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Every business wants to grow, and that means thinking bigger! 

While you may be dreaming of growing your business, you may be running into barriers stopping you from reaching those goals.

As a part of Small Business Week, you can take part in an event to gather the tools to get your business on the path to success. We want you to be able to think bigger and break through your own barriers using the tools you’ll gain in this workshop.

Join us on October 17 from 7:30 AM to noon at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, 5214 50 Ave. 

The event will include our keynote speaker, hands-on workshops and an expert panel discussion, so you can receive valuable insights into how to grow your business. Breakfast will also be included.

The event is brought to you by Burman University School of Business. They are committed to equipping future and current business owners with the tools and knowledge to be dynamic and versatile leaders.

Meet our keynote speaker, Craig Elias!

Craig Elias receives 10,000+ unsolicited endorsements on LinkedIn - with over 1,000 of them for his favourite sales topic: lead generation. In 2018 and 2019, LinkedIn chose Craig as Canada's #1 B2B Sales Expert (#15 globally).

Craig’s first startup went from initial launch to being funded by a tier 1 US-based Venture Capitalist and was named twice by Dow Jones as one of the 50 most promising companies in North America in less than 24 months after launching.

He is a Startup Mentor for the Alchemist Accelerator, on an advisory board for South by Southwest (SXSW), and a mentor for Techstars. As well, he has been a National Growth Advisor for Goldman Sachs’ and Babson College’s 10,000 Small Business Program.

Craig is the recipient of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Gold Award of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and, for the last nine years, has been the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Bow Valley College, where he runs Calgary’s Innovation Rodeo and spearheads initiatives like 150 Startups, MVP Mondays, Tech Sales Tuesdays, and Founder Fridays to help people from all walks of life become first-time entrepreneurs.

He has an Executive MBA from the University of Calgary, specializing in New Venture Creation and Technology Commercialization and a cross-disciplinary BA from the University of Western Ontario.



Meet our presenter and panel moderator, Joe Whitbread!

Joe Whitbread is the co-founder and President of Jo(e) Social Media in Lacombe, Alberta's first social media agency provincially recognized for its work in social media management, professional training, and educational excellence.  Joe has also spent over 30 years working in amateur and professional sports, business, and entertainment venues around Alberta. 

He is a professional conference and keynote public speaker. Joe is also a professional emcee and live event announcer.



Meet our workshop presenter, Brandy Old!

Brandy is an ecosystem builder with over 6 years of experience connecting and mentoring small businesses through challenges like finding the right customers, making more revenue, as well as launching and growing their business ideas. Brandy has coached many different types of businesses, from aspiring, early-stage entrepreneurs and students to local small businesses and technology-based companies looking to scale. Brandy takes an inquiry-based coaching approach to help entrepreneurs identify their riskiest assumptions about their business and how to test their ideas without burning too much cash and burning out. Brandy is proficient in Lean Canvas, Problem Validation, Testing Business Ideas, and Customer Discovery. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Impact from Claremont Lincoln University, and is a certified Design Thinker, Lean Canvas Mentor, and UX Designer.