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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

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

Examining Power Dynamics to Advance Systems Change

Examining Power Dynamics to Advance Systems Change (September 16, 2019 @ 2:00pm ET)2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time

Why is understanding power dynamics so important for systems change?  

Join the upcoming webinar discussion Examining Power Dynamics in Systems Change on September 16 with FSG and New Profit as we take a deeper dive into one of the most critical systems change components – Power Dynamics, and the unique role that they play in systems change efforts. During this discussion, we will have an opportunity to hear from three social change leaders who will share how power impacts their work and how they navigate power structures to achieve their goals.

Register for Examining Power Dynamics to Advance Systems Change

Can't make the actual virtual coffee time? Registering also means you'll be notified when the recording is uploaded to the Collective Impact Forum resource library.

Featured Speakers

  • Adam Foss, Executive Director, Prosecutor Impact
  • Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN)
  • Tulaine Montgomery, Managing Partner, New Profit
  • Simran Sidhu, Director, The HIVE at Springpoint

This online event is hosted in partnership with the Collective Impact Forum, FSG, and New Profit

Social Finance Investment Readiness Exploration Webinar

Want to learn how you can benefit from the new Social Finance Fund and millions in grant dollars to ready your organization to access social finance?

If yes, you should register for the Social Finance Investment Readiness Exploration webinar!  Come learn about social finance and explore how your organization can use it to enhance your impact.

Event details:

  • When: Wednesday, September 25th, 2019, from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET.
  • Where: Online (Webex)
  • Cost: Free
  • Register: Sign up here

In this webinar, you will explore:

  • How social finance benefits social-purpose organizations
  • The repayable Social Finance Fund — a $2 billion funding opportunity
  • The $50 million Investment Readiness grant program to access investment-readiness services
  • Ideation exercises for how your organization can benefit from social finance
  • How Innoweave helps organizations get ready to access social finance

The webinar will be highly interactive and you are encouraged to ask questions to explore the topic further!

If you have any questions, please reach out via email.

Connecting Local People to the Prosperity of Place: Workforce Development Meets Industrial District Revitalization

1:30PM to 2:30PM Eastern Time

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Manufacturing remains a vital part of the American economy and is an important industry of opportunity, as it can provide jobs with decent pay and benefits to people with less than a college degree. Yet, despite growing support for manufacturing and industrial districts, relatively little is known about promising strategies to connect nearby low-income residents to the jobs these investments create. In a new white paper, LISC Research and Evaluation examines emerging strategies that connect industrial district revitalization to local workforce efforts and how investments in industrial districts can fuel programs designed to train low-income residents and ensure they access local jobs.

Register for Connecting Local People to the Prosperity of Place

This webinar will present research findings and a discussion with practitioners, employers and advocacy organizations about lessons they’ve learned while devising and implementing strategies to connect investments in industrial districts with workforce development programs.

Canadian Worker Co-op Federation Conference 2019

Climate-InjusticeBuilding Resilient Communities – Ecology, Equality, and Workplace Democracy

This is the theme for the CWCF 2019 Conference, which will take place in Tatamagouche, NS from October 24th – 26th, in conjunction with CoopZone.

Register for the CWCF Conference 2019

As with all businesses, the climate crisis presents a challenge for worker co-ops. Unlike with many other businesses, however, it is one that worker co-ops are well-positioned to respond to because of their roots in their communities, voluntary and open membership, and democratic structure. The impacts of climate change pose disproportionate risks for historically marginalized groups. But developing a green economy by growing and strengthening the worker co-op movement also helps to empower people with the prospect of new employment opportunities, more livable communities, and more control over their labour. Through following sustainable practices and/or working directly in the green economy to help address the climate crisis as well as building equality and democracy in the workplace, worker co-ops can help transform our world to a better economy, society, and environment for everyone.

In addition to covering this important theme at the Conference, there will be a Worker Co-op Intensive session, workshops on topics of practical interest, and great networking opportunities.

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