Upcoming Events




Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (All day) to Friday, May 24, 2019 (All day)

The Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge (CEC) is more than a competition; it is an opportunity to build on your dream.  It is a business plan writing competition designed and targeted toward new or existing business (individuals, or teams) who have a sustainable business idea.  Through the program you will gain business skills, write your business plan, get feedback on your ideas from regional professionals, network with key people including other entrepreneurs like yourself, and last but not least, have a chance at winning cash and in-kind prizes.  Due to the amazing support from our sponsors, we are able to offer both a general and a technology stream.

View the Chinook Challenge Website for key dates and more info!

How to Generate Leads and Sales on $1/Day Facebook Ads

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Struggling to get your Facebook Ads to perform?

According to Buffer, “Ninety-one percent of marketers invested in Facebook advertising last year.
It’s easy to understand why when you look at the data: more than 1.18 billion people use Facebook every day, and on average, each person spends more than 50 minutes a day across Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram.” 
Whether you are part of the 91% that used Facebook Ads last year or part of the 9% who are just getting started, here is your crash course to get you started!

Part 1: What are You Promoting & Selecting an Ad Type
Part 2: Selecting an Audience
Part 3: Ad Placement
Part 4: Setting a Budget and Schedule
Part 5: The Ad
Part 6: Tracking 

Presenter: Randy Bett, Quest Marketing

Cost $25

Market Research Session - What Do My Customers Want?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

What Do My Customers Want?

7 out of 10 businesses fail, and one of the main reasons is lack of market research.

Whether you’re just starting out in business, or have been in operations for a while, you need to know:
- Is there a market for my business?
- Who is my most valuable customer?
- What do they really want or need from me?
Market research helps you find the answers to all of these cornerstone business questions. Set your business up for success and get ahead of the competition by learning how to conduct effective market research.

Presenter: Danielle Klooster, Danikloo Consulting  

Dinner with a Dragon - WOW Anniversary & Awards Celebration

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 4:30pm to 11:00pm

Celebrating Five Years of WOW! and the amazing women in business and leadership of WOW! This gala evening will featuring keynote speaker: Michele Romanow "Dragon", CBC's Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder & President, Clearbanc

Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of Clearbanc, which in 2018 gave entrepreneurs more than $100 million in funding; SnapSave, which was acquired by Groupon; and Buytopia.ca, ranked #3 on the Profit Hot 50 list of fastest growing companies. Named in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list, Michele brings her incredible entrepreneurial savvy to our WOW! stage.

On this very special evening we will be celebrating the first ever WOW! Awards showcasing excellence in a variety of business and leadership categories.

Join us for an evening of celebration, business building and professional development.


Cocktails & Connections: 5:00pm

Dinner: 6:00pm

Keynote presentation 7:15pm

Awards: 8:30pm

Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 6:00pm

RAYEC is a week-long camp that takes place every August for youth ages 13- 15 who are interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship. The main focus of this camp is to educate youth about marketing, advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement and writing a business plan. Campers set up their own businesses and use real money which they borrow from actual bankers. The last day is “Business Day” at the camp, where campers have the opportunity to open and operate their businesses. The youth also get to participate in many fun recreational activities throughout their week at camp.

​RAYEC accepts 60 youth age 13-15 each year based on their applications. This camp is FREE to attend for the campers that are selected, thanks to the generous support of our partners and sponsors. There is also an opportunity for 10 previous campers to attend as Youth Leaders. For more information on becoming a camper or youth leader, please visit the Apply section.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the RAYEC website. 

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