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Risk Management for Tech Businesses

When Plan A doesn’t go the way it was intended, it is important to have a Plan B and C but why is it necessary to have plans in place for when things go wrong? Join Digital Nova Scotia and Marc Charbonneau of dlP Business Consulting to learn about Risk Management in the tech sector. In this webinar you will learn; – How risks are a result of ambiguity and uncertainty, and how these can be grouped as known-knowns, known-unknowns, unknown-unknowns and how these each fit into estimates, risk budgets, management reserve, and how these affect margin and price. – How to identify and assess risks including prioritizing and quantifying them. – Strategies to deal with risks and how to report progress on the effectiveness of those strategies. – How inaction can leave quite a bit of risk exposure near the end of a project when your resources have mostly been expended, whereas taking action early on will lead to greater success.   About Marc Charbonneau Marc is an entrepreneurial business consultant with over 20 years of experience, specializing in strategic planning, business development, and project management. He is a graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada with a […]

Non-Dilutive Funding Through Government Incentives

Join BDO as we help you identify non-dilutive government incentive programs that support your future growth initiatives, yet allow you to maintain full ownership of your tech company. On July 15 at 1 p.m. EDT, learn about the updated incentives in the latest government budget, how to prepare and plan for financial support, and how to access the available funding opportunities. You will have a chance to participate in industry-specific break-out sessions designed for the life and health sciences, software and hardware, and agtech industries to learn how government incentives can be used for: Business expansion and capital expenditures Commercializing new and innovative technologies Entering new geographic markets Hiring and training employees Our BDO professionals will describe how to develop a funding roadmap that meets your business needs, objectives, and solutions. To sign up for Non-Dilutive Funding Through Government Incentives, click the ‘Join event’ red button. You will be prompted to sign up by creating a Hopin profile. If you’ve previously attended a Hopin event, you should already have a Hopin profile. So, click the ‘Already registered? Log In to access the event’ link at the top of the page and use your general Hopin login details to sign in […]

Spark Your Inner Storyteller

Story Strategist Erin Trafford will highlight THE primary need for any business and share an overview of her 9 Step Story Strategy Framework to meet that need. She will also explain how to leverage creative storytelling to grow your business. Building on her previous Spotlight Sessions, Erin will share actionable tips you can start using immediately to build a better, more aligned content strategy for you and your business. In this webinar you will; - Get a look at the 9 Step Story Strategy Framework that Erin uses with her clients as they develop their personal and business brands - Break down how you can start to build a content strategy that feels good for you - Get actions and insights so you can start creative storytelling right away About Erin Trafford, CEO of Erin Trafford Inc. Erin is a digital Story strategist specializing in helping entrepreneurs and small businesses find and tell their Stories in a way that feels good and grows their bottom line. She is an award-winning journalist, blogger, consultant, and strategist. She owns Erin Trafford Inc., which has two arms; ErinTrafford.com, a coaching and consulting company and Story Studio Network- Canada’s first audio-on-demand talk show network. […]

Building Intercultural Competence Workshop

As Nova Scotia becomes more culturally diverse, we all need to learn how to welcome and work with immigrants and build a better community together. This one-day, interactive workshop is open to organizations, service providers, educators, and community volunteers. We also deliver workshops tailored to individual organizations. There is no fee. To maintain health and safety at this time, these workshops will take place online via Zoom. The maximum number of participants is 16 – please be sure to register early! In this full-day workshop, you will: - Increase your understanding of settlement and integration issues - Explore practical ways to welcome and support new immigrants - Develop intercultural relationship-building skills for working with new immigrants REGISTER

Spark Nova Scotia Training Begins

All applicants are welcome to participate in the first four Spark Training Program modules: “Identifying and Managing the Risks in a New Business”; “Introduction to the Business Model Canvas”; “Finance: What Young Companies Need to Know”; and "Storytelling and Presenting." These modules will offer business-building skills and support to help participants accelerate the development of their businesses. The annual Spark Nova Scotia startup competition, which offers winners up to $50,000 of non-dilutive funding, will hold its training seminars online again this year and has moved the registration deadline to August 30. Entrepreneurs will still be able to join the training after the formal deadline and can apply to participate in Spark’s pitch competition until October 4. The first training session will be held August 16 -- before the deadline to register. The training will cover topics such as finance, risk management and pitching skills. Then, after the pitch competition, judges will award $375,000 in grants, divided among the competitors as they see fit. The winners will also receive a $10,000 credit for Amazon Web Services. REGISTER NOW

The Whys and Hows of Machine Learning

Join Mat Larade as he gives an introduction to machine learning and what it can do for you and your organization’s analytical tools. He will begin by defining machine learning and basic terminology, before dispelling a few common myths. He’ll then discuss the internal resources you should ideally have in place from the outset of a project. He’ll also briefly outline some of the costs and processes to build the cornerstone of machine learning - a data pipeline - and talk about some of its specific parts and their respective challenges. Finally, Mat will discuss the cost-benefits associated with starting a machine learning project, and ways to help safeguard its success and sustainability, before ending with a discussion of some of the common pitfalls to avoid from a managerial perspective. This is a beginner session oriented to business owners and project managers curious to learn more about machine learning, or who may have an idea that involves machine learning, but don’t know where to begin. About the Presenter Mat Larade, Research Consultant at ACENET Mat joined ACENET in 2019 as a Research Consultant specializing in applied machine learning. He hails from Cape Breton, but has made his home on Prince […]

Get Clients You Love Online with Melanie Rhora

Are you spending time, effort, and money on your website, newsletters, and social media without earning a return from it? Perhaps you are even feeling like your industry’s best kept secret? Join Melanie Rhora and discover how to laser focus your online strategy to attract your ideal clients AND understand how doing this increases your company’s bottom line while decreasing the number of tasks on your to-do list. In this action-packed session you’ll learn: - The most common marketing mistake being made by small businesses which always results in attracting the wrong kind of clients - The surprising key to effective marketing (and how to harness this for your business) - A simple yet effective way to increase your bottom line by 300%+ while working less and enjoying your business more - The five vital steps to creating a profitable online business. This session can be delivered as a keynote or a hand-on interactive worksheet where attendees will work through the Melanie’s “Ideal Client For Me” guide. Successful entrepreneur, author, pilot, and Queen on Online Business Growth – Melanie Rhora, eats, breathes and sleeps digital marketing to ensure all small businesses can earn a return on every marketing dollar spent. […]

Encore Project Centre Demonstration

Encore isn't just a project platform, Its a 360° Project and Document Management System with the powerhouse of Capstone Project Solutions as your support network. Encore allows you to buy only the number of licenses you need - sign up with as few as one user! Enjoy unlimited IT support. There is no extra charge for services. Take advantage of our coaching and skills tips. We're here to help you grow REGISTER

Basic Computer Skills

The concentration of this program is on word processing and spreadsheet skills. The level of complexity in this program is tailored to the participants and is intended for those who feel they don’t have a strong foundation in computer use in a business environment. By completing the curriculum, program participants will be able to: Navigate the Windows environment Save, open, find & structure files & folders Develop text-based documents using Microsoft Word Plan, build and use spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel REGISTER

Social Media for Business

Those who take this course will leave with a strong understanding as to what to post on Social Media when to post it, how to schedule it to save time, how to design it, and how to read the data to ensure you’re maximizing your efforts. Topics could include: What type of content works with real examples Establishing your brand image (colours/fonts) Graphic design for Social Media using Canva Ad copy – what to write with your posts How to create a content calendar Facebook & Instagram stories REGISTER

Invaluable Sales Lessons to Help You Build Better Relationships With Your Prospects

Relationships are everything in sales, but too many sales reps forget that fact. They also forget that the easiest path to more revenue is more retention - but if you don’t value your prospect, they won’t value you. This webinar shares proven pathways to better, more productive relationships, using steps you can start taking right away. What You’ll Learn: - The keys to building productive relationships you didn’t know existed - How to be proactive by spotting the warning signs of at-risk prospects - What every prospect needs - even if they don’t admit it - The proven formula for establishing trust and credibility in no time REGISTER

Adapting to the No-Office Normal

Information, privacy professional, and frequently offsite consultant Victoria McIntosh invites businesses to learn effective methods for allowing staff to work from home, in-office, or across the country while still protecting information assets. Deployment of remote security management differs from office programs, but the goal remains the same. Security, in-house or offsite, aims for timely access by the right users to accurate information. We want to allow entry to information resources for verified staff while shutting out external threats. For organizations, this means a plan for what staff needs to access, and how they can protect it from where ever they choose to work. About the Presenter Victoria McIntosh, Information and Privacy Professional, and Owner of Information in Bloom Management Services Victoria McIntosh is an information and privacy professional in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Holding a Masters in Library and Information Science, she puts the pieces together. Certified as an IAPP Information Privacy Technologist, Victoria brings privacy expertise to operations. She is keen on foundational privacy and security practices, enjoying opportunities to discuss and educate others with conversations, presentations, and material development. Presently, Victoria operates under her freelance consulting firm: Information in Bloom Management Services. REGISTER