The #1 Vancouver Business Networking Group since 2003 - Loi Denormandie
ESN MISSION STATEMENT
ESN’s primary focus is to help small to medium sized business owners succeed and grow expedientially, and a secondary goal to inspire them to give back to their home and global community in which they live.
Entrepreneurial Success (ES), a Vancouver based company opened its doors in 1999, offering one on one business coaching services to many start-up companies in the city and across Canada. In the fall of 2003, ES was renamed to Entrepreneurial Success Network (ESN), expanding its operations to now offering an array of services to include: Monthly Networking Events and Annual Trade Fairs.
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MRS DEBORAH BROWNE
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Mrs. Deborah Browne has been a successful business woman since the 1980s and has been an entrepreneur all of her professional life. The skill sets she has developed over the years include store development, real estate development, and sales and marketing to a very high level. She specialized in the small business sector originally as a business coach and consultant. She is a network specialist that has held senior roles in various trade organizations, as well as educator and business writer. People who meet her say she is a positive individual with high energy and is very passionate about helping more Canadian businesses succeed. She now resides in Richmond, B.C. on acreage with her husband of close to 25 years, three children Tara, Morgan and Sebastian and three dogs Charlie, Quincy and Hugo.
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Debbie Rootman has a wide variety of education and experience and she is passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed in business and especially networking. She spent 12 years in Retail Management with a major retailer after graduating from Ryerson University in Toronto. After completing her Adult Education Diploma at VCC she was department head and instructor of Fashion Merchandising at John Casablanca’s helping students reach their full creative potential. Following that she became a successful entrepreneur as fashion consultant and used networking as a great marketing tool. For a change of pace she then owned a Bakery/Café. Debbie is married to Efraim with 4 grown children and stepchildren.
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ELLIOT BLITZER, ESN Director of Corporate Sales
BOB GARLICK, Garlick Marketing
STEVE TOEWS, Web Developer S5 Media
SANJ SUKERKAR, Genesys Designs
ESN COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS:
Troy Busniuk, SunLife Financial
Amber Noakes, First Canadian Barter
Elliot Blitzer, On the Beach Marketing
Blaise MacClayne, MacClayne & Co
Bob Garlick, Garlick Marketing
ESN INTERNATIONAL AID FUND:
Since ESN’s inception 4.5 years ago, ESN has held over 90 networking events for the downtown business community. This year ESN is moving towards having over 4000 business people through its doors. The success of ESN has been in providing four innovative types of events: ESN Roundtables, ESN Evenings ( main monthly event) , ESN Business Trade Fairs for the business community and ESN VIP Boat Cruises held every July.
ESN Roundtables – the perfect networking venue
“ESN Roundtables” is in our estimation educationally one of the “perfect networking venues” to held for business owners. With four to six entrepreneurs per table, a lot of our ESN members and first time guests very much appreciate the benefits of the ESN tables because they are very personalized.
But what makes ESN roundtables very different is that we create an unique environment to allow people to have fun and be themselves. And where each business owner has the opportunity to not only give professional tidbits about their business but personal tidbits ( what university did one go to, do you like dogs, etc)which we find really helps excelerate the process of relationship building faster.
Throughout the evening , it is customary to see a “ sea of happy smiling faces” This style of ESN roundtables has become a simple but very effective networking tool for businesses to really utilize their valuable time and gain quality leads. Included in this program is one to three speakers throughout the evening that talk about topics specific to small business needs.
ESN Evening – authentic networking; a full packaged agenda
If you like a high energy event , this is the one to come out to network. . Recognized as ESN’s main monthly event it is held the last Wednesday of every month at a downtown hotel or storefront from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Expect from 150 to 200 people in attendance ; from new to very established entrepreneurs ; as well as students from the local colleges and universities, people from abroad , those in career transition and others from the corporate community.
A very packed stimulating agenda ensues: face to face networking where one has the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people, followed by a 10 minute speaker who shares their knowledge and expertise, and one minute interviews conducted with our 8-10 interactive trade tables who are showcasing their new products and services to the Vancouver marketplace. We then complete our session with our very popular fast paced “ speednetworking” where one has the opportunity to gain more contacts.
ESN Trade Fairs – setting a different standard
ESN Trade fairs began by having only one trade fair for the business community per year. But because of market demand, it is now customary for us to hold between two to three per annum. In a short period of time, we have from 500 to 1000 individuals come out to ESN for this type of event, and those numbers are climbing every year. We are also joining alliances with other companies and networks to hold joint events which is mutual beneficial to all parties. And the ESN trade fair attract not only the local business community, but people from B.C., Alberta and Ontario.
We provide a fun environment, and encourage our trade table exhibitors to provide interactive “ hands on” presentations for the business community. But we allow only two per profession or field in a group of over 50 tables. This professionally gives much more exposure to everyone, but also allows our show to be a very “eclectic” with variety . Apart of the business trade fair success is also profiling speakers who focus in providing small business owners with a lot of great knowledge on subjects where they can increase their bottomline.
ESN VIP Boat Cruise – the most social
Held the month of July every year, our ESN Boat Cruise is probably the most “social” of our events. For the last few years we have had this event on the “Hornblower”, a small craft out of Coal Harbour. But our numbers are climbing, this July we will have it on a larger “ferry” type boat out of Granville Island. With this event, sometimes we have specific themes . One year we had a” white and black party”;the last year a Hawaiian theme. But for small to medium sized business owners this has become one of our most popular events as they are able to do business and enjoy the summer as well. They also have ample time too, as it is a 3 hour cruise to re-kindle old business relationships and explore new ones. This is clearly a recipe for success!
ESN specializes in providing creative networking events to the business community every month with a focus on education for new entrepreneurs. Since our inception over four years ago, we have had over 90 events in the business community. This year alone we estimate over 4,000 business owners will come through our doors!
SAVINGS & DISCOUNTS Over $1000 of savings!
- ESN health & dental plan group benefits eligibility
- Free company listing on ESN website directory
- Free new member spotlight on ESN website Home Page
- Free seminar listings on ESN website
- Free door fees at ESN main event when you bring a friend
- Exhibitors trade tables – $100.00 discount!
- 25% Savings on small business web banners on ESN website
- 10-50% Savings on ESN partners products & services year round
- Complementary 1 Free year of membership (yr 2) will be awarded to you when you refer a friend within 30 days of joining
- Barter dollars can be used through First Canadian Barter Exchange for membership & renewals
Individual membership: $349.00
Company membership: (second person) $125.00
Large company membership: (4 or more employees) FLAT RATE $599.00
Our personalized service for you!
Whether you place a small business ad on our ESN website or have an interactive trade table at one of our many events throughout the year; our commitment to you is guiding you through this process so that you will be successful in reaching your marketing goals.
ESN Interactive Trade Tables – The best possible way to elevate your business faster!
This year we will have over 4,000 people come through our doors. One can certainly network at our various types of events (see ESN events) but the way to elevate your business faster is to become an exhibitor.
At our main monthly event called “ESN Evening” you will gain great exposure by having a trade table that evening. This is an advantage position as we only put eight tables on the floor at this particular event. The main focus is networking with 150 to 200 business owners but secondary is exploring our tables to find out what is new in the marketplace. Part way through the program the exhibitor has the chance to talk to the group at large over a microphone for one minute or two, giving further spotlight for their product or services. At ESN we call them “interactive tables” as we encourage entrepreneurs to get more up close and personal.
Another opportunity to profile and gain an even larger audience is to be an exhibitor at one of our large “ESN Trade Fairs”. These events are two to three times a year in the spring and fall season. This has become a very popular event for the business community. A trade table gives you total exclusivity as we only allow two per profession of over fifty or more tables on the floor. Over the last four years, ESN has had over eight very successful trade fairs with a fantastic array of presenters.
ESN Small Business Banners – Targeted to your specific audience!
If you are a home or office based business 80% of your business should be face to face networking. However a company should have a portion of their advertising budget targeted to a specific audience. At ESN we have this opportunity – business banner ads presented in front of a small to medium sized business audience, on our ESN Website (rotating top to bottom) and in our popular weekly “ESN Shout Out” to our database.
ESN Online Supported Events – Another way to market yourself!
For the companies that put on weekly, monthly or yearly seminars and events, ESN has online ESN Supported Events on the ESN homepage. This is an opportunity for event based businesses to profile their services more effectively. Your logo or profile photo is requested with a 1 page description of your event or seminar.
ESN Member Spotlight – Free exposure to the masses!
If you are a new member to ESN your business will be automatically showcased on our ESN Homepage under New ESN Member Spotlight enabling everyone to view your business product or service instantly!
ESN Business Directory – An opportunity for referrals!
As an ESN member, you will have presence in our ESN roster. This lists our ESN members by category of business activity. Your listing will also provide the opportunity for ESN members to pass you referrals. For access, you will be given an ESN member login.
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“I just wanted to thank you. This was my first big tradeshow ever
and I met quite a few interested clients. Two followed up with me right away! I am so glad I was introduced to ESN & that I was an exhibitor”.
Farhanna Nathwani: Virtually Yours Assistance (ESN Trade Fair – Thursday March 31, 2011)
“On Thursday March 31, 2011 Bloomland attended Entrepreneurial Success Network (ESN) Spring Trade Fair and we could not be happier with the response we received from other entrepreneurs and visitors. We connected with many outstanding professionals and we look forward to attend upcoming events.”
Serge Vinokour: Bloomland Web Services (ESN Trade Fair)
“What a great opportunity to meet new people and connect with friends in innovative venues. ESN Evening is the best place to do it! I have meetings set up with several interesting small business owners and look forward to the beginning of some new relationships.” Sandy Chernoff: Softskills (ESN Evening Events)
“From ESN Evening, I know I will find 2 or 3 businesses or people that are worth following up with to our mutual benefit. Not only that, I can do that in a fun environment. Whether prospective clients, supplier or strategic alliances, I have found them all at ESN.” Andrew Orr: Action Coach (ESN Evening Events)
“I enjoy ESN Evening as it allows me to effectively contact dozens of people in person, within a short period of time. I gain new idea’s and knowledge as I find out about the latest developments in products and concepts and meet the owners of growing businesses.” Doug Anderson: Da Top Talent (ESN Evening Events)
Over the last 4 years, our company has participated in 8 ESN Trade Fairs. ESN provides a relaxed, professional environment for making business contacts, and every trade fair we’ve attended has resulted in sales. If you’re looking for a cost effective way to grow your business and increase your exposure , I highly recommend ESN.
Amber Noakes, First Canadian Barter ( ESN Trade Fairs)
“ I think the roundtables that ESN hosts are the best I have ever been to. You are in a positive, relaxing environment where you can be authentically yourself.” Blaise MacClayne, MacClayne & Co. ( ESN Roundtables)
“ The ESN Boat Cruise is absolutely the best event of the year. There is something magical about the open waters and the view of the amazing mansions along the West Vancouver shorelines that create an unique networking atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else. I personally have formed more joint ventures and business associates in this one evening that all the other events combine.” Dean Ponak: Ponak & Associates ( ESN Boat Cruises)
INTERNATIONAL AID FUND
Simply, ESN’s International Aid Fund is a sector of ESN which steps away from the business for a moment and focus’ on the needs of the less fortunate. Each year we work in conjunction with a different charity, set a specific goal, and work together as a community to raise money to reach these goals.
This year: 2011
Goal: To raise enough funds ($15,000US) to build THREE clean water wells in THREE different communities who lack access to clean water.
By continuously striving to practice good business via educating ourselves, making smart and conscious decisions, effective marketing strategies, and of course networking, it is a shared hope that we may find success in our individual industries so that we can support ourselves and our families while doing something that we love.
Unfortunately, for almost a billion people around the world practicing good business is not on the every day schedule for one reason: unclean water. This means a billion people (about one in eight of us) must focus their day to day efforts on finding clean drinking water to ensure their family’s survival, and those who do not find it will likely find themselves as one of the 42,000 people that die every week due to lack of safe water and sanitation. It is for this reason, among the many other effects of unsafe water, that ESN has chosen to take up the cause and raise funds to provide clean water by building clean water wells. But we can’t do it alone, you can make a difference as well.
ONE IN EIGHT PEOPLE ON THE PLANET DON’T HAVE
ACCESS TO SAFE, CLEAN DRINKING WATER.
WHY WATER.Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.WHO WE ARE.charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person in a developing nation clean water for 20 years.GET INVOLVED.Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more than three hours every day to fetch water that is likely to make them sick. Those hours are crucial, preventing many from working or attending school. Additionally, collecting water puts them at greater risk of sexual harassment and assault. Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of unsafe water. Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.OUR PLANET IS 70% WATER.97.5% OF THAT IS SALTWATER.THIS MEANS ONLY 2.5% IS AVAILABLE FOR THE 6 BILLION PEOPLE ON THE PLANET TODAY.We get our water from the 30% of freshwater that exists in underground lakes and aquifers – mainly by digging wells. Many communities in developing nations often have a plentiful supply of clean water just below the ground, but no way to get to it. Here’s where we, and our partner organizations come in.HOW WE WORKDrilling a well can cost an average of $5,000 and many living on less than $1 a day can not afford one in their community, even if the money is combined. With the help of exemplary organizations on the ground, we can drill wells and provide people with this basic, essential need. charity: water partners with local organizations in each country where we work, choosing the partners based on expertise and the ability to impact real, sustainable change in the communities they benefit. For more information on how we select our partners, and who we work with.BUILDING WELLSThe local community is engaged in the well building process, carrying out small tasks for free to reduce labor costs. This also encourages community participation and ensures community ownership after the project is complete. When the well is built, a water committee is formed. It generally consists of 6-8 people, half of them female. In the case of hospitals, the committee will generally consist of nurses and hospital staff. In schools, the committee would likely be comprised of teachers. Since charity: was founded and began activity in August 2006, we have funded the construction of more than 2,321 projects that, when completed, will provide clean drinking water to over 1,000,000 people. We’re just getting started.YOU CAN HELPDonate to ESN directly via cash, cheque or VISA, or simply donate quickly and safely via PAYPAL below! Today you can make a difference.100% goes directly to project costs.
Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.
WHO WE ARE.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person in a developing nation clean water for 20 years.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more than three hours every day to fetch water that is likely to make them sick. Those hours are crucial, preventing many from working or attending school. Additionally, collecting water puts them at greater risk of sexual harassment and assault. Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of unsafe water. Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.
OUR PLANET IS 70% WATER. 97.5% OF THAT IS SALTWATER.
THIS MEANS ONLY 2.5% IS AVAILABLE FOR THE 6 BILLION PEOPLE ON THE PLANET TODAY.