During summer in Alberta, festivals, rodeos, farmers’ markets, and other events flourish throughout the province. Edmonton in the summer is known as festival city, and with good reason – there are over 55 festivals in the capital region during the summer! Calgary is home to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: The Calgary Stampede.
Last May we brought you the story of Sam Chow and his business, Hobblit: Calgary’s “Airbnb” for Activities. We know that in business, things are always changing, so we caught up with Sam to see what he’s working on now.
Our team at Business Link has been keeping very busy this summer. We have fully embraced festival season in Alberta by attending, hosting, and partnering on as many events as we can!
All of our team members are dedicated to visiting and serving as many cities, towns, and communities as possible to help clients start and grow businesses. They are often travelling around the province to ensure everyone has access to our services. Let’s take a peek at what they’ve been up to so far this summer!
We had the pleasure of introducing you to our client Massey Whiteknife, a successful Indigenous business owner, in the June 2016 blog post: “First Nation entrepreneur stays true to himself”. His tremendously successful company, ICEIS Safety, continues to grow while Massey also takes time to pursue other interests.
One of the most challenging considerations when developing a business idea is incorporating quality characteristics to make it successful. With so much clutter out there when searching for “successful business idea characteristics”, it was essential to create an improved list that echoes the thoughts of successful entrepreneurs.
Kyle Closen's roots are in the prairies. He grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan with fond memories of working at his grandparents’ upholstery shop, an experience that opened him up to the world of textiles. While he’s worked in other areas during his professional life – having been a truck driver and welder – he always came back to his passion of working with different materials and creating unique handmade items. He took the leap to start his own business in 2014 and Clo’s General Leather Co. was born.
When it comes to finding a home for your new (or even expanding) business, there is a great deal of truth in the adage of “location, location, location”. The commercial space chosen by a tenant can, in fact, be a deciding factor in the success or failure of the business.
Considering the importance of this issue, we have devoted an entire chapter to finding a space that is right for your business in our new book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES (Wiley, 2013). Consider the following additional factors before signing a lease.
If you’re a beer lover, you’ve probably noticed the beer fridge at your local liquor store becoming increasingly crowded. Big name brands now compete for shelf space with up-and-coming craft beers – including a growing number of local brews. Data from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) shows that the number of breweries and brew pubs in Alberta doubled in size – from 19 to 40 – between the start of 2014 and the first half of 2016.
One question many Canadian entrepreneurs have when setting up their website is, “Should I register a .CA or a .COM domain name?”. Choosing the right domain name extension for your website says a lot about your business and sends important signals to both potential customers and search engines about your website.
Here's a quick breakdown of some key differences between .CA and .COM:
Why register a .CA domain name?
- You run a Canadian business selling to Canadian customers
Going back to 1970, Virginia Bruneau recalls her father having a passion for his people. Being on the school committee and a counselor for Cold Lake First Nation, he and some colleagues went on a strike to get a new school for the community. The movement gained momentum, and three other reserves followed suit, giving recognition to Virginia’s father. In the end, all four reserves were approved for brand new schools.