2016 Small Business Calgary Conference


The 2016 Small Business Calgary Conference is sold out.

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 half-day conference that includes keynote speakers, learning workshops, a business showcase and the famous Awards show. 

We call it the Small Business Calgary Conference, and it's the biggest celebration of small business in Canada.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
12:30 pm – 9:30 pm
BMO Centre – Hall C
20 Roundup Way SW 

This is an event you will want to bring your entire team to. Come celebrate our city'’s greatest small businesses with over 1000 other business leaders!

Schedule for the day

Afternoon Conference

  • 12:30 pm: Registration opens and Small Business Calgary Showcase begins
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Keynote address from Michele Romanow
  • 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Breakout sessions and the Small Business Calgary Showcase

Evening Awards Show

  • 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm: Networking and the Small Business Calgary Awards



All-day pass
(Valid 12:30 pm – 9:00 pm)

Afternoon ticket
(Valid 12:30 pm – 6:15 pm)

Evening ticket
(Valid 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm)

Member $60.00 $40.00 $30.00
Non-member $80.00 $50.00 $40.00

Afternoon tickets get you access to the Small Business Calgary Showcase, while the evening tickets are for the Small Business Calgary Awards.

Purchase an all-day pass if you want to see both parts of the day! 

Afternoon: Small Business Calgary Showcase

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The day kicks off with an afternoon of learning, sharing ideas and building new business connections at the Small Business Calgary Showcase.

The Showcase is made up of trade show-style showcase and breakout sessions. (Last year you would have known this part of the day as the Expo). The Showcase will feature everything from an innovation pavilion to a business resource area where companies of all sizes will showcase a variety of products and services.

Here you will also be able to attend a keynote as well as valuable breakout sessions with other members of the business community. From digital marketing to small business banking strategies that work, workshops include a variety of topics all meant to help you make your business the very best it can be.

Keynote: Michele Romanow

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We're excited to announce that this year's keynote speaker will be Michele Romanow. A powerhouse of the Canadian tech industry, Michele has four successful (and innovative) businesses under her belt and one of the newest Dragons on Dragons' Den.

Michele is the co-founder of Buytopia.ca - one of Canada's top daily deal sites, recently ranked #3 on Canada's list of fastest growing companies. Featured on the list of 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, Forbes also chose Michele as the only Canadian to rank as one of the top 20 most disruptive "Millennials on a Mission."

Michele has a diverse background, with four businesses, an engineering degree and an MBA already under her belt. She launched her first business - Tea Room, a zero-consumer-waste coffee shop - on campus in 2006 while studying at Queen's University. She then built Evandale Caviar, a vertically integrated fishery that distributed high-end sturgeon caviar to luxury hotels and restaurants. Her current passion lies in building tech businesses; after building up Buytopia, she created her latest venture, Snapsaves, a mobile savings platform which was recently acquired by American couponing giant Groupon.

Evening: Small Business Calgary Awards

Green Events

As the sun sets, we will transition into the second half of the day: the Small Business Calgary Awards. 

Hosted by Andrew Phung, this is the part of the event where the city’s greatest small businesses get to shine and be recognized for the important contribution they make to Calgary.

About Andrew Phung (host)

Andrew Phung

Andrew Phung is a local actor, improviser, and emcee who is a born and raised Calgarian! He is currently a Senior Ensemble Performer at the Loose Moose Theatre Company and can be seen performing weekly. Andrew is an alumni of Avenue's Top 40 under 40 list (2009), and was voted Best Local Actor and Best Local Comedian by FFWD Weekly in 2014.

Andrew is an energetic performer who is always a crowd favorite. He can currently be seen on the Telus Optik Television series, Cowtown Comedy, and on the Television series, Let's Talk English, on Omni.

Breakout sessions

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There are so many great learning opportunities at the Small Business Calgary Conference. Plan your day to make sure you get a chance to visit every breakout session you're interested!

View the schedule

The official after party: National on 10th

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After the awards are announced and the excitement settles in, keep the conversation going at National on 10th as we gather to celebrate all the finalists and winners. 

To join in on the fun, all you have to do is stop by the Concorde Entertainment Group booth at some point during the afternoon to pick up your wrist band. Or you can show your conference name tag at the door.

Doors open at 9:00 pm.

If you aren't a Calgary Chamber member make sure to sign up for our Small Business Week Calgary mailing list for important details (Calgary Chamber members receive regular updates).