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Spring in Edmonton may never arrive, but these Edmonton business events will. There’s an event on this list for any type of business owner or entrepreneur, whether you’re new to the game, need a sales boost, or are just looking for growth.

As spring rolls in (we hope), the Edmonton business community prepares for growth. Like any good coaching and learning experience, Edmonton’s business events in April and May feature expert advice, real world applications for new information, and incredible networking opportunities. Getting to know local businesses and what they’re doing is incredibly important when you’re building or growing a business in the community. So, even if you aren’t sure how a topic might apply to you, show up just to listen in and meet others. You never know what you’ll learn or who you’ll shake hands with.

The best part about these events is they’re (almost all) free! Organizations like TEC Edmonton, Startup Edmonton, and the ATB Entrepreneur Centre offer free and low-cost events for development, and provide truly invaluable information. Be sure to join in on some amazing networking and educational events to spark your business growth in Edmonton in 2018!

HR Panel Discussion: Inclusive Workplaces–Who are YOU Hiring and Why?

TEC Edmonton

Wednesday, April 11th at 4pm


Employees who feel included in their workplaces are more likely to stay and maintain great performance levels. Learn more about how to be more inclusive so diverse employees can feel at home in their workplace. This will be a fantastic event for small business owners, or anyone who deals with HR in their organization or position.

Rainforest Alberta – April Connector Edmonton

NAIT South Campus

Thursday, April 19th at 4pm


Rainforest Alberta is an informal group of like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners. Rainforest strives to promote business and innovation in Alberta. The Edmonton group meets monthly for “Lunch without Lunch,” and monthly for the “Connector” meetings in the evening. The main focus is on developing healthy and fruitful business culture, which is outlined in their social contract. For more information about this incredible Edmonton business organization, visit their website.

Exploring Edmonton Entrepreneurship & Self-Employment YEG

Business Link

Thursday, April 19th at 2pm


As entrepreneurs ourselves, we know you have at least a few ideas rolling around in your head. Take them out, dust them off, and see if they’re viable! If you have an idea for a service or product you want to launch in Edmonton (or elsewhere), Business Link’s entrepreneur events can make for a great place to test it out. Consider this your “orientation” into entrepreneurship, and the perfect way to make sure you’re fully equipped before you take the plunge. Learn about self-employment and the various tools you can find in Edmonton to make a go of it and work for yourself.

Banking Your Business On Being Bankable

ATB Entrepreneur Centre

Wednesday, May 2nd at 10 am


We know the value of financial stability, and for entrepreneurs, part of that stability often comes from business loans. If you’re planning on applying for business loans for startup or business growth, get to this event to get all the details before you apply. Learn what banks are looking for on applications, straight from the mouths of bankers! Jorge Gonzalez is an entrepreneur strategist at the ATB Entrepreneur Centre. He’ll walk you through the stages of the loan process, and what you can do at each step for better results. You’ll also learn about alternative options for financing you probably hadn’t even considered as possible!

The 15 Minute Phone Call

ATB Entrepreneur Centre

Thursday, May 3rd at 12 pm


Presented by Kim Orlesky, an inspired entrepreneur, blogger, podcast host, and sales wizard, this event will help you get new clients in the door with less stress and streamlined sales. Learn how 15 minutes on the phone with a lead can be easily converted into sales. Plus, find out how to truly connect with the people you’re pitching to.

Kim speaks to crowds nearing the 20,000 mark, so reserve your seat among the 40 attendees slotted for the ATB Entrepreneur Centre right now to guarantee your spot. If you can’t make it to the event, at the very least, browse through Kim’s motivational blog to snag some tricks that can seriously improve your sales calls and pitches.

Demystifying Google Analytics 101

NABI Mission

Wednesday May 23rd at 12pm


If the mention of Google Analytics makes you freeze up on the spot, you’re not alone. Endless reams of data can be intimidating if you aren’t sure what it all means. Learn what to do with the data collected in Google Analytics, but better yet, learn about what it can do for your business and how it can help you make better decisions. The applications for your data are endless, so don’t let it go to waste. Plus, NABI provides great food for their Lunch & Learn sessions, so you won’t go back to the office hungry!

BNI Triumph

Coast West Edmonton Hotel

Every Wednesday at 7:30am

Meeting Fee – Please Register for Information

BNI (Business Network International) is a closed networking group with chapters and members worldwide. Schwan & Associates CPA is proud to be a part of the BNI Triumph Chapter in Edmonton. The value and impact BNI has had on my business has been profound. I encourage any small business owners, entrepreneurs, or sales and management professionals to visit our chapter and see the benefits of referral networking. Get in touch with me directly for a formal invitation and registration on any Wednesday morning. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards, because you’ll be meeting with well-connected business owners who know your next clients!

Jeff Schwan

Jeff established Schwan & Associates CPA to bring unique “cloud-based” accounting services to small and medium-sized Edmonton businesses. Inspired by the quality time spent with his family, Jeff’s goal is to put more time back in the hands of the busy entrepreneurs who strengthen Edmonton’s business community. With 10+ years of experience in diverse management roles, Jeff has acquired a strong set of leadership and mentoring skills. He is, and always has been, an educator at heart. He knows the value of spreading knowledge, investing in people, and continually learning.

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