Northern Hills Connect @ EconoUs

Last month you learned about nine of your neighbours who pitched eight business ideas that at their heart are about increasing social connection and belonging in Northern Hills. On September 15, three of those neighbours shared this same vision with hundreds of delegates at EconoUs – the national community economic development conference.

To set the stage, Sanya Chaudhry, a young leader in Northern Hills, shared the vision of Northern Hills Connect. She painted a picture of neighbours and community organizations coming together to share their gifts to support individuals and their community to thrive. She told her story of learning about social enterprise and how it is now shaping the course she is taking within her business degree at the University of Calgary.

Next, Jon Berlie introduced his vision of how growing food here in the community can bring us together. Using public and private green spaces to create an ecosystem for affordable produce and economic prosperity.

Finally, Jessie Leighton and Fatima Cuade showed how their Nannies to Go idea can support families looking for flexible childcare options and immigrants striving for meaningful work. They also had an opportunity to connect with ATB Financial President and CEO, Dave Mowat, who invited them to setup a follow-up meeting.

You can check out the full video for Northern Hills Connect’s presentation at EconoUs on our Facebook.

So what’s next?

Northern Hills Connect will be supporting any of the entrepreneurs from its pitch night in September who want to bring their social enterprise forward. This includes short and long term coaching and business planning with Momentum, opportunities to get the word out at local community events and connecting these entrepreneurs with the financing and other entrepreneurial resources we met at EconoUs.

We will also be exploring what’s next with engaging the broader community. Reach out if you have feedback to share on the workshops and pitch competition from Spring/Summer 2017 or other ideas about where we should head next with supporting local, social business in your community.

This article appeared as “Northern Hills Connect – It takes a village… to raise a business rooted in community (Part 2) ” in the Nothern Hills Association November 2017 newsletter

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