City of Airdrie

Welcome to NEXTstep 2018 Business Growth Workshop Series.    

These workshops are for: Leaders and Business Owners looking to develop a plan for strategic business growth; Building connections and relationships with a diverse network of professionals;  Developing real skills and knowledge to take your business to the next level.

Often, participants come to a workshop, leave with great ideas and then forget about them in the hustle and bustle back at the office.  You will leave these workshops with tangible strategies to implement in your own business.    The NEXTstep 2018 Business Growth Workshop Series will give you access to expertise, allow for time to generate ideas, brainstorm with peers during the working session and leave with applicable strategies to help you develop your strategic growth plan.

Workshop One: Turning to Tomorrow: Future Success Strategies

Jim Bottomley is a serial entrepreneur, management consultant and futurist who has advised businesses of many types  and sizes.  Jim owns businesses in software development and consulting and has sold companies in retail, technology and finance. His unique thinking model, enables businesses to develop innovative plans for future growth success.  He has presented to over 270,000 audience members, large and small. At NEXTstep 2018,  Jim will provide growing Airdrie businesses with specific advice for growth and increasing profit margins. Get fired up about your future business growth! 

Turning to Tomorrow: Future Success Strategies

Jim will identify the most critical issues facing your business today and explain what is behind them. He will help you develop business growth strategies to help guide your future business direction.  Jim will examine the interplay and relationships between technology, economic, social and demographic trends and share tried and true business strategies that bridge different business sectors. 

When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Where: Hampton Inn & Suites 52 East Lake Ave NW, Airdrie

Time: Breakfast 7:30-8:00am Key Note Presentation and Interactive Workshop 8:00-11:00am

Early Bird Ticket: $65.00 plus GST, sales end January 10, 2018

Regular Ticket: $80.00 plus GST, sales end January 29, 2018

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Workshop Two: The Marketing Compass

Suzy Rounce, is the co-founder and Creative Director of Switchback Creative.  This wife-hubby team have created a business built around brand storytelling. Stories get inside people and create an emotional connection between them and your company. The ultimate goal is for your brand to become woven into the fabrice of their lifestyle, well-being and ultimately their identity. Suzy has an intense passion for design, marketing, and strives to collaborate with clients to develop communications that create a following for her clients.  Switchback Creative is an award winning full service marketing, web and branding agency that works with businesses with big hearts and lots of passion. 

The Marketing Compass

Participants will use the ideas of map and compass to navigate between checkpoints along unfamiliar marketing territory.  Blue sky thinking and high level planning put marketing ideas into place, setting the roadmap for activation of your business. 

When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Where: Best Western Airdrie, 121 Edmonton Trail SE, Airdrie, T4B 1S2

Time: Breakfast 7:30-8:00am Key Note Presentation and Interactive Workshop 8:00-11:00am

Tickets: $65.00 plus GST, sales end March 4, 2018

To register click here


*Business Growth Workshops are also being held in the Town of Cochrane and the Town of Canmore*

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            **Project made possible by Government of Alberta,Community Initiative Program (CIP)**

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