13 essential SK business networking events in December

‘Tis the season for small business networking. This December, mingle with Saskatchewan SMB owners and entrepreneurs at these 13 SK networking events, conferences, open houses, and workshops.

Dec
1

PA EX SMALL BUSINESS CHRISTMAS

The Prince Albert Exhibition Association invites you to their annual Small Business Christmas Party.

  • Who should attend: Small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Prince Albert area
  • Where: Prince Albert
  • Admission: $50/person or table of eight for $360

Highlights:

  • Enjoy a delicious dinner, beverages, DJ music, dancing, and comedy entertainment by Kelly Taylor
  • Mixer 6:30 p.m., dinner 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $50/person or table of eight for $360
  • For tickets/details, email paex@sasktel.net or phone Colleen Ostlund at 306.764.1717
Dec
3 - 5

SASKATCHEWAN GEOLOGICAL OPEN HOUSE

The 49th annual Saskatchewan Geological Open House is the premier annual conference for mining and mineral exploration companies active in Saskatchewan.

  • Who should attend: Mining and mineral exploration professionals
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: $0

Highlights:

  • Network with over 700 local, national, and international delegates
  • This year’s Open House features a strong technical program. Learn about various SK exploration and development projects plus advances in exploration techniques.
  • Enjoy an IceBreaker reception, trade show, conference meetings, technical poster session, and short course
  • Free admission
Dec
4

TRENDS AND TRADE OPPORTUNITIES IN BEEF MARKETS

Anne Wasko of Gateway Livestock Exchange shares valuable insights on what you can expect in beef markets in the months and years ahead, including industry structure trends and trade developments.  

  • Who should attend: Sellers and consumers in the Saskatchewan beef cattle industry
  • Where: Wawota
  • Admission: $0

Highlights 

  • Explore key factors shaping North American and international beef markets 
  • Learn about trends shaping the Canadian cattle industry 
  • Learn how to position your business to mitigate risk and grow profitability
  • Free to attend
Dec
4

WASTE LESS TIME: LEARN WHICH SOCIAL CHANNELS TO INVEST IN

Heather Murphy of Authentically: Business & Life Solutions teaches you how to waste less time by learning which social channels to focus on—and which ones to skip.

  • Who should attend: Saskatchewan small business owners and entrepreneurs.
  • Where: Regina
  • Admission: $30

Highlights:

  • 1-hour workshop followed by 1-hour of live training
  • Explore different social channel personalities and uses, look at your analytics, and simplify your social strategy so you can spend more time with loved ones, or curled up with a hot cup of cocoa
  • Bring your laptops and tablets, coffee and snacks will be provided
  • Tickets: $30
Dec
4

ALL ACCESS EXPERT ADVICE PROGRAM

An exclusive opportunity for WESK members, associate members, and loan clients to get 1-on-1 business advice from experts in the marketing, legal, and accounting industries.

  • Who should attend: Anyone starting, building, or growing their business in SK.
  • Where: Regina & Saskatoon
  • Admission: $50 for each hour-long appointment

Highlights:

Dec
5

CHAMBER ON TAP

Join Saskatoon’s business community and the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce for a pint-sized chat.

  • Who should attend: Saskatoon business leaders, entrepreneurs, and future entrepreneurs
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: N/A

Highlights:

  • Gain entrepreneur insights from local business leaders on the first Wednesday of each month
  • Friendly networking event that’s free for Chamber of Commerce members, non-members welcome, too
  • This month’s speaker: Alisha Esmail, Road Coffee Co.
Dec
6

FARMS AT THE TABLE CONFERENCE

The 5th annual Farms at the Table Conference is a forum for the food & farming industries to share strategies and discuss opportunities for connecting with consumers.

  • Who should attend: Farmers, ranchers, nutritionists, restaurateurs, farming and food bloggers.
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: $225 until November 26th, then $275

Highlights:

  • The conference brings industry, communicators, and consumers together to encourage dialogue that will improve public trust in our food system
  • Feature speakers include: Tamar Haspel - Correspondent for the Washington Post, Patricia Chuey - Registered Dietitian, Terry Tyson - GM of Grain Millers Canada, and a producer panel
  • This is one of very few events that links people across the agricultural spectrum: crops, livestock, horticulture, large and small scale, agribusiness, research, and government
  • Presentation of the Farm & Food Care Champion Award
  • Tickets: $225 until November 26th, then $275
Dec
6

START AT SQUARE ONE

Do you have a business idea, but don’t know where to start? Come to the free ‘Start at Square One: A Guide to Launching a Small Business Seminar.’

  • Who should attend: Aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Where: Regina & Saskatoon
  • Admission: N/A

This free 1-hour seminar will cover:

  • Idea cultivation and market research
  • Developing a business plan
  • Business structure and registration
  • Licenses and permits
  • Tax regulations
Dec
12

7:22 BREAKFAST CLUB - XMAS LUNCHEON

The 7:22 Breakfast Club is a business club typically held at 7:22 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. This month’s special event is a Christmas luncheon.

  • Who should attend: Saskatoon entrepreneurs and business leaders, newcomers welcome.
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: N/A

Highlights:

  • The club’s theme: “Business, friendship, integrity”
  • Join a group of willing, engaged, and committed individuals focused on creating a friendly atmosphere where business individuals from the community can network
  • The club’s goals: increase the awareness and value of local businesses, promote the benefits of local business, and develop business connections within the community and club
  • Register in advance
Dec
12

SASKATCHEWAN PROCUREMENT DAY

Procurement Day is the first and only construction-exclusive day for information on 2019 procurement opportunities. It will bring together major public and private sector owners in the province (listed below), consultants, and contractors for discussion, and relationship building.

  • Who should attend: Public and private sector owners, consultants, general contractors, trade contractors, suppliers and any other key stakeholders in Saskatchewan’s construction industry.
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: $50

Highlights:

  • Public Sector Panel on Infrastructure Plans for 2019: City of Saskatoon, SaskBuilds, SaskPower, University of Saskatchewan
  • Announcement of the first inductees to the Saskatchewan Construction Hall of Fame
  • Expert panel on what to expect from the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan economies in 2019: Saskatoon Region Economic Development Authority, Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan, Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, MNP, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Private Sector Panel on Infrastructure Plans for 2019: Federated Co-operative Ltd, Arbutus Properties, Dream Unlimited, and stay tuned for one more presenter
  • Direct time for networking and building connections
  • Lunch included
  • Tickets: $50
Dec
13

PA@5

PA@5 is a living room conversation and networking event on the second Thursday of each month.

  • Who should attend: Prince Albert business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs.
  • Where: Prince Albert
  • Admission: $0

Highlights:

  • Meet and mingle with the amazing people from Prince Albert and ask them how they got to where they are today
  • This event is meant to help business people connect, inspire, and educate each other
  • Appetizers sponsored by Prince Albert Golf & Curling Club
  • Free to attend
Dec
15

SASKATOON BABES WHO BRUNCH

A Saturday-morning networking session with business leaders whose intention is to grow, connect with one another, and become comfortable in the uncomfortable. The brunch slogan: “There’s nothing more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”

  • Who should attend: Saskatoon businesswomen.
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: $45-$55

Highlights:

  • Come for raw conversation with amazing women, delicious brunch eats and sips, and to hear impactful insights, experiences, and takeaways from an incredible lady boss
  • Don’t be shy...attending solo is encouraged
  • Tickets: $45 for members and $55 for non-members, which includes a two-course brunch, coffee, and a curated gift bag
Dec
21

WESK MEETS

Free monthly coffee networking event for SK business leaders and entrepreneurs, hosted by WESK—Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan.

  • Who should attend: Business professionals, entrepreneurs, and WESK Members.
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: $0

Highlights:

  • The most successful people in business are well connected and opportunities seem to find them
  • Take advantage of this networking opportunity with other entrepreneurs and business professionals
  • Bring your business cards!

There you are: 13 opportunities to launch your business, attend conferences, network with peers and mentors, and build your empire. Let us know if we can help connect your business to your community, SK customers, and the world.

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