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Teetering on the brink of prosperity: Economic Outlook 2013

Thursday November 8, 2012
8:30 am 
– 10:00 am
Room 3-
300 Manning Road NE

While Alberta is poised to close out 2012 with strong economic performance, global economic struggles will likely create a “downdraft” that will cool the province’s economy in the year ahead. For 2013, there will likely be a decrease in oil demand as well as prices, leading to a pullback in provincial energy sector development and, as a result, slower economic growth.

Join us as Ben Brunnen, the Calgary Chamber’s chief economist, provides an overview of the state of the economy in 2013, and explains what these developments mean for your business.

Learn more about the major economic developments in 2013.

Success secrets from accomplished Calgarians

Success secrets from accomplished Calgarians

If there is one thing Calgarians know, it’s not to listen to naysayers. We’re a city of entrepreneurs and mavericks. A city that’s never been too caught up in what others have said can’t be done.

To celebrate some of the city’s leading change makers, the Calgary Chamber held its fourth iF series event, which is based on the notion that all great ideas begin by wonder “what if… ” Building on this realization, the iF series brings together a number of prominent business leaders to share the “what if…” idea they chose to pursue that led to their success.

Find out what insights each speaker shared and how these lessons can be used to build a successful business.

The new age of networking: Using telecom developments to enable great customer service

The new age of networking: Using telecom developments to enable great customer service

Tuesday November 20, 2012
11:30 am 
– 1:15 pm
Metropolitan Conference Centre
333 4th Avenue SW

Recent investment and innovation in telecommunication networking has created a global infrastructure – a powerful business platform that changes how every company competes. This global platform opens up new opportunities for helping your business innovate for success, especially in an increasingly vital area of differentiation: customer service.

Join us as Dean Prevost, president of Allstream, examines these global developments and explains what they mean for companies in Calgary in sectors such as energy, finance and high tech.

Find out how your business can take advantage of these exciting advancements.

Even companies are judged by how they handle errors

Even companies are judged by how they handle errors

No one is perfect. No individual. No company. No organization. That is why mistakes happen. But as many a leadership book and leadership principle espouses, we are not defined by our mistakes, but how we react, respond and learn from them.

Much has been written about the XL Foods situation, but there is one thing that I think needs to be hammered home. And that is clarity around what the right thing to do in that situation is.

Read more of Chamber President Adam Legges blog.

Human resource essentials for small business

Human resource essentials for small business

Wednesday November 21, 2012
9:00 am 
 10:00 am
Self Connection Books
125, 4611 Bowness Road NW

If you want to grow your business, you need to know how to manage your company’s most important asset – its employees.

In this lecture, Yvonne Silver, a certified human resource specialist with more than 20 years of experience, will teach you to manage the people side of your business without hiring a dedicated human resource person.

Join us for our latest Streets Smarts for Business lecture and workshop.

Aboriginal Awareness Training – What your business needs to know

Aboriginal Awareness Training – What your business needs to know

Thursday November 1, 2012
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
110 12th Avenue SW

Understanding the Aboriginal community is critical to your organization’s success. It can help you avoid project delays by learning how to consult and accommodate Aboriginal communities, as well as develop a reputation for corporate social responsibility, foster workplace diversity and tap into new economic opportunities.

To provide businesses with this knowledge the Calgary Chamber and Cross Cultural Consulting are joining forces to present a one-day Aboriginal cultural sensitivity course with Neil McDonald, Canada’s most experienced diversity trainer. During this 30-year career, McDonald has trained tens of thousands public, private and volunteer sector personnel on cultural awareness.

Only 25 spots are available. Hurry up and get your ticket today.

Connect for lunch – speed networking

Connect for lunch – speed networking

Wednesday November 14, 2012
12:00 pm 
 1:00 pm
DeVry Institute 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 is speed networking. Attendees will get the opportunity to quickly network with each other for two minutes before moving on to the next potential client or customer.

Join us for business networking at its best!

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