LinkUp 2019: Fixing entrepreneurs with resources

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.

Adaptation isn’t something that only established businesses need to be thinking about. That’s why the first roundtable of the day will be Start Up & Adapt featuring Chelsea Hogan from Fern & Frond, Calli Duncan and Brianne Sheppard from Far & Wide, and Franca Muraca from Franca Muraca Notary Public Inc.

Moderating the panel will be Nicole Bruce of Venture Kamloops.

“It’s all about adapting your startup, basically,” Bruce explained.

“But really, I’m trying to weave in the idea of, adapt and innovate. And also the concept of, what’s to come in the future for small business?”

All three businesses on the panel are small startups, and all have participated in the Venture Kamloops Accelerate Program — two have graduated, while one is still a part of it.

“I’m going to talk to them about what it’s like to start a business, and how, going from the planning stage to the actuality of their business, how it differed in comparison,” Bruce said.

“And when they did run up against issues in their operations, how did they go about innovating and adapting their business?”

Bruce plans to take some time to look at the concept of innovation and how it can be defined beyond just the incorporation of technology into a business. She said that it can be a very small and simple step that you take to change your business model, maybe even something grassroots.

“But the impact at the end of the day can be quite great,” she said.

While the roundtable might seem like it’s best suited for brand new businesses or those thinking of moving towards entrepreneurship, Bruce encourages business owners of all kinds to drop by, as the “startup” phase can actually go on for quite awhile.

She also reminds interested business owners that it’s a great opportunity for networking.

“Often entrepreneurship can be lonely,” she said.

“And so to be in the company of other entrepreneurs, and to have the comfort of seeing others go through the same thing they’ve gone through, and learn from what they’ve done, I think, is all very valuable

Other panels that day will be Start Up and Adapt as well as Entrepreneurial Innovation.

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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