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Events this Month

  • 19

    Feb 2016

    Networking Session - W.E. Meets

    10:00 - 11:30

    This is your opportunity to grow your business by networking.   Enjoy a cup of coffee and take advantage of networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs and business pr more..

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Training

 

Webinars

  • Wednesday,February24@noon

    Website Fixer-Upper

    You invested time and energy into making a website, but you’re not happy with the results. This is a conundrum for many business owners, and this session will give you s

  • Tuesday,March15@noon

    An Entrepreneurs’ Guide To Basic Taxation Issues

    Note: date changed from March 22 This presentation will seek to answer common questions regarding indirect taxes (GST/PST), sole proprietorship vs. corporation taxation

 

Recorded Webinars

  • In an increasingly digital world it is important that your website can be found online. Tactics like keyword research, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging, paid advertising, and building a soci...

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2016 Annual Business Conference

Thursday, May 12 & Friday, May 13, 2016
Business Conference & Annual General Meeting
Conexus Arts Centre, Regina


This Conference, "Building a Legacy...Accelerating Growth & Innovation" is designed to empower and educate with inspiring keynotes, practical tools, nuggets, and tips for innovation, success, and entrepreneurism.

Early Bird Tickets on Sale now!

CLICK TO REGISTER

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Conference At A Glance

Thursday, May 12

5:00 pm

Annual General Meeting

5:30 pm

Registration & Networking – Appetizers & Cash Bar

6:30 pm

Welcome/Opening Remarks

7:00 pm

Evening Keynote - Tammy Cook-Searson, Chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, President, Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership

 

“A Legacy of Economic Development: The Kitsaki Story”

8:20 pm

Closing Remarks

 

Friday, May 13

8:00 am

Breakfast

8:20 am

Opening Remarks

8:30 am

Morning Keynote - Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO, AGT Foods & Ingredients Inc.

 

“A Legacy through Trade: The World at our Fingertips”

9:50 am

Nutritional Break

10:10 am

Panel Discussion -“Gems of Saskatchewan”

11:30 am

Lunch

12:30 pm

Workshop - Crystal Spooner, Owner of Orange Tree Living

 

“The Courage to Grow”

1:50 pm

Nutritional Break

2:10 pm

Workshop - Aimee Schulhauser, Owner & CEO of Evolution Catering, Tangerine the Food Bar, and Schoolhaus Culinary School

 

"Deconstructing the Casserole:  Market Segmentation for Growth"

3:30 pm

Closing Remarks

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2016 Keynote Speakers:

Chief Tammy Cook-Searson, Chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and President of Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership, recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2006, and in 2012, she was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions and committed leadership. Read Tammy's Bio

“A Legacy of Economic Development: The Kitsaki Story"

The goal of Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership is to create and manage a portfolio of active business investments rather than the individual companies. In her keynote address, Chief Tammy Cook-Searson will talk about the processes followed to acquire and grow businesses to improve the economic future for the Lac La Ronge band members, Aboriginal people and all stakeholders. She will delve into the criteria used to ensure profitability, minimal risk, Aboriginal employment and training.

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Murad Al-Katib, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., 2004 Ernst and Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, Canada's “Top 40 under 40” in 2005 and a 2012 recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, complementing his award of a Queen’s Saskatchewan Centennial Medal given in 2006. Read Murad's Bio


"A Legacy through Trade: The World at our Fingertips"

Listen to Murad Al-Katib as he tells the story of his entrepreneurial journey sharing the unique conditions that emerged in the Saskatchewan agri-food production sector and global markets as he built AGT Foods from a single employee writing a business plan in 2001 to a billion dollar global market leader as a value-added pulse and staple food producer and exporter and one of the largest companies in the Province - all in 15 years.  Murad’s varied expertise in global markets, finance and risk management, is all wrapped together by his abilities as an overall  strategic business thinker able to anticipate and mitigate the risks in international trading and commodities and understand where the agri-food sector goes from here with the race for protein and changing consumer demand.

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2016 Guest Speakers & Workshops:


Aimee Schulhauser, Owner & CEO of Evolution Catering and Fine Foods, Tangerine: the food bar, and Schoolhaus Culinary Arts

Read Aimee's bio

"Deconstructing the Casserole: Market Segmentation for Growth"

Aimee will talk about how she found her target market and used an innovative new product mix to spur growth within that same market.  

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Crystal Spooner, CEO of Orange Tree Village

Read Crystal's bio

"The Courage to Grow"

Learn about managing aggressive growth in your business. Embrace change, encourage innovation, and solicit engagement from your key stakeholders with these tips and tricks. Attendees will be encouraged to allow themselves to dream, seize opportunities, and inspire others to do the same.

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Panel Discussion Moderator:


Trish Cheveldayoff, Owner of Trish Cheveldayoff Communications & Consulting will be the moderator for the panel discussion showcasing some of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the Province, the “Gems of Saskatchewan”.

Read Trish's Bio

Hear from some of our most successful entrepreneurs. The panel discussion will touch on and discuss challenges, barriers, accomplishments, and work/life balance.


Panelists include:

  • Nadia Williamson – NWL Fashion
  • Trina Fader – Trinos Menswear
  • Candyce Fiessel – The Style Academy

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Early Bird Deadline: April 8, 2016

Final Registration Deadline: May 6, 2016
 

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Events

 

Training

Training

Information is power. The more you learn, the better your opportunity for success.

We know from experience that business skills training is incredibly important for small business owners. Most of us dive in with a passion and a dream, but not all of us have the management and accounting skills we will need.

Some basic business skills are fundamental to becoming successful. Others are constantly changing.

Critical basic skills include forward planning, financial management, marketing and operations management. Today’s business world also requires a sharp awareness of communications and social media.

We offer excellent seminars and webinars, workshops and other training events to help you ramp up your skills and knowledge.

Please read our FAQ for the Cancellation Policy for Training and Workshops here.

Training Sessions this Month

Upcoming Training Sessions

  • 02

    Mar

    2016

    Growing your Business in a Challenging Economy (Saskatoon)

    09:00 - 16:00

    Today’s business environment presents its challenges to Saskatchewan business owners but it may also present opportunities for your company to become more efficient more..

  • 07-09

    Mar

    2016

    Entrepreneurship Workshop for Youth & Women (Prince Albert)

    09:00 - 17:00

    Do you have a business idea? Do you want to set up your own business? Do you need guidance? Let us help you get started! Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, in partne more..

  • 30

    Mar

    2016

    Effective Trade Shows (Saskatoon)

    12:00 - 13:30

    Trade shows can be an effective and efficient promotional tool but getting the most from a show requires knowing the right things to focus on.  In this session, you&rsquo more..

  • 30

    Mar

    2016

    Trade Show Success: What It Takes (Regina)

    13:00 - 14:30

    Are you looking to grow your trade show business or give a new program a healthy kick start? Maybe you are registered for your first Show. This “In a Capsule&r more..

  • 11-16

    Apr-May

    2016

    Business Plan Seminar (6 weeks, Saskatoon)

    18:30 - 21:30

    In its simplest form, a business plan is a roadmap for your business. This roadmap will outline goals and details including: how you plan to achieve tho more..

  • 12

    Apr

    2016

    Quickbooks 101 (Regina)

    18:00 - 21:00

    Note: workshop rescheduled to April 12, 2016. While many entrepreneurs excel in the creative and leadership side of their business, they may lack skills when it comes to the more..

  • 06

    Jun

    2016

    Crowdfunding in Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)

    08:30 - 17:30

    Crowdfunding is more than just raising money, it is an important source for pre-sales and an extremely cost-efficient tool to validate your product or business idea. Pla more..

  • 09

    Jun

    2016

    Crowdfunding in Saskatchewan (Regina)

    08:30 - 17:30

    Crowdfunding is more than just raising money, it is an important source for pre-sales and an extremely cost-efficient tool to validate your product or business idea. Pla more..

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Webinars

  • Wednesday,February24@noon

    Website Fixer-Upper

    You invested time and energy into making a website, but you’re not happy with the results. This is a conundrum for many business owners, and this session will give you s

  • Tuesday,March15@noon

    An Entrepreneurs’ Guide To Basic Taxation Issues

    Note: date changed from March 22 This presentation will seek to answer common questions regarding indirect taxes (GST/PST), sole proprietorship vs. corporation taxation

 

Events

Online Training

GoForth Training - 100 Essential Small Business Skills

100 Essential Business Skills is delivered conveniently to your computer via streaming HD video with an 500 page resource curriculum e-book to complement your learning.

Learn More

Online Business Plan Development Seminars

Find out why every business owner needs a plan and how it will significantly increase your chances of success.

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Exceptional value for the money! I have come away with a concrete plan and the confidence to launch!

- - Jess Paul, Blossom Communications

Upcoming Webinars

Women Entrepreneurs is excited to be offering webinars on a variety of topics. Enjoy these webinars from the comfort of your home or office.  

If you are interested in being our next webinar presenter, please contact us. We are always looking for new speakers to share business information with our members and clients.

Upcoming Webinars Sessions

  • Wednesday, February 24 @ noon

    Website Fixer-Upper

    You invested time and energy into making a website, but you’re not happy with the results. This is a conundrum for many business owners, and this session will give you some ideas about how to fix common website problems.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Making your website responsive
    • Unclear target audience
    • Long load times
    • Poor readability and legibility
    • Unorganized content layout

    If your website looks bad or navigates poorly on small screens, it’s time for an update.

    Click here to register.

    Presented by:
    Ashleigh Mattern
    Vireo Productions
    vireoproductions.com

    Ashleigh Mattern is the owner-operator of Vireo Productions, a web design and content creation company based in Saskatoon. She has worked as a writer, editor, photographer, and social media marketer since 2008. In partnership with web designer-developer Jordan Mears, Vireo offers a wide range of web and print services to its clients. Learn more about Vireo at vireoproductions.com.

  • Tuesday, March 15 @ noon

    An Entrepreneurs’ Guide To Basic Taxation Issues

    Note: date changed from March 22

    This presentation will seek to answer common questions regarding indirect taxes (GST/PST), sole proprietorship vs. corporation taxation (including remuneration options), as well as important information for filing tax returns regarding deductions and available credits.

    Common questions entrepreneurs ask that we seek to answer in this presentation include things such as:

    • “How is business income taxed for sole proprietors vs. incorporated companies?”
    • “Can I claim a portion of my household expenses on my personal tax return for my home-based business?”
    • “What is the difference between taking a salary or a dividend as remuneration?”
    • “Can I claim expenses on my personal vehicle (cell phone, etc.) for business use?”
    • “How does GST and PST work?”

    Objective:

    To increase knowledge and confidence for entrepreneurs regarding common tax issues for their business.

    Click here to register!

    Presented by:
    Roxanne Olynyk, CPA & Megan Kalk, CPA
    MNP LLP
    http://www.mnp.ca/

    We bring a variety of accounting, tax and consulting knowledge. Specifically, we have experience in personal and corporate taxation issues including reporting requirements for small businesses, record keeping, Goods and Harmonized Sales Tax (GST) filing requirements, remuneration options (salary vs. dividend for example) and several other issues that new entrepreneurs would typically face.

 

Events

 

Training

Recorded Webinars

Below are a variety of recorded webinars all one hour in length giving you the opportunity to learn on demand.

  • Getting Found Online – an Overview

    In an increasingly digital world it is important that your website can be found online. Tactics like keyword research, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging, paid advertising, and building a social media presence can help your business save money and get results.

    If you are looking to:

    • make more sales,
    • build brand awareness, and
    • get people to your website

    ...this is for you!

    Presented by:
    Heather Pinay
    Business Consultant, Owner
    Authentically: Business & Life Solutions
    http://www.authentically.ca/

  • The Consumer Product Safety Act. Do you know what it is?

    Do you sell, import, manufacture or advertise a consumer product in Canada? If the answer is yes, this webinar about the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act applies to you.

    In this information session, you will learn about:

    • Consumer product prohibitions
    • The records you need to keep …..where you received your product from and who you sold it to
    • Requirements for tests or studies to verify compliance or prevent non-compliance
    • Mandatory reporting of incidents with consumer products
    • Ensuring products you bring to market comply with the CCPSA and its regulations
    • Making sure that the products do not pose a “danger to human health or safety”

    Presented by:
    Susan Kotello
    Product Safety Officer
    Regions and Programs Branch
    Health Canada

  • Tips & Tricks for Surviving a CRA Audit

    This webinar will have a brief overview of the types of CRA audits (income tax, GST, employer compliance).  An overview of the audit powers of CRA as set out in the Income Tax Act (Canada) and the Excise Tax Act (Canada) to make sure you understand what CRA has a statutory right to ask for and the consequences of refusing to provide the same.

    Presented by:

    Amanda Doucette, Stevenson Hood Thornton Beaubier LLP
    http://www.shtb-law.com/

  • Protecting Your Inventions and Creations

    Identifying intellectual property assets and how to protect them. In this webinar, you will gain a better understanding of what intellectual property (IP) is about and how to make the most of your inventions and creations by protecting them using available IP tools. 

    We will discuss the different types of IP rights which might exist in a particular project:

    • including patents
    • trademarks
    • copyright and designs
    • trade secrets

    We will also discuss some of the general decision factors that go into the development of an IP protection and commercialization strategy to support the business plan around your idea:

    • licensing
    • enforcement
    • foreign markets

    Presenter:
    Cory Furman, FURMAN IP Law & Strategy PC 

  • Social Media On The Go!

    It’s summertime, and the last thing we want is to be tied to our desks. As business owners and professionals, however, we often need to stay on top of things while on holidays. But who wants to lug her laptop to the beach?

    A great option is managing your social media using your mobile device. In this webinar, I’ll share the on-the-go process I've developed over the past 3 years to keep my social media running smoothly -- no matter where I am. It's mobile-app heavy, so you might want to keep your phone or tablet handy to try things out as we go.

    Brandi Good
    BLG Business Solutions
    www.blgbusinesssolutions.com

  • Partnerships: Pros and Cons

    While going into partnership is a great way to leverage existing resources between parties, it is important to understand the legal and practical issues surrounding partnerships to better protect yourself and your interest.

    From this webinar you will learn:

    • how partnerships are legally formed
    • advantages and disadvantages to partnerhips
    • the important of a properly drafted partnership agreement

    Presenter:
    Fraiba Jalal & William Kuchapski
    Miller Thomson LLP
    www.millerthomson.com

  • Introduction to Provincial Sales Tax

    This webinar will provide you with an overview explaining the applications of provincial sales tax for businesses operating in Saskatchewan. Whether your business is selling goods, providing services, or both, find out the registration requirements and how much sales tax applies to your business.

    Presenter:
    Glenda Weisgerber, Tax Compliance Officer
    Government of Saskatchewan

  • How to Respond to Request for Proposals

    This webinar will discuss:

    • Advance preparation
    • Determining "best fit" requests for your company
    • Tailoring your approach, format and content
    • Following up and following through  

    Presenter:
    Erin Campbell Howell, Echci Consulting Inc.
    Strategic Management Professional (SMP)

  • Digital Tools to Manage Your Business On-the-Go

    Building Your Business Toolkit: 10 Digital Solutions to Help Grow and  Manage Your Business.

    A small business owner can wear many hats in a day; and when resources are limited, technology can lend a helping hand.

    • Square  (e-commerce solutions)
    • Google Drive & Apps (business solutions)
    • Freshbooks (accounting solutions)
    • Zendesk (customer service solutions)
    • Constant Contact (events, promotions & surveys)

    In this 45 minute webinar, you will learn about the top-rated mobile applications that provide convenience, mobility and cost-efficiency. 

  • Human Right Concerns for Small Businesses 2015

    “Human Rights Concerns for Small Businesses”

    Many small businesses and entrepreneurs are unaware of how The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code may impose obligations on the conduct of their business. The Code prohibits small businesses from discriminating against their employees or customers on the basis of 15 characteristics (“prohibited grounds”). While large employers will often rely on human resource specialists or legal counsel to provide them with advice, these are not normally viable options for small business owners.

    In this webinar, you will learn more about the prohibited grounds of discrimination and also the duty to accommodate. You will learn about common mistakes new businesses make, and straightforward ways that you can respect individual rights while growing your business.

    Robin Mowat, Intake Consultant, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission

  • Dealing with Disagreements

    This webinar will discuss:

    • Resolving a disagreement with a family member, employee, business partner or business contact
    • Preserving and protecting these relationships
    • Tips and options for resolving disputes that can save you time, money and emotional stress

    Webinar Presenters & W.E. Members: Darla Tenold, Lawyer and Mediator & Wendy Johnston, Next Step Financial Solutions Inc.

  • A Simple Plan for Your Future

    All of us at Saskatchewan Pension Plan are excited for you and your business venture. We know as an entrepreneur, you are busy planning your sales and marketing strategies not to mention running your business on a daily basis. The reason we work so hard today is so that we don't have to work - someday. In order to make that "not working plan" happen everyone needs to plan.

    Webinar Presenter & W.E. Member: Gail Genest - Saskatchewan Pension Plan

  • Social Media for Small Business

    "The goal is not to be good at social, the goal is to be good at business because of social" says Jay Baer. Do you know exactly if and how social media is helping your small business succeed? In this webinar you'll learn common mistakes to avoid on social media, as well as the formula for attracting a quality audience.

    Webinar Presenter & W.E. Member, Leah Mazur will also talk about the importance of measuring your efforts on social and how to consistently improve. If you are looking to take your social media marketing to the next level, then this webinar is for you! Any questions - ask away!

  • Effective Recruitment & Selection

    Recruitment and selection can be time consuming, overwhelming process. Getting the right people into the right jobs takes a keen eye and an open mind. With an increasing tight labour pool, it is important that business leaders ensure that they are attracting and selecting the right candidates.

    No more than ever, it is important to retain your top talent and this means taking a more proactive approach. It is much easier to keep existing employees than seek new ones.

    Webinar Presenter & W.E. Member: Genelle Payant, Human Resource Consultant of Spark People Solutions

  • Retention 101

    "How do you keep your best and brightest?"

    No more than ever, it is important to retain your top talent and this means taking a more proactive approach. It is much easier to keep existing employees than seek new ones.

    Join W.E. Member, Genelle Payant, Human Resource Consultant of Spark People Solutions as she talks about the real costs of turnover and how retention is linked to recognition and engagement.

  • Pinterest for Business

    Want to learn how to make Pinterest work for your small business? Then you will want to view this free webinar to learn about:

    • best practices
    • tips
    • tricks
    • how to make your website or blog Pinterest-friendly
    • how to measure your effort

    Prerequisite: some experience using Pinterest (either personally or for business)


    Webinar Presenter & W.E. Member: Brandi Good, BLG Business Solutions

 

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