Business lunch? Try a business speed date!

We’re so excited to have some fantastic folks joining us for Green Drinks – Good Business at The Common next Wednesday, Feb. 6th! With a enthusiastic and growing business networks, leaders and start-ups, it’s a great time to get into business in YEG. Green Drinks is bringing many of these fine folks together with the night’s activities. Plus, you can get paid to meet them!

Throughout Green Drinks, you will get paid – Monopoly money! For showing up, taking part in the night’s activities, or for pitching your idea to a stranger who decides to ‘invest’ in you! How do you earn this colourful cash? Try out:

Speed Dating!

You can go speed dating with a new and intriguing business network or start-up group. You can ask all the questions you want, and there’s no awkward goodnight kiss!


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MEÆT is a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and creative communitybuilding projects. By getting together and pooling our money, wealth becomes a plural communal attribute. We can then share that wealth with people whose projects our community finds the most valuable to implement. “The revolution will be locally funded”


AFREA wordle from 7 cooperative principles

Democracy At Work Network Edmonton came into being in January 2013 through a collective of individuals.  DAWN Edmonton promotes workers’ co-operatives as a tangible option for democratic employment and will facilitate the establishment of workers’ co-operative(s) in Edmonton.  in 2013 we aim t0 share the experiences and best practices of worker’ co-operatives in western Canada in the form of public lectures or workshops; identify and challenge the intersecting forms of oppression inherent in traditional means of employment and the current capitalist economy; discuss participatory economics and engage in democratic organizing of our workplaces and more.



Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successfulbusinesses.AWE provides unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and skills and network development.Go on a date with Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) CEO Tracey Scarlett. Experience entrepreneurship from Tracey’s viewpoint, her passion for the entrepreneurial spirit shines through as she discusses with you the unique programs and services provided by AWE. Alberta Women Entrepreneurs provides programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and skills and network development.



Capital Ideas Edmonton is an initiative run by the Edmonton Journal geared towards helping entrepreneurs and business ownersthroughout the city. We believe that by sharing expertise with one another, we can build a stronger Edmonton. Through panel events and community engagement, we strive to help and inspire our city’s entrepreneurially-minded. 

Visit to find out more and become a member.




Sendioso – the gift certificate reinvented. Have you ever wanted to buy your special somebody that great, unique local gift from your favourite little shop, only to run out of time, or not know what to pick out, and resort to purchasing a generic gift card? Or, even worse, nothing at all? Sendioso can help. At, you can buy gift certificates from unique, independently-owned merchants and email them to your special somebody in a matter of minutes. Sendioso makes shopping local easy, convenient and fun



Awesome Edmonton – The Awesome Foundation for our community is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted toforwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. The Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons by groups of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees,” who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest. The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance.


The Six Friendly Dragons


Visit with one of the Good Business Friendly Dragons. If you’ve seen the Dragon’s Den you’ll know that business advisors can be scary. But not ours! Sit down with one of the six Good Business Friendly Dragons, pitch your idea and get on-the-spot professional feedback. Over drinks!

The Friendly Dragons are:

teresa spinelliTeresa Spinelli,

Thesea is the president of the town square like, family run business that is the Italian Centre that her father opened up in 1959. She has several lifetimes of business experience to bring to you.



kim12Kim Tanasichuk, 

Kim is a gentle bad ass local web designer with a ‘slow design’ ethic and pin point intuition may help you figure out just where you’re stuck (and she might do a mini website evaluation while you meet with her).



Tracey Scarlett,

Tracey is the CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, leading a team of dedicated professionals who connect female business
owners to the knowledge, networks, capital and markets that they need to build strong, economically viable businesses. She has over twenty years of experience in entrepreneurial environments including business start-up as the co-owner of a construction business and as a self-employed consultant & interim senior executive to life sciences and technology companies. And she’s worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs just like you. Grandmaster Friendly Dragon.


joeyJoey Hundert,

Joey is the Founder & Executive Producer of – Joey is a young executive, social entrepreneur and community organizer, and he calls Edmonton his home.  He has spent the last 9 years living and growing in Edmonton and learning the ropes of entrepreneurship, movement building and bringing ideas to life.  He is somewhat madly obsessed with sustainability due to a belief that the quality of life for so very many people could be just so much higher, and that it can be raised while respecting our global habitat.  Joey has been involved in ventures and adventures as varied as venture capital to multi-day grassroots community gatherings.  It is his sincere wish to permanently inspire 100 million people, through the dreams and aspirations of Sustainival.


antoine palmerAntoine Palmer,

Antoine Palmer is Edmonton’s one and only monk-turned-entrepreneur, with an extensive background in social enterprise, community development, communication and mediation, project management, and real estate investment.

His firm, Konscious Corp. is a hub for champions of sustainability and social enterprise in Edmonton. Konscious facilitates collaboration among community leaders and provides a range of strategic consulting services. HE is also CEO of Sustainival and Sustainitech and a commercial real estate investor and Gold REIN member.

Antoine is married with three children and volunteers with several community organizations.


perry kinkaidePerry Kinkaide,

Perry is an accomplished manager and visionary, a change agent with passion and perspective. Since retiring in 2001, Perry has
remained active as an advisor and director for several diverse public and private organizations. He is the Founder (2005) and Past-President of the Alberta Council of Technologies – The non-profit, independent Society of now over 10,000 subscribers, advocates, educates, and celebrates the commercialization of emerging technologies, contributing to diversifying Alberta’s economy. He was recognized in the July 2007 by Alberta Venture magazine as one of the 50 “most influential” Albertans. Perry is frequently called upon to share his sometimes humourous and often provocative, perspectives on economic diversification and the social and economic implications of emerging technologies.