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Everyone has Ideas

Tuesday, October 8 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

ATB Entrepreneur Centre, Grande Prairie


40 more seats available

Everyone has ideas. It could be for solving a problem for yourself or others. It could be to make something faster, cleaner or better.

Maybe someone would pay you for it.

Maybe it could become a new job or start-up business inventing the next winning product, service or venture in your community? Understand why someone would buy from you.

If you are curiosity about exploring new opportunities that could be profitable then you should attend this free session offered by Grande Prairie Innovation Network and Grande Prairie Public Library.

Being curious is a good place to start. You will learn how to be curious and creative. Figure out what people will pay you for by solving their problems.

Be a “Curious George” that troublesome monkey character that loved to explore, leads to new opportunities. ”


About your facilitators:

Holly Sorgen is the Executive Director for Community Futures, working in this role since October 2005 and an employee of the organization since 1997. Her passion lies with working with new and growing entrepreneurs. She has been involved in the development and facilitation of several Community Economic Development projects ranging from business visitation programs and business incubator development to feasibility studies, non-profit strategic planning and new technology advancement and development and community capacity building.

She is the owner/operator of her own side hustle – a business strategies and facilitation company, EmPower Up! The company specializes in developing and facilitating sessions, projects and programs related to Economic Development and Business & Entrepreneurship.

Holly is also a Community Economic Development Training Program Trainer for Economic Developers of Alberta, working with communities to identify and pursue economic development opportunities and projects. She has been facilitating the online and in person Establishing the Foundations, Business Retention & Expansion and Business Investment & Attraction sessions.

Bob Hall is a champion for innovation as a key driver in successful community economic development. As early as 2000, Bob was involved with a regional team that designed, built and managed an innovation network for Alberta’s Peace Country, which has evolved into the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network.

As Alberta Innovates Technology Development Advisor in Alberta’s northwest, Bob coaches and mentors’ entrepreneurs and businesses on strategies and avenues that will help them accelerate their innovative ideas and technologies to the marketplace, or not. Bob’s interests in special projects include: low-impact resource development; productivity to enhance competitiveness; ‘pollutant-to-product’ opportunities; and entrepreneurship.


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