Highlights and ProTips

Everything you need to know to get the most out of your day at the Small Business Calgary Conference.


  • Don’t forget your business cards! This conference is a great place to meet new contacts, vendors, clients, and enter a draw or two.
  • Practice your elevator pitch ahead of time – you never know who you might meet!
  • Bring a charging cable or a portable battery pack to ensure your mobile devices are powered up to get you through the day.


Calgary Chamber Booth 

Stop by booth 50 and say hello to the Chamber team. Learn more about Chamber member benefits, upcoming events, and our ongoing advocacy efforts.

Presentations on the Indeed Stage

Along with the keynote addresses from Saeed Sadooghi, Indeed and Cathie Saroka, Goldray Glass, there will also be presentations from Mount Royal University, Calgary Economic Development, and Startup Calgary. 

Positioning your Business for Significant Growth: Six Scaling Strategies

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Simon Raby, Mount Royal University

Canada has a scale up gap. While half of all start-ups survive over 5 years, only 0.1% of small firms become mid-sized, and only 2% of mid-sized firms become large. Why?

In this presentation Dr. Simon Raby will dive into the evidence to reveal how Canadian companies achieve their aspirations for scale.

You'll walk away with insights to:

  • The scale-up challenge and gap
  • The difference between starting-up and scaling-up
  • Evidence on how Calgary companies effectively manage the scaling process
  • A new set of Practical 'Scaling Strategies'
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Going Global

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Sponsored by Calgary Economic Development

For most founders, establishing a successful local business is step one. However, if you want to grow your company and expand your markets, you need to sell globally. Learn how three local entrepreneurs expanded their businesses and began selling internationally.

You'll hear the good, the bad and the ugly to help you better prepare your business for global expansion.

Startup Pitches

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Sponsored by Startup Calgary

Come hear from some of the newest and coolest companies to hit the Calgary scene. Hear local startup's pitch and engage with them during the Q&A session.

Companies include:

Ceridian Passport Tour 

Turn your name tag over and you will find the Ceridian Passport, designed to help you make the most of your time at the Small Business Calgary Expo Floor. Wander the Expo Floor and receive a stamp after completing various tasks visiting select booths. Once your passport is full, stop by the Ceridian booth and enter to win great prizes. 

Text us 

Have a question? Can't find something? Text us. Send us a message to 1-204-500-1628 and a Chamber Team member will respond. 

Text the word SUBSCRIBE to 1-204-500-1628 to receive text updates throughout the day.