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July-September 2015

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The summer event schedule is now available! Please join us online in GoToTraining for this series of interactive sessions. Anyone is welcome to attend, free of charge. To register, please sign up for the sessions listed below. Come experience the GoToTraining platform and benefit from the knowledge and experience of our presenters!

Questions? Please email events@makeachangecanada.com or phone 1-888-9-ASPIRE (1-888-927-7473), Ext. 702.


ESSENTIAL! Frauds and Grants,
with Coach Douglas Tardif
Tuesday, July 14 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Doug has spent many years investigating frauds in business, banks, and governments. He has also looked into fraudulent grant claims from a number of companies that advertise online, a trend that is becoming increasingly common. It pays to be aware of potential scams when you are looking into funding for your business or education. Join Doug in this session for some tips and steps to follow to protect yourself from internet, electronic, and banking fraud, and learn how to recognize misleading claims from companies offering grants. This is a growing “industry” that cannot be ignored!

Registration is now closed for this event held July 14, 2015.

WOW SESSION! Modules 1 and 2: Planning and Basics,
with Coach Chantal Orr
Tuesday, July 21 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
In this workshop we will discuss planning your business workplace, an assessment of your skills, and your reasons for starting the business. We will also cover the topic of your BA Individual Service Plan. We will delve into market research, so that you gain an understanding of the best method to follow. There will be ample time to ask questions. This session relates to Modules 1 and 2 of the BA website. BA participants and anyone interested in entrepreneurship is welcome to attend.

Registration is now closed for this event held July 21, 2015.

GET SKILLS! Making Sense of Content Management Systems (CMSs),
with IBDE Instructional Lead, Web Advanced, George Papazian
Thursday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Moodle, Magento, Shopify... Dizzy from all the catchy buzzwords and platform names? You want to build a site, and you want to use a ready-made, out-of-the-box content management system. But where do you start? In this very practical new session George Papazian will cut through the CMS chaos and confusion. You will learn the difference between the various CMSs and which CMS best suits your purposes. Don't miss this one!

Registration is now closed for this event held July 23, 2015.

HOT! Guerrilla Marketing,
with Coach Jim Loggie
Tuesday, July 28 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Have you heard of guerrilla marketing? It sounds edgy and cool, so what exactly makes it so special? Business Coach Jim Loggie will explain the concept of guerrilla marketing and present ideas you can implement on a limited budget in this very popular session. There are significant differences between guerrilla marketing and the traditional marketing taught in school! Join us to ask questions, get feedback, and meet other program participants.

Registration is now closed for this event held July 28, 2015.

DISCOVER! Start This Business!
with Coach Douglas Tardif
Tuesday, August 4 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
In this series of sessions our business coaches will discuss the business cases of actual Business Abilities (BA) entrepreneurs who got off to a successful start through BA. Coaches will address the five essential W’s—Who, What, When, Where, and Why—and then open it up for your questions. What better way to see the possibilities for yourself as a BA entrepreneur, or discover best business practices to apply to your own budding business venture. See you there!

Registration is now closed for this event held August 4, 2015.

KNOW MORE! Make A Change Canada Information Session,
with Executive Director Anne-Marie Edgar, Team Leader Douglas Tardif, and Service Coordinator Mary Alton
Thursday, August 6 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Have you heard of Make A Change Canada but want to learn more? Join us in this special event, as our team members give you an interactive look at our programs and organization. We invite new program applicants, career practitioners, and others to join us in this session. There will be plenty of time for success stories and your questions. Business Abilities and IBDE participants--please attend and share your experience. See you there!

Registration is now closed for this event held August 6, 2015.

WOW SESSION! Module 3: Objectives,
with Coach Jim Loggie
Tuesday, August 11 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
This workshop will discuss the entire marketing lifecycle. Whether your company is service based or product based, there are aspects of this important module that are directly applicable to you. This workshop will cover all of the marketing considerations. This session relates to Module 3 of the BA website. BA participants and anyone interested in entrepreneurship is welcome to attend.

Registration is now closed for this event held August 11, 2015.

GUEST! Leadership Skills for the Small Business Owner,
with Alice Schoffer of Arrowsmith Consulting Ltd.
Tuesday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
How can leadership skills help you as a small business owner? Join Alice in this session and discover the importance of leadership skills and how to build on the skills you already possess. The take-away from this session will be your own self-improvement plan to further develop your leadership abilities.

Registration is now closed for this event held August 18, 2015.

WOW SESSION! Module 4: Structure,
with Coach Douglas Tardif
Tuesday, August 25 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
This workshop will explain how you should structure your company. The worksheets will help you assess whether you require a limited company or sole proprietorship. We will also discuss government regulations, insurance requirements, and the process of selecting a business name. This session relates to Module 4 of the BA website. BA participants and anyone interested in entrepreneurship is welcome to attend.

Registration is now closed for this event held August 25, 2015.

GUEST! Enhancing Personal Empowerment,
with Jeanie Paterson of Full Spectrum Coaching & Consulting Services
Tuesday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
In this world of constant change and transition, cultivating a positive attitude and reframing perceived challenges as opportunities are two key strategies for enhancing personal empowerment. Join Jeanie in exploring self-awareness/strategies for supporting your career and life aspirations/goals.

Registration is now closed for this event held September 1, 2015.

GUEST! Facebook Page Basics,
with Monica Kriese of Gail-Force Marketing
Thursday, September 3 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
In this session we'll start with the basics, helping you understand how Facebook operates and what options are available now that you have a business page. Topics will include Facebook Privacy, Page versus Profile, making the most of your Page posts, guidelines for content, scheduling posts, Facebook insights, and Facebook's rules for Pages. This webinar is full of practical content that you can use right away to get your Facebook page up and working for your business. Don’t miss this one!

Registration is now closed for this event held September 3, 2015.

DO IT! Green Your Business,
with Coach Chantal Orr
Tuesday, September 15 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Climate change is transforming our planet and a new wave of environmentally conscious consumers is demanding green products and services. As concern for the environment grows, business is playing an undeniable role in creating sustainable solutions. Join us in this informative session on the basics of greening a business. From composting organics to energy efficient lighting, Business Coach Chantal Orr, offers easy ways for a business to go green. Learn how operating a sustainable business can save money, reduce environmental impact, improve marketability, and create a progressive business culture.

Registration is now closed for this event held September 15, 2015.

GUEST! Branding in Today’s New Media World,
with Chris Holland of Juggernaut Marketing Communications
Thursday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
You only have three seconds to make the right impression with your customers. Get your branding right and your customers will recognize your product or service as you intended. In this session Chris will describe the key to effective branding and demonstrate new opportunities for branding your business using today’s technology and social media. You will learn how to find a brand that represents your business and how to get the highest return. This is a great session for both new entrepreneurs and those looking to change their image.

Registration is now closed for this event held September 17, 2015.

DISCOVER! Start This Business!
with Coach Jim Loggie
Tuesday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
In this series of sessions our business coaches will discuss the business cases of actual Business Abilities (BA) entrepreneurs who got off to a successful start through BA. Coaches will address the five essential W’s—Who, What, When, Where, and Why—and then open it up for your questions. What better way to see the possibilities for yourself as a BA entrepreneur, or discover best business practices to apply to your own budding business venture. See you there!

Registration is now closed for this event held September 22, 2015.



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