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How to Keep Your Business in Mind When Everything in Calgary Shuts Down

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Here in Calgary, it’s almost time for our international claim to fame — the Calgary Stampede. We’re getting excited to celebrate with friends and colleagues alike.

Whether it’s your first Stampede or you’re a Cowboy bootsseasoned veteran at the festivities, there’s always room to improve your Stampede game, especially when it comes to business. Thankfully, from July 3-12, business relations and networking in our great city will be mostly built on fun (and free breakfasts)!

Here are our top tips for surviving the Calgary Stampede in style and having as much fun as possible while maybe even making some great business contacts.

Have Business Cards on You At All Times

You never know who you’ll meet while watching the parade, in line for a Stampede Breakfast, or while enjoying a cold beverage at Nashville North — and some of the biggest deals in town go down over beers at the Stampede.

Dress Appropriately

Do NOT, we repeat DO NOT wear a suit during Stampede. Leave the business attire hanging in the closet and throw on a pair of jeans and some boots. This is the right choice during Stampede, even if you somehow find yourself with a business meeting. Trust us, if you show up in a suit, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb!

Even better, dress to impress in a genuine Smithbilt cowboy hat and a nice Western shirt and throw in a belt buckle for good measure.

Check Out The Breakfasts

One of the most famous perks of the Calgary Stampede is the free breakfasts. Yes, there’s an App for that! The “Free Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfasts” app lists all your options throughout the Stampede. They take place all over town, are put on by a wide range of businesses and organizations, and they are not all the same! Some offer vegetarian options or foodie-friendly fare, while many are just good, down-home pancakes and bacon. Bon appetit!

Don’t Make Plans Downtown on Parade Day

You won’t make it — downtown shuts down completely for the day. Take the day off like everyone else!


Most importantly, get out there and party with your clients! Here’s your chance to strengthen existing connections and forge new ones, all while taking ten days off work and having a blast.

If you’d like marketing advice with a truly Calgarian edge, drop us a line — we’d love to share a pint down at the Stampede grounds!

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About the Author - Jacqueline Drew
Jacqueline M. Drew, BComm, MBA is founder and CEO of Tenato Strategy Inc., a marketing research and strategy firm with bases in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. With over 25 years' experience in all facets of marketing strategy, she is a business consultant, trainer and speaker who loves to use her superpowers "to help the good guys win."