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How to Take Calculated Risks | Female Entrepreneurs & Leaders Community

Learn how to take calculated risks in this workshop personalized for female entrepreneurs and leaders.

Entrepreneurs are not risk-takers, they are calculated risk-takers. But what does that really mean?

Join us in this workshop with Marla Kott for female entrepreneurs and leaders.

The webinar Zoom link will be provided to all registrants via email.


As the CEO of Imprint Plus for 18 years, Marla Kott is proud of leading Imprint Plus through different growth stages ultimately leading to the acquisition of the company by CCL Industries Inc., to become a division of Avery April 11, 2018.

Marla was the 2013 winner of the WeConnect Canada WBE Ambassador award, the 2012 winner of the Bank of Montreal Global Growth Award, and a 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.

Marla’s relationship with Imprint Plus began a $20,000 angel investment and a personal bank guarantee, needed to keep a 7 year-old start up afloat for a childhood friend. When the bank called the loan in 2000, she gave up her Chartered Accounting practice, moved across the country to Vancouver, British Columbia, and became the full time CEO of Imprint Plus.

Marla arrived to face an unproductive management team, thin capitalization and a balance sheet that sported a debt of $700,000. In the fifteen years that Marla Kott operated as the CEO of Imprint Plus, she has built the company into a thriving international exporter of name badge systems with a goal to becoming a category leader in this niche market, and recently through her team leadership sold the company for 25 million. Marla’s background as an accounting professional has been invaluable to her in her role at Imprint Plus, but she credits her business instinct to her Dad who was an entrepreneur himself and taught her a great deal.

Marla is passionate about being a woman in business, and is very involved with WEConnect Canada, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, The B.C. Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, the Women’s President Organization, and more. She also enjoys mentoring young women in business (including her daughter) with her mantra, “aim higher.”

About Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection

Western Canada’s first university business incubator, Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection® is a university-wide incubator, entrepreneurship training program for students and recent alumni. From the initial business idea through to validation, Venture Connection® supports individuals exploring entrepreneurship possibilities. The program offers an early-stage business incubator, mentorship, co-op education terms, competitions, networking opportunities, workshops and seminars. Venture Connection® collaborates with all SFU faculties and departments, including the Beedie School of Business, the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Communication Arts and Technology, Work Integrated Learning and a wide-range of external partners. The program is supported by professional staff, including Mentors-in-Residence with substantial experience in a range of industries.

How to Take Calculated Risks | Female Entrepreneurs & Leaders Community

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How to Take Calculated Risks | Female Entrepreneurs & Leaders Community

July 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


SFU Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection