After each of our panels, we’ve noticed a number of folks staying long after the cameras turn off. Sharing knowledge, talking about business, and just getting to know one another, it’s always a great way to cap off our informative panels.
The past two weeks, we’ve talked a lot about networking. We got some great advice from members on their tips and tricks and three brilliant Edmonton entrepreneurs shared their knowledge in front of over a hundred people at the fourth Capital Ideas panel. So how did we put what we learned into action?
On Wednesday, August 29, we hosted our first ever mixer at the Yellowhead Brewery. This was our first evening event, ticketed thanks to the great crew at yeglive.ca. The evening proved to be a great way to meet other members and learn a bit more about five organizations aimed at helping entrepreneurs in Edmonton.
We partnered with Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, interVivos, IABC and The Business Link for this event because they are all great, business-oriented groups. Our members had a chance to meet people from these organizations, learn a bit more about them and ask questions.
Watch videos from the mixer:
More on the Organizations
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs: Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) offers innovative services and support for women entrepreneurs across the province. AWE can help you start, manage, or grow your businesses through repayable loans of up to $150,000, training & workshops, and access to networks and markets.
Business Link: The Business Link is a not-for-profit organization that serves as a business resource and informational guide for Albertans. Everything from financing and marketing to legal and e-business is covered on the site, making Business Link a invaluable resource for entrepreneurs.
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation: Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is a not-for-profit organization aimed at increasing prosperity and quality of life for Edmontonians by promoting economic development in the area. Owned by the City of Edmonton, EEDC markets Edmonton as a tourist destination while managing the Shaw Conference Centre and Edmonton Research Park, as well as a joint venture with the University of Alberta called TEC Edmonton, which helps local entrepreneurs.
IABC: The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a business network that stands 15,000 members strong. Founded in 1970, this organization spans 80 countries and has over 100 chapters worldwide geared towards helping members enhance their skills, gain new insights and network with other professionals.
interVivos: The interVivos Mentorship Society of Alberta (interVivos) is a nonpartisan forum for open discussion about local, provincial and national issues. Formed in 2003, their aim is to provide an increased awareness of social issues while giving students and young professionals the skills to become advocates in their communities.
Yellowhead Brewery: Yellowhead Brewery is a community-based micro-brewery that takes its name from the famous Iroquois-Metis trader, Pierre Bostonais, who was nicknamed “yellowhead” for his unusually light hair. Since opening its doors in 2010, Yellowhead has sold their premium lager exclusively to Edmonton, which is brewed following purity laws.
See photos from the event on our flickr: Capital Ideas Event 5: Mixer at the Yellowhead Brewery
Read tweets from the panel on our Storify: Capital Ideas Mixer: Putting those networking tips to good use