Ottawa is generally accepted to be a thriving hub of activity for entrepreneurs, both aspiring and established. The availability of resources and support is cited as a reason entrepreneurs can bloom in the 613.
Another entrepreneurial resource is now active in Ottawa.
LocalTalks is a speakers series promoted as “a monthly gathering for local small business owners, makers, bloggers and entrepreneurs”.
If this is up your alley, you’ll have an opportunity to attend one of their talks tonight, on the theme of “Talent & Culture“.
As Julie Tremblay Roy, the Ottawa Fall for Local ambassador, points out, the talks “are for everyone who is an entrepreneur, or is considering going into business.”
Each talk has a moderated panel of speakers with a themed focus, the next being Talent & Culture. While the notion of a theme brings direction to the event, there is the opportunity to raise issues, and to network.
Local Talks originated in Ottawa some years ago by Kelly Turner. Life events found her relocating to Vancouver, and the program in Ottawa was curtailed.
Once established on the west coast, Kelly set up Fall for Local. Its raison d’être is to build a community for emerging and established entrepreneurs through the curation of pop up markets, and the Local Talks speaker series. The most recent pop up market, held this past Saturday, saw over 75 independent businesses participating.
“I first connected with Kelly when she approached the agency to design a logo for Local Talks. That’s where she and I decided to partner up. I’m very excited about the possibilities. We believe that this is a great opportunity to build a community and foster meaningful, helpful relationships.”
“We have a great panel for the event. John Fleischauer, leader of global acquisition team will be moderating. Kaitlin Norris (Culture Specialist, ), Joshua Tolmie (Partner, ), Ian Durant (HR, ), Jillian Mood (CEO, ) and Callie Garvey (Facilities & Real Estate, ) are the panelists. Success is often attributed to having the right people help grow the business. Our panelists will be discussing how to attract top talent.”
The talks are generally an hour in duration, followed by a half hour networking opportunity.
“Meeting other entrepreneurs and cultivating new connections is a major part of the event. It’s important to share stories, and talk about successes and failures. We all benefit.”
“We’re open to ideas for themes. We want to make certain that the talks are relevant to the community that we are developing. We want our participants to leave inspired. This is going to be fun!”