Leveraging The power of partners and mentors
Launching an enterprise and getting it off the ground is a great accomplishment. Laying a foundation to grow or become a market leader is the next step. Owners often get side-swiped with operational tasks and day-to-day challenges, and by year-end, the plan for next year or the road ahead might be an afterthought. Once a business is off the ground, almost every entrepreneur is faced with a crossroad. When you’re stuck and don’t know which path is the way forward, outside advice and mentorship can break down barriers and offer clarity.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the cornerstone of the Canadian economy. Those SMEs that are successful have a few things in common according to a BDC study of small business. The top three predictors of success: innovate, ask for outside advice and have a plan to measure your progress.
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At the next Whistler Open Forum during Small Business Week, hear personal stories of how partnerships helped local business owners dream bigger, aim higher and accomplish more than they ever thought was possible.
Get inspiration from our panel of entrepreneurs who have leveraged partnerships and investment to gain recognition, create opportunities and achieve excellence in their industries.
After this event, walk away with practical ideas and tips to:
- Attract the right partners to move forward and achieve business objectives;
- Harvest your potential through mentorship on best practices, shared knowledge and meaningful connections;
- Better understand options for financial support, whether through traditional institutions or alternative investors.
- Louise Van Engelsdorp of West Coast Float
- Nicolette Richer of The Green Moustache
- Joe Facciolo from Guusto and Whistler Tasting Tours
The panel will share their lessons learned from opening a new flotation therapy experience in Whistler, launching a juice bar that is expanding through with franchisees, and advancing growth of a gift-giving app through a unique crowdfunding model.
Over the past five years, the Open Forum Speaker Series has offered the business community something a little different. Our mission is to offer intimate, compelling and authentic events that inspire, support and connect entrepreneurs. Every entrepreneurial leader who attends walks away with tangible tools they can apply to their business venture. These tools don’t just sit on the corner of someone’s desk since Open Forum events are enhanced with meaningful connections and networking opportunities to create support and build confidence propel their business forward.
Space is limited so reserve your seat today!
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21 / 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Nita Lake Lodge Library