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Only 5 days left to get your nomination in for a Small Business Week Award

Only 5 days left to get your nomination in for a Small Business Week Award

Do you know a company or person who stands head and shoulders above their small business competitors? Maybe they’re a client of yours. Or perhaps they’ve worked with your business to make it more successful and profitable.

If you know a small business that’s doing amazing things, nominate them today for a Small Business Week Award. Previous award winners have included such business standouts as Arlene Dickinson, TV host of CBC’s hit TV the show the Dragons’ Den and CEO of Venture Communications, as well as the founders of Spolumbo’s Fine Foods, Tony Spoletini, Mike Palumbo and Craig Watson.

Nominate someone for a Small Business Week Award.

Building update from Chamber CEO Adam Legge

Building update from Chamber CEO Adam Legge

Last week, the Calgary Chamber sold its building to Allied Properties REIT, a national leader in the preservation of historic commercial buildings.

The Board of Directors of the Chamber made the decision earlier this year to sell the building in order to enable the organization to focus on its core business which is helping make its members more successful. The Chamber is now in the final stages of securing a new downtown location that it will be revealing in the coming weeks.

Learn more on the building sale and how the Chamber is transforming to better meet the needs of its members.

Government relations and lobbying

Government relations and lobbying

Friday September 28, 2012
7:30 am 
 9:00 am
Room 205, Calgary Chamber
100 6th Avenue SW

Three years ago, the Government of Alberta implemented a new lobbyist registry to oversee the activities of consultants and other organizational lobbyists in the province seeking to influence government decision makers.

What common problems have users of the registry encountered since its implementation? What can be done to avoid these pitfalls? What developments in other jurisdictions should lobbyist in Alberta be aware of? Get answers to all your questions from Brad Odsen, registrar for Alberta’s new Lobbyists Act and general counsel for the Office of the Ethics Commissioner.

Learn how to properly advance your message to government decision makers.

Alberta’s transportation system – today and in the future

Alberta’s transportation system – today and in the future

Friday September 28, 2012
11:30 am 
 1:30 pm
Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Crystal Ballroom
133 9th Ave SW

Improvements to Alberta’s transportation system can help to boost business productivity and wealth generation through increased personal mobility and quality of life.

Join us as Ric McIver, Alberta’s transportation minister, outlines the government’s overall transportation strategy for the next four years, including such initiatives as the Alberta Traffic Safety Plan, the distracted driver law and the recently introduced stiffer penalties for impaired drivers.

Learn what the government has planned for Alberta’s transportation system.

Double your business in one year

Double your business in one year

Monday, October 22, 2012
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Self Connection Books
125, 4611 Bowness Road NW

Creating the conditions your business needs to grow in a quick and yet sustainable way is a delicate balance of product development, proper positioning in the marketplace and getting the word out to your target market.

Clifford L. Spyker knows this process all too well. For nearly 25 years, Spyker, an associate professor in accounting and entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University, has assisted more than over 2,500 men and women throughout Alberta start and grow their business ventures.

Learn how you can double your business in one year by identifying your unique expertise and positioning it properly in the market.

Nominations open for Chamber board of directors

Nominations open for Chamber board of directors

Members can play an important part in setting the direction of Calgary Chamber by nominating yourself or someone else for one of the three spots now open on the Chamber’s board of directors.

The Chamber’s board of directors helps to set the strategic direction of Calgary’s largest business organization. Nominations close on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Before you apply, please take a moment to understand the base skills and desired attributes along with the governance and leadership qualities for candidates.

Nominations need to include a brief bio which provides evidence of meeting the desired attributes, along with a hi-res photograph of the nominee and a letter of consent, which can be sent to Chamber CEO Adam Legge at alegge@calgarychamber.com.

Economic Outlook 2012 – New insights into the state of the economy

Economic Outlook 2012 – New insights into the state of the economy

Wednesday October 3, 2012
8:00 am to 9:30 am
Room 203, Calgary Chamber
100 – 6th Avenue SW

This is your chance to pick the brain of Calgary’s top economist about everything – and anything – relating to the economy.

Is Calgary’s residential real estate market ready to take off? What can we expect oil prices to be in a year’s time? Will slow U.S. growth or the European debt crisis send the Canadian economy into a tailspin? What do these or other economic developments mean for your business?

Get the answers to all your questions from Ben Brunnen, the Calgary Chamber’s chief economist. Brunnen will provide an overview on the state of the local, national and international economy.

Don’t miss out on this chance to connect with a high-level economist.

Premier Allison Redford keynotes Smart Cities of the Future

Premier Allison Redford keynotes Smart Cities of the Future

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Marriott Calgary Hotel
110 9th Avenue SE

Canada’s economic success is tied to the ability of its cities to properly manage the challenges that comes with rapid growth. To pave the way for a brighter future, the Calgary Chamber and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to present Smart Cities of the Future, a one-day conference that will examine how Canada’s competitiveness can be improved by addressing the challenges facing its urban centres,  such as transportation, infrastructure, urban planning, governance, sustainability and energy.

A keynote address by Premier Alison Redford will accompany a number of leading experts who will be participating in panel discussions throughout the day.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover how cities can become prosperous centres that fuel sustainable economic development.

iF series – Four inspirational speakers. One amazing afternoon.

iF series – Four inspirational speakers. One amazing afternoon.

October 29, 2012
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Where can you find…

  • The maker of Spy vs. Spy, one of the bestselling mobile games of all time and a man that CNN Money has labelled a “CEO to watch?”
  • The man that Alberta Venture magazine has called “one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs of the Century?”
  • The female head of a Calgary tech start-up which earlier this year won the title “the most innovative start-up on the planet” at the renowned Global Technology Symposium in Silicon Valley?

The answer to these questions is the iF series. This ground breaking speaker series brings together business savvy Calgarians whose own career success began by wondering “what if….” What if the old way of doing things isn’t the best way? What if there is a better way? And with that simple what if… question they went on to pursue an unconventional idea that lead to incredible things.

Here their stories, learn their secrets and be inspired to pursue your own “what if…” idea.

Newly hired city planning director shares vision for Calgary development

Newly hired city planning director shares vision for Calgary development

Wednesday October 10, 2012
11:30 am – 1:15 pm
Simmons Building
618 Confluence Way SE

Earlier this year, Calgary lured renowned urbanist Rollin Stanley from the United States to lead the city’s planning department and put our city on a path towards smarter growth and development.

Stanley worked as a planner for 21 years in Toronto before rocketing to smart-growth notoriety as planning director in St. Louis and other U.S. cities. He is a staunch advocate of needing to build up and just not out, as well as clustering housing, jobs and stores around transit to cut down on the need to drive.

Join us as new city planner, Rollin Stanley gives a snapshot of his vision for city planning, and learn how these changes will affect both Calgary and the business community.

Connect for Lunch

Connect for Lunch

Wednesday October 10, 2012 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Devry Institue of Technology – Room 201
2700 3rd Avenue SE

For networking to be effective, you need to meet the right type of people who will grow and connect your business.

That’s where Connect for Lunch comes in. The format for this event differs dramatically from other networking events. Before each event, attendees are encouraged to contact us to tell us about their business, their challenges, and the type of people they’d like to connect with to overcome these problems and grow their business. With this information, we get to work placing people at each attendees table who will meet their networking needs. This – quite simply – is focused business networking at its best! 

As an added bonus, event attendees will be treated to a talk from community engagement strategist Anila Lee Yuen on how to use Facebook to build their business network to find new clients and customers.

Only 36 spots are available. Hurry and book today.

Small Business Week – Tradeshow Expo and Awards presentation

Small Business Week – Tradeshow Expo and Awards presentation

Thursday October 18, 2012
5:30 pm 
 10:00 pm
The Metropolitan Conference Centre
333 4 Avenue SW

Small Business Week, which runs from October 15 – 19, is dedicated to celebrating the contributions that small to mid-sized companies make to the economy. The two biggest events of this week are the Tradeshow Expo and the Small Business Week Awards presentation.

Tradeshow Expo
Presented by First Calgary Financial

This event gives businesses the opportunity to display their products or services, discover new businesses and network with other people in Calgary’s business community. The event typically attracts upwards of 300 attendees.

Booths sell out quickly for this event. Book yours today

Small Business Awards presentation
The pinnacle of Small Business Week is an awards presentation that reveals the emerging stars of the city’s small business scene. This year, awards will be given out to a number of high achievers in the business world.

Meet and learn from some small companies who are doing big things in the local economy.

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