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Nov 1 | International Speaker Network Webinar Making Grand Connections With Susan and Carolyn

We are speaking at GC Member Katrina Sawa’s Int’l Speaker Network Meetup on Nov 1.  ISN is free to attend and we welcome you to join us, plus apply to speak yourself at their monthly webinars.

Our topic is “Making Grand Connections” and the call runs from 4-5 pm PDT. You can even introduce yourself on the call and share what you do so it’s also great networking whether you’re a speaker or not!


Oct 24-28 | The Virtual Assistant Virtuosos Summit Season 22

We are thrilled to be speaking at the Virtual Assistant Virtuosos Summit Season 22 on October 24-28th.

This Summit will help you FIND and RETAIN clients in your service-based business. Because without clients you won’t make any money right?

Susan Jarema and Carolyn Cooper-McOuatt will be talking about the 6 Grand Principles of Networking on Oct 27 at 9:00 am PT.

Whether you are a brand new Virtual Assistant (VA) just starting or a seasoned service-based freelancer there is something for everyone at this Summit!


Oct 21 | Business From the Heart 2022

Join us as we breathe new life into your business!

At the Business from the Heart Conference, you will learn from industry leaders and connect with fellow business owners and professionals. If you want to cut through the BS and learn strategies to grow your business this event is for you!

We are thrilled to bring you a unique spin on the dull old Zoom Conference by incorporating wellness breaks to fuel the mind, body, and soul, plus connection breakouts to build community and connection.


CLOSED Business Community Comes Together to Support Entrepreneurs in Free EDUNetworking Event on June 2-3 2022

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, May 30, 2022

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much” is a famous quote from Helen Keller who inspired the Grand Connection community on this Motivated to focus on Community, collaboration and grand donations. With this in mind, Grand Connections is hosting a two-day free online networking conference where seasoned members take it further by sharing their recipes for success. The event brings together masterminds, mentors and skill sharing to help others reduce mistakes and accelerate business growth.


The Grand Podcasters Welcome All to New Group at the Grand Connection | Press Release

Three Members of the Grand Connection, Joe Matz, Diana Lidstone, and Michelle Abraham, have come together to give back to give back to other entrepreneurs

Podcasting can be a lonely place when you don’t get live feedback and key indicators we have identified for success are community engagement, support and accountability”

— Michelle Abraham

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, June 10, 2022/ — There are over 2.8 million podcasts worldwide (according to and small businesses are creating huge success with audiences that are hyper targeted and eager to buy from their trusted podcast host. Three Members of the Grand Connection business community, Joe Matz, Diana Lidstone, and Michelle Abraham, have come together to give back by bringing entrepreneurs their very own podcasting group: The Grand Podcasters. This new group is open to anyone interested in the tips and tricks it takes to put together a successful podcast that boosts business outreach and visibility.


CLOSED Grand Connection Community Supports Entrepreneurs by Giving Back: Members Collaborate to Give Over $8k in Free Gifts

“Grand Giving, being of service, is the underlying philosophy of the community”

— Carolyn Cooper-McOuatt


/ — The Grand Connection, a global networking community, is hosting its annual Spring Grand Giveaway offering thousands in gifts to support other businesses. Members of the community have contributed thousands of dollars in free training, business tools, and coaching to help businesses survive and thrive in uncertain times.


Grand Connection Supports Small Businesses Impacted by Pandemic.

New Business Community, the Grand Connection Supports Small Business Suffering from the Pandemic: Collaboration and Grand Giving Helps Entrepreneurs Survive and Thrive in a Global Marketplace. It was the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, when two friends looked out over the edge of the Grand Canyon and knew they needed to do something. The world was about to change, and businesses would be suffering. Little did they know this would turn into something so grand.

The two founders, Carolyn Cooper-McOuatt, of Inspired Business Development and Susan Jarema of New Earth Marketing have been working with entrepreneurs for over three decades. The two met 25 years ago teaching business classes at a local college. “When Susan invited me to join her on a vacation in AZ in March 2020, I felt a calling to go” said Carolyn, “It was that breathless moment at the edge of the Grand Canyon where the inspiration to start our own grand adventure into the world of virtual networking events was born.


Mar 14 – Next Level Secrets for a 6-Figure Business With Stephanie Treasure

We are thrilled to take part on GC members Stephanie Treasure’s summit and share on March 16 our strategies on successful networking and collaboration.

Our new member Stephanie Treasure is hosting a summit (our interview will air on March 16). It is a unique format with informative panel-style interviews, daily interactive LIVE training, LIVE networking, LIVE implementation sessions with free coaching, exciting prizes and a beautiful downloadable handbook with key resources and summit guide – ALL FREE.


Sept 24 | The Big Pivot and Uplevel Summit with Carolyn Cooper-McOuatt

Join our very own Carolyn Cooper-McOuatt for The Big Pivot and Uplevel Summit this September 24th.

Carolyn will be speaking along with a panel of experts who are all sharing their winning marketing strategies to help you up-level your business. If you find yourself wondering how to go from surviving to thriving in the new economy, how to combat uncertainty by accessing clarity, focus and direction, and how to recession-proof your business with authority, then you will not want to miss this!


Jun 30 | BarterFirst Monthly Networking Event – Make Grand Connections

Join Susan and Carolyn Thursday and make some new connections from the BarterFirst Community.

We will be sharing tips on how to build your network AND build Grand Connections that bring your success. + do a breakout GC style!

BarterFirst has been helping small businesses grow by trading what they have for what they need for over 25 years. Based in the Greater Vancouver area, we have over 500 trading partners for you to discover and are affiliated with other barter networks throughout North America.


Apr 19-22 Global Evolution Of Business Summit Networking Event

The Global Evolution Of Business Summit is coming April 19 – 22!

Have you been trying to figure out what the coming trends are and how you will personally be affected? Are you a business owner, entrepreneur or professional struggling to understand the changes in marketing or the subtle nuances of changing economies?

We are partnering alongside global organizations such as CIBN Connect, Explore Protech, The Grand Connection, Women’s Entrepreneur Network, The Networking Hub, and Connect Ottawa. You will be hearing from experts who will be talking about how the world has changed and what to do about it in your current business. Carolyn and Susan will personally be there to share trends and success tips on networking.

Register for FREE to take part in all or some of the events over the 4 extraordinary days – keynotes speakers, workshop talk and many networking opportunities. Our own Grand Connection April 21 is one of the activities so come to that too and meet hundreds of entrepreneurs.

Today you can do something that will make a huge difference to your future. This promises to be one of the most exciting online networking events of the year.


RECAP Jan 14 & 15 – Grand Connections Through Collaboration With Susan Jarema at The Global Konnection Summit

Susan is speaking at the BeeKonnected Summit on Saturday on collaboration strategies that get you results!

Topics cover the entire range of business needs from mindset to making millions.

Keynotes include mega stars such as James Miller (Podcast Star of Lifeology), Marie Diamond (from the hit movie “The Secret”) and Bill Walsh (A master of How to Thrive in any Economy).

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