What’s Coming Up in February

January flew by and we are heading into a busy February and March. Here is a list of the business training and networking opportunities taking place this month. As always, if we’ve missed an event that you think should be included in this list, please leave it in the comments below.

Business Breakfast: Strengthen Your Business through Customer Evolution
February 19
8:00 to 9:30 am
The Met
Ever wonder why your customers can’t get enough of one product or service, while a similar offering underperforms? Have you had a “sure thing” that you know your customers would love, only to get a lukewarm reaction? These are symptoms of a marketing challenge and you can remedy the situation with information you already have: knowledge about your customers. Business strategist Kyla Roma will share how customers change over time, and how small adjustments to the way entrepreneurs present their products or services can have dramatic results. You’ll learn how to identify what kind of customers you have, and the language that makes them feel understood, served and ready to take action.

Sell Online!
Community Futures and the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba
February 9 in Morris
February 10 in Morden
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Join our Entrepreneurship Coordinator Pat Sargent, in Morris on February 9 and Morden on February 10 for a session on ecommerce. Pat will talk about business basics and an onselling expert will the share her insight into various aspects of selling via the internet. This workshop is perfect for part time or full time crafters, artists, producers and entrepreneurs. Learn about registering a business name, taxation, licensing, permits, offline vs. online selling, pricing packaging, shipping, payment processing, branding, getting started on Etsy and more. To register in Morris, email szilkie@cftripler.ca or call 204-746-6180. To register in Morden, email Heartland@cfheartland.com or call 204-239-0135. Registration closes February 5, 2016.

“RE-BRAND YOU!” Vision Planning- Creating the life you desire!
Women Business Owners of Manitoba

February 10
5:30 pm
Niakwa Country Club
What is your vision for this year? Do you have the tools to pave the road to success? Join WBOM and Lifestyle business coach Shana Robinson for an introductory look at crafting your personal vision statement. Through proven and practical coaching learn how your desires can be transformed into a vision board; that will help you, turn goals into reality.

Taylor McCaffrey LLP’s LEGAL START Law Series
Taylor McCaffrey LLP
February 11, February 25
4:00 – 5:30 pm
New business owners face many challenges including legal matters they may find difficult to handle on their own. It can be much more costly to wait until matters reach a crisis point before seeking effective legal assistance. Often, a simple solution to a problem exists, that if implemented early, can save your business time and money in the long run. The Taylor McCaffrey LLP Entrepreneurial Services Team will help you anticipate problems and take action to prevent them.

Protect Your Startup: IP and Privacy Law Basics
Thursday, February 11, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

ABOUT LEGAL START – Entrepreneurial Services Team  
Thursday, February 25, 4:00 – 5:30 pm 

Welcome to Business
Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba
February 24
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Starting a business is an appealing idea for many women, but do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? This session helps you explore the advantages and challenges of being self-employed. It will also provide you with answers to frequently asked questions including: What is a business plan? How do I register my business name? Do I require any special licenses or permits? How do I finance my idea? A Business Advisor from the Women’s Enterprise Centre will guide you through the resources available at the Centre and introduce you to services delivered by our business network partners to help you put your dream into action.

State of the City Luncheon
Thursday, February 25, 2016
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
RBC Convention Centre
$89.50 to $189
The annual State of the City Address is hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and is the only event where the Mayor of Winnipeg delivers a message directly to the business community.

Have a great month!

– Ashley Wood