In the world of business and sales, nothing is more effective than one-on-one networking - which is why three times a year we host After Business Mixers, bringing together 40+ exhibitors and 250+ attendees.
As an exhibitor, you'll make new connections, promote your business and generate quality leads.
But before that, you need to get people to stop at your exhibitor booth.
To help you prepare for our first Mixer this season on Sept. 26 at Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, we've put together 7 tips to help you drive traffic to your booth:
1. Do something fun
Drive traffic to your booth with something fun and interactive. Who doesn’t enjoy a giant spinning wheel or even a simple beanbag toss? How about a hockey skill challenge or a fun quiz? Games and contests are a great way to break the ice with attendees and opens up a door to talk about your business and what you have to offer them.
2. Give away free stuff
People love free stuff. Host a draw for tickets to the next big sporting event, or give away a tablet. Also, don’t forget to invest in quality and practical company swag. Think about who is coming to the event. What is something that will be useful to them? Remember, your giveaways at a business mixer (e.g. a tote bag to carry promotional items) may be different from something you’d hand out to runners at a marathon (e.g. a water bottle to satisfy their thirst).
3. Know your key messages
It’s important to practice, memorize and master your key messages. You may only have a few minutes to draw in attendees who are making their way through each booth. You’ll be competing with a number of other businesses and it’s important to get your message across right away. You’ll need to tell them about your business and how you can make their life easier in just a few impactful sentences.
4. Promote your booth
Before the event even takes place, spread the word about your booth and the After Business Mixer. The bigger the crowd, the better! Draw your clients and network in by offering something exclusive to the tradeshow attendees, such as an exclusive discount. Don’t forget to mention the cool activities at your booth and prizes to be won! Send personal invitations to those you want to attend, or spread your reach by sharing our event poster on social media.
5. Get out there
Stock up on business cards. You’ll want a handful on you to not only enter the contests, but also to hand out to different Chamber members you’ll meet. It’s important to take the opportunity to get out there and introduce yourself to the other booths. When collecting business cards, take notes on their cards to remind yourself later about your conversations and how your businesses can work together.
6. Set goals
Just like any good strategy, you need clear and measurable objectives. Are you at the Mixer to find two new clients? Or are you looking for a mentor or perhaps a specific service provider? Before the event, review the exhibitors’ list and make note of who you want to talk to and prepare some questions for them.
Now for the most important tip – don’t forget to follow-up with your leads as soon as possible. Review the business cards you collected and reach out to them, especially while you’re still fresh in their memory. Send a friendly email and schedule a follow-up meeting to continue the conversation you started.
Our After Business Mixers are fun and social mini-trade shows where you can grow your business, collect new leads and build valuable business relationships. The event is free to attend. All exhibitors and guests are treated to delicious appetizers and drinks while they visit the 30+ interactive booths.
After Business Mixer
Wednesday, September 26
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT)
130 Henlow Bay
Exhibitor rate: $175 +GST
For additional questions, you can reach our Director of Events, Elizabeth Cron, at 204-944-3308 or by email email@example.com.
Winnipeg is expected to grow to over one million people in the next 15 years. Are we building a livable city for the 21st century? Will Winnipeg's development, transportation and urban planning transform our economy in this time of imperative change?
As our city nears completion of its review of OurWinnipeg – the city’s long-range growth planning strategy – we explore five issues facing our city's growth:
Transportation remains a top concern for Winnipeggers. As our city grows, so will traffic congestion and commute times unless we find better ways of getting around. How can we achieve friction-free movement of people and goods? Building viable trade routes could improve economic opportunity for local industries and divert semi-trucks and trains away from our city center and residential neighbourhoods. Public transit, ridesharing, carsharing, bikesharing and even electric scooters could work together to form a mobility network that provides a viable alternative to car ownership.
We’ve all heard the cries to “fix the damn roads!” While progress has been made over the past few years, 43% of all respondents in the most recent Citizen Survey said we need to improve road conditions*. We still need to fill potholes, but we also need to prioritize investments in green infrastructure to reduce our environmental impact and build facilities such as recreation centres, libraries and parks that make our community more livable.
Over the next 25 years, Winnipeg's population is expected to grow by over 200,000 people – creating an annual demand for about 4,000 housing units*. Where are those people going to live and how can we provide the infrastructure and services they need as efficiently as possible? Building new, mixed-use communities is one option, but also needed is more infill-housing to increase density and make more efficient use of roads, sewers and services already in place.
4. Preserving the Natural Environment
With a city growing as fast as ours, it's important we remain cognizant of our urban development and lifestyle choices. Whether it's making an effort to lessen our carbon footprint by living in a multi-family home, moving to a smaller home, or taking public transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we have the power to create positive change.
5. Social Change and Equity
Winnipeg needs to continue to strive to be a city that treats people fairly and respectfully while accommodating social differences. As our city develops, we need to create an environment designed to benefit all ages and abilities. Winnipeggers want to see increased community programming and gardens, a vibrant arts & culture scene and more recreation services. Let's remove systemic barriers and create places where everyone feels welcome.
Join us on Wednesday, September 19 for a half-day conference on Building a Smart Livable Winnipeg for the 21st Century with special guest speaker Jan Gehl, a global leader in people-centered urban design. Learn how we compare with other Canadian cities and hear how local and national leaders create smart livable cities.
Conference + Jan Gehl Luncheon package:
$105 +GST ($25 savings) | available to members only
$75 + GST
Are you a registered charity helping Manitoba youth succeed? With support from the TELUS Manitoba Community Board, charities are eligible to receive up to $20,000 in one-time grant funding for a new or existing grassroots project.
How does it work?
Ready to get started?
The next application deadline is September 1, 2018. To apply online, visit community.telus.com
The online application will ask for an overview of your organization and proposed youth-focused program. In most cases, the form can be completed in about 30 minutes.
Questions? Contact Jackie Wild, Community Investment Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Manoverboard is a local design studio that helps organizations and nonprofits create effective online strategies and enduring websites. They aim to create digital platforms and messaging to fuel company missions and make brands visible while ensuring their work has a positive impact on society. With their small team of designers and developers, Manoverboard is upping the ante as the first Ceritifed B Corporation in Manitoba. We sat down with Manoverboard for a Q&A to find out what they're all about - keep reading for more!
WC: Tell us about your organization.
Manoverboard is a purpose-driven design studio that helps nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and socially responsible businesses. We are a small team of designers and developers that work on big projects for pioneering clients from Winnipeg and around the world. We take on projects that have a substantial benefit to the people, the community and the planet – ideally all three! Manoverboard is the first Certified B Corporation in Manitoba, which means that our business practices are thoroughly assessed every two years to ensure that our work contributes to not only the society and the planet, but also how employees and clients are treated.
WC: What are 3 innovative projects your organization does that contributes to the health and wellness of our city?
We built the site for the new Chronic Disease Innovation Centre at Seven Oaks General Hospital. This innovative research centre uses big data to better support policy decision-making, especially around kidney diseases and disability. The centre partners with other leading institutions in Winnipeg, like U of M, and attracts worldwide talent to perform cutting edge applied research.
We are about to finish a new site for Red River College. We combined about 70 websites into one very sophisticated site that allows multiple departments/users to manage their content. The site allows administrators to easily connect with students and faculty to drive better health outcomes throughout the college.
We also work with Green Action Centre, which is a unique and successful nonprofit in Winnipeg. We created a social media green screen tool for them that allows people to be photographed in various superhero outfits to demonstrate their commitment to living green and living better. The green screen we built has a very small footprint and can be carried on a bike or a bus.
WC: What impact have you witnessed?
Some of our most impactful work includes creating projects for BeeProject Apiaries urban hive efforts, revitalizing Northern Lights Mentorship Group’s aboriginal youth job training efforts, and donating 1% of all income (revenue) to organizations focused on environmental conservation and tackling environmental issues.
We take our mission, creating a better world by design, very seriously and strive to lead by example for other small businesses in Winnipeg. Every two years, our Certified B Corporation status is re-assessed to ensure that we are contributing to the society as a whole.
WC: When did you realize how significant your actions are?
We are always looking for innovative ways to create change. Although our actions in creating a better environment for the people, the community and the planet have been significant, we aren’t done yet!
WC: What does Winnipeg mean to you?
Winnipeg represents what people should think about when they think of Canada - very smart, engaged people living in a highly connected community that sits in a harsh climate – it’s warm, it’s cold, it’s hot. While I enjoy other Canadian cities, Winnipeg has the right combination of people trying to make a difference, and the impact of all these small changes is hugely beneficial.
For more information and to find out how Manoverboard can create your next effective online strategy and website, please visit their website here.
To learn more information on how to start saving lives, please contact email@example.com.
It was early summer when two young men went to work at their grandfather's manufacturing company. From his office, the CEO could see his grandsons working on the shop floor. The season went smoothly; but seeing his grandsons at work, exposed to hazards, had a profound effect on the long-time business owner.
"I remember this employer well," says Darren Oryniak, Vice President, Compensation Services, WCB. "Having his grandsons working for him was the catalyst to make him recommit himself to safety and health and Return to Work."
This story may be unique but the outcome isn't. In his more than 30 years working in claims at the WCB, Darren has seen business leaders implement Return to Work programs for a variety of reasons.
For some, it's primarily financial. Return to Work is good business. It minimizes WCB claims costs, it can reduce the cost of training replacements and can help maintain productivity.
For others, it's legal. There's legislation around re-employing injured workers that applies to organizations with more than 25 workers. They do it to remain compliant.
More often than not, it's moral. Employers feel a duty to their employees and are compelled to help them get back to work as quickly and safely as possible.
"Business owners have a variety of reasons for implementing Return to Work programs," Darren explains. "What I've noticed is that they're starting to look at the strategic advantage it provides in recruiting and retaining workers. Companies are realizing that if they are safer and support Return to Work, they can attract and retain workers in a competitive labour market. There are also the added benefits of maintaining productivity, enhancing team dynamics and improving workplace morale."
Each workplace and worker is unique. Therefore, Return to Work programs must evolve and be customized to meet the specific needs of individual workers and workplaces. Key principles based on participation, communication, responsibility, and early intervention help ensure the program's success.
To help organizations reach this goal, the WCB offers a free workshop strictly focused on helping employers create or enhance their program to ensure an injured worker can safely return to meaningful work. Called Return to Work Basics, the one-day course introduces the basic components and best practices of a Return to Work program.
For more information, contact Return To Work Program Services at
204-954-6161 or toll free 1-855-954-4321, extension 6161.
Summer is here, and whether you are spending time outdoors for work or leisure, you should take precautions to stay healthy, safe and comfortable in the heat.
The following conditions may put you and your staff at risk:
Here's what to do
To increase comfort and safety in the heat when working outdoors:
More serious situations can lead to heat stress, a condition in which the body is unable to control its internal temperature. The following symptoms can result in:
What to do if someone is experiencing heat stress
For more information about staying safe in the heat, check out SAFE Work Manitoba's Heat Stress Tip Card.
Do you hire summer students? Young workers are an asset to your workplace ― coming in with enthusiasm, fresh eyes, and new ideas.
However, many young workers tend not to ask questions about their safety at work because they are eager to please, want to make a good impression and are afraid of losing their job. This hesitation can have serious consequences. New workers have five to seven times the risk of injury than other workers in the first four weeks of a new job.
As an employer, you can offer your summer students a good work experience while also protecting them from injury on the job.
Here's what to do
Employers must ensure that every new worker is provided with a safety and health orientation and is trained to protect themselves from hazards that they may encounter in the course of their duties.
Visit safemanitoba.com for more information on new/young worker safety.
Content provided by Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, a partner in our Healthy Workplaces program.
Each month hundreds of businesses come together and network at our Membership Luncheon series.
To make it easy for you, we offer our members season seats to all 10 of our luncheons, which includes our signature events, State of the City Address and State of the Province Address.
As a season seat holder, you’ll enjoy a number of exclusive benefits, here are just seven of them:
Time is money. We know you’re busy and purchasing tickets online each month is just another task on your to-do list. With season seats, you’re preregistered for all 10 luncheons. With that one-time purchase, you’ll receive monthly calendar invites and your ticket with the event program and your table number will be emailed directly to you a few days before the luncheon.
If those savings don’t intrigue you, know that you’re saving 25% off each luncheon ticket with season seats. On top of that, receive 25% off any additional tickets you need for each luncheon.
2. PRIORITY SEATING
As season seat holders, you and your guests will be given priority seating each luncheon. Also, if you’re hoping to be seated with a potential client or if you want to reconnect with an old friend, let us know before the luncheon – we’re more than happy to accommodate any seating requests when we can.
3. BUILD BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS
The key to growing your business is your network. Join us each month to meet potential clients, board members, employees or even your next business partner. Businesses join The Chamber to network. Join us each month and be a part of a community where you’ll build new business relationships and strengthen existing ones.
4. EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEKS
As a season seat holder, you’ll be the first in the know of important initiatives, projects and laws that will impact your business. Our luncheons offer exclusive sneak peeks of what’s happening in our city. For example, State of the City and State of the Province Address is best-known as the platform where the Mayor and Premier announce their newest projects for Winnipeg and Manitoba.
As an added bonus, season seat holders are given first-access to tickets to The Chamber VIP events.
5. TEAM APPRECIATION
Don’t forget - your season seats are interchangeable. This means if you purchase a table of season seats, you can rotate your staff as to who attends each month. Our luncheons allow your team to take a break from their desk, learn from influencers and network with other businesses.
Show your team you appreciate them, and allow them to develop their skills and to network, while proudly representing your organization at our Chamber luncheon.
6. CLIENT APPRECIATION
Personal connections is one of the most important drivers in business today. Show your clients you’re thinking of them by personally inviting them as your special guest to a Chamber luncheon. Your season seats allows you to share your season seats with any of your stakeholders. Treat them for lunch, make them feel valued and maybe even close that deal.
7. FIND SOLUTIONS
Our luncheons focus on topical issues affecting Winnipeg businesses. Join us each month to hear our keynotes share their solutions to your problems in an engaging and two-way dialogue. Or if your problem is more specific, with the 300+ businesses in attendance, you’ll be sure to find someone who can help you find what you need. If you need a warm introduction, let a Chamber staff know – we’re more than happy to connect you to the right people.
Get your 2018-2019 season seats here by Wednesday, September 19.
Season seat rates:
Single seat | $530 +GST Table of ten | $5,300 +GST
The Winnipeg Chamber: What does Eascan Automation do?
Phil Bernardin (President): We've designed and built custom machines and control systems for industrial manufacturing for 25 years.
WC: What sets your organization apart from others in your industry?
PB: We develop strategies with our clients, and work closely with them, their processes, and their employees to determine an effective solution prior to the build. We aim to hit the mark to make the most of their dollars to maximize ROI.
You need to aim and shoot with automation. Be specific, and understand the value of each step that you are automating, but also understand the risk. Just automating something without thinking about the benefits of safety, expansion, quality control, and additional productivity/efficiency is throwing money away.
We do our diligence in seeing where our clients’ benefits truly live. We’ve actually decommissioned excessively automated systems in the past and reverted to more efficient manual or semi-automatic operations.
WC: What's your favourite thing to do (or place to visit) in Winnipeg?
PB: The Assiniboine Park Zoo. We have a family membership and my kids love seeing the exhibits and of course, the polar bears. It’s a nice drive into the park and a beautiful place to walk through.
WC: Why did you join The Winnipeg Chamber? As someone doing business in Winnipeg, how can we help you?
PB: I initially joined for all the networking opportunities. There are so many events and opportunities hosted throughout the year that are great to get out and meet other business owners. Eascan is focused on automation and manufacturing in Manitoba and it’s important to us to support local businesses as well. I really like the add on membership benefit structure, which allows us to focus on the specific area of support for our needs.
WC: What's your best piece of business advice?
PB: Be honest, proactive, and respond quickly to emails and calls.
WC: What's your best business success story?
PB: If I have to pick one, there was a situation where one of our client's machines malfunctioned. Thanks to our in house support and broad knowledge, we designed, built, installed and commissioned a new control system and had them back up and running in less than a week. All of our solutions are custom, meaning that each one is designed with our client and their specific needs so anytime our machines and systems can increase productivity and efficiency, it’s a success story for Eascan.