Friday, April 10, 2015


Seminars to Success

Biz leaders share insights May 7

By Mark Blendheim, Small Business BC/Website photo Brian Scudamore


ne of BC's most successful entrepreneurs, Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me and Wow 1 Day Painting will speak to over 200 BC entrepreneurs on May 7, 2015 at the second Local Leaders monthly business mixer at Small Business BC in Vancouver.


The Local Leaders series, in partnership with the Province of British Columbia and Yellow Pages, runs from April to July, and encourages the growth and development of local businesses by giving entrepreneurs an opportunity to network with and gain inspiration from the top CEOs and business leaders in the community.

"Through the Small Business Accord, we're working to make B.C. the most small-business-friendly jurisdiction in Canada," said Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business. "Events like this support the goals of the Accord and inspire entrepreneurs by showcasing successful business owners."

Frequently cited as one of Canada's best employers to work for, Scudamore will share how to build a company culture around the right people. During his exclusive presentation, he will discuss:

HR, Leadership and Growth Strategies for Driving Bottom Line Results:

Articulating your vision and building a culture around the right people
Making your first hire: Knowing how and when to grow from a one man band
Working with contract freelancers for temporary and/or skill-specific projects
The BBQ Test - How we select our leaders
Selecting the right tools and tips for attraction, selection and retention

"It's always been my goal to empower exceptional entrepreneurship. I want to share lessons I've learned along the way that will inspire other successful entrepreneurs to make a positive impact in their communities," says Scudamore. "At Local Leaders, I hope to inspire others with my experiences and personal lessons."

Between April and July, the series includes Vikram Vij, Owner of Vij's, Rangoli and My Shanti (April 2); Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING (May 7); Andrew Shepherd, Founder of Vancouver Island Salt Co. (June 4); and Tina Lee, CEO, T & T Supermarket (July 16). These presenters will cover important focus areas for small business owners, such as overcoming adversity, HR practices, scaling-up for international trade and succession planning.

"Launching and growing a business takes a lot of hard work, a solid business plan and a strong community," says George Hunter, CEO of Small Business BC. "We're delighted to open our doors to help entrepreneurs learn from successful business owners and discover the tools and resources paramount to achieving long-term success."

The public and small business community is encouraged to join Brian Scudamore on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for an evening of drinks and appetizers from local businesses, networking and interactive discussion. More information on the Local Leaders series can be found here.





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