Rural entrepreneurs focus of conference

The unique opportunities and challenges in the rural marketplace to be examined

A unique upcoming one-day conference in Olds is aimed at rural entrepreneurs.

Power Up!, has been organized by the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development with help from other partners. It is set for March 29 at the Pomeroy Inn and Suites.

Olds Institute executive director Mitch Thomson says while most business conferences are geared to urban audiences, Power Up! will focus on the opportunities and challenges in the rural marketplace.

Calgarian Jennifer Carlson, who created Baby Gourmet, one of the biggest organic baby food companies in North America, will deliver the morning keynote address and lunch and afternoon speakers will also deliver keynote speeches.

Representatives from area family businesses will tell their stories during a panel discussions and there will break-out sessions throughout the day focusing on topics ranging from social media to alternative financing.

Representatives from business support services, including the Government of Alberta, Business Link, ATB Financial, Community Futures and Futurepreneurs will be available in a trade show setting.

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