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Power Up - Alberta Entrepreneur’s Conference

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July 20, 2017



Power Up! The Alberta Entrepreneur’s Conference being hosted in Brooks

Brooks –Entrepreneurs and business owners throughout Southern Alberta are invited to save Friday, October 20 in their calendars as Brooks is hosting the Power Up Brooks Entrepreneurs Conference, tailor-made for Alberta’s rural communities. The one-day conference, held at the JBS Canada Centre, will focus on providing content for business owners at all points in the business cycle.

Power Up! is a collaborative initiative in cooperation with local partners including ATB Financial, Medicine Hat College Brooks Campus, the Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce, the City of Brooks, County of Newell, Government of Alberta  and APEX Alberta.

The first Power Up conference was hosted in the 2017 in Olds and the event was very well received. A great deal of our economy in Alberta is generated in rural municipalities, yet most business conferences are geared towards and located in larger urban centres. “The needs, opportunities and challenges are completely different in the rural marketplace, so the content of this conference has been made to reflect that.  The training and networking needs to happen where the businesses are located,” says Jessica Surgenor with the regional City and County Economic Development Team.

“Whether you are a new start-up or have a business idea, or are a seasoned veteran and looking for guidance on succession planning, there will be resources and information at this full day event suited to your needs,” Surgenor concludes.

The day will start with a morning keynote from Dr. Alex Bruton. Dr. Alex Bruton helps people learn to innovate. He’s spoken around the world, including an invited talk at Google, and he's been recognized as Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year in Canada. Today he's the founder and president of a practical open education and innovation design firm that helps people become more innovative and entrepreneurial.

Learn more about him here: http://theinnographer.com/about

A “Local Success Panel” will be featured with representatives from local family businesses who have grown and diversified over the years providing insights into the victories and challenges of building small family businesses into international enterprises. The day will close with keynote speaker Graham Sherman, co-owner of Tool Shed Brewing Company. Graham Sherman has been shaking things up from his time working on private-sector government and military contracts throughout Afghanistan, to when he began brewing beer and changing the game for small breweries across Alberta. Tool Shed Brewing Company’s unique approach to disrupting the market has led to it being nominated for Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year, being named as Calgary’s “Top 40 under 40”, and the brewery’s position in the top five percent of breweries in North America. There will also be opportunity to try some of Tool Shed’s infamous beer.

In addition to inspiring keynote speakers, there will be several breakout sessions throughout the day where participants will learn tangible, implementable tools on topics ranging from marketing to alternative financing. Several business support services, including representatives from the Government of Alberta, Business Link, ATB Financial, Medicine Hat College, Community Futures and APEX will be in attendance in a tradeshow setting, with personnel ready to provide information and answer questions.

Early bird ticket price is $75 per person and will be available online at PowerUpBrooks.com starting August 1st


For more information, please contact: 


Jessica Surgenor                                                                               Tony Diep           

Economic Development Officer                                                 Communications Officer

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City of Brooks                                                                                    City of Brooks


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