6 things to do in April to grow your business

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6 things to do in April to grow your business

Last month, we introduced you to 7 Alberta professionals you need to know: the contractors we work with and recommend who can help take your business to the next level.

Today, we’ve got a new list for you: 6 upcoming local events for small- and medium-sized businesses that can help you make new connections, strengthen existing ones, learn new skills, and position your company for the next and best opportunities.

Edmonton is such an interesting place to be right now. Some insist that the economy is all doom and gloom, but our clients are proving that to be false, and as the old saying goes, you attract more of what you focus on. So let’s focus on growth and success together, and let’s continue to share the events and resources that help us all succeed.

Style for Success

We attended Joanne Blake’s Savvy Networking workshop in March, and we learned a ton of insider secrets about how to network effectively and without angst. Did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to introduce your connections to each other? Or that there’s a simple mindset shift you can make to transform any networking event from intimidating to exciting? Deidra even learned a bit about how to get through those awkward small talk moments!

Joanne has a number of sessions coming up that we highly recommend you check out!

Capital Ideas

Capital Ideas, in their own words, “produces events that draw on the expertise of local entrepreneurs to answer the questions that keep business owners up at night.” Wondering this month about finding creative funding for your business? How convenient! Capital Ideas is hosting an event on exactly that topic on April 20, and we’ll be there. Will you?

P.S. You can get free advertising at Capital Ideas by submitting an answer to their weekly question.

Edmonton CSSE

Deidra is a member of The Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE), which hosts regular monthly lunch-and-learn events, as well as social events such as wine tastings and golf tournaments. Membership is open to anyone who plays a safety role as part of their job and we find that their events are a great place to network with others in Alberta’s construction and energy industries, and to learn more about safety in other industries. Last month, Deidra sat with a group of safety professionals who work for the Edmonton Police Service.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

Deidra regularly attends AWE events, was one of their 2016 Emerging Entrepreneurs nominees, and is participating in the 2016 Excelerator Peerspark Program. Boreal is attending AWE’s Network with Brands – How to be Successful in Government Procurement on April 5—not because we necessarily want to sell to the government, but because many of our clients are interested in bidding on municipal, provincial, or federal work. We want to find out what you need to have in place to do so.

Business Link

Edmonton’s Business Link is a hub of training, resources, events, and experts who know what it’s like to be an Edmonton entrepreneur, and they have access to all the tools you need to succeed. They host regular networking events and targeted weekly webinars to help you learn more about the details of everything from marketing to crowdfunding.


APEGA Summit

Later this month, Dean will be attending the APEGA Summit (APEGA stands for Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta), an annual professional development conference. Some interesting workshops include Taking Risk Management to the Next Level and Managing Change in Difficult Times.


Will you be at any of these events? Do you know of others that we should be aware of? Let us know, and we’ll look forward to networking with you this month, next month, and well into the future.

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