Conversations about small business success from our handpicked selection of Canada’s small business leaders.

Meet Clemens Rettich – the ‘grumpy coach’ and SOHOpreneur saviour

Clemens Rettich is a business advisor, and lead consultant for the Great Performances Group. But if you ask what loyal clients refer to him as, it’s the grumpy coach.

Clemens, an empathetic realist (thus the grumpy coach moniker) joined Marc Stoiber to talk about the recurring problems he coaches business owners with, including fading motivation, lack of support, and absence of practical steps to success.

Rettich will bring his invaluable counsel to both SOHO Victoria and Nanaimo. Don’t miss his talk, and make sure to have a chat when he’s not onstage.

Brand powerhouse – in conversation with Isabelle Mercier-Turcotte

Isabelle Mercier-TurcotteIsabelle Mercier-Turcotte is a no-nonsense dynamo with a passion for helping entrepreneurs build great brands – and businesses! In addition to running her own businesses, she’s one of North America’s top small business influencers, a TEDx speaker, best-selling author and TV show host.

Isabelle sat down with Marc Stoiber for a conversation on everything from her recent move to Vancouver Island to the future of SOHOpreneurs. Her bold vision and sparkle will make her a must-see at this year’s SOHO conference.

Trump, business and the SOHOpreneur – in conversation with keynote speaker Neil Belenkie

neil_BelenkieNeil Belenkie is a successful serial entrepreneur and keynote speaker at this year’s SOHO Victoria. His topic? What a Trump presidency means for small business in Canada.

“I think it critical that we as Canadian entrepreneurs have a clear perspective on Trump’s impact – both positive and negative” says Belenkie. “We need to separate the fear-mongering and hype from the reality. With a bit of clarity, I believe local businesses can actually profit from this momentous political shift.”

In this conversation with Marc Stoiber, Belenkie gives us a taste of his topic, and leaves us with plenty of thought-provoking questions. One thing is certain: his SOHO keynote is one you won’t want to miss. In the words of the Donald, it’ll be yuge.

Photo credit: Patrick Breitenbach