Great day for business ahead...Success 4 Business
Owners of new businesses will find a smorgasbord of information and resources at the Westerner Park Harvest Centre this Thursday.
The Success 4 Business Expo will feature seminars throughout the day, as well as nearly 40 exhibitors that provide services, products and opportunities to new and growing businesses.
“It’s going to be a great day for business,” said organizer Brenda Kolasa, a longtime Red Deer businesswoman.
Kolasa said her original plan was to create a place where new and aspiring business owners could obtain information and develop connections. But Success 4 Business Expo has evolved beyond that.
“There are a lot of businesses that are going to be there that are already established,” she said.
“They’re either coming in to learn from the seminars or they’re coming to network or they just want to look at building new contacts and partnerships.”
The seminars will cover such topics as developing a business plan, financing tips, marketing, networking, social media and information technology.
The exhibitors will run the gamut from printing and office supplies to website programming and graphic design to employment, accounting and banking services. Also represented will be support agencies like Community Futures, and associations like the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce.
“They’re there because they deal with businesses and they help businesses grow,” said Kolasa of the exhibitor list.
Operators of new businesses will have plenty of opportunity to network and promote themselves, she added.
This will include displaying brochures and other information on a “promotional table,” and attending a wrap-up party where they’ll be able to describe their business during an open mike session.
“New businesses can come and promote themselves with their elevator spiel,” said Kolasa. “This might be a good opportunity to get their name out there.”
Attendees are asked to register in advance, with the cost $25 for entry and one seminar, $65 and $85 for attendance in the morning or afternoon only, and $115 for full-day registration.
More information can be found online at www.success4business.ca.
Kolasa said she would like to hmake Success 4 Business Expo an annual event.