2015 Small Business Week Awards and Expo

The highlight of Small Business Week every year are the Small Business Week Expo and Awards Show.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
220 St. George's Drive NE

Parking sponsored by

Intact Insurance SBW


The business expo, which is held directly before the awards ceremony, is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to display their products and services, network and attend valuable breakout sessions with other members of the business community.

The awards show, hosted by Andrew Phung, is an event where the city's greatest small businesses get to shine and be recognized for the important contribution they make to Calgary. This year, it will feature a spectacular keynote address from local entrepreneurial success story, Brad Zumwalt.

Come celebrate our city's greatest small businesses with over 600 other business leaders.


  • 1:30 pm – Registration opens and breakout sessions begin 
  • 2:00 pm – Expo begins 
  • 7:00 pm – Awards program begins 
  • 7:30 pm – Keynote address 
  • 8:00 pm – Awards presentation 
  • 9:30 pm – End of program

About Andrew Phung (host)

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

After you register for the Small Business Week Awards and Expo, you will receive links to sign up for these informative breakout sessions.

Each breakout session is 45 minutes, and you can customize your schedule for the day to fit in each one you want to see. Additional details on topics will be released throughout September.

  Room #1 Room #2 Room #3
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Give to grow Supercharge your business videos Mobile marketing: Reaching customers on the go
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Business continuity planning The art and science of marketing
Everything you need to know about owning a business in Calgary
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Crowdfunding 101: Learn how to leverage the power of the crowd DIY Email marketing for small business
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Understanding how to partner with a bank to best support your business Maximize your digital presence and reach more customers
Understanding the role of a board member/officer of a private company

Give to grow

Hosted by Place2Give and the Calgary Public Library Foundation
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Room #1

This workshop highlights the local small business, MaxGreen Windows that has made community engagement and philanthropy part of their business model. The Give to Grow campaign ties economic development with grassroots social change through business.

Participants will be given the tools to start or enhance their community investment and corporate citizenship activities using the Give to Grow platform.

Supercharge your business videos

Hosted by The Edge
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Room #2

Over three-hundred hours of video are loaded up to YouTube every minute. What makes some videos stand out while some videos are missed?  Neil Scott, President and General Manager of The Edge Communications Inc will share with you the crucial information you need to know before you have a video made for your organization. 

Mobile marketing: Reaching customers on the go

Hosted by Jeff Wright, Senior Sales Manager at Yellow Pages
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Room #3

This seminar covers:

  • The current mobile usage landscape
  • The value of mobile advertising 
  • Mobile metrics : what to measure and what to expect
  • Mobile advertising options

Business continuity planning

Hosted by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Room #1

Business continuity is about understanding the risks your business could face and developing strategies and plans to ensure continued operation during  a disruption. Creating a business continuity plan will allow you to analyze and understand which products and services are critical to your business operations and will familiarize you with the risks and hazards to which your business may be vulnerable. This session will walk attendees through the business continuity planning process to better prepare them for emergencies and disasters.

The art and science of marketing

Hosted by William Joseph Communications
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Room #2

When it comes to marketing your business, it requires both art and science. Spend an hour with William Joseph Communication’s CEO, Ryan Townend, and learn what it takes to effectively market your company. Ryan is both a seasoned entrepreneur and marketing expert with a great experience and knowledge on developing brands, marketing plans and campaigns for his clients. The focus of the presentation will be on developing a marketing plan that maximizes your marketing budget and creating a brand that tells your story. Be sure to bring along any marketing questions you have for the question and answer period after the talk. Not to be missed for business owners of any background.

Everything you need to know about owning a business in Calgary

Hosted by the City of Calgary
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Room #3

Are you a business owner in Calgary? The process of setting up
and maintaining a business with The City of Calgary can be confusing and
stressful. We are here to help you out. Join Councillor Peter Demong and
City staff who will sort myth from fact when it comes to all of your questions
about business licensing, registration, permit and inspections requirements and how to do business with The City.

Crowdfunding 101: Learn how to leverage the power of the crowd

Hosted by Neetu Sidhu from Alberta BoostR
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Room #1

Curious about crowdfunding? Come learn how crowdfunding can help entrepreneurs raise money for their business, gain marketing, exposure and build a customer base. Never before has there been a more efficient and effective way to tap into the power of the crowd and learn before you launch your big idea or grow your business to the next level. Get a crowdfunding 101 from Neetu Sidhu, Manager of Alberta BoostR, a rewards-based crowdfunding platform from ATB Financial designed specifically for Alberta-based entrepreneurs and small business owners.

DIY Email marketing for small business

Hosted by RCKTSHP
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Room #2

Learn how to do your own email marketing to promote and grow your business. This workshop from RCKTSHP goes step-by-step on how to use free and easy tools to create beautiful emails yourself. Reach new leads and keep your business top of mind with your customers. 

Return on experience: Build a strategy fueled by positive customer experience

Hosted by Kayley Brooks, Business Consultant, BDC
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Room #3

In today’s hyper connected world, the role of sales and marketing has shifted. Instead of driving a message to consumers, companies now need to drive an entire experience – and the more positive that experience, the better the return. BDC believes that an integrated sales and marketing approach, including both online and offline strategies, is the key to winning over today’s consumer. During an interactive session, our marketing expert will review the key elements of a dynamic sales and marketing strategy. Topics covered include brand identity, customer profile and purchase journey, e-commerce, analytics, and more. Our goal is to help entrepreneurs achieve measurable and meaningful results that can be built on over time.

Understanding how to partner with a bank to best support your business

Hosted by Tanya Kroeker, Managing Director of Entrepreneurship, ATB Business & Agriculture at ATB Financial
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Room #1

Join Tanya from ATB to learn what key things you as a business owner should look for in a bank. Tanya will share with you what banks look for from businesses and walk you through different financing solutions to help find one that is suited for your business. In this breakout session, ATB will also share with you how to obtain the financing solution that is the best fit for your business.

Maximize your digital presence and reach more customers

Hosted by Jeff Wright from YellowPages
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Room #2

Join YellowPages to learn about: 

  • Shifts in trends from traditional to digital media
  • How to effectively showcase a business via a website
  • What to do to rank your website high on search engines so customers can find you 
  • The benefits of mobile optimization
  • The importance of having a social media presence
  • Measuring results

Understanding the role of a board member/officer of a private company

Hosted by Garrett Hamilton, Henry Villanueva and Vik Mall from McLeod Law
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Room #3

Gain key insights into the role of a Director/Officer, including Fiduciary Duty, Director and Officers liability insurance, and landmines to avoid where Directors could be held personally liable. This workshop is ideal for Board Members and Officers of a privately held company.

Photos from 2014 Small Business Week Calgary Awards 


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