LinkUp 2019: Event looking toward future

LinkUp, the Venture Kamloops event that connects local entrepreneurs with a variety of resources and programs to help them succeed, is back for 2019 with a focus on the future

LinkUp is Venture Kamloops’ annual business summit featuring speakers, panels, a networking trade show and more. It’s an event geared for business owners and employers and will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
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LinkUp, the Venture Kamloops event that connects local entrepreneurs with a variety of resources and programs to help them succeed, is back for 2019 with a focus on the future.

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This year’s theme is Adapt and Innovate: The Future of Local Business.

The keynote speaker will be Max Valiquette who is, according to Marketing Magazine, one of Canada’s most influential marketers. He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Diamond Integrated Marketing.

“His background is marketing,” explained Jim Anderson, executive director of Venture Kamloops.

“But he has a very sharp insight into the future of small business, and talking about innovation as a part of business in the future.”

But there’s a lot more to the day than the keynote, said Anderson.

“There are three kind of facets to the day,” he said.

“Panels, which have reps from different business organizations that have resources to offer. Round tables featuring entrepreneurs giving advice.

“And then a trade show area where we’ll have a lot of the people who appear on the panels, as well as other business services”

The first panel, called Start-Up and Adapt, will feature Chelsea Hogan of Fern & Frond Floral Studio, Calli Duncan and Brianne Sheppard of Far & Wide and Franca Muraca, notary public.

Next is the Entrepreneurial Innovation panel, with Lincoln Smith and John Zubak from Kamloops Innovation.

The third and final roundtable, Expand & Innovate, will feature Colin Lyons of Lyons Landscaping, Nathan Froese of Joy Factory Films, Jason Paige from Acres Enterprises and Maeghan Summers of Forno on Fifth and The Noble Pig.

This is the fourth year Venture Kamloops has put on LinkUp and it’s been consistently successful, with the event selling out in 2018.

Anderson said it’s an event for anyone in business in Kamloops regardless of that business’s size.

“If you’re trying to run a business in Kamloops, we’re trying to present you as much help as we possibly can,” he said.

“It’s a really good opportunity come and get information you’re probably not going to come across otherwise.”

LinkUp takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre.

Tickets are available online at Tickets are good for access to the entire day of resources, roundtables and networking opportunities, plus breakfast and lunch. The keynote speech will take place at 1:30 p.m., following lunch and a break dedicated to networking and the trade show.

LinkUp will also feature three roundtable discussions throughout the day: Start Up & Expand, Entrepreneurial Innovation and Adapt and Innovate.

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