Since I mentioned the Toronto Small Business Forum in my previous post, I should also plug the annual SOHO/SME Business Conference and Expo being held next month in two cities: Toronto (Oct. 16) and Vancouver (Oct. 30).
The SOHO team promises keynote presentations to motivate and inspire; seminars & panel discussions on key business tools and resources; networking, exhibits and real-life success stories.
Some of the guests are pretty exciting. Keynote speaker at both conferences will be Kerry Munro, General Manager, Yahoo! Canada. (Though that might just be because Yahoo is a sponsor of the conference.) But the Toronto entrepreneurs on tap include Cam Heaps and Greg Taylor, co—founders of Steam Whistle Brewing.
The Vancouver lineup gets even better. It includes Brian Scudamore, founder & CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? (a thoughtful business leader whose column appears right after mine in PROFIT Magazine); serial entrepreneur Peter Thomas, founder of Century 21 Real Estate and President of LifePilot (if you ever find a copy of his 1990s book, Never Fight with a Pig, grab it!); and Peter Legge, CEO of Canada Wide Media Ltd. and one of North America’s most acclaimed speakers.
Some parts of these conferences are free, and others cost. Check out the SOHO site here to sort it out.
There’s also talk of an upcoming conference/expo in Ottawa, but no date has been announced yet.