If you’ve ever been to the Business Link office in downtown Edmonton, you know it can be hard to find. Not because it’s hidden, but because it has a Bermuda Triangle-like quality about it. But, if you’ve been in our neighbourhood this summer, you might have noticed a business that actually did pop up then disappear.
Blog Category: Business planning
Oxford Dictionaries respectively defines trust as a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something, and the term advice as guidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent future action.
According to Strategic Psychology, trust allows us to navigate the uncertain and complex world we live in today.
Albertan entrepreneurs always seek to know the growth potential of their industry and other industries that exist within their ecosystem, especially immigrant entrepreneurs who might be new to the province. There is no crystal ball that sees into the future. However, some indicators give us a fairly good view of industries that are doing well.
Here are five industries with a potential for growth over the next few years.
Although landlords often ask for security deposits on commercial leases, such deposits aren’t legally required. In fact, you can often negotiate them. Unfortunately, too many business owners don’t know that and willingly pay the deposit, without negotiating the amount or the terms. Your goal as a tenant is to pay as little deposit as possible—no deposit at all is best. Deposit money, which generally doesn’t earn a penny in interest, can better serve as working capital for your business rather than security for your landlord.
By far the most common question we find entrepreneurs asking is: “What financing options are out there to start or grow a small business?”. Although there are many traditional ways to finance a business, like through personal savings, family and friends, loans from financial institutions, and speciality financing programs, sometimes these may not be enough (or available at all) to get a new venture off the ground. That’s when you need to harness your creative energy and start thinking outside the box!
My ten years of experience helping people start and grow businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises in Alberta allows me to witness one of the most common mistakes made by would-be social entrepreneurs. Most of them tend to confuse social enterprise with nonprofit or corporate social responsibility and therefore focus more on their social mission than a sustainable, profitable business model during the planning process.
Here are my top 5 tips for starting a successful social enterprise.
Have you ever wondered if there is a secret to succeeding in any business venture? There are a number of tried-and-true methods that lead to success. Among these are having the right skills, personality, and drive. You may have heard that it is important to build rapport and strong relationships. This may be common knowledge but it is often overlooked, especially at the beginning stages of a business.
What is one of the most important factors contributing towards business success? This often hinges on effective site selection. When searching for commercial space to lease, entrepreneurs need to carefully consider site location, location within the location, visibility, access, parking, signage, further expansion plans, neighbouring tenants, anchor tenants, and so on. In addition, entrepreneurs must also evaluate the unit’s size and understand that the total amount of square footage will determine the monthly rent. With a larger area, tenants will pay an increased rent.
At Business Link, we get a lot of questions about money. Quite often those questions are about how to get money to buy essential equipment needed to start a business. There are currently no grants for this type of activity, but there might be some paths you can take.
A few months ago, we brought you the scoop about what market research is, and how you can use secondary data in your business. Now that you’ve mined the internet for everything it's worth, it is time to consider engaging in some primary market research as well.