Add these business events to your calendar now.
If you're already planning for 2017, the New Year will likely bring many growth and development opportunities for your business. One resolution business pros can make is to take advantage of special events that provide you with new skills and connections that will grow your professional network as well as your bottom line.
Now is the time to get out your day planner and start booking off time to attend some of the hottest conferences, events and training opportunities headed to Winnipeg in the first few months of 2017.
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon: How to Turn Customers into Community
- Location: The Fairmont Winnipeg
- Date: February 2, 2017
- Cost: Member rate $48.50 (visit the Chamber website for more ticket details and non-member rates)
You won’t want to miss this lunch and learn from The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
At this talk, John Stanton (Founder and CEO of the Running Room) will discuss how to emerge as a thought leader and help your customers see you as the 'go-to' person, creating a sense of community within your industry.
As leader of The Running Room, a family owned and operated company with over 110 stores across the Canada and United States, John's talk will be sure to inspire and motivate you for the business year ahead.
Manitoba Electrical Expo 2017
- Location: RBC Convention Centre Hall A / B
- Date: February 22 & 23, 2017
- Cost: Membership fee $199 + taxes
The Manitoba Electrical Expo is a conference and trade show held in Winnipeg every two years.
This year, the Electrical Expo has partnered with the Saskatchewan Electrical Contractors Association and other professionals from Northwestern Ontario, which means that this will be a truly “mid-Canada” conference.
Attendance is expected to exceed 2,500 people and exhibitors will include wholesalers, distributors, electrical contractors, manufacturers, engineers, consultants and property managers.
Exhibits will be available on the conference room floor, providing attendees with an opportunity to learn about developments in their industry such as automation, hand tools and electrical power distribution. In addition, there will be networking opportunities, educational presentations and interactive demonstrations to showcase the best of what the industry has to offer.
The Franchise Expo
- Location: RBC Convention Centre
- Date: March 25 & 26, 2017
- Cost: Register for your free ticket here or pay $8 at the door
If you're looking to diversify your income by owning a business franchise, then don’t miss your chance to meet with reps of some of the leading franchise brands at The Franchise Expo.
Buying a franchise provides entrepreneurs with the chance to open a business without the hassle and difficulty associated with starting an independent business. At The Franchise Expo, attendees will attend info-packed seminars that will teach them all they need to know about choosing the right franchise to suit their needs and how to build their business so that it’s set for success.
CSAM: THE Safety Conference
- Location: RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
- Date: February 7 & 8, 2017
- Costs: One-day pass for $130 + GST or a two-day pass for $225 + GST
When it comes to construction, safety should always be a top priority, and CSAM is Manitoba’s leading opportunity to learn about the latest developments in safety procedures and earn training certificates in your field.
Attendees can expect a variety of benefits from attending CSAM: THE Safety Conference, including personalized materials for attendees who pre-register, informative and hands-on workshops, and opportunities to learn from experienced instructors. There will also be a trade show area where participants can learn about the latest advancements in their industries.
Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show
- Location: RBC Convention Centre
- Date: May 16 – 18, 2017
- Cost: Registration information to come in February 2017
Vision Quest is a conference which brings together Indigenous business leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and youth who come together to work together towards success in the community.
Keynote presentations, networking sessions and a trade show featuring exhibitors will be part of the much-anticipated event. Attendees will have the chance to connect with potential customers and learn about opportunities in their field through a series of soon-to-be-announced events and workshops.
Vision Quest, now in its 21st year, is expected to draw over 1,000 attendees from across Manitoba and Canada, and provides an invaluable opportunity to celebrate successes, raise cultural awareness and network with other participants.
- Location: RBC Convention Centre
- Date: January 13, 2017
- Cost: $49 + GST
SHEday is an annual event put on by the Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba, which promotes and celebrates the successes of women in leadership roles and will be in its third year in 2017.
Unfortunately, if you haven't already secured your ticket to this hot event, it is already marked as sold out. Keep an eye on the SHEday Twitter page in case that changes — or better yet, message your network and search social media in case anyone who already purchased can no longer attend. And stay tuned to the Business Hub later in January for event highlights and coverage.
Related: Highlights from SHEday 2016
The event, which will take place at the RBC Convention Centre, brings together women from all walks of life who have achieved greatness in their field for a day of learning, laughs, encouragement and support.
Over the course of the day, attendees will hear presentations and keynotes from inspiring speakers like Johanna Hurme, Founding Partner of 5468796 Architecture, Colleen Dyck, CEO of The Great GORP Project, Barb Gamey, CEO of Payworks Inc., and many more distinguished female leaders.
In addition to the presentations and keynotes which will take place throughout the day, guests can also network during sponsored breaks and have their headshots taken.
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