August 23rd, 2012
Brought to you in partnership with The Business Link, these valuable, cost-effective sessions are available for your viewing in our video conference facility.
Please call us for more information at 403-934-8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and book our facility.
Tuesday, September 11, 9:30am-11:30am: Income Tax Basics for the Incorporated Business: This basic corporate income tax session is invaluable for the newly incorporated business. It hightlights areas that every corporate director should be aware of. Topics include transferring assets into a corporation, director's liability, shareholder loans and salaries, business expenses and capital expenditures as well as corporate filing requirements, corporate tax rate structure and installment payments.
Presenter: Paul Morin - Padgett Business Services Edmonton Cost: $20
Wednesday, September 12, 2:00pm-3:30pm: Negotiate Your Commercial Lease or Renewal: Learn what your landlord does not want you to know...directly from the industry expert! This must-attend session will benefit any business owner/tenant leasing commercial, retail or office space. This session will address how to negotiate for a lease renewal rent reduction on the space you lease, how to negotiate for a mid-term rent reduction now, secrets of successful site selection, avoiding personal guarantees, leasing with no deposit and maximizing your tenant allowance and free rent inducements.
Presenter: Dale Willerton - The Lease Coach Cost: $15
Thursday, September 13, 2:00pm-4:00pm: Creating and Funding Your Export Plan: When looking to export a product or service, it is important to create an export plan for each, prior to entering a market. If your export plan is not given the time and attention it needs, the initiative may fail. This session provides aspiring exporters with a solid and comprehensive overview of what the export plan is, when and why it is needed. Basic components of the export plan, how to determine if you are ready to go international, how to secure trade financing and how to identify your supply chain needs (transportation, logistics, customs, etc.).
Presenter: Marek Drywa, MPA, M.Sc. (Econ.) - Calgary Economic
Development, Global Business Centre Cost: $20
Thursday, September 13, 6:00pm-8:00pm: Financing Options for Small Business: This session focuses on identifying the need for both debt and equity financing and potential strategies for sourcing corporate requirements. Gain information on operational banking issues, loan applications, collateral issues and financing proposals. You will learn about strategies for raising start-up and second stage financing, including alternative debt and equity instruments and potential sources of expansion capital. The evaluation and structuring of investments and criteria for accessing capital will also be discussed. Learn how to use a business/strategic plan to gain financing, create projections and stage your financing.
Presenter: Norm Eaton - MNP LLP Cost:$20
Tuesday, September 18, 9:30am-11:00am: Finding the Data You Need: CANSIM is the Canadian socioeconomic database and contains data on almost all aspects of Canadians' lives. Updated daily, CANSIM provides fast and easy access to a large range of the latest statistics available in Canada, at no cost! This session will provide an overview of CANSIM and explain how you could use CANSIM to find what you need for business planning and development in a wide range of industries and markets. You will learn to conduct basic research on CANSIM to help you with your business plan.
Presenter: Pamela Borland - Statistics Canada Cost: $15
Wednesday, September 19, 9:30am-11:00am: Starting and Growing a Successful Food Processing Business: What does it take to start and grow a successful food making (processing) business in Alberta? We will look at how to discover and develop the customer base for your product, explore the needs of retail and foodservice channels, offer tips to help manage growth and avoid common mistakes specific to food businesses and suggest resources to help move forward. In this session, you will obtain a basic understanding of the food making (processing) business in Alberta and where to go for help.
Presenter: Daylin Breen - Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Cost: $15
Wednesday, Spetember 19, 1:30pm-3:00pm: The Power of E-Newsletters and Social Media Marketing: As a small business owner, proactive, permission based E-mail marketing social media marketing should be a key component of your overall marketing and communications strategy. Educate, inform and articulate your competitive advantage using Email newsletters and a Facebook business page. Your customers do the best marketing for you - and their friends are your best prospects. You will learn how email marketing best practices maximize email open rates and entice your audience to take action, how to increase your contact mailing list by asking subscribers to forward to friends or colleagues and how to supercharge your Facebook page to engage your fans - driving more likes, shares and more business.
Presenter: Guy Steeves - Constant Contact Cost: $15
Thursday, September 20, 2:00pm-3:00pm: Young Entrepreneurs: Bring Your Idea to Life: This session will provide an overview of market and industry trends for young entrepreneurs (18-34) and characteristics you need to succeed in your business. You will learn about the options, possibilities and other support that you, as a young entrepreneur can obtain. This will include financial, educational and mentorship support for your business.
Presenter: Katarina Vasiljevic-Galic - Canadian Youth Business Foundation Cost: $10
Tuesday, September 25, 9:30am-11:30am: Income Tax Basics for Sole Proprietors & Partnerships: This session provides basic income tax information for the small business owner that is either a sole proprietorship or a partnership. Topics include record keeping - what records should you keep and for how long, reporting income, business expenses, current or capital and motor vehicle expenses.
Presenter: Paul Morin - Padgett Business Services Edmonton Cost: $20
Wednesday, September 26, 2:00pm-3:00pm: Small Business Accounting Basics: Familiarize yourself with some basic accounting terminology, as well as three of the most common financial statements. This session will review methods of keeping receipts and recording business transactions, what a ledger is and how to produce monthly statements, and available resources to help you with tax planning, financing and government regulations.
Presenter: Greg Springate - DSCP LLP Cost: $10
Thursday, September 27, 1:00pm-4:00pm: Basic Project Management Tips: Juggling multiple projects, competing priorities and managing the dynamics of a diverse team can be a challenge. Having tried and failed to successfully complete projects, many business owners are turning to project management. Learn how basic project management tools can help you successfully reach your targets on time and on budget. This session will provide a practical perspective on what projects are, a framework that takes you from concept through planning, to implementation and review for any type or size of project driven by cause and effect logic. Project costing and tracking including the relationship to resource allocation.
Presenter: Alex Whitehouse - MNP LLP Cost: $40
Thursday, September 27, 6:30-8:00pm: Incorporating in Alberta: What You Need to Know: Are you considering incorporating your business or is someone insisting you must incorporate and you want to know more about what that involves? This session will explain what incorporation means, the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating, when to incorporate and when not to incorporate and the current Alberta procedures for incorporating your business.
Presenter: Tom Carter, MA, LLB - Grant MacEwan University, School of Business Cost: $15