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It’s Not a Business Until You Have a Deal!

Wednesday, May 30 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

ATB Entrepreneur Centre, Edmonton

When should I quit my job to pursue my great idea, so I can be a rich and successful business owner?

This is a question many people have asked us over the years.  As fellow entrepreneurs, we have shared with many people on how to start their businesses without putting themselves into unnecessary financial risk.

Come join us and see if we can motivate and encourage you to start your own business.

note: The presenters are not business advisors or coaches.  They just enjoy sharing with others their experiences and hope to encourage many to pursue their ideas and dreams.

About your Facilitators:

David Schuster’s  is retired as the President of Adroit Investment Management Company, a division of Canadian Western Bank.  Before being acquired by CWB, David and his partners started Adroit and built it to over $1 billion in managed assets.  Prior to starting Adroit, David had a very successful career including being the Director of Pension Investments at Telus.

How did David make the decision to leave his stable and successful job to start his own business?

Sarah Tiet’s is the owner of Opty Business Solutions with 6 full time staff.  Before starting the company, she was a single mom with a 3-month old daughter, was left with a heavy debt load, and no money in the bank.  Instead of looking for a steady job, she found a successful way to start her business.  Today, she has time for her daughter, for her business and, most importantly, for herself.

How did Sarah find the courage and confidence to start her business when she was in a financially vulnerable situation?

Hubert Lau’s is a serial technology entrepreneur.  Some of his different companies’ achievements are:

  • Created partnerships between different companies and the Chinese Government;
  • Was the largest exporter of Canadian malting barley to China;
  • Helped over 1000 organizations with IT solutions; and
  • Designed, manufactured and supplied security check point devices for Europol in Afghanistan.

Hubert’s latest venture with his partner, Ted Power, is that 6 years ago they took over ViewTrak Technologies from receivership, rebuilt it, created alliances with companies such as McDonald’s, ATB Financial, Loblaws and Cara Foods, and now about to list it on the stock market.

ViewTrak’s recent awards include:

  • 2017 – Innovation of the Year Award
  • 2017 – Alberta Small Business Award of Distinction
  • 2016 – Alberta Exporter Award of Distinction

What strategies did Hubert use to start his first company and reused them again to negotiate with McDonald’s?

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