Sep 29, 2014

As the Toronto Show Manager, I recognize the importance of and have only the utmost respect for entrepreneurs. These innovators create and grow their businesses, driven by talent, determination, and hard work. Consumer and trade shows are a key component of most companies' marketing efforts, which allows me the privilege of working and connecting with many entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Entrepreneurs have plenty to gain from exhibiting at a consumer or trade show. Due to the generally low cost of entry and small initial investment, these events are an ideal way to jump-start your business or take your already established business to the next level. The affordable pricing at consumer shows also allows you to compete with larger businesses in a way that other advertising and networking formats simply do not allow. For small businesses, shows are especially beneficial as they provide an opportunity to reach a plethora of potential customers, industry prospects, and media over a very short period of time. They're something that most entrepreneurs can't afford to miss out on, and here's another event entrepreneurs would be wise to attend.

Coming to Toronto on October 7th is an inspiring and informing celebration of entrepreneurship: The Art of Entrepreneurship. This highly anticipated engagement is recommended for entrepreneurs and business leaders who are focused on business growth and want to achieve significant results within their organization. The one day event brings an exciting blend of cutting edge thinking and real world experiences on key issues to help business owners focus on what matters: moving their business forward.

Headlining speakers include:
  • Alexis Ohanian - Co-Founder of reddit 
  • Gary Vaynerchuk - Founder of Wine Library
  • Debbie Travis - Design superstar
  • Eric Ryan - Co-Founder of Method
  • Chris Guillebeau - New York Times Bestselling Author of The $100 StartUp
I am so excited about attending this event, especially with Debbie Travis and Gary Vaynerchuk on the agenda.

Debbie Travis is a design superstar and entrepreneur behind one of Canada's most recognizable brands. As a TV personality, author, entrepreneur, and mom, Debbie never stops. Her innate talent for design, coupled with her brand savvy and British wit have made Debbie a beloved, trusted, and inspiring media icon in Canada and throughout the world. Debbie, with her high energy, encourages those surrounding her to elevate their performance level, and give the extra effort that differentiates the exceptional from the ordinary.

Due to her entrepreneurial success, Debbie has turned her focus towards providing busy women with the tools and support they need to get through the day. Her autobiographical book, Not Guilty, is a humorous account of how she coped with juggling a busy career, building a large business, and raising her children.

I have always admired her hands-on approach and practical advice. Debbie brings her presentation, "Dream it. Do it. Live it: How To Make It Big", to life. She talks about why hard work, failure, passion, and pushing forward are critical to success as an entrepreneur.

Gary Vaynerchuk is the Co-Founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, Founder of Wine Library, an entrepreneur, and a New York Times Bestselling Author. Gary is always sharing hard-won advice on how to connect with customers and beat the competition. Gary presents "Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World".

"My core thesis has always revolved around one question: are you marketing like the year you actually live in? That's it. It's not about where things are going to be in five years, and it's definitely not about how we've always done it. Do what works. Right now."

From passion and ambition to storytelling, his entrepreneurial spirit inspires others to become the best that they can be in today's busy business world. With his social media successes and engagement, it is no surprise that I first encountered Gary on Twitter. His philosophy of understanding what the consumer wants and his storytelling ability will get you hooked like I did - finding inspiration in his three books and still hungry for more. I agree with his belief that content is king, while communication is still key, context matters more than ever.

I admire his continued success in a noisy, social world. If you are looking for motivation to pursue your passion and insights into how to take advantage of the current business environment, Gary Vaynerchuk delivers.

As a small token of appreciation to entrepreneurs and business leaders, I'm pleased to offer you a special discount on tickets to The Art Of Entrepreneurship. When you purchase tickets online, please use promo code CONNECT26 to save $50 per ticket, or $100 per ticket if two or more tickets are purchased.

Don't miss out on your chance to gain a competitive advantage and network with over 1,300 of Canada's most influential entrepreneurs.

I look forward to seeing you there,


Toronto Show Manager, Tina Holmes, a.k.a. @TinaLovesPinot

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