Join Small Business BC for INSPIRE 2014 on September 29

It’s no secret that every small business owner can use a little bit of inspiration now and then!

Join Small Business BC on September 29 as we kick of Small Business Month at the TELUS World of Science with INSPIRE – an interactive event featuring an expert panel of high-profile entrepreneurs.

Ask Your Burning Business Questions

INSPIRE’s panel members will share their business stoires, advice and more importantly their inspiration!

Brian Scudamore, Founder, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY Painting, You Move Me

Brian is one of BC’s most successful and well-loved business men, with accolades that include Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40 and Fortune Magazine’s Small Business Best Bosses Award.  In 2012 he became a CEO Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee with the the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

He is an entrepreneur recognized for his passion, vision and faith in people. “I’m surrounded by smart, innovative, motivated people and that fills me with inspiration,” he explains. It’s his value in the people in his organizations that he sees as his biggest strength as an entrepreneur. “I learned a long time ago that I couldn’t afford to compromise on the quality of people I hired. I had to treat them the right way and offer them a culture in which they could thrive and grow in their careers.”

Brian started his first business at the age of 18 in Vancouver. He later went on to franchise that company – 1-800-GOT-JUNK? – as a way to expand his operations. Today he has more than 850 trucks on the road, throughout Canada, the US and Australia. In 2012 he met the founder of a unique, one-day painting company and together they made the franchise WOW 1 DAY Painting. He launched his third brand, You Move Me in 2013. In the first eight months of that business, he recorded $5.17 million, which he predicts will be $14 million by the end of 2014, with an estimated 42 franchises.

More panelists to be announced. Stay tuned for further announcements!

INSPIRE’s interactive panel session will be moderated by Judy Brooks, Co-Founder, Blo Blow Dry Bar Inc., another renowned entrepreneur. Judy has successfully founded, built and sold three companies in both the B2B and consumer service categories. Since exiting her last business, Judy has worked with organizations to ensure they have the correct framework in place to ensure accountability, robust conversation, and to measure success. As an expert in leadership, brand and culture, Judy is regularly asked to contribute advice and insight to media, as a keynote speaker and panelist.