Where Is the Conference?


Olds, Alberta


Pomeroy Inns & Suites at Olds College


Located at the corner of Highways 27 and 2A on the grounds of the beautiful Olds College campus, the Full Service Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College has the spirit of a friendly rural lodge with the modern amenities of a big city hotel.

Where Can Visitors Stay While in Olds?

Everything Olds with URLFor hotels and related information, along with information on other activities happening in and around our community, please click here to visit the Everything Olds website.

Power Up! Agenda

(agenda subject to change)

Purchase Power Up! The Alberta Entrepreneur’s Conference tickets here.

Monday, November 5, 2018

6:00 pm Hospitality Evening & Entrepreneur Showcasecow-palace

Welcome to the Big Rack Rentals Cow Palace Events Centre at the Olds Regional Exhibition! This evening will provide an opportunity to network with other like-minded start-ups and seasoned business owners as well as business support service providers. Come enjoy a sampling of local mouth-watering fare and get revved up for the full day on Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

8:00 am Doors Open – Pomeroy Inns & Suites at Olds Collegeolds_ab_photos_main

Located at the corner of Highways 27 and 2A on the grounds of the beautiful Olds College campus, the Full Service Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College has the spirit of a friendly rural lodge with the modern amenities of a big city hotel.

8:15 am Registration and Check-inEntrepreneur Name Tag Business Owner Self Employed Your Own Boss



8:45 am Opening RemarksPowered by Catapult Entrepreneurs catapult

Catapult Entrepreneurs is ready to help businesses grow in Central Alberta. Give your business a kick-start and get empowered to reach the market faster!

Our Catapult Program works as a business incubator and accelerator serving Central Alberta. We provide support to entrepreneurs who have a new business or innovation and want help developing their idea.

9:00 am Keynote Speaker: Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speakernik-badminton-2018-headshot

Nikolas drives world leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He delivers futurist keynotes on exponential technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data, smart cities and the Internet of Things, privacy and surveillance, renewable energy and natural resources, health care, block chain, and more.

9:45 am Break



10:00 am Breakout Sessions 1, 2 or 3 fb-post-start-ups

Entrepreneur 101

Danielle Klooster, Catapult Entrepreneurs

Thinking of launching a new business? This session breaks down the basics of what you should know before lift-off.

Positioned for Growth

Dwayne Holland, Symbra

Your brand is much more than a logo and advertising, your brand is a strategic foundation from which you can grow your business. If it’s not well planned, clear and confident you will risk moving forward with success. Are you ready?

Stumbling Blocks in the Workforce

Barbara May

Turn the stumbling blocks with the people in your workplace into building blocks for a more happy, motivated, and productive team.

11:00 am Service Providers ShowcaseOpen for Business

Visit with service providers who are on-site to connect with and support local entrepreneurs in a casual setting. Stop by their table, find out more about how they can help you, and even set up appointments for more in-depth conversations.

12:00 pm Lunch & Networkingpomeroy-dining




1:00 pm Plenary Session: Jo(e) Socialjoe-social_cropped

Learn how to engage, connect and build a social following that will actually help your business grow & earn valuable return.


1:45 pm Break



2:00 pm Breakout Sessions 4, 5 & 6fb-post-start-ups

Show Me the Money! Financing Options for Small Business

Suzanne Ebelher, Business Link

Looking for financing for your start-up or growing business? Curious about what options are out there? Join us for this session on everything financing for small business! Learn about the difference between debt and equity, the truth about grants, what funders look for, alternative financing options, and more.

Perfecting Your Pitch

Hannah Cree, ATB

Looking to investors to get your business to the next level? Learn from Hannah the pillars to creating a tough-to-refuse pitch and how to best deliver it.

The 10 Most Powerful Questions You Should Ask in Every Sales Meeting

Kim Orlesky, The Leading Sales Coach

Value-based selling is entirely built around the questions we ask and not what we say. Learn the top 10 questions you should be asking in every client meeting and watch your revenues soar!

3:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Todd Hirsch, Economist, AuthorTodd Hirsch

Todd is the Chief Economist at ATB Financial. Todd provides economic commentary for many Canadian media outlets. He has served on the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy. Todd recently received the University of Alberta’s Alumni Honour Award and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University. 

4:00 pm Closing Remarks – Olds Institute Print

As a non-profit community and economic development organization, The Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development is owned by the community and driven by volunteers. Also known as the Olds Institute, we leverage the resources in the community by empowering volunteers to build the innovative and entrepreneurial community that Olds has become famous for. Olds residents have opted to pitch in and support the initiatives that enhance the community and improve our quality of life.

4:30 pm Networking Lounge – Sponsored by Olds College oc-logo-gold-red_cmyk

To be confirmed.

Olds College is located between Red Deer and Calgary in the friendly town of Olds, Alberta just off the QE2 Highway.  The Olds College Brewery is located at the north end of our campus on the corner of Highway 27 and 2A in the same building as the Pomeroy Hotel.octv_olds-college-businessafterhours_4

Olds College has a 100+ year history in education supporting the agriculture and agriculture value-added sectors, so the idea of starting up a teaching brewery was seen by our board as a perfect fit for us!  So as not to reinvent the wheel, in 2012 Olds College began working with the Niagara College Teaching Brewery to create an Alberta based program.

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