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At ATB Financial (atb.com/business), we’re committed to supporting the success of Alberta entrepreneurs. We have dedicated experts, innovative solutions and an unparalleled understanding of Alberta business.

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Whether you’re starting a business, expanding it to new markets, or tackling your next entrepreneurial challenge, we’re here to help.

This all day conference is on Wednesday March 29th in Olds AB.

Get your tickets here. We offer Early Bird (until March 15th) and Student specials.

Let’s get social! Use: #powerupAB

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Keynote Speaker: MARTY PARK Business Growth Expert

marty_park_2-circle2Marty has grown and improved every business he’s put his hands on. As an entrepreneur Marty has founded 11 companies and still operates 5 of them today. These companies are across industries from software to restaurants to audio production to coaching and training. He knows the strains of business and entrepreneurship but he thrives on the challenge.

Marty started his career as an entrepreneur at age 20. When friends were trying to get a job, Marty was trying to make payroll and expand a company. Being everything from the office weekend cleaner to the President of a company has given Marty great perspective on building a great company but more importantly on building a great life.

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Credentials

Businesses Owned – 12
Years Coaching – 11
Years as an Entrepreneur – 20
Businesses coached and trained – 517
Hours coaching, advising, improving people and growing companies – 20254

Learn more about Marty including a video of his coaching style on his profile page here.

This all day conference is on Wednesday March 29th in Olds AB.

Get your tickets here. We offer Early Bird (until March 15th) and Student specials.

Let’s get social! Use: #powerupAB

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JENNIFER CARLSON Baby Gourmet Founder

 

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Jennifer Carlson, Founder of Baby Gourmet, always knew she would start a business; but it wasn’t until she had her first child that inspiration hit. Frustrated by the quality and content of the food available to babies in grocery stores, she decided she would never serve her child anything she wouldn’t eat herself, and Baby Gourmet was born.

A true entrepreneur, Jennifer began selling her homemade baby food at her local Calgary Farmer’s Market in 2006. The farmer’s market was a great place for market research where she incorporated the feedback from the local moms buying her food into building her growth strategy.

In 20babygourmet_jen_kitchen12 Jen was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list honoring exceptional people active in the Calgary business community. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Star Women in Grocery award receiving national recognition for innovation, influence, leadership and dedication in the grocery industry.

Come and be inspired by this Alberta entrepreneur at Power Up! The Alberta Entrepreneur’s Conference on March 29 in Olds AB.

 

Get your tickets here. We offer Early Bird (until March 15th) and Student specials.

Let’s get social! Use: #powerupAB

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Keynote Speaker: ROB SAIK Agricultural Futurist

marty_park_4-circleIn his capacity as Founder and now Global Business Development for Agri-Trend, Robert has been involved in the development of many new business processes and spearheaded several advancements in technology integration in agriculture including the development of The Agri-Data® Solution. which was a winner of Alberta’s 2002 E-business of the Year for on-line farm data management as well as 2015 Ag Innovation of the Year Award by Agri-Trade Show.Robert Saik, Founder of The Agri-Trend® Group of Companies (now part of Trimble Navigation) is a Professional Agrologist and a Certified Agricultural Consultant.In his  capacity as Founder and now Global Business Development for Agri-Trend, Robert has been involved in the development of many new business processes and spearheaded several advancements in technology integration in agriculture including the development of The Agri-Data® Solution.

Read more about Rob Saik and see an example of his dynamic speaking (TEDx Red Deer) on his profile page here.

This all day conference is on Wednesday March 29th in Olds AB.

Get your tickets here. We offer Early Bird (until March 15th) and Student specials.

 

Special Student Ticket Pricing, Thanks to Rotary Club of Olds

A big thank you to the Rotary Club of Olds who are subsidizing the student tickets on a dollar per dollar basis. With their help student tickets for the conference are only half price or $25.00. Students from high schools and colleges are eligible – you need to verify your student status when registering!

Quote of the day…

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney #PowerUpAB

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News Release: Needs, opportunities and challenges are different FOR rural Entrepreneurs

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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 10, 2017

NEEDS, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES ARE DIFFERENT FOR RURAL ENTREPRENEURS
Power Up! The Alberta Entrepreneur’s Conference being hosted in Olds

(Olds, AB – February 10, 2017) Entrepreneurs and business owners throughout Central Alberta are invited to save Wednesday, March 29 in their calendars as Olds is host to the first-ever entrepreneurs conference tailor-made for Alberta’s rural communities. The one-day conference, held at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites, will focus on providing content for business owners at all points in the business cycle.

Power Up! is a collaborative initiative spearheaded by the Olds Institute in cooperation with local partners including the Olds & District Chamber of Commerce, Olds College and Mountain View County. This initiative was made possible thanks to support from the Government of Alberta, Business Link and ATB Financial.

“When the Government of Alberta, Business Link and ATB reviewed applications to host the event, the choice to launch this event in Olds was unanimous,” says Mitch Thomson, Executive Director of the Olds Institute. “We stood out as the obvious place to start.”

“They recognized that a great deal of our economy in Alberta is generated in our rural municipalities,” Thomson continues, “yet most business conferences are geared toward and located in larger urban centres. The needs, opportunities and challenges are completely different in the rural marketplace, so the content of this conference needs to reflect that. And it needs to happen where the businesses are located.”

“Whether you are a new start-up or have a business idea, or are a seasoned veteran and looking for guidance on succession planning, there will be resources and information at this full day event suited to your needs,” Thomson concludes.

The day will start with a morning keynote from Jennifer Carlson of Baby Gourmet. Carlson started in her Calgary kitchen and the company is now one of the biggest organic baby food companies in North America. A “Family Panel” will lead into the lunch hour, with representatives from local family businesses who have grown and diversified over the years providing insights into the victories and challenges of building small family businesses into international enterprises and large corporations. Lunch keynote speaker Rob Saik will bring his wit and wisdom on growing an agricultural and technical business from the ground up. The final keynote of the day will be Marty Park, a “serial entrepreneur” who will guide attendees to grow from good to great.

In addition to keynote speakers, there will be several breakout sessions throughout the day on topics ranging from social media to alternative financing. Several business support services, including representatives from the Government of Alberta, Business Link, ATB Financial, Community Futures and Futurepreneurs will be in attendance in a tradeshow setting, with personnel ready to provide information and answer questions. The day will close with a networking hour sponsored by Olds College. The conference will be hosted in five other rural communities around the province based on the model developed in Olds. Locations for future conferences are yet to be announced.

Early bird ticket price is $75 per person and will be available online at powerupyourbiz.ca

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About the Olds Institute:

The Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development (OICRD) is an independent public community development governance board incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta and supported by the Town of Olds.

Building on the support of the four founding Essential Members (Olds Agricultural Society, Olds & District Chamber of Commerce, Olds College, and the Town of Olds), the Olds Institute generates significant synergy within the community by encouraging collaboration between the Essential Members and other community stakeholders so that the sum is greater than each of the individual contributor.

The Olds Institute facilitates community consultations with stakeholders. These stakeholders include, but are not limited to, business owners and operators, investors, educators, providers of government and health services, seniors, youth, spiritual organizations, recreation organizations, tourism organizations, arts and cultural organizations, communication and technology providers, elected officials, volunteers and residents of our community and region.

The Olds Institute ensures all community development decisions and recommendations are assessed as to the impact they will have on the economic, social, educational, cultural, environmental and political dimensions.

Contact:

Olds Institute
4512 – 46 St, Olds, Alberta Canada T4H 1R5
Phone: 403 586-4000
Fax: 403 556-6537
E-Mail: office@oldsinstitute.com
Website: www.OldsInstitute.com
Mitch Thompson, Executive Director of Olds Institute
Phone: 403 586-4000
E-Mail: mthomson@oldsinstitute.com

 

 

Olds College signs on as Business Networking Sponsor

Olds College and the Olds College Brewery is coming on board as the conference’s official business networking sponsor.

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From the Olds College Brewery website:

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.

The brewing industry in Alberta and Canada is growing rapidly.  We are seeing increasing numbers of craft breweries driven largely by strong consumer demand for a greater variety of great tasting, local craft beers.

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.

As a result of the Niagara partnership, we created a state of the art 2,000 square foot facility dedicated to teaching students the art and science behind brewing the best beer possible. Our brewing equipment is tailored for small commercial production with six 1,000 liter commercial fermenters plus eight 100 liter pilot systems used for testing recipes and for niche brewing.  Our fist student intake was in the fall of 2013 and we began to produce our first commercial brews in January, 2014.

In the spirit of working with and supporting the brewing industry, we are also starting to offer research and testing services to other breweries through the Olds College Centre for Innovation laboratories … our research arm.  We are quite excited about this as it is a first for Canada and it will help to raise the quality level of beer across the country even further!

As a working brewery we are a ‘social enterprise’.  This means we sell beer.  We sell cans, bottles, and kegs via our on-campus beer-store as well as at leading bars, restaurants, and liquor retailers across central Alberta!   As a social enterprise we are not profit driven.  All revenue from beer sales goes toward supporting education and in doing so, the brewing industry.  Our only goal is to train the next generation right and to produce the best beer possible while doing so.

We produce all types of beer and train students in all beer styles, so we are constantly turning out new and creative seasonal brews in addition to our four ‘core’ brands .

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