VANCOUVER, Sept. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - October is Small Business Month in
British Columbia - a chance to recognize the tremendous contributions
that small businesses make to the economy and local communities.
With many activities taking place across the province throughout the
month, Small Business BC and TD Canada Trust will kick-off the month-long occasion with the province's largest
single-night event, the 6th Annual INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship on October 1, 2015 at the TELUS World of Science in Vancouver.
INSPIRE 2015 brings together 400 small- and medium-size business owners,
government representatives and industry influencers for networking,
presentations and exhibitions.
"Big things often have small beginnings, and business owners need a
little inspiration now and then to stay brave, patient and persistent,"
says George Hunter, Small Business BC's CEO. "The most amazing thing
about an event like this is learning from the determination and
ingenuity of other successful entrepreneurs."
With that in mind, this year's panel discussion will be about
"Leadership and Growth Strategies for Driving Bottom-Line Results".
During the panel, Roger Hardy, CEO and Co-Founder, SHOES.COM, Kate Ross-LeBlanc, CEO and Co-Founder, Saje Natural Wellness, Arran Stephens, CEO and Co-Founder, Nature's Path Foods, Terry McBride, CEO and Co-Founder, Nettwerk Music Group and YYoga and Katie Reiach, Co-Founder and Principal, Talk Shop Media will come together to share their advice on how to turn a business into
an industry leader.
Christine Day, CEO, Luvo Inc. also joins the speaker faculty for a keynote presentation. As CEO at Lululemon Athletica, Day grew the company's revenue from $290 million to $1.6 billion,
making it the most profitable retail-apparel company in the world. Now
at Luvo, she plans to revolutionize frozen food world and challenge
public perception of frozen versus fresh meals.
Drawing upon her experience at Lululemon and as the head of Starbucks' Asia-Pacific division, Day's discussion, "From Idea to Market Share:
The 5 Greats of Great Business," will focus on how to recognize
industry disruption and create a business around it.
The community is encouraged to join Small Business BC at the 6th Annual INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship for networking,
discussion and education.
For more information, visit http://sbbc.co/INSPIRE2015.
"The success of many small businesses is rooted in the spirit and
determination of entrepreneurs who not only dream big, but also receive
support and encouragement along the way. In order for small businesses
to reach their full potential, we all need to work together to ensure
we reach our goal of making B.C. the most small-business friendly
jurisdiction in North America - and I'm proud that we are well on our
way. Through initiatives like the Small Business Accord, we are
ensuring that the proper tools and supports are being developed for
small businesses so they can focus on growth and development. I
encourage all British Columbians to join me in celebrating our local
entrepreneurs during Small Business Month in October." - Hon. Coralee
Oakes, Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Responsible
for Liquor, Province of British Columbia
"It's always been my goal to empower exceptional entrepreneurship right
here in Vancouver. My own entrepreneurial journey started in Vancouver
15 years ago with Clearly Contacts, and continues today with SHOES.COM.
I'm looking forward to sharing the valuable lessons I've learned with
our province's incredible small business community at INSPIRE." - Roger
Hardy, CEO and Co-Founder, SHOES.COM
"I started out with nothing more than a hope and a prayer, and a vision
to serve and make the world a better place by offering delicious
wholesome food to help heal both the land and the people on it. My dad,
an unorthodox farmer on Vancouver Island, told me at age twelve to,
"Always leave the soil better than you found it," something I never
forgot. Our company, Nature's Path sprouted from a tiny seed to
eventually become the largest organic breakfast and snack food company
in North America. I'm looking forward to sharing some learnings by
experience along our path." - Arran Stephens, CEO and Co-Founder,
Nature's Path Foods
"Our wellness journey started in Vancouver more than 20 years ago and we
are still proud to be British Columbia-owned and operated. I look
forward to connecting with our tremendous small business community at
INSPIRE. Growth through education is fundamental to the Saje team and
we are thrilled to impart what we've learned and take in all of the
wisdom from all of the other fantastic business leaders here in
Vancouver." - Kate Ross-LeBlanc, CEO and Co-Founder, Saje Natural
SOURCE Small Business BC
For further information:
Communications Manager, Small Business BC