Small Business Week
October 18-24, 2020
Our region is hosting a number of online and in-person events.
In celebration of Small Business Week we want to reach out with informative sessions for business from subject matter experts to aid businesses in the planning, marketing and operations of their businesses. There will be discussions on how to grow or pivot your business to thrive. Check back to this page often to see the schedule and to register for all the sessions.
Monday, October 19
11am - 12pm
Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs - Webinar
Discover how to create a collaborative environment where everyone is responsible for design. You will go through design challenges and sprints that can be incorporated into any workplace or startup, to unlock creativity and innovative thinking.
Wednesday, October 21
10am - 11pm
A Conversation with Mark Shields
Small Business Strategist with Business Link - Webinar
Mark Shields will join us in conversation discussing the hopes, fears and dreams in the current economic state with entrepreneurs within the province, whether its COVID pressures, government supports, or the market they are doing business in that he has been seeing in general.
Mark is a Business Strategist who approaches issues with a diverse background and wealth of experience. His business pursuits have included yoga instruction and event creation and promotion. He has studied accounting and history academically and sits as the treasurer for both the Major Minor Music Project and Calgary Can.
Prior to joining Business Link he helped plan, execute and operate the emergeHUB economic development project in east Calgary where he worked directly with growing businesses and was drawn to the problem-solving inherent in entrepreneurship. Mark is deeply motivated by the opportunity to build communities by facilitating interactions between people.
11am - 12pm
A Conversation with Todd Hirsch
Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial - Webinar
Todd Hirsch returns to the WC to present and do Q&A on the state of the economy and provide insight as to where everything may be going.
He holds degrees in economics from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. For over 25 years, he’s worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada.
He’s also the author of three books. His latest, “Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change,” was released in 2017. Todd is a strong advocate in the arts and culture community. He is the board chair of the Calgary Arts Academy, and serves on the boards of the Glenbow Museum and the Alberta Ballet.
Thursday, October 22
10am - 11:30am
Exceptional Customer Service Workshop Series
Workshop 2 - Designing a Winning Team - Webinar or in-person
This workshop is the second of three workshops hosted by Mi Business Solutions focused on developing exceptional customer service.
Defining leadership inside your business
How to hire the right people
Training and mentoring
To register for all three workshops in this series visit
1pm - 2:30pm
Infinite Possibilities - Webinar
Join us for our weekly business collaboration call hosted by the WC team. We will be discussing the challenges and opportunities of small business.
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Make Your Website Work for You - Webinar
Learn how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports your goals. Whether you’re launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help.