The last time the team at Everything Olds gathered at the office in Uptowne, we asked ourselves… how can we best serve the community?

The general consensus was that the best thing we could do was “keep the porch light on”, for the community as a whole. One place we know we can be of solid support is for our business community.

Small businesses are either closed, pivoting, or adjusting how they are doing business while remaining open. (Be sure to update your status by clicking the red bar below!)

Yes, there are webinars available for asking questions and getting information on government programs. However, we wanted to have some “kitchen table talks” with our local businesses.

To that end, Everything Olds Entrepreneurship Centre is opening up a virtual café for local business owners to come together and discuss how they are adjusting and maneuvering through this COVID-19 episode.

The first virtual Zoom Café was held on April 7 to determine how we could support one another, what questions they had for us and for each other, and what other opportunities were available for them.

What did we learn?

Local businesses are determined. They are resilient. They are adapting.

They need local, loyal customers. Some need time to make changes.

They wanted to have weekly Café discussions going forward. Small, close groups who could build trusting relationships and share openly with one another.

Join us.

Zoom Café will take place Monday mornings at 8:30 am. Register below, and watch your email for the Zoom link and topic outline.

Zoom Cafe

Zoom Cafe

If you are a business in the Olds/Mountain View County area, you are invited to participate in an online discussion with other business owners who, like you, are also actively looking for ways to manage this isolation order and keep moving forward. You are invited to participate in these discussions to share, learn, network and find the resources and connections to help you through this challenge. Groups will be small in order to build trust and maintain strict confidentiality. General summary notes of the discussions will be emailed to the group following each session. Topics will be generated from the requests of the group. If you have any questions about the Zoom Cafés, please email hwalsh@oldsinstitute.com Thank you, and welcome.
  • In the event we need to contact you by phone for a matter that may be time-sensitive. Otherwise you will receive all notices by email.
  • If there are specific items you wish to discuss as a dedicated topic, feel free to leave your suggestions here.
  • Privacy Standards & Expectations

    We wish to keep these meetings small in order to have open conversations and in-depth discussions to find solutions that may benefit the people in the group, or the business community on a wider scale. We ask that everyone maintain the strictist confidence when sensitive information is shared. For this reason, these café calls are NOT being recorded. Summary notes with specific names and details redacted will be distributed only to group participants. Please agree to this privacy policy by checking the box below. Thank you.
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