Every season (winter, spring, summer, fall), our community will come together for a virtual half day conference with panels, workshops and sessions that will focus on preparing you and your business for the next season! This series is generously brought to us in collaboration with our sponsors at BDC, the bank for entrepreneurs.

Winter Series: THE SET UP

Session #1: Dream It, Do It Panel
Hosted by Brooke Gordon of BDC, this panel brings together some of our communities most notable founders for a raw, honest panel focusing on how the best of the best set (and achieve) their goals.This panel features: Vivian Kaye of KinkyCurlyYaki, Jaymin Luces-Mendes of Toni Marlow, Kat Gaskin of The Content Planner and Sheena Brady of Tease Wellness.

Session #2: Goal Getter Workshop
Hosted by the brilliant Rachel Kelly of Make Lemonade, this practical workshop gives you tactical strategies to get those big goals out of your dreams and into reality.

Session #3: The Business Audit
Hosted by serial entrepreneur and advisory committee member, Karla Briones of Karla Briones Consulting, this session helps to comb through all areas of your business and make informed decisions about what to keep and what to clear for the most successful year ahead.

Spring Series: THE SEED

Our Spring Series is designed to support planting the seed & taking important first steps, laying the foundation for what's to come.

📺 The Procrastination Panel

Join our panel of accomplished founders as they discuss procrastination in all of it’s glorious forms (*cough* new season of Selling Sunset *cough*), how to get out of it and maybe… just maybe… how to use it to your advantage. Hosted by the ever talented Brooke Gordon of BDC.


📙 Organizing Systems & Tools

Nothing makes that task list fly by like a finely tuned organizational system. From filing systems, to time management, we'll take you through what systems and tools to help scale your business, hosted by founder of Best Self Co, Catheryn Lavery.


🎤 Pitching 101

Take the pain out of pitching with this session hosted by our very own pitch pro, Sheena Brady (founder of Tease and Founders Fund) and Marc LaFleur of TruLocal (and Dragons Den Success Story!).

This charismatic duo will walk us through how to pitch clearly and confidently (no matter what your surroundings) and how to overcome fears.


May.26, 1-4pm ET, RSVP today!

Summers Series: THE GROWTH

Our Summer Series is designed to support increasing momentum and stability.

SESSION 1: Money Mindset Panel

In this intimate panel session, we will discuss how mindset impacts finances through personal and professional stories from our (amazing) panelists.

We will discuss the practicalities of financing businesses and projects alongside the mental, cultural and societal adversities (and opportunities) of becoming financially abundant.

Panel includes:

Vivene Salmon, F8th

Brandi Leifso, Evio Beauty

Jace Meyer, Advocate & Educator for Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Viviane Kaye, KinkyCurlyYaki

The panel will be hosted by Brooke Gordon of BDC.

SESSION 2: World of Finance

In this session co-hosted by Founder and investor Sheena Brady, alongside BDC, we will discuss the pros and cons of various financing options available to entrepreneurs including:

Self fundingGrants & awardsBank financing optionsFriends & Family raisingSeeking formal investment

SESSION 3: Interview with Shannon Pestun & Shauna Frederick

In this in depth interview with Shannon Pestun & Shauna Frederick (hosted by our own, Amanda Baker), we will talk to Shannon and Shauna about their financial journey starting from her childhood and covering their inspiration and journey in founding The Finance Cafe.

Autumn Series: THE HARVEST

Join us on November.17th from 1-4pm ET for Seasons of Success: Autumn edition where we'll be preparing our founders for the upcoming busy holiday sales season with panels on Sales Season Self Care featuring some of the most inspiring leaders in our community, a session with digital marketing legend Ezra Firestone on Three Things Your BFCM Strategy Is Missing, and a workshop on Stress Management for Entrepreneurs.

The day will also include giveaways and resources from our sponsors and community.

✨AGENDA✨

⛅ Session 1: Sales Season Self-Care panel

Looking forward to the sales of the holiday shopping season but dreading the chaos? Join our panel of inspiring founders for an intimate conversation about how they navigate the hectic sales season while maintaining themselves mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Our panel features: Lisa Mattam of Sahajan, Karen Danudjaja of Blume, Sheena Brady of Tease & Founders Fund and is hosted by Brooke Gordon of BDC

🛒 Session 2: Three Things Your BFCM Strategy Is Missing

Are you prepared to have your most profitable Black Friday/Cyber Monday ever? Join digital marketing legend Ezra Firestone of Smart Marketer in conversation about what Three Things Your BFCM Strategy Is Missing and how you can implement them quickly and with minimum budget!

🔬 Session 3 : Stress Management for Entrepreneurs

Think constant stress is part of running your own business? It doesn’t have to be! Join Natalie Matias from the Skills Camp team as we walk through the science of stress, how it specifically impacts entrepreneurs and what we can do to manage it while continuing to grow our businesses.

Seasons of Success is sponsored by BDC

BDC is the bank for Canadian entrepreneurs.  No other bank is doing what we do.

We’re helping Canada and its entrepreneurs create a more prosperous, inclusive and green economy through our mission of helping Canadian businesses thrive by providing financing, capital and advisory services.

 

Thanks to the know-how of its 2,500+ employees, and collaboration with partners and stakeholders, BDC is able to support the growth of Canadian businesses across multiple sectors, and to assist in the creation of value beyond profits.

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BDC Can Help

BDC supports entrepreneurs with:

Financingsolutions to finance your projects and protect your cash flow

Advisory Servicesexpert advice to run a more profitable and efficient business

Capital—a wide range of risk capital solutions for the country’s most innovative firms

 

BDC understands that to succeed you need not only sound business sense, but a set of practical tools.

That's why they offer hundreds of free resources, including eBookswebinars and 44+ useful online courses and business templates—whether your business is just starting out or is already well established.

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