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Oyen seminar will have patrons ‘get global in the wired west’

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By Rose Sanchez — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Small, rural business owners will gain new insights into how to benefit from social media at a seminar in Oyen later this month.
As part of the Return to Rural initiative, the Get Global in the Wired West seminar takes place Thursday, Sept. 29 in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Oyen.

Featured speakers will share their own successes with integrating social media into their businesses.

The keynote speaker, Earnest Barbaric, is a marketing strategist and founder of three social networks.

Roy Prevost, a business development and youth retention specialist, will also speak.

A global innovation panel will discuss secrets to reaching global markets.

A ‘Have Your Say’ forum will be a chance to gather input and ideas from people in attendance.

Information has been collected the past two years from various focus group sessions, says Andrea Thornton, projects co-ordinator with SAMDA and Return To Rural.

The idea is to approach the municipalities and ask governing officials to put the Return to Rural concept into their planning. Seminar participants will be asked which of the ideas gathered over the past two years are their top three priorities and why they should be implemented into municipal strategies.

At the seminar held last year, there were more than 60 participants.

“We’re hoping for the same amount or more, but we’ll do it no matter how many we get,” says Thornton.

Although the focus of the day is directed at business owners, the information gained can help individuals as well as non-profit organizations.

“It’s a local event that people are not going to want to miss,” says Thornton, adding the best part is that it’s close to home for businesses in the area.

“We’re holding something really valuable.”

Leading up to the seminar, is a special “I Love Rural” photography contest. Anyone can enter by “liking” Return2Rural on Facebook and posting an “I Love Rural” picture on the wall.

The photographs should depict how participants love rural — write it on windows, finger-paint it, or hold a poster of  you doing a favourite activity. Make sure “I Love Rural”  is in the picture posted.

Photographs can be posted until Sept. 18.

The cost for the seminar is $30 and lunch is included.

Individuals interested in attending must re-register. That can be done through Facebook ( on the event page; by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning 403-664-1465.

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