The Everything Olds Entrepreneurship Centre facilitates processes that allow start-up and existing businesses to explore strategies that grow profit and support business initiatives. Our partners – including the Olds & District Chamber of Commerce and Business Link – host monthly workshops that introduce new concepts and knowledge that is beneficial to entrepreneurs and those considering becoming entrepreneurs. We work to create an entrepreneurial mindset in the community.

The Entrepreneurship Centre provides mentorship and coaching support several mornings a week on a walk-in or appointment basis. The difference between the two: mentors offer great advice, coaches ask great questions. For start-ups coaching can prove invaluable. We work to create and support entrepreneurial leaders.

The Entrepreneurship Centre hosts an annual Power Up, Alberta Entrepreneur’s Conference to provide entrepreneurs with networking and learning opportunities. The Entrepreneurship Centre is part of the Central Alberta Rural Innovation Network, which offers access to many other agencies and resources that benefit local entrepreneurs delivering key resources to grow local business.


Spring 2019 Workshops

Social Media Psychology & Content Strategy with Jo(e) Social

March 11

Content is KING, and it needs a touch of creativity and relevance. Be interesting, informative and/or entertaining…just BE something and do it everyday. We’ll talk about what makes useful content, how to create content for all personalities, and how to remove yourself from the equation.

Get your tickets HERE.

Introduction to Facebook with Jo(e) Social

March 25

Social Media is easy. Social Media for Business, is not. This is your brand, online and magnified. Be sure those in charge of your brand and well trained and prepared to represent you, from a business point of view on Facebook. Join us and learn to tame the Facebook monster; an amazing asset to business if you know how to use it. Intro to Facebook is a great tool for businesses who know they need it but “don’t do social media”.

Learn how to:

  • Learn how Facebook works
  • Set up your business page
  • Apply admin roles and settings
  • Post content

We’re not successful if you’re not successful. All training with Jo(e) comes with follow up support, to ensure you’re moving in the right direction.

Get your tickets HERE.

Are You Ready? with Dwayne Holland

April 10

This 3-hour workshop is an interactive presentation to encourage attendees to give more thought to certain areas of Business Readiness and help with ideas of what they need to do next in their own businesses. Workshop also includes a 1-hour follow-up coaching call.

Get your tickets HERE.

 FREE Lunch & Learn Sessions | 12 – 1 pm

Google My Business • Register for FREE here

March 14

It is CRITICAL that you claim your business on Google! It builds immediate trust, increases your search engine ranking, it reaches new prospective customers through local searches, and can funnel users back to your website or social media accounts. Bring your laptop and join Mark Johnson as he walks you through the process.

Making Market Research Work for Your Business Plan • Register for FREE here

April 18

You’ve learned what goes into a business plan, but now the question is: how do you find that information? Market research can help you gain insight into your industry, competition, target market and more. It will help you create effective strategies to start your business right.

Show Me the Money! • Register for FREE here

May 14

Options for small business looking for financing for a start-up or growing a business. Learn the difference between debt and equity, the truth about grants, what funders look for, alternate financing, and more.

Cutting the Red Tape: Intro to Business Regulations • Register for FREE here

June 25

When starting your business, licensing and regulation requirements can be overwhelming.  Let us help  you simplify it.  We’ll show you what types of regulations exist and how they impact your business.  Our in-house regulatory experts will help you navigate the various compliance issues so you can get down to business.

FREE Destination Development Webinars

Live @ 9:30 am. Replays available on request.

Roger Brooks of Destination Development Association has traveled the world, visited thousands of communities, and assisted hundreds of towns, cities and counties with creating dynamic brands with unique experiences that draw in visitors and grow local economies. These webinars are open to anyone who would like to learn more about how we can make Olds and the surrounding area such an attraction, and improve the bottom line for our local businesses.

March 20 – Tourism & Downtown: The Hot, New Power Couple
April 10 – It’s Time to Move from Events to Activities
May 22 – How to Design and Develop a Low-Cost Amazing Plaza
June 19 – How to Create & Distribute Low-Cost, High Impact Video 

 Additional Support Programs

Customized Sage 50 Training

Get answers to your small business accounting questions by connecting one-on-one with a local professional at an affordable rate.

Are you a current user of Sage 50 but are challenged by some of the features? Are you under utilizing the software? Have you completed training but are finding it difficult to apply your learning to your specific business? Topics of conversation may include set up, using your Chart of Accounts, entering Customer and Vendor information, Bank Reconcillations, utilizing and understanding the reporting capabilities, or generally how to maneuver through the software. We can help! Call our office to book an appointment.

One-on-One Coaching

Make an appointment with Harvey Walsh by calling 403-556-1105. Harvey is available Tuesdays and Thursdsays to consult with you on business ideas, strategy, and initiatives. He can also connect you to government programs and other resources to assist you in building the business you envision. Your first consultation is free.

Marketing Assistance

The team at Everything Olds wants you to succeed, and is here to help you achieve your goals. If you need to connect with someone who can help guide you on where to focus your marketing or even give you a solid graphic for posting on social media, we can lend a hand… without it costing you an arm and a leg.