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Agenda for 2018 now available

The schedule is set for the 2018 Power Up! Alberta Entrepreneur’s Conference.

The conference is expanding this year with a hospitality evening the night of Monday, November 5 at the Big Rack Rentals Cow Palace at Olds Regional Exhibition. The evening’s purpose is showcasing local businesses that help to put Olds on the map, from small start-ups to expanding enterprises. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available as guests network and build connections leading into the full conference day on Tuesday.

The morning starts Tuesday with Registration and Check-in, and following opening remarks, futurist Nikolas Badminton will take the stage to open our conference. Following his presentation, three break-out sessions allow guests to join small groups of special interest and learning. The morning sessions will feature Catapult Entrepreneurs’ session, “Entrepreneur 101”, a brand-building session with Dwayne Holland titled “Positioned for Growth”, and Barbara May speaking to the topic of an integrated workforce, “Turning Stumbling Blocks into Building Blocks”.

A service provider showcase and lunch break allows for guests to continue networking and information gathering suited to their needs. Following these activities, popular social media speaker Joe Whitbread from Jo(e) Social Media Inc. will address the plenary group about the impact social media has in business today.

The afternoon break-out sessions will deliver content on sales and financing, with “Raising Capital” presented by Business Link, “The Pitch” from ATB’s Hannah Cree, and “The 10 Most Powerful Questions You Should Ask in Every Sales Meeting” with Kim Orlesky. Finally, ATB’s Vice President and Chief Economist Todd Hirsch wraps up the day with his closing keynote address.

Registration is now open on Eventbrite.com. Tickets to the Monday evening event are included for registrants to the conference, and are $25 if not attending the conference.

For the full agenda of the day’s events, click here.

For details about Power Up!, please contact Harvey Walsh at Olds Institute, 403-556-1105 or email hwalsh@oldsinstitute.com

Dwayne Holland, Brand Builder and Business Director, Symbra

Dwayne Holland has been building brands for 25 years, working with both small businesses and large organizations to help position them in an overcrowded marketplace.

Over the years he has seen so many entrepreneurs struggle to standout and succeed, and despite all their hard work,  they often lose vision of who they are, what they offer or how to clearly communicate to their customers.

They need to reconnect with the core of their brand.

Three generations of entrepreneurial heritage has given Dwayne valuable insight into what it takes to win in the marketplace. From agriculture to retail, his roots have influenced his own story and he’s learned that your brand starts at the heart of who you are.

Using a strategic process and a down to earth approach Dwayne helps entrepreneurs find the clarity and confidence they need to succeed.

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Join Dwayne for his Breakout Session:  Positioned for Growth

“You’ve been in business for a while, have experienced some success and you’re now considering taking your venture to the next level. How is your current business positioned in the marketplace? Does your brand reflect a small start-up or a company poised for growth? 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?”

Suzanne Ebelher, Director Client Services, Business Link

Suzanne leads the Client Services team at Business Link.  She brings experience from over 20 years in management consulting, working in the self-employment,  organizational, and people realms.

At Business Link, her goal is to lead her team to client service excellence and to ensure every aspiring Alberta entrepreneur learns of Business Link’s great service offerings. Suzanne is passionate about business and loves guiding entrepreneurs through the sometimes tumultuous journey of launch and growth.

Outside of office hours, Suzanne spends time volunteering at a local humane society, practising her amateur sommelier skills and seeking out a tee time to practice her swing.

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Join Suzanne for her Breakout Session:  Show me the Money Financing Options for Small Business.

A session about everything financing for small business.

  • Financing options for small businesses looking for financing for a start-up, or a growing business
  • Learn about the difference between debt and equity, the truth about grants, what funders look for, alternate financing, and more…

 

 

Kim Orlesky, International Speaker and Leading Sales Coach

Kim Orlesky is one of the top sales leaders to follow.  Startup Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur, Success Magazine’s most inspirational blogger, and soon to be three-time author, Kim speaks internationally, including at North America’s largest entrepreneurial event, Inbound in 2017 & 2018, alongside Michelle Obama, Brené Brown, and Deepak Chopra.

In 2014 Kim courageously quit her life to backpack solo around the world. When she returned she turned her passion for sales into one of Canada’s fastest growing entrepreneurial sales schools. Today thousand’s have used Kim’s unique approach to the buyer/seller relationship to sell more faster.

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Join Kim Orlesky’s  Breakout Session:  The 10 Most Powerful Questions You Should Ask in Every Sales Meeting

In 2010 it was predicted by Gartner Research that by 2016 89% of companies would compete entirely on their customer service. Those companies that are commanding the largest investments from their customers are no longer competing on the features and benefits of their product, but rather in the value created early on in the sales cycle. 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!

More powerful questions lead to more powerful answers. And powerful answers lead to premium service providers charging the premium rate.

Learn what the best questions you and your sales team should be asking in every sales meeting to ensure you are positioning yourself as the top level brand.

– Never again be engaged with a prospect that doesn’t have enough budget

– No more “thanks for this proposal, we’ll let you know when we’re ready to move forward”

– More “Can we get started today”?

– and much more, “we’re ready to get started now!”

 

Monday’s Networking Session

Networking is one of the most important things for an entrepreneur. This year’s Power Up! will have an evening focused on networking with fellow entrepreneurs from all around the area. Snacks will be provided with some beverages available for purchase.

The event will take place the evening of Monday, November 5th, from 6:00-9:00 P.M. at the Cow Palace in Olds.

This event will have many businesses from around the area in attendance for you to meet and get some tips and tricks before the big conference begins the following morning.

The event is included with your full conference registration, or simply attend the networking event for only $25. Both tickets are available at Eventbrite.ca

Register by October 15 to win!

It’s said that early birds get the worm, but at Power UP! one early bird will get a Google Home.

Register for the Power Up! Conference by midnight on October 15, and you could win a Google Home.

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The Google Home is a Wi-Fi speaker, digital assistant, and smart-home controller. If you are immersed in the Google ecosystem with Gmail, Drive, apps and search, then having a Google Home is a good fit.

Plus, it can access Google Play for a selection of tunes to fill the silence when you’re burning the midnight oil at the office.

Register for Power UP! by midnight on October 15, and your name will be entered to win. The draw will be made prior to the final keynote speaker of the day at the Conference on Tuesday, November 6. Must be in attendance to claim.

Breakout Sessions

The Power UP! Conference is expanding the concurrent breakout sessions in 2018 to include three presentations in the morning and three more in the afternoon.

Klooster_circleEntrepreneur 101

Danielle Klooster
Senior Business Development Advisor, Catapult Entrepreneurs

Learn the basics of starting a small business from the ground up. Danielle will show you how to navigate the unfamiliar waters of business start-up, from how to keep on top of finances to defining your ideal customers.
www.catapultentrepreneurs.ca

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Dwayne Holland
Brand Specialist, 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?

www.symbra.com

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Barbara May
Business Coach

Barbara shares and teaches her Stumbling Blocks philosophy – the belief that you can get past your stumbling blocks – to help people understand and embrace her key message: If you get back up, anything is possible.

www.barbaramay.com

Ebelher_circleShow Me the Money! Financing Options for Small Business

Suzanne Ebelher
Director, Client Services, Business Link

This session covers everything financing for small business. Learn the difference between debt and equity, the truth about grants, what funders look for, alternative financing options, and more.

www.businesslink.ca

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Hannah Cree
Social Entrepreneurship Specialist at ATB & Co-Founder, CMNGD

Join Hannah as she shares her own entrepreneurial story and how she tailored her pitch to raise money for her social impact business from the banks to private investors.  This is a hands-on workshop and attendees will receive a sample pitch deck to create their own story.

www.cmngd.com

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

Kim Orlesky
The Leading Sales Coach

In 2010 it was predicted by Gartner Research that by 2016, 89% of companies would compete entirely on their customer service. 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!

www.kimorlesky.com

Register for your conference sessions today!

Addressing the Suggestions from Last Year

 

Power Up! was a rousing success last year, but it was not without its challenges. We are going to address those matters, in an effort to ensure that this year’s conference is the best it can be!

  • Not enough representation from Olds and the area: This year we will have numerous businesses from Olds and the surrounding area in attendance for you to chat with and learn how they did it!
  • Getting motivation over advice: Rather than just talking themselves up and giving motivational speeches, the presenters we have this year are ready to show you to “how” to do something yourself.
  • More time to network: This year we not only have multiple sections on the day of the conference for people to network, but also will be hosting a chance for everyone to gather and connect on the evening before the event!

We are super excited to bring you this conference, and hope you will enjoy attending as much as we enjoy hosting it!

Sessions Speaker: Barbara May on Stumbling Blocks

Barbara MayStumbling blocks can be one of the biggest hurdles for a workforce if not dealt with properly… But stumbling blocks can be overcome and Barbara May can show you how! Through use of communication, problem solving and decision making activities to help people develop their teamwork skills, Barbara will guide you through the Stumbling Blocks Challenge so you can help turn stumbling blocks into building blocks! 

 


Presented by: Barbara May, Founder & CEO of Stumbling Blocks Team Building Seminars

With more than two decades of work experience behind her in fields as diverse as sport and recreation, education, not-for-profit management, entertainment and government, Barbara brings a uniquely powerful mix of personal stories, humorous examples, and real-world insight to her programs and clients. By talking openly about her struggles and triumphs, Barbara helps individuals and teams see and get past their stumbling blocks and be happy, motivated and productive.