Skip To Content
Photo from the Fall for Local website.

Fall for Local brings entrepreneurs and other creative folks together

By John McDonald on October 25, 2016

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“.

Photo by Brittany Fleming Photography.

Photo by Brittany Fleming Photography.

The program falls under the umbrella of Vancouver-based Fall for Local, “an online and offline platform for creative entrepreneurs”. Creative in the sense of thinking, outlook and product or service.

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.”

Julie Tremblay-Roy, photo by Brittany Fleming Photography.

Julie Tremblay-Roy, photo by Brittany Fleming Photography.

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.

Photo from the Fall for Local website.

Photo from the Fall for Local website.

Kelly’s wish had always been to reinstate the Ottawa speaker series. Meeting Julie, a Project Manager at Cinnamon Toast, made that possible.

“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.”

Photo by Brittany Fleming Photography.

Photo by Brittany Fleming Photography.

The next Local Talks will be held on Tuesday at the Shopify Cafe.

“We have a great panel for the event. John Fleischauer, leader of Halogen Software’s global acquisition team will be moderating. Kaitlin Norris (Culture Specialist, Shopify), Joshua Tolmie (Partner, Pinpoint Talent), Ian Durant (HR, You.i TV), Jillian Mood (CEO, Jillian Mood & Partners) and Callie Garvey (Facilities & Real Estate, Shopify) 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.”

Photo from the Fall for Local website.

Photo from the Fall for Local website.

“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!”

The next fall for Local talk is tonight, Tuesday October 25, 2016, 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Shopify Cafe (150 Elgin St.). Tickets are $15 @ online or $20 at the door.  For more on Fall for Local, visit their website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.