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What does it take to start a business in Edmonton? Local entrepreneurs share their two cents

Jan 09, 2018

The Leder School of Business at The King’s University is partnering with CBC Edmonton AM to host “Risk-Takers and Money-Makers,” a conversation with Edmonton’s top entrepreneurs.

A few of Edmonton’s savviest entrepreneurs are sharing their personal journeys to success, stories about how they overcame adversity along the way, and advice for budding entrepreneurs during a panel moderated by Edmonton AM host Mark Connolly.

These local big names include Justine Barber, co-founder of Poppy Barley shoes. Justine and her sister launched Poppy Barley in 2012 in their pursuit of a shoe factory that cared about its people just as much as it cares about a quality product.

Jordan Jolicoeur, CEO of Carvel Electric and recipient of the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2018, took over a small electrical business and turned it into a fast-growing successful industrial electrical contractor.

Nicolette Leonardis is co-founder of Visio Media. Her award-winning company specializes in analytics-based advertising and just-in-time metrics focused on elevator advertising.

Startup Edmonton, an entrepreneurial community hub dedicated to turning startup ideas into reality, will be speaking on the support they offer for local entrepreneurs. Margot Ross-Graham, Edmonton AMs workplace columnist, will discuss what it takes for local businesses to thrive in the city.

Join us at Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 St. NW, on Thursday, January 18 to get inspired and talk business. Doors open at 6 p.m. for complimentary appetizers, and the conversation starts at 6:30.

This event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP on Eventbrite to hold your spot. If you can’t make it, catch some of the conversation Friday, January 19, on Edmonton AM (93.9FM/740AM) from 5:30 a.m to 8:30 a.m.