Aspiring entrepreneurs will benefit from upcoming Red Deer College events

Date posted: 
Mon, 12/16/2019
Students study at the downtown campus, home of RDC's Donald School of Business

This winter, Red Deer College will host two events to help educate, encourage and support future small business owners from across central Alberta. The first is the one-day Business Basics for the Aspiring Entrepreneur Seminar, which will provide foundational business knowledge on a range of topics. The next is Breakthrough Your Business, a Dragon’s Den-style competition that will help people learn how to develop and then pitch their business ideas.

The free Business Basics for the Aspiring Entrepreneur Seminar is open to anyone, and it will provide information for those interested in starting and operating a small business. Topics will include legal structure and risk management, financing, accounting, sales and marketing, entrepreneurism, tips for success, key steps, and lessons learned.

For those looking to elevate their business ideas to the next level, the Breakthrough Your Business competition will provide an opportunity to create a proposal and business plan, which they will then present to a panel of judges. First place will receive $6,000 towards the start-up of their business as well as a $500 tuition voucher for RDC's School of Continuing Education. Second place will receive $4,000 towards the start-up of their business and a $250 tuition voucher for RDC's School of Continuing Education.

Anyone competing in Breakthrough Your Business must participate in the Business Basics Seminar, either this year or in the past years, as the learning from this seminar will help to position them for success in the competition and in their future businesses. People looking to compete are also required to submit their ideas by January 31. From all of the submissions, up to five contestants will be selected to participate in Breakthrough Your Business. These contestants will have the opportunity for dry-run presentations to a class of RDC Marketing students one week prior to the event.

People interested in participating in Business Basics for the Aspiring Entrepreneur Seminar and Breakthrough Your Business should be aware of the upcoming dates and deadlines:

  • January 18, 2020 - Business Basics Seminar (required for Breakthrough Your Business)
  • January 31, 2020 - Submission deadline for Breakthrough Your Business
  • February 7, 2020 - Final contestants notified for Breakthrough Your Business
  • February 27, 2020 - Final contestants have dry-run presentations to RDC Marketing class
  • March 7, 2020 - Breakthrough Your Business Competition

For further details, email DonaldSchoolof [dot] Business [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

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For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate
RDC
403.342.3299

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate
RDC
403.342.3389

 

 

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