7th Annual INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship
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7th Annual INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship

7th Annual INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship

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Science World at TELUS World of Science

1455 Quebec Street

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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Meet the Small Business Community, Hear from B.C.'s Most Successful Entrepreneurs and Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Small Business Month

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Small Business Month in BC, an occasion celebrated each October to recognize the important contributions of small businesses to the economy and our local communities.

Come celebrate the start Small Business Month with BC’s leading entrepreneurs and CEOs and 400 small and medium-size business owners, government representatives and industry influencers at the 7th Annual INSPIRE Celebration of Entrepreneurship presented by Small Business BC and TD.

INSPIRE is the province’s largest single-night Small Business Month kick-off event. It features complimentary drinks, canapés, networking, interactive panel sessions and keynotes from industry leaders and government representatives.


This year's panel discussion will includes insights from:

Charles Chang, Founder, Lyra Growth Partners; Founder, Vega

◦ 2015 Business Excellence Award – Large Business of the Year

2014 BCBusiness Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Bradford Cooke, Founder and CEO, Endeavour Silver Corp.

◦ 2016 BCBusiness Top 100 B.C.'s Biggest Companies by Revenue

Darryll Frost, Founder and President, Central City Brewers & Distillers

2016 Vancouver International Spirits Competition Awards Winner

2016 Canadian Craft Brewing Awards Winner

Tom Leavitt, Founder and CEO, Leavitt Machinery

◦ 2015 Business Excellence Award – Large Business of the Year

2014 BCBusiness Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Sunny Lenarduzzi, Radio and Television Host/Reporter, City TV

2016 BCBusiness 30 Under 30

2014 Western Canada Notable Awards Best in Social Media


These presenters will join an insightful panel discussion to share their business stories, advice and more importantly, their inspiration, on this year's panel discussion:

Developing Profitable Operations From the Ground Up

  • Developing strong leadership within an organization
  • How technology can be used to help drive a business forward
  • Implementing systems and processes to achieve the next phase of growth
  • Operational scaling: what works, what doesn’t
  • Using business innovation to create social change


This will be followed by a keynote from Peter Higgins, President and Chocolate Scientist, Purdys Chocolatier, who will present on:

How Success is Created: The Purdys Story

  • Reviewing our business' 110-year road to success
  • Examining key developments over the past 10 years, such as leadership approach, unique products and service, making your team stronger, and strategic efforts to build success
  • Overcoming challenges of developing new products and customer bases
  • Understanding the community and consumer
  • Creating products with a personality to sell the idea that you’re a part of


And, a keynote from Alexander Fernandes, Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Avigilon Corporation, who will present on:

Advancing Teams, Technology and Innovation to Become an Industry Leader

  • Pushing yourself to the limit and beyond for rapid growth
  • Tips and tools for building and motivating an all-star team
  • Viewing your business as an outlet for competitiveness, and winning
  • Realizing the importance of R&D in your company’s growth strategy
  • Investing in innovation and products development


Event Agenda:

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM | Registration, Networking, Drinks and Canapés

6:30 PM to 6:47 PM | Welcome and Opening Remarks - Small Business BC and TD Canada Trust

6:49 PM to 7:00 PM | 10th Annual Small Business Month Annoucement - Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Liquor Distribution, Province of British Columbia

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Panel Discussion: Developing Large and Profitable Operations from the Ground Up - Central City Brewers & Distillers, Endeavour Silver Corp., Leavitt Machinery, Sunny Lenarduzzi and Vega

8:00 PM to 8:30 PM | Keynote Presentation: How Success is Created - The Purdys Story - Purdys Chocolatier

8:30 PM to 9:00 PM | Keynote Presentation: Advancing Teams, Technology and Innovation to Become an Industry Leader - Avigilon Corporation

9:00 PM to 9:15 PM | Closing Remarks - Small Business BC


Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Register today!


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