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How business owners can stay connected and inspired in 2021

How business owners can stay connected and inspired in 2021

After the so called “dumpster fire” that was last year, 2021 has naturally shouldered a lot of expectations — and following a year of pandemic, murder hornets, wildfires, crashes and conflicts — we get it.

Now that we are more than a month into 2021 and have been able to breathe in the hope of a new year, we want to help you make this year even better!

We’re sharing a few easy ways for small business owners to connect, learn and be inspired this year.

Stay connected

We’re lucky to have an amazing business community in Alberta and there are still plenty of ways to network, even during a lockdown.

Join your local Chamber of Commerce for virtual professional events and networking, plus access to educational resources and programs. (Calgary Chamber is 50% off until March 31, 2021!)

Tap into thought-leaders, change-makers and exciting new ideas! Offering live streaming events, digital coffees, and virtual pitch nights, the Calgary and Edmonton startup communities are a great place for entrepreneurs to find like-minded people.

Register your business and stay engaged with your local Business Improvement Area (BIA). BIAs help businesses work together to enhance the economic development of their area. You’ll be able to keep up with community-specific business news, meet other business owners, or even step up for a volunteer gig.

We know there are many more organizations doing inspiring work to bring business owners together — because together we all succeed!

Find inspiration

Lay the groundwork for new opportunities by keeping an open mind and staying curious.

Podcasts like How I Built This and Startup are entertaining and inspiring, plus many others titles are available that provide helpful business advice and perspectives.

30 of the Best Business Podcasts You Should Listen to in 2020

Sometimes inspiration just needs a different perspective. Sites like Quora or Reddit can be great resources to get input from experienced entrepreneurs.

Or go analog and thumb through a good business read — whether it is a new must-read or an essential worth revisiting, stay sharp and escape the Netflix trap!

11 Business Books Entrepreneurs Must Reread in 2021
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Be part of the buzz

Capitalize on the small business spotlight during key movements that happen throughout the year. These movements can include new events and resources or they may offer an opportunity for you to give back. Most importantly, they are a great time to be part of the conversation.

There are plenty of resources for small businesses out there, these are just a few that have helped us. What are some of your tips for staying connected and inspired as a business owner?

The content on this website is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or a legal opinion of any kind. Users of this website are advised to seek legal advice by contacting Lawnch (or other legal counsel) directly to discuss any specific legal issues.

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