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FREE BUSINESS TRAINING FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Are you an entrepreneur currently working on a business idea? We can help!

Community Futures in partnership with the tecconnect+ED Program of the Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA) presents lunch and learn training workshops for startup entrepreneurs.  Topics include market analysis, business regulations, financing and much more.  Take full advantage of these learning opportunities with experts that can help you grow your business idea. When you sign up for the workshop you can also sign up for a one-on-one session with a business advisor on the same day!  We are here to help. Just sign up! There is no cost.

 

Introduction to Creating a Social Enterprise

  • About: Expect to leave this workshop with a heightened understanding of what you’ll achieve with a social business model, and how all the moving cogs of the business fit and work together to create sustainable social impacts. Business Link Advisor Meredith Perich introduces the Business Model Canvas and will delve deep into the application to social enterprise and how this tool can be leveraged to design both the business model and impact mode of new venture. 
  • Date: November 27, 2017 11:30 – 1:00 pm 
  • Location: Tecconnect - 3582 30 Street North
  • To register:  https://introtosocialenterprisenov27.eventbrite.ca
  • To register for Business Advisor: https://oneononeadvisornov27.eventbrite.ca

 

Creative Financing Solution for Your Business

  • About:  Business Link Advisor Suzanne Ebelher uncovers some hidden gems that may be an option to give your business a boost.  Be prepared to learn specialized financing programs, strategies for developing a successful crowdfunding campaign and explore a wealth of opportunities.  Finally, be shown how to get capital to get your business up and running. 

 

Validate Series - Are You Ready For Market

Every Thursday, starting November 9, 2017 until November 30, 2017 at 05:00pm - 08:00pm

University of Lethbridge (downtown campus)
Dr. Foster James Penny Building 324 - 5th Avenue South
Room PB200
Lethbridge, AB T1K 1L6

Thursday, 9 November 2017 at 5:00 PM - Thursday, 30 November 2017 at 8:00 PM (MST)

Description: This 4-week applied program will guide founders through the validation of a product and business model. Leveraging knowledge about the needs and pains of customers, participants will build a simple ‘MVP’ that addresses customer pain and validate it with customers.

Program Dates:
November 9 – Minimum Viable Product: what is it, and how to build one
November 16 – Analyzing customer feedback, and creating competitive advantage
November 23 – Validating a business model, marketing, and sales strategies
November 30 – Presentations and feedback from expert panel (Note: change of location – Tecconnect)

Space is limited and going fast! Reserve your space today at https://validateseries.eventbrite.ca

Description: This 4-week applied program will guide founders through the validation of a product and business model. Leveraging knowledge about the needs and pains of customers, participants will build a simple ‘MVP’ that addresses customer pain and validate it with customers. Throughout the program, founders will iterate on their MVP and business model based on customer feedback received. By the end of the program, participants will have sufficient knowledge to decide whether the venture is viable, and if so, feel confident to begin sales and running a business.

Audience: Entrepreneurs currently working on a business idea who have an understanding of basic startup concepts, and understanding of pains and problems experienced by customers. Participants with an idea or prototype who have not reached the point of sales or revenue will experience the greatest benefit from this program.

Program Dates:

November 9 – Minimum Viable Product: what is it, and how to build one

November 16 – Analyzing customer feedback, and creating competitive advantage

November 23 – Validating a business model, marketing, and sales strategies

November 30 – Presentations and feedback from expert panel (Note: change of location – Tecconnect)

Presentors:

Bruce Thurston: Bruce has experience as a CEO President with a strong proven leadership track record. Bruce is a go-to-advisor for many organization in southern Alberta. Among his many accomplishments include his induction into the U of L Honor Society as a result of the wealth of knowledge and skill he has brought to his teaching role in the Faculty of Management as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.

Darren Neuberger: Darren has always had a passion for helping others success in all aspects of their life. From a lifetime involvement in sports, especially baseball, he has lived through highs and the lows on the playing field as both a player and a coach. His love of sports has taught him many valuable life lessons of which he has rolled into his current profession as a Motivational Speaker, Presentation, Empowerment and Business Coach. Darren has held many of his clients make the transition to entrepreneurship and they are all flourishing in their chosen business endeavors. Darren’s expertise is helping clients discover their why, make the transition from their “job” to becoming an entrepreneur, all aspects of staring up their biz, creating and sticking to their goals, building their brand, effective and cost efficient social media marketing, sales and presentation building and delivery! Darren is a TEDx Talker, published author, cancer survivor with a worldwide client network and over 20,000 followers on social media. Darren has a gift for getting the best out of people and helping them achieve their entrepreneurial goals!

https://innovation.chooselethbridge.ca/upcomingevents for more information and to register

Registration for the 14th Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge to open December 2017

 

 

Welcome to the Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

                 Registration for the 14th Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge will open December 2017

Last year's Challenge posted record results: 28 Partners, 170 Participants 240 Volunteer Hours!

Over $60,000 in cash and in kind prizes awarded to this year's winners! 

 

Click the logo for full details.

 

New support to create jobs, attract investment, diversify local economies

The Minister of Economic Development and Trade just announced the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program.  Please link here to News Release. This anticipated economic development funding program is part of the Jobs Plan Budget that was announced this spring.   This grant program can be applied for through two streams: the community economic development stream; and the regional economic development stream.

  • The community economic development stream projects are those that build local economic development capacity and strengthen local approaches to improve economic conditions. They begin at $10,000 and fund up to 50 per cent of the project’s value. 
  • The regional economic development stream projects are those that reflect a collaborative approach between communities and supportive partners to achieve a positive regional impact based on a shared economic vision for the future. They begin at $25,000 and fund up to 50 per cent of the project’s value. 

The program guidelines can be found here: http://economic.alberta.ca/documents/CARES-program-guidelines.pdf

The CARES Program will have three grant application intake periods with the third intake accepted Oct. 1, 2017, and ending Nov. 30, 2017.

For more information on program eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the CARES program webpage

The Minister of Economic Development and Trade just announced the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program.  Please link here to News Release. This anticipated economic development funding program is part of the Jobs Plan Budget that was announced this spring.   This grant program can be applied for through two streams: the community economic development stream; and the regional economic development stream.

  • The community economic development stream projects are those that build local economic development capacity and strengthen local approaches to improve economic conditions. They begin at $10,000 and fund up to 50 per cent of the project’s value. 
  • The regional economic development stream projects are those that reflect a collaborative approach between communities and supportive partners to achieve a positive regional impact based on a shared economic vision for the future. They begin at $25,000 and fund up to 50 per cent of the project’s value. 

The program guidelines can be found here: http://economic.alberta.ca/documents/CARES-program-guidelines.pdf

The CARES Program will have three grant application intake periods with the third one beginning on Oct. 1, 2017, and ending Nov. 30, 2017.

For more information on program eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the CARES program webpage

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