MAY 10 IDEA Breakfast Part 1 - The biggest things that hold back company growth.
5/10/2017 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Presenter: Rob Chault Register
MAY 18 Lunch & Learn: Get Automated - Cloud Bookkeeping Choices
5/18/2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Presenter: Lloyd Spence Register
MAY 25 IDEA Breakfast Part 2 - The biggest things that hold back company growth.
5/25/2017 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
JUN 13 Lunch & Learn: DIY Approach to Market and Industry Analysis
6/13/2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Presenter: Terry Rachwalski Register
For more information on events click here - contact NABI at 780-460-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY 8 - AWE Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
Edmonton: Are You Ready For Entrepreneurship? Starting and creating your own business is life-changing. It can be fun, exciting and challenging. Register here
MAY 15 - Advanced Technology Centre
Venure Capital: How it Works and how it builds a Province: In this talk, AVAC's President Warren Bergen provides an in-depth discussion on venture capital and what it takes to gain access to this form of capital that invests in only 1% of all companies considered. Register here
MAY 26 - Dealing with Digital Disruption
Business executives interested in or struggling to define how to deal with the effects that digital technologies is having on their business. The Symposium would also be of interest to small business owners who can see the challenges and opportunities the digital revolution presents. For more information and to register contact Anshuman Khare Register Here.
UPCOMING EVENTS - MAY
REGISTER ONLINE @ www.atbentrepreneurcentre.com
Whether you’re dreaming, building, or growing, the ATB Entrepreneur Centre offers a powerful set of tools to help your business and personal finances grow together.
Start Got an idea for a business you were born to start, but you wonder if you need to quit your job, bet the farm, or play it safe?
Learn The grind has shown what you’re made of. You understand your strengths and weaknesses. Do you know the game, but want to play it better?
Grow Have you established the next big thing, but expansion feels like tricky business?
Advice. Services. Resources. In each thing we do – mentoring, networking, banking – we’re passionate about seeing your inspiration come to life.
Call and chat with ATB Entrepreneur Centre small business experts, build a community of like-minded Albertans. For more information regarding any of the above events please contact ATB Entrepreneur Centre at atbentrepreneurcentre.com or email ECAskMeYEG@atb.com or call 780-408-7433.
The year is quickly coming to a close, but NABI is gearing up for an excellent end to 2014, with a full calendar of programs in the works for 2015.
Please join us for the annual NABI Christmas Party on the afternoon of Thursday, December 18, at our Campbell Building. Details TBA - we look forward to seeing you there to celebrate the holiday season!
The first NABI seminar of 2015, on the topic of Small Business Mortgage Financing, will be presented by Roberta Hardern of Mortgage Success. Are you an entrepreneur looking to acquire a mortgage? Learn your next steps at this free session!
The NABI Business Venture Lab returns in March 2015. Registration beings in January! Discover how to take your invention from patent to market in this 8-week program.
Every year thousands of business professionals gather to recognize and celebrate entrepreneurship across Canada during BDC Small Business WeekTM (SBW). Small business should be honoured in all communities, which is why the Northern Alberta Business Incubator and St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce are hosting a series of SBW events:
Schedule of Events for Small Business Week
Wednesday, October 12: Business@Lunch Kick off this year’s celebration with a St. Albert Chamber luncheon where the 2016 community award nominees will be acknowledged. This is the perfect opportunity to congratulate the nominees and connect with local business professionals over a delicious lunch spread.
Thursday, October 13: NABI Octoberfest - Scavenger Hunt Join NABI, Chamber members and more for a unique networking event where you’ll learn about “Marketing Done Right” during an interactive scavenger hunt. A combination of learning, connecting, beer tasting and cheese pairing... What more could you want?
Wednesday, October 19: NABI Venture Lab Orientation In the spirit of entrepreneurship, see if your business idea has what it takes to be successful during NABI’s Venture Lab orientation. Learn how NABI coaches can help bring your idea to life so you can become a coveted SBW award winner one day.
Thursday, October 20: 2016 Small Business Awards of Distinction, Presented by Audi Edmonton North Held in the Arden Theatre, the Business Awards of Distinction features the presentation of numerous awards to deserving businesses in our community. Strap on your heels and slip into your best dress shoes for an evening of proud recognition, live entertainment and tasty cuisine.
Also, stay tuned for the announcement of NABI’s next SEO-focused lunch and learn, which will be hosted during SBW. Learn how to improve the search rankings of your small business so you can become the next community success story.
To see the full schedule or register for a SBW event, visit www.stalbertchamber.com and nabi.ca.
According to Hussam Tungekar of Futurpreneur, your next successful sales call is only a few clicks away. At NABI’s Lunch and Learn on April 13th, Hussam presented his tips and tricks for using LinkedIn as a sales funnel for businesses.
As a website developed based on recruiting software, LinkedIn was originally an online space for job seekers to post their resumes, and recruiters to sift through profiles for candidates. As it has developed, it’s become much more than that. The newest updates to LinkedIn (which was bought out by Microsoft), will likely improve the platform for further functionality in the future, and may also form a more user-friendly nexus between your account, and your other programs and software you use regularly.
Businesses are using LinkedIn for recruiting, sales, contact databases, communications, advertising, content marketing, and more. Hussam focused primarily on the sales function of LinkedIn. The death of the cold call comes in an age where LinkedIn can act as a warming oven for your sales calls. Instead of reaching out to strangers, it’s now possible to search for ideal leads, filter them accordingly, tailor your approach, and enjoy a higher rate of success with less calls made.
The key to this approach is search functionality in LinkedIn. Instead of testing the connection during a sales call, you can do this in preparation. Pre-screening your sales calls means you are able to make the right contact, with the right person. Rather than wasting your time, and your leads’, you can find out whether they need your services, what you can offer them specifically, and whether they are the right contact to make, all before you pick up the phone.
The difference is in volume versus quality. As opposed to making hundreds of cold calls, a few “warm” calls per day can give you the same success rate. Don’t think of it as saving time on sales; you still have to put in the time to properly get to know your contacts. Research is crucial for this strategy to be successful.
Hussam’s recommended approach to sales looks like this:
Hussam recommends finding and approaching the second level of an organization for your initial contact. Instead of aiming for the CEO, direct your LinkedIn message and follow up call to someone on the SLT advisory team, who can advocate for you to the CEO. This way, approval is more likely once you reach the top level of decision making.
To find out more about our Upcoming Events.
May 10 IDEA Breakfast Part 1 - The biggest things that hold back company growth.
May 18 Lunch & Learn: Get Automated - Cloud Bookkeeping Choices
May 24 IDEA Breakfast Part 2 - The biggest things that hold back company growth.
Jun 13 Lunch & Learn: DIY Approach to Market and Industry Analysis
There’s always more to learn in the world of business regardless of your position or experience level, which is why NABI has introduced a new learning opportunity – IDEA Breakfast Series. Two interactive sessions are hosted each month, focusing on a chosen theme, and presenters aim to inform, discuss, examine and advise attendees of the topic of interest.
The first IDEA Breakfast Series kicked off in November with a focus on branding. Kurian Tharakan, Founder and Managing Director, StrategyPeak Sales and Marketing Advisors, took centre stage as our industry expert. Guests absorbed a comprehensive presentation about what a brand consists of, common misconceptions and how to effectively build a brand. A round-table discussion enabled attendees to have their burning questions answered, as well as receive advice from an industry expert who has seen it all.
Kendall Barber, Co-Founder, Poppy Barley, shared the story of the custom made footwear company’s brand development from beginning to present. Her primary focus was on Poppy Barley’s brand DNA, which consists of its:
Examining the brand development journey of a local business helped attendees gain understanding and perspective, especially after learning about the technical aspects of branding from Tharakan during the first event. Barber completed the session by answering guest questions and offering guidance based on her experience.
Carol Donald, Founder, Wow Factor Mosaics, was present at both sessions and shared her event takeaways with NABI. “Kurian focused on a brand as it exists in a customer’s head – the sizzle rather than the steak,” explained Donald. “One of the main takeaways for me was the value of repeated contact with potential customers as a way of building rapport and making your brand personally linked to you and your values.”
Donald also enjoyed hearing from Barber. “I was very impressed with her well thought out approach to find her ideal customer,” she shared. “With confidence in her plan and product, coupled with persistence and creativity, Poppy Barley has overcome several small business hurdles and has taken off in just a few years. Kendall’s story was very inspiring and her customer tailored approach is one worth studying.”
Sometimes the best way to gain business insight is hearing from an expert and examining a live case study, which is an opportunity NABI is proud to offer local professionals.
“The IDEA Breakfast sessions were time well spent and I appreciated the drop-in format, as it fit with my schedule,” said Donald. “I left with several new ideas and confirmation of some of the things I’ve already started doing to market my company. I would definitely attend another one!”
Interested in having a few aha moments during an IDEA Breakfast Series attend the next IDEA Breakfast Series visit our Upcoming Events page to find out when our Upcoming Events will be.
The holiday season is in full swing. Offices are decorated, season’s greetings are being shared and companies are hosting their annual Christmas parties. However, in times of economic struggle, some business owners may not fully recognize the value of hosting a Christmas party.
Annual celebrations influence corporate culture. Christmas parties become ingrained in a team’s culture as events that encourage staff to shed work stresses and engage with each other in a fun environment. Also, getting employees into the holiday spirit lightens their mood and boosts morale.
Christmas parties wrap up the year in a positive setting and are an excellent way to say “thank you” to staff for their hard work and dedication. Hosting annual festivities is one way of showing your team that they’re valued, which is a worthwhile investment.
Corporate Christmas parties don’t have to be overly lavish; they simply need to be cheerful and relaxed. It’s a time to say “Happy Holidays,” have informal conversations and show gratitude to a group of diligent individuals. They’re events team members look forward to, especially if companies put the effort into making them enjoyable and memorable.
Christmas parties offer a relaxing end to the current year and refreshing start to the New Year. So recognize the importance of these celebrations and maintain their presence within your company.
If you haven’t already RSVP’d to NABI’s Christmas Potluck Party, you’re invited to join us! View our event page for more details.
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