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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!

COVID-19 Update

With continued concerns around the spread of COVID-19 and the global situation rapidly evolving, we have made the difficult decision to postpone any in-person events and Ask an Expert sessions in our Edmonton office until further notice.  

The situation around COVID-19 has significantly changed in recent days in light of the World Health Organization announcement that the outbreak is now deemed a pandemic. While COVID-19 is a mild disease for most people, it can make some very ill. Around 1 in every 5 people who catch COVID-19 needs hospital treatment. 

While health authorities have relayed that the risk in Alberta is low at this time, we have decided to take precautions to safeguard the health and safety of our employees and the public; social distancing can be an effective tool in preventing the spread of the virus. 

During this time, we are dedicated to continuing to support entrepreneurs in Alberta and will proceed with scheduling blogs, conducting webinars and online programming, remote Ask an Expert Sessions, and providing one-on-one advice and support via email, phone, or Live Chat

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11:00 - 12:00

When times of uncertainty hit, whether that is a global pandemic, a recession, or even something personally challenging, such a mass layoffs, bankruptcy, or death, should we reach out? What is the right action to take?

Most people will try to pull back and avoid any uncomfortable conversation, saying that “now is not the right time”. But if not now, when?

Avoiding clients does not make them feel taken care of and comforted. Instead it leaves the client feeling alone and abandoned.

Premium service providers don’t want their clients to feel ignored. We want them to feel cared for. Reaching out should be treated with tenderness and care. However you’re still allowed to be creative.

Here are a variety of different ways you can reach out to clients to let them know you care, and to build your sales funnel:

  1. Show them how to use their old tools
  2. Personalized Training Sessions
  3. What are the requests your client may make?
  4. Connect Clients & Industries
  5. Partnerships & Panels
  6. Find our why your clients bought from you and love you
  7. Promote and celebrate prospects and clients
  8. Interview clients and create case studies
  9. Strategic Planning Sessions
  10. Plan with your clients what the future looks like for their clients
  11. How will you help me make more money?
  12. Create New Solutions and Bundles
  13. Be Willing to service the forgotten companies
  14. Go in for the fast transaction
  15. A booked meeting is always better than no meeting

Register for free today!

Facilitated by: Kim Orlesky, KimOrlesky.com

Please note: Our expert will address as many questions as possible, but we cannot guarantee all questions will be answered. This webinar will be recorded and shared with participants.

April 8_Webinar
12:00-16:00

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

Ask your questions on finding a suitable location for your business, lease negotiations, tenant allowances, what personal guarantees and deposits may be required, how to negotiate for free rent, how to get your deposit returned, and more.

There will be no cost for expert appointments at this time.

Contact via telephone.

Lease Expert: Jeff Grandfield, The Lease Coach

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.

There will be no cost for expert appointments during this time.

Contact via telephone

Accounting Expert: Vartika Satija, CPA, CA 

Policies: Registration closes 12:00 pm the day before. Cancellations accepted online 24 hours prior to appointment. Cancellations that occur after this time may result in you being charged for your next appointment.

Ask an Expert_Apr 22
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 Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.