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November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

November Lunch and Learn SeriesIf your organization wants to make a bigger impact in their local economy, then this free webinar series is not to be missed.

Training, education, and information is not only a co-operative principle, it’s an important part of growing any organization. Every Thursday during the month of November we are offering free noon-hour webinars that will expand your organization’s knowledge about strategic opportunities around economic development. All you need is to RSVP in advance.

Register for the November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

To best enjoy these webinars, we highly recommend watching this webinar with a colleague; invite them for lunch! All webinars run from noon-1PM (MST)

November 2nd: Co-operative Strategies that can grow your business save you money,

If your enterprise is looking to reduce costs, increase productivity, and build a strong work culture, then this 45-minute lunch hour webinar is not to be missed. Learn how co-operative strategies can be applied in your business, not for profit, or community.

Hosted by Seth Leon, Manager of Co-operative Services; Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

November 9th: Member Loyalty Programs: Enhance member value while supporting local business

North Parkland Power REA (NPP) has increased value to their members offering loyalty discounts to a range of local businesses. This strategy also connects their co-op to the local business community in a meaningful way. Learn how NPP devised and executed on this strategy, and the key actions needed to get started in your community.

Hosted by Andrea LaBrie, Member-Owner Representative; North Parkland Power REA ltd.

November 16th: As Local As Possible: Craft Brewing in Alberta

Alberta’s craft beer industry is exploding, having tripled in size over the past few years. Growth continues, all over Alberta, in an industry that has deep roots in the history of the province. Where has the industry come from and where will it go? How can your community play its part in making brewing a signature industry for Alberta?

Hosted by Terry Rock, Executive Director; Alberta Small Brewers Association

November 23rd:  Local Investing & Community Economic DevelopmentLearn about how to invest locally, raise capital for your local business, and how to grow your local economy. Recent changes to investment rules in Alberta will soon make things easier to invest locally and raise money locally. Learn how community economic development can help your business do well, and do good. This webinar will help frame local opportunities with long-term economic growth, opportunities to maximize your impact, access tax benefits, and mobilize growing networks.

Hosted by Courtney Hare, Public Policy Manager; Momentum

November 30th: How inclusive spaces increase market share and build stronger businesses

Creating welcoming spaces strengthen brand identity and improve customer experience. This webinar explains how to develop accessible and inclusive spaces that will help your business grow. Learn how to maximize your marketing and strengthen your brand. This webinar will also touch on project management for creating accessible spaces, and how to access grants.

Hosted by Sean Crump CEO and Head Chair; Universal Access

Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund Webinar

If your co-operative is looking to grow, introduce new offerings to its members, or expand into new markets, the innovative financing solutions from Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund (CCIF) could be the resource you need. CCIF is also an incredible resource for Opportunity Development Co-operatives to access additional capital to finance larger projects to make a greater impact in your community! Also, if you are a lender or involved in local economic development, this webinar offers a ton of value. This (free) lunch and learn webinar is hosted by CCIF’s Director of Community Lending, Christina Baker. Learn more and register for this FREE event today!


Event Details:
• When: December 11th from noon to 1PM MST
• Where: Online
• What: Learn how the CCIF financing can be used to advance your goals
• How: Register Now

Learn more about the webinar: Click here

Social Enterprise World Forum 2020

We are often divided by our differences and separated by our fears. Imagine three days of relationship strengthening meeting old friends, making new ones, and focusing on our common interests, shared values, commitment to people and community, and our need to protect the planet.  Nova Scotia is a place where the land, sea and sky meet in a sensory cornucopia. Smell, see and feel the differences of place. This is our place and we want to share it with you. Join us for a time and carry us away in your hearts as you leave.

Register for the Social Enterprise World Forum

2019 Social Enterprize Awards

Join them on November 21 to celebrate the best, most innovative and impactful Canadian social entrepreneurs using business models to solve social problems at the Social EnterPrize. Together you will recognize the 2019 recipient of the Social EnterPrize award who will receive $100,000.

As a part of the Social EnterPrize Awards evening, the 10 finalists for What’s Next YYC will participate in a live pitch fest vying for $25,000 for the most popular audience choice. Three additional awards of $25,000 each will be selected by a judge. Please note: an organization can only receive one award for the evening. Live voting will take place at the event.

Do not miss your chance to help decide who takes home the Audience Choice Award!

Click here to register

2019 Gathering of Alberta Co-operatives Conference and MLA Reception

The annual Gathering of Alberta Co-operatives Conference, is the place where the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association members will discuss how to set a common co-operative table.

In the afternoon, the focus will be on communications and branding, exploring ways ACCA members can stand out through the development of stronger brands that better reach and resonate with Albertans.

The afternoon will end with a MLA Reception prep, exclusive to ACCA members, where ACCA's Government Relations specialist returns to provide some tips and advice to help members get the most out of the conversations later in the evening.

The MLA Reception - an ACCA-member only event - will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include light snacks and two drink tickets per person (cash bar also available). Join us as we chat with elected officials and tell them how vital (and how awesome!) co-operatives are for Alberta’s economy.

Register by purchasing your tickets online today

Questions? Contact the organizer: gathering@acca.coop

Economics of Social Change Workshop Series in Edmonton

Join us to explore connections between the local economy, community development, and social change in Edmonton! This series is offered by Boyle Street Community Services, EndPovertyEdmonton, Jasper Place Wellness Centre, MacEwan University Social Innovation Institute, MatchWork, Naheyawin, the Social Enterprise Fund, and the University of Alberta:

  • Transitioning to a New Economy - Oct 30, 2019
  • Systems Thinking and Practice for a New Economy - Nov 27, 2019
  • Reconciliation and an Inclusive Economy - Jan 29, 2020
  • Financing Social Change - Feb 26, 2020
  • Using Business for Social Good - Mar 25, 2020

Register for individual sessions or the whole series!

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