Ask an Airdrie Expert
If you had access to a business professional for free, what question would you ask?
Airdrie Economic Development introduced its Ask an Airdrie Expert Program in 2012.
Ask an Airdrie Expert Spring 2014
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: Appointments available between 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Airdrie Business Edge, 620 - First Ave NW (next to Avenue Bakery)
|Type of Expert||Book Your 20-minute|
|Financing Your Business||Click Here|
|Business Coach||Click Here|
|Business Banking Advisor||Click Here|
|Business Planning||Click Here|
You may also book by phone by calling Airdrie Economic Development at 403.948.8844
Note: To book with multiple experts, you will need to book each appointment separately.
Open House at Airdrie Business Edge - You're Invited
All Airdrie business owners & manager, participants, and guests are invited to a Wine & Cheese Open House from 6 - 8 p.m. at Airdrie Business Edge after Ask an Airdrie Expert. Come see what Airdrie Business Edge has to offer small business. No RSVP necessary!
What is the program?
The purpose of the program is to connect local businesses with local experts to:
- Provide opportunities for businesses to ask topic-specific questions in a safe, welcoming, no cost and no obligation environment.
- Introduce businesses to the professional resources available locally.
- Educate business owners about how working with business professionals can benefit their business.
"When I attended the program, I was in the process of starting up my business and had many questions. Being able to have a one-on-one conversation with an ‘Airdrie Expert’ allowed for all my questions to be answered and gave me a clear vision of what I needed to do, to get my business up an running. Now that I’m operational, I look forward to making use of the program again."
Owner, Wilk’s Booth
How does it work?
Airdrie entrepreneurs, prospective and current business owners, and managers can sign up for a free 20-minute confidential consultation with a local expert.
This is your opportunity to ask a professional questions about operating your business. There is no obligation to purchase future services from the professional.
Who are the experts?
The Airdrie Experts are volunteers from the local business community who have met the criteria for the program. They work in professional service firms in Airdrie that specialize in working with small and home-based businesses.
What kind of questions can I ask?
Feel free to ask any business-related question that is specific to the professional you are meeting with. Examples could include:
- Should I and how do I incorporate my business? (lawyer or accountant)
- Do I need to charge GST? (accountant)
- How do I know I'm meeting my business goals? (business coach)
- What do I need to approach a bank for a loan? (finance)
- Payroll questions (accountant)
- Do I need a succession plan? (business coach)
- I want to grow out of my home, how can I afford it? (finance)
To see more discussion/question ideas, visit The Business Link Guest Advisor Program (after which our program was modelled).
Are home-based businesses eligible?
Of course! All of the experts have experience working with home-based businesses and understanding their needs.
Will the Expert answer my question?
The Experts will do their best to answer your question, however keep in mind the time frame is only 20 minutes. It may not be possible to get into in-depth details.
Participants can expect the Experts to share information about how their profession can help your business succeed; they may not necessarily be able to provide you with an on-the-spot solution.
Are the sessions confidential?
Absolutely! The Experts have all signed confidentiality agreements with Airdrie Economic Development. They are also bound by the professional standards of their professional associations.
A participant is under no obligation to purchase services from the Experts.
I don't have a business but I'd like to start one. Can I book a session?
Yes. Ask an Airdrie Expert is a great way to do research and learn what you'll need to operate your business
Can I book with more than one expert?
How do I book an appointment?
You may book your appointment online or by calling Airdrie Economic Development at 403.948.8844. Appointments are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where is the session held?
Your appointment will be at the host location, Airdrie Business Edge, 620 - First Ave NW (next to Avenue Bakery).
Where can I learn more?
Feel free to contact Airdrie Economic Development.