LOCO hosts many events throughout the year designed to connect members and non-members to build relationships, share experiences and build their knowledge.
First Tuesday Monthly Business Mixers
Our events are hosted by our members. Think factory, store and warehouse tours with good local food, drink and business connections old and new. It’s a chance for our members to get to know each other, strengthen community and leverage our network to support a stronger local economy.
Events are the first Tuesday of each month. Tickets for members and guests of the host are $10 and $20 for non-members. Drinks and food are included in the ticket price. For event notifications, make sure you sign up for our newsletter.
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June 3rd: TBA
Talking Lunch Series
Share lunch, learn and discover over a quick lunch in this series of roundtable events.
Canadian businesses contribute by creating economic, environmental and social benefits. They create an economic multiplier effect by recirculating money in the local economy through local owners, employee salaries, and by using Canadian service providers. They provide environmental benefits of reduced greenhouse gases associated with shorter product travel and trucking distances. Many local businesses are also social enterprises that provide meaningful employment to those with employment barriers, creating stability, social support, and contribute to community economic development.
Public sector contracts provide 77-100% increased economic benefits and 80-100% increase in employment per $1M spent with SMEs. Trade barriers and legal obligations can affect a purchaser’s ability to contract with local businessses, however, efficiency, cost and other pressures may be restricting local business access to these contracts.
The aim of this project is to develop a working group of procurement professionals to develop and share practices which contribute to local business development. More information on the project is available here.
An initial meeting on April 16th will outline the goals of the project, determine interest and shape the process and content of the group’s work. Please join us. Register in the ticket window below, or on the event page.
Date: Thursday April 24th
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Flack Block Building, 220 Cambie Street, Vancouver - 3rd Floor, Hollyhock Room
ESOPs allow a company’s employees to purchase an ownership interest in the business. They provide an effective exit strategy for small and mid-sized local companies, and a means for employees to participate in the long-term growth of the business. ESOPs can help a company recruit and retain talent, and build an ownership culture to improve productivity and innovation.
Participants will learn how to use an ESOP to finance their exit; create a lasting business legacy; value their business; and identify the next level of leadership.
Featured Speaker: Perry Phillips, CA, CBV, CEPA (Certified Exit Planning Advisor) is the president of ESOP Builders Inc. Perry has designed more than 150 ESOPs with a value of more than $1 billion, and is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert on ESOPs. Perry’s consultancy operates across Canada in the belief that ESOPs are an excellent solution for Canadian business owners approaching their succession.