BEGIN:VCALENDAR PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 16.0 MIMEDIR//EN VERSION:2.0 METHOD:PUBLISH X-MS-OLK-FORCEINSPECTOROPEN:TRUE BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:Central Standard Time BEGIN:STANDARD DTSTART:16011104T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=1SU;BYMONTH=11 TZOFFSETFROM:-0500 TZOFFSETTO:-0600 END:STANDARD BEGIN:DAYLIGHT DTSTART:16010311T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=2SU;BYMONTH=3 TZOFFSETFROM:-0600 TZOFFSETTO:-0500 END:DAYLIGHT END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT CLASS:PUBLIC CREATED:20220419T194407Z DESCRIPTION:As a business\, it can be tough to keep up with customer demand s as your industry changes and you wonder ‘What will be disrupted next? ” Large companies may have research and development budgets to grow and foster innovation\, but as a small or mid-sized business\, you wonder how you can innovate with the time and resources you have available? You kno w that success can depend upon innovation and it is common for small busin esses to focus primarily on existing products and services. Innovation is not just about large technological innovations - innovation can be simple ideas. Remember\, it’s not enough to say that innovation is a priority - ensure you have a process in place\, and continue to work at making it a priority! \n \nIn this session\, you will learn: \n• Wha t drives the need for innovation in small business\;\n• Ho w to build innovation into a business routine\;\n• How to invest in innovation\; and\, \n• How to cultivate an innov ative mindset.\n \nMeet Your Facilitator\n \nNicole Asselin Is a Senior Ma nager in the MNP Consulting practice based in Edmonton\, serving clients l ocally and provincially. Nicole has over twelve years of experience in in dustry and management consulting. She has been involved in innovation\, b usiness process and operations improvement in many capacities\, with diver se clients across multiple industries. Nicole obtained her Master of Busin ess Administration from the University of Alberta in 2004 with focus on In ternational Business Specialization\, is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified\, is Innovation Engineering Blue Belt Certified\, and has participated in Le an Action Workouts. She and her husband are small business owners and are familiar with the need to innovate and market services. Nicole has excepti onal client relations and is recognized for her professionalism\, diplomac y and confidentiality in dealing with colleagues and her clients. Nicole i s a disciplined project manager that provides strong operational support t o clients and has managed a number of projects relating to Operational Eff ectiveness\, Process Improvement\, Organizational Review\, Business Strate gy and Planning\, Market Assessment and Analysis. In addition\, Nicole has led and participated in numerous engagements in a variety of areas includ ing the private sector\, provincial government\, municipalities\, municipa l associations\, non-profit organizations and post-secondary educational i nstitutions.\n \n DTEND;TZID="Central Standard Time":20220519T150000 DTSTAMP:20200331T210609Z DTSTART;TZID="Central Standard Time":20220519T133000 LAST-MODIFIED:20220419T194407Z PRIORITY:5 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY;LANGUAGE=en-ca:How to Innovate as a Small Business TRANSP:OPAQUE UID:040000008200E00074C5B7101A82E0080000000000A8944A7607D601000000000000000 010000000EACA8CFB3D46FA44BCB4FD669E75C420 X-ALT-DESC;FMTTYPE=text/html:\n\n< /xml>

A s a business\, it can be tough to keep up with customer demands as your in dustry changes and you wonder ‘\;What will be disrupted next?”\;  \; Large companies may have res earch and development budgets to grow and foster innovation\, but as a sma ll or mid-sized business\, you wonder how you can innovate with the time a nd resources you have available? \; You know that success can depend upon innovation and it is common for small businesses to focus primarily on existing products and services. \; Innovation is not just about lar ge technological innovations - innovation can be simple ideas. Remember\, it’\;s not enough to say that innovation is a priority - ensure you h ave a process in place\, and continue to work at making it a priority! \;

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