2017 Small Business Calgary Conference

Celebrate + grow


Amazing things happen when entrepreneurs get together, and that's what Small Business Week is all about. This year the highlight of the week is a full-day conference with a dazzling Expo, a phenomenal keynote speaker, interactive deep learning sessions, and the famous Awards show.

We call it the Small Business Calgary Conference, it's a part of BDC's national celebration of Small Business Week, and it's the biggest conference of its kind in Canada.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
8:30 am – 9:30 pm
BMO Centre – Hall C
20 Roundup Way SW

But what makes it even sweeter is that this day is your best bet to grow clients and revenue this fall. It has three parts:

Schedule for the day

Expo and the Academy

  • 8:30 am: Session registration opens for the Academy
  • 9:00 am – 4:45 pm: Academy sessions
  • 11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Expo floor opens
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Keynote with Matthew Corrin

Awards show and dinner

  • 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm: Reception
  • 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm: The Small Business Calgary Awards show and dinner

Small Business Calgary Expo


The Small Business Calgary Expo is the biggest exhibition of Calgary small business under one roof you’ve ever seen!

As you wander the Expo floor, you will build connections with our city's finest entrepreneurs, uncover new resources to grow your business, explore the small businesses that make YYC great, and take in a phenomenal keynote from Matthew Corrin, Founder & CEO of Freshii.

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Keynote: Matthew Corrin, Founder & CEO of Freshii

Matthew Corrin

We're excited to announce Freshii Founder and CEO, Matthew Corrin, as the 2017 keynote speaker at the Small Business Calgary Conference!

At 23 years old, Matthew set out to create a restaurant brand that would help people all over the world live healthier and longer lives with fast food that is convenient and affordable. Enter Freshii: a brand which is now growing at a faster pace than Starbucks. Today, Freshii has over 240 locations in countries around the world, and Matthew is well on his way to building a billion dollar business.

What to expect from the keynote

Matthew offers audiences insight on business success and what it takes to grow a successful global brand. He inspires audiences interested in growth, leadership, company culture, and embracing opportunity. A self-described ‘American-attitude CEO,’ Matthew’s direct speaking style will motivate audiences to rethink their approach to business, risk and opportunity. 

At the same time, he talks about the need for businesses to have a positive effect on the world. Matthew’s beliefs in the power of the triple bottom line: people, profit and the planet, will inspire audiences to achieve success by strategically tapping into this new consumer mindset.

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 [Sold out] The Academy

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Finding the time for professional development can be hard if you're a busy entrepreneur. Enter the Academy at the Small Business Calgary Conference, and over the course of one day you'll learn all you need to take your company to the next level alongside 250 of your fellow business leaders.

From building a 30-minute business plan and mind mapping to unlock your brain for innovation, to digital marketing and cybersecurity, sessions at the Academy have been hand-selected to cover topics relevant to your business, right now.

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 [Sold out] Small Business Calgary Awards show and dinner


The Awards Show and Dinner is sold out. To be added to the wait list, contact events@calgarychamber.com.

As the sun sets, we're rolling out the red carpet for the 2017 Small Business Calgary Awards. Hosted by Andrew Phung, this is like the Oscars of small business.

Get dressed up, and get ready to celebrate the entrepreneurs of Calgary and all the amazing work they do.

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