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Join Sheri Bruneau, President of Brighter Business Empower as she does a role reversal with VP Christina Rowsell. Christina is normally the host of the Brighter Business Empower Members Profile. But now it's Christina's turn to be interviewed. Find out how Christina Rowsell got her start in radio to where she is today with Brighter Business Empower and as the blogger behind the popular Blog The Brighter Side YYC.
Plus, get your FREE edition of the Brighter Business Empower Magazine HERE.
Our guest speakers today are Tracey Agnew and Nathalie Wright from The Co-Operators. Both are Insurance & Financial Advisors plus owners of their own Insurance branches respectively of Agnew Insurance Ltd of the Co-operators and Wright Insurance Agencies representing the Co-Operators. Tracey has over 19 years experience in the insurance industry as an agent and owner of several small businesses. Nathalie began her career with the Co-operators in 1989. Together they’re here to educate small business owners on what is important when it comes to business insurance. Both are dedicated to helping you succeed, and making sure you are covered properly for those unexpected events. Please welcome Tracey Agnew and Nathalie Wright.
Become a Brighter Business Empower Member today at www.brighterbusinessempower.com
It’s not enough just to have a Social Media profile (Facebook business page, a Twitter account, a LinkedIn Profile, etc.) The whole idea behind Social Media is being social! Setting up Social Media profiles is one small step in having your business be social. Having a Social Media Strategy is the big piece that many business owners fail to think about and create!
In this session, Sheri will walk you through a 5 Step Cycle for creating a Social Media strategy for you and your company. Come ready to think, to learn, and to move your business forward with Social Media!
Sheri Bruneau is the owner and founder of Get It Together Inc., and the co-founder of Brighter Business Empower Inc.,
You willl learn how to effectively write your own press release, and who to send it to. All to help you get the word out about your business and what you have to offer with Sue Deyell.
Sue Deyell is a recognized name and voice, and soon to be face in Calgary. She has been on Calgary airwaves from the news room to the DJ booth for over 13 years. Having worked mornings with Forbes and Friends, Q107, Mix 97.7 mornings and middays, and now host of Remodel It Radio and Remodel It With Her TV show, Sue has certainly seen her fair share of Press Releases.
So, how DO you successfully start a new business? The answer is actually quite simple. You must have a plan. Most businesses that fail, experience the failure very early and primarily as a direct result of not having a plan. They have an idea for a business and in some cases a really good idea. The missing element is the plan.
To ensure you have success with your business, there are four steps in creating a strategic plan. Business leader, author, professional speaker, philanthropist and adventurer Todd Millar will walk us through those 4 steps.
After 25 plus years in various senior executive roles Todd Millar participated in the most notable success with the Bain Capital transaction whereby he was instrumentally involved with the acquisition of Canadian yellow pages for 1.9 billion and in less than seven months selling the company for 2.6 billion. Having participated in the 700 million dollar profit for Bain, Millar ventured off to Base Camp Mount Everest (19k feet) with his son for a life awakening experience. He now spends all his time providing guidance to others through coaching, consulting and professional speaking.
Read his article "The Trouble With Startups" in the Brighter Business Empower Magazine HERE. Learn more about Todd Millar HERE.
As a Content Consultant, Lindsay Harle of The Write Harle helps companies save time, money and writing frustrations by turning their unique ideas into strategically focused, engaging, and compelling content that closes sales faster.
Lindsay knows first hand that backing up your work is critical!
A little less than a year ago, she had home broken into. Clearly being watched, they were robbed in a matter of 5 minutes when they took their puppies out for their evening pee break. 5 minutes was all it took for her to learn some incredibly valuable lessons as a small business owner.
Extremely efficient, the thieves took only her laptop, iPhone, iPad, and wallet. Everything she needed to run her business was taken in the blink of an eye.
Lindsay will walk you through the top 5 tips to backing up your work. Some of the ticks to make sure you can get it all back, just when you thought all was lost.
Read Lindsay's article What Being Robbed Taught Me About My Business in the Brighter Business Empower Magazine HERE!
Learn more about Lindsay Harle and the Write Harle HERE.
Entrepreneur Mom Now is the first stop for mom entrepreneurs opening their small business. They are a growing premium community of entrepreneurial moms eager to fulfill their dreams.
They provide insightful profiles of other moms, create a central resource of local networking events and educational workshops, host webinars and conference calls, and create a community over social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
They also provide entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to promote their businesses to other moms.
Mom entrepreneurs have unique needs not specifically addressed in mainstream business publications. Their aim is to encourage moms to dream big, while providing the foundational information, resources and connections locally and globally to achieve that dream.
Join us as we talk to Heather Broad, Calgary City Director for Entrepreneur Mom Now. She too remembers feeling alone and overwhelmed with no one to talk to who understood running a business while trying to be all things to her family. Learn about the hurdles of being an Entrepreneurial Mom and how Entrepreneur Mom Now can guide you on the right path to success.
Learn more about Entrepreneur Mom Now HERE. And watch for Heather's Article in the next issue of the Brighter Business Empower Magazine HERE.
Google+ should you be there?
Google+ is one of the newer social media kids on the block and a lot of businesses are wondering if they need to play in that sandbox as well. So what is Google+ all about?
Google+ is a pretty big place to network. Its platform is like a combination of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn but it's important to understand that even though there are similarities, G+ does not work like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and must be treated quite uniquely.
So, should you be using Google+? According to Google, there are over 300 million active users but I think it's important to recognize that that number could be quite skewed. Google is a pretty powerful entity to be dealing with and they have a lot of motivational behavioural power over users.
Andrea Lindal, owner of Lexabi Communications will share her experience with Google+. Lexabi Communications provides a full set of online marketing solutions specializing in social media management, email marketing and digital design. Find out more HERE.
Read her article in the Brighter Business Empower Magazine HERE.
You've invested a lot of time and effort into building your business. That's why it's crucial to protect what you've worked so hard to achieve. Whether you run a home based business, occupy a retail space or several office locations, your business insurance needs are unique and you require professional advice.
Tracey Agnew, Insurance Advisor/Owner of Agnew Insurance Ltd, of The Co-operators says "You could be placing your entire financial future and business at risk by declining a basic coverage." Tracey began her insurance career representing The Co-operators in 1993, and has owned and operated her agency in Calgary. Find our more about Tracey HERE. And read her article in the Brighter Business Empower Magazine HERE.
In theory, journalism seems simple: read, see or hear something and then describe it. But theoretical journalism is much different than the real thing. Just as crafting a ‘press release’ to call attention to something is a little more complicated than it appears to be.
An ‘advisory’ is a great way to get some immediate or future publicity by suggesting to assignment editors, producers and reporters that something is about to occur or a ‘newsmaker’ will be available for an interview or general media availability at a particular place and date. If the recipient sees some immediate ‘news’ value in the advisory he or she might direct a reporter to follow up. If not, the advance notice is usually appreciated and the newsroom will put that information in their ‘advance’ file.
David Tait is an experienced Canadian journalist, broadcaster and writer who has practiced news-gathering in major Canadian media markets and overseas. He has contributed stories to CBS Radio, CNN Radio, Australia’s The ABC and various other outlets and agencies. David will guide business owners on HOW TO write your own release. It may be one of the most effective marketing tools you'll ever learn!
You can also read David's article in the Brighter Business Empower magazine HERE.
In an age when purchasing is done through RFP contests, recruitment by HR firms on LinkedIn, and business searches done online, is business networking really as important as it once was?
The short answer is yes, and I’ll tell you why.
A friend said to me once: “Your network is your net worth,” an idea advanced by Porter Gale in her book of the same name. I have realized that this sentiment is certainly on point, even if it’s not a direct equation.
Your network is a reservoir of value that will help you solve problems, receive support, find the right people, and ultimately grow your business. In an age where much more communications happen digitally, it is more important than ever to actually make human connections.
Scott Crockatt is the Marketing Communications Director for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, a role he considers to be the head cheerleader for Calgary’s businesses. Every day Scott looks to tell the stories of Calgary businesses – their successes and what’s keeping them up at night – in an effort to improve the business environment and help them be more successful.
Read more in Scott's article in the Brighter Business Empower Magazine HERE.
How many times have we said “I just can’t fit it into my schedule” or “I don’t have time”, when it comes to working out? Being the sole provider for my family by working two jobs and lending a hand with my two children when I am at home doesn’t leave much time to worry about exercise or diet, right? Well, I can sit here and blah blah about it and tell you what you have heard a thousand times and perhaps that is what is going to happen for some of you. But, if this converstion helps one person to start up a fitness regime or healthier eating habits or provides the motivation for a better life in general, then it is worth its weight in gold.
Mike Stone is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and Registered Massage Therapist with over 17 years experience in both disciplines. His company, Fit in YYC, specializes in on-site exercise/treatment and is very versatile in their approach. He has worked with many professional sports teams, corporate executives and most recently has been supplying actors, artists, musicians and the film industry with services. Learn more in about staying fit and healthy while running a business in Mike's article in the FREE Brighter Business Empower Magazine HERE.