have you struggled with branding, social media or tackling the best marketing plan for your business ? 

Marketing can be an overwhelming task when as an entrepreneur you have so many other things on your plate, well, we’re here to help. We are bringing together a group of local business experts to help you develop the strategies to make your marketing shine. 

Join us for this interactive round table/speed mentoring event. You will have the opportunity to ask your questions to experts in the field, and learn from others in the group about issues they’re having with marketing their businesses.

Attend to learn and ask questions about:

Cost: $10 : includes refreshments.

Join us to create invaluable connections.

Please know that by registering to attend this event you are authorizing us to share your contact information with our event partners.

Photos will be taken at this event. If you would prefer that we don’t use your photos on social media or for promotional purposes, please let a Business Link representative know at the event.

18:30 - 21:30

An Evening with Gary Vaynerchuk will feature a no holds barred discussion around topics that every young entrepreneur or seasoned professional should hear. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask Gary Vaynerchuk their burning questions and, in Gary’s trademark style, get some honest answers.

Business Link is proud to partner with Trixstar for this exclusive appearance by Gary Vaynerchuk on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.