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City to host productivity workshop for small business owners

By: Dawn Smith

  |  Posted: Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 12:18 pm

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Airdrie businesses will have the opportunity to learn how to be more productive and improve their bottom line on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Airdrie’s Economic Development department has invited experts from Productivity Alberta to host a half-day workshop at Genesis Place in conjunction with Small Business Week, which runs province-wide during the second week of October.

The workshop, which is geared towards small businesses in the industrial products and services sector, will provide practical information for business owners and managers.

“If businesses are looking to improve their bottom line, one of the simplest things they can do is increase their productivity and efficiency,” said Leona Esau, an economic development officer with the City of Airdrie. “They need to look at how they can become more efficient and productive in their everyday activities. This is an opportunity to learn it from the experts in the field.”

According to Esau, the City is one of the first places in the province to offer the Productivity 101 workshop.

The workshop, valued at $115 per person, is being offered by the City of Airdrie at a reduced rate of $75 for Airdrie businesses. Participants can register online at

The workshop will begin with a brief presentation and then business owners will work with productivity experts to create a 120-day custom action plan. Attendees will be asked to fill out an online productivity assessment tool prior to the event.

Esau said the city is hosting other events during the week in an attempt to increase the capacity of small businesses in Airdrie.

“There are 1,800 Airdrie-based businesses licensed with the City of Airdrie and about 98 per cent employ under 50 people,” said Esau. “Most of our businesses employ between five and 15 people. The events help build those business owners’ capacity to make those small businesses more successful, which then helps the whole community become more successful.”

Esau said there are bout 250 industrial-type businesses in Airdrie, located mainly in King’s Heights and East Lake Industrial area.

Productivity Alberta, formerly a government entity, was recently privatized. The for-profit entity offers productivity assessment and improvement tools and works one-on-one with businesses to improve productivity.


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