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Online 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. Join us for this free, interactive workshop open to organizations, service providers, educators, and community volunteers. We also deliver workshops tailored to individual organizations – please inquire if interested! 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 Registering for and attending workshops: - Workshops will take place twice monthly, either online or in person. When you register, please indicate which date you would like to attend. You can find workshop dates on our events calendar. - In-person workshops will take place at ISANS, 6960 Mumford Rd, Suite 2120 (Mumford Professional Centre, 2nd floor); however, if adverse weather or provincial and/or ISANS’ COVID protocols do not permit any of the upcoming in-person sessions, registrants will receive a Zoom invitation instead. - Please be sure to register early! REGISTER

What’s Next? Should you double down, stay the course, or sell?

The past 18 months have been a uniquely challenging time for many Canadian business owners, and now is the right time to explore your options to find the way forward. This complimentary webinar will review key considerations when deciding what's next for your business: Invest and expand, Restore profitability or Plan your exit. Following an overview of the options in the plenary session, you will be directed to the breakout room of your choice for a 60-minute deep dive on one of 3 topics. REGISTER

Link Building Strategy Workshop

Have you been creating top-notch, SEO-optimized content...but your site is still hearing crickets? First, let’s congratulate you on all the hard work you’ve put into SEO’ing the heck out of your site! You did your research and created stellar content you know dream customers will gobble up. You optimized your images. Updated your headings. Did everything in your power to get that ‘friggin Yoast SEO light to go green. You’ve put in the work that is leagues above your competition or peers. And yet, it’s been months, maybe even a YEAR, and after everything, there’s still not much to show for it. A few trickling page views but no REAL ROI. What the heck?!? Why isn’t it working? WELL— there’s this often overlooked piece of the SEO puzzle. Even though it’s the least technical aspect (and the most fun, in my opinion), everyone forgets that... REGISTER

Custom CSS with Andrew Comb

7:00: Zoom opens -- 7:10 Opening Remarks 7:15 Presentation: Custom CSS with Andrew Comb Details TBD 8:00 Happiness Bar -- Share your screen to get help, feedback, learn something new, or help a buddy out. Chat and get to know fellow WordPress bloggers, designers, and developers. 9:00 Finish up -- **Those who register for the event on ZOOM link will be emailed at 4 PM ADT the day of the event** See Less REGISTER

Entrevestor Startup Data 2020 Report Launch

Entrevestor will launch its 2020 Atlantic Canada Startup Data report on June 25 at 12:00pm ADT with a virtual lunch-and-learn session hosted by Volta, via Zoom. Entrevestor’s data has become the benchmark for the Atlantic Canadian startup community in recent years. Each year, they tally up the total number of startups, and assess their employees, funding and revenue, providing a vivid picture of how the community has evolved. The highlights of the East Coast startup community in 2020 were spectacular and included: Verafin's landmark US$2.75 billion exit; CarbonCure and Sonrai Security both announcing major funding rounds; and strong hiring and revenue growth. Entrevestor will detail all the trends in their latest startup data presentation. REGISTER

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;, 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. […]