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Ask an Airdrie Expert returns for fourth session

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 11:03 am

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Airdrie business owners will have an opportunity to have their questions answered by some of the city’s most sage business minds at the fourth installment of Ask an Airdrie Expert on April 3.

The program was introduced in 2012 and has been a bi-annual event, growing in numbers since its inception.

This time around the number of experts that will be in attendance has grown once again, with the addition of a business planning expert to the field. A total of six experts will be on hand, including a lawyer, accountant, business coach, business banking advisor, and a financing your business expert.

“The addition of a business planning expert was an important one for this event,” said Sara Chamberlain, Economic Development Officer with the City. “Every business should have a plan in place.”

To date, the program has connected more than 30 entrepreneurs and business owners with local professionals and Chamberlain says the feedback from past participants has been, “overwhelmingly positive”.

At Ask an Airdrie Expert, participants pre-register for a free 20-minute confidential consultation with a local expert in a specific profession.

“Twenty minutes may not seem like a lot of time, but our participants come prepared with the questions that they want answered and they can get a lot of information in that time,” said Chamberlain.

The experts must meet a set of criteria set out by the City’s economic development team.

“To qualify as a business coach expert for example, you must have that certification,” said Chamberlain.

Experts must also be local or live close to the city and have at least three to five years of experience working with small or home-based businesses.

Ask an Airdrie Expert is free to attend and will be held at Airdrie Business Edge at 620 First Ave. NW, with the event getting underway at 3 p.m.

Chamberlain advises pre-registering for a question and answer session, though anyone is free to mill about and may still have an opportunity to have their questions answered if time permits.

The event will wrap up with a wine and cheese open house that will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To pre-book a 20-minute session with an Airdrie Expert, visit www.airdrie.ca/askanexpert, or contact Chamberlain at 403-948-8800 ext. 8455.


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