Tell the world about your business
We’re looking to hear from you – our members – to find out what you do and how the Calgary Chamber has helped you grow and succeed as a business. These short stories can include everything from how a Chamber connection provided you with the business intelligence needed to overcome a problem, to how a Chamber event helped you connect with a new customer that’s benefited your business.
If you’ve got a good story to share, please contact Jesse Semko at firstname.lastname@example.org. This information may be featured on the front page of our newly designed website – which we are now in the process of designing – or some of our other marketing materials scheduled to come out later this year.
Small business tip: How to test your product for cheap
Any successful business owner will likely tell you that the most important thing for a small business startup is to build a product that will be embraced by your customers. This is obviously easier said than done, but there are ways to nail down a product that will make your customers go gaga. Here are 10 easy ways to test and improve your product that won’t break the bank.
University of Calgary Presents: Fridays with the Faculty - Dr. Eva Klein talks about Competing for Global Talent
Location: Petroleum Club
Address: 319 5th Ave SW
Date: Friday, February 24, 2012, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Cost: $25 (Muffins, pastries, and coffee available)
While rampant unemployment is impacting much of the Western world, many companies in western Canada are experiencing labour shortages. These skill shortages have resulted in companies seeking temporary and permanent workers from abroad. Canada has always welcomed immigrants to complement its small population. However we have not often used immigrants to their full potential or to Canada’s economic benefit. This has resulted in frustration and disappointment both amongst employers and the immigrant population.
This seminar will address the main issues many employers face in attracting and retaining immigrant employees, including the issue of credential qualifications. What are the expectations of potential employers? How can new Canadians aim to fulfill these? How can Canadian employers compete effectively for the global talent they need to help make Canada thrive?
2012 Human Resource Institute of Alberta (HRIA) Conference, Early Bird pricing and award nominations
Location: BMO Centre, Stampede Park
Address: 20 Roundup Way SE
Date: April 24-25
“Inspire - Innovate - Evolve” - is a call to action. It’s a reminder to forget the “same old, same old” approach and think from an open creative mind to seek the best for a positive and prosperous future. Come, be inspired, think how you can bring innovation to your workplace and evolve your future. Scheduled Keynotes:
Richard Florida, Michael Kerr, Simon Sinek and Jann Arden
Early Bird pricing closes on February 15th! Register now for the chance to be entered into a draw for one of four professional development bursaries of $500 each to use towards the 2012 HRIA Conference fees. Details online at www.hriaconference.com
Recognize Human Resources Excellence. Human resources professionals across Alberta are accomplishing amazing work in challenging workplace environments. Nominate a HRIA member whom you feel demonstrates the criteria found in our prestigious award categories.
Do you know someone who is a leader, an ambassador, an evolutionist or a humanitarian?
Nominate them today.
Institute of Corporate Directors Seminar
Location: Calgary Petroleum Club
Address: 319 5th Ave SW
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012 Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., Seminar: 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
The purpose of this session is to assist not-for-profit/crown corporation directors in understanding their key accountabilities and responsibilities. The discussion will focus on the role of board members, governance models, responsibilities, expectations of board members, and principles needed to build an effective board and governance process. Please join us for a presentation which will address the following topics:
Best practices in not-for-profit/crown corporation governance
A comparison with governance practices in the corporate sector; and
Practical tips and recommendations for directors in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities on not-for-profit/crown corporations boards
Panel with Dave Mowat, Stephanie Felesky, Ann Lewis-Lupp