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Kitsilano Business Leaders meetup in Vancouver is a lasting legacy of Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce which merged with Greater Vancouver Board of Trade in 2014. Our edu-networking events attract attendees from all over lower mainland including solopreneurs, start-up entrepreneurs, micro business owners, as well as brick and mortar retail merchants.


Kickstart your morning once a month with keynote presentations by stellar speakers. Enjoy camaraderie and have fun. Meet, mingle, connect, and learn. People do business with people they like and trust. Develop like and trust with us.

Successful networking means continuously building trust and new connections; continuously welcoming new people into your circle of influence.

Learn and share what steps your business can take to generate more leads, manage more calls, close more sales, operate more efficiently, and how to successfully manoeuvre your business through a rapidly changing world.

VENUE sponsored by Foot Solutions Vancouver, 2620 West Broadway branch. FREE "muffins" courtesy of different snack sponsor each month.

COST is only $12 (sorry, cash only) to help defray meetup costs. Includes coffee and breaky snack.

This Meetup is organized by volunteers and facilitated by Judy Reiman, an Independent Associate with LegalShield. https://jreiman.wearelegalshield.com/


7:00 - 7:30 am: Sign in, get your coffee and breaky snack early. Have fun networking, enjoy camaraderie, grow business trust.

7:30 - 8:10 am: Muffin Sponsor (5 min.); Success Intro...30 second insight on who you are and how your business can help others to succeed.

8:10 - 8:55 am: 45 minute keynote presentation.

9:00 - 9:30 am: Door prizes, networking and camaraderie continues.

DOOR PRIZES WELCOMED: bring a door prize for extra biz time promotion.

MUFFIN SPONSOR: Contact Judy to learn how to spotlight your business as "muffin sponsor" of the month. See schedule of 2020 breaky snack sponsors: https://www.meetup.com/KitsilanoBusinessLeaders/messages/boards/thread/52426849/0/#132166479 (https://www.meetup.com/KitsilanoBusinessLeaders/messages/boards/thread/51917997/0/#131636075)

Upcoming events (2)

Leveraging Grant Funding to Build in a Pandemic: ARIA HAHN, BEN WALTER

What do you need to know about leveraging grant funding to help your business survive and thrive? The past two years have been challenging for small business owners and start-up founders alike. Learn from ๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ต๐—ป, co-founder of ๐˜—๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ, and ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ how to pivot, grow strategic alliances, and power up with grant funding.

* 5 most common grant categories: hiring, R&D, market expansion, training, and COVID-19 recovery funding

* How to get grants to add new web pages for your business

* Available grants for getting professional promotional videos made for your business.

* Available grants to get your business set up for e-commerce

* FREE account on ๐˜—๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ to keep up to date what grants are available for your business. For special benefits, use Referral Code ๐—ž๐—œ๐—ง๐—ฆ๐— ๐—˜๐—˜๐—ง๐—จ๐—ฃ at https://hellopocketed.io/

๐—ž๐—˜๐—ฌ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—”๐—ž๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ
๐Ÿญ. ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—” ๐—›๐—”๐—›๐—ก, PhD
Aria holds a PhD in metagenomics and is the CTO and Co-Founder of ๐˜—๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ. Ariaโ€™s first entrepreneurial venture experience was as the CEO and Co-Founder of ๐˜’๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ค., a profitable service company focused on solving problems using DNA and Big Data.

Over the past 11 years, Aria has been the recipient of many grant awards including through NSERC. When sheโ€™s not using high performance data analytics to uncover answers to complex questions, Aria can be found innovating and finding new challenges to tackle.

๐Ÿฎ. ๐—•๐—˜๐—ก ๐—ช๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ, BCom
Founding team member and the Partnerships & Growth Specialist at ๐˜—๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, he currently manages Pocketedโ€™s strategic alliance network composed of 100 accelerators, incubators, chambers of commerce, and B2B service companies across Canada.

With over $5.9B available to Canadian businesses every year through grant funding, tax credits, and competitions, his team is on a mission to power economic growth by democratizing access to non-dilutive funds.

He is experienced in acquisition marketing at eCommerce companies such as Indochino.

7:30-8am: Brief intros from each attendee.
8-8:45am: Aria presentation on co-founding the startup followed by Ben showing how the Pocketed platform works.
8:45-9am: Questions and wrap-up.

We wanted to start in-person meetups again, but during the continued COVID and winter weather instabilities, unfortunately it is still safest to be on ZOOM for January and February 2022.
Zoom meetup at: https://successroadacademy.zoom.us/j/99031058668

The Rise of Digital Nomads: NATHAN ERGANG, PAT LITTLE

Online event

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ด - ๐˜™๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ.
Details to come.

7:30-8am: Meetup officially opens and brief intros from each attendee.
8-8:45am: Keynote presentation
8:45-9am: Questions and wrap-up.

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