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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!

12:00-16:00

Connect one-on-one with our Accounting Expert and get answers to your small business questions!

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.

14:30 - 17:00

In partnership with our event sponsor Strathcona County, join us in Sherwood Park for an afternoon of learning, connecting, and honest conversation with local entrepreneurs.

Are you interested in learning from the challenges and success of other entrepreneurs? Want to find out how they moved through their challenges to find success in their business?

January is usually reserved for setting goals, making plans, and preparing for success in the year ahead. Well, that’s all great, but we want to talk about the real challenges of business and what we can all learn from them as we head into 2020.

There will be time to connect with our Business Link team, guest entrepreneurs and partners from Strathcona County, Economic Development and Tourism, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, AMA, Futurpreneur, AWE, and ATB Entrepreneur Centre before and after the panel discussion.

Guest Entrepreneurs:

Moderator:

Cost: $10

January Biz Connections YEG
10:00-11:00

Whether you want to start a business, or you are already operating a business, you’re bound to come across legal questions:

Do I need to incorporate?

Should I trademark my name?

Are contracts really that important?

Do I need website terms of use?

Educating yourself and knowing the answers to these questions is important to the operation of your business.

With this webinar, we will offer answers to many of these legal questions and more. Participants will gain a better understanding of general legal concepts as well as a strong ability to identify legal issues before they become real problems.

We will review:

  • Business Structures – Choosing between incorporation, partnership, and sole proprietorship
  • GST – When to signup for a GST number
  • Intellectual Property – Using copyrights and trademarks to protect your brand and information
  • Hiring Employees and Contractors: The critical differences between employees and contractors
  • Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policies – Understanding the importance of these policies and when they are required for your website

Derek Hopfner is the co-founder of Founded, a leading legal automation platform used by 1000+ businesses, law firms and large enterprises. Founded automates legal work, including incorporations, legal documents, and ongoing compliance, providing a fast, intuitive and collaborative experience. Previously, Derek was a business lawyer in Edmonton and held director positions in several non-profit organizations.

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.

10:00-11:00

Are you at career crossroads? Are you considering entrepreneurship as a career option but want a proven business model to get to your goals more quickly and safer? Would you like to run a business of your own that will provide greater autonomy and independence, but are not sure how to find, or choose, the right business for you? If you have answered ‘Yes’ to either of these questions, this webinar is for you.

It’s truly exciting for those who decide business ownership is for them – and for others, simply exploring their entrepreneurial options. This session will answer many questions and will assist attendees in determining the scope of options available and which path to pursue.

Topics covered include:

  • Pro’s and Cons of various business ownership options (start-up, franchise, resales)
  • Why franchise ownership can be a safer path than independent start–ups
  • The myths of franchising de-bunked
  • How to assess if business ownership is right for you and your career path
  • How to find the right fit for your transferable skills, lifestyle needs and goals in a franchise
  • How to reduce your investment level
  • What financing options are available
  • How to access NO-COST professional advice to make the right decision

Presenter: Chuck Prenevost is a Franchise Specialist with FranNet Western Canada. He works one-on-one with prospective franchisees to find and research their ideal franchise opportunities. Prior to joining FranNet franchise in 2011, Chuck owned and operated his own service-based business for 21 years and currently is a passive owner in 3 franchises. His knowledge and experience will assist with one of your biggest decisions; to pursue business ownership instead of going back to corporate.

Webinar Host: Jean-Jacques Mitakaro, Business Link

Should you have any questions, please contact Jean-Jacques Mitakaro at jean-jacques@businesslink.ca.

Register for free today!

Please note:This webinar is not recorded.

Franchising Webinar
16:00 - 18:00

Interested in learning from the challenges and success of other entrepreneurs? Want to find out how they moved through their challenges to find success?

January is usually reserved for setting goals, making plans, and preparing for success in the year ahead. Well, that’s all great, but we want to talk about the real challenges of business and what we can all learn from them as we head into 2020.

Join us for an afternoon of learning and honest conversations with other entrepreneurs right here in our local community. Find out why you have to learn through the challenges to reach success in your business.

Please join us, take a seat, and rest assured that you are not the only one often wondering what exactly you’ve gotten yourself into by entering the world of entrepreneurship.

There will be time to connect with our Business Link team, guest entrepreneurs and partners from Futurpreneur, ATB, Business Link Indigenous Services and others before and after the panel discussion.

Guest Entrepreneurs:

Moderator:

Location: Eighty-Eight Brewing Co.

Cost: $10

Join us to create invaluable connections.

January 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.

ask a legal expert small business at Business Link
10:00 - 13:00

Business Model Canvas Presentation
Join Business Link and Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation and get introduced to and familiar with the Business Model Canvas and create your own business model canvas.

Facilitated by: Holly Atjecoutay of Business Link

Cost: Free

Register today!

12:00 - 16:00

Connect one-on-one with our Accounting Expert and get answers to your small business questions!

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.

10:00-11:00

What is AI? 

When asked this question, most people get visions of something that is only in the movies – robots that fight humans or self-driving cars! But AI is not just that, it is also – when you see movies on Netflix and get recommendations for other movies you like, on LinkedIn – when it matches you to jobs you like, and in your bank – when you get offers of financial products relevant to you.

AI is also when you predict customers that are a potential flight risk, when you upsell by recommending additional products customers might be interested in buying or when you create convenience by automating redundant and mundane routines.

Most of us think of AI as tough because the technologies for building AI applications are very complex, and that only experts can do it. Because of this mindset, we shy away from trying to leverage AI to solve problems that could move our business forward. This has got to change!

Let’s demystify AI and learn how easy it is for you – whether you can code or not – to build commercial-grade AI. Let us show you how easy it is for you to apply AI in a practical way to solve problems that matter to you, your customers and your business.

Register for free today!

Facilitated by: Kwame Asiedu, Braintoy

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.

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.