Business Program ‘CommercePro’ Launches National Training Courses

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Business education program CommercePro.™ is launching its unique training courses nationwide this spring, following a successful run in Alberta last year. The brainchild of award-winning retail consultant Emily Salsbury-Deveaux, CommercePro has expanded to include a roster of educators with proven track records of success in their respective fields. 

Ms. Salsbury-Deveaux explained how CommercePro aims to provide entrepreneurs, business professionals and employees with the tools they need to run successful businesses, including those in ownership and management positions. The courses focus on customer-facing startups and existing businesses, including retailers. Ms. Salsbury-Deveaux says that it’s the only company in North America to offer such short-term practical and all-inclusive business training courses, with a focus on customer-facing business-to-consumer operations. 

The course has already proven to be a success. Of the 19 students trained in Alberta last year, more than a dozen have opened their own brick-and-mortar operations that continue to run successfully, according to Ms. Salsbury-Deveaux. 

CommercePro instructors will travel across North America for scheduled courses and as well, they’re available for hire for companies seeking to train internally. The course prepares trainees to set-up, operate, manage and navigate the world of commerce, offering a variety of short-term, intensive training packages that it says are also highly practical. 

3-Day Course

The three-day course has an expansive focus, including topics from set-up to operations, customer management and marketing, among other topics — instructors walk through the modules with course trainees. Courses are offered several times per year and as well, CommercePro partners with organizations including business incubators and accelerators, as well as start-up facilities, and banks and real estate companies. The 26-hour course covers topics such as: 

  • Basic Business Set-up
  • People/Culture
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Space Planning
  • Systems Analysis
  • Supply Chain
  • Inventory Management
  • Productivity
  • Pricing
  • Accounting & Finance
  • E-Commerce & Digital Applications
  • Customer Management

Companies can hire CommercePro to travel teach, no matter where they’re located in North America. The company is headquartered in Edmonton where they have three upcoming courses and a new permanent training facility opening September 2018.

Tentative Course dates (with flexibility) 

  • July 18-20
  • August 20-22
  • September 20-22

The course’s Instructors have diverse backgrounds. Emily Salsbury-Deveaux, CommercePro’s founder, has been a retail industry consultant for nearly 20 years and was also recently the Executive Director of the University of Alberta School of Retailing. She also operates her own successful fashion line EMMYDEVEAUX and has ownership interests in businesses that include a UPS Store.

Franchising instructor Ziad Kaddoura has a very extensive business background that includes being Managing Director at LUSH MENA and ME Global Services. He has been instrumental in directing and advising companies from around the globe with the development of their businesses. This includes the opening of hundreds of franchised businesses in the food and beverage sector, the hospitality sector, the retail sector, for example. 

Other instructors include Shelley Spear-Brunet, a seasoned retail executive who educates in the area of supply-chain; Daniel Hassan, Leasing Agent for Triple Five’s West Edmonton Mall as well as owner of several highly profitable e-commerce businesses, and Rebecca Scammell, who has extensive experience in retail consulting for companies as well as municipalities, as well as extensive operations experience as head of business operations for the EMMYDEVEAUX fashion label. 

CommercePro notes that its team is also available for consulting and mentoring. More information is available on their website.

CommercePro is targeting individuals as well as companies looking to train their staff, and in some provinces grants are available. For more information, visit: and to reach Emily Salsbury-Deveaux directly, email:

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