Blog Category: Entrepreneurship

Top 5 Growth Industries for New Entrepreneurs in Alberta

Category: Business planning Entrepreneurship

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.

Overcoming Challenges as an Immigrant Entrepreneur in Alberta

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup

Let it be said right away, entrepreneurship is difficult for everyone whether you are an immigrant or not. However, it is fair to say that it is even harder for immigrant entrepreneurs as they face specific challenges in addition to those shared with Albertan-born entrepreneurs.

Hip, Hip, Hooray: A Physiotherapy Success Story

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

20 years ago, Jones graduated from physical therapy school in Nigeria and has been working in the industry ever since. When he moved to Canada in 2005, he began working at a clinic in Fort McMurray before moving to Calgary a few years later. In 2012, he branched out on his own and started Stargate Physical Therapy Inc., which offers physical therapy, medical rehabilitation, and other specialty services.

Nonprofit Myths: BUSTED!

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup

Despite the fact that nonprofit organizations have been part of our daily lives, directly or indirectly, for a very long time, there are still many myths and misconceptions about who they are and what they do.
Unfortunately, these misconceptions have a negative impact on the public's conception of governance, the recruitment of volunteers and staff, the use of funds, the expected results, and ultimately the success of these organizations.

The Sweet Taste of Success: Confetti Sweets

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

The Story
Kathy Leskow was a stay-at-home mom who started off baking cookies in her kitchen and selling them at her local farmers’ market. But that wasn’t enough, so she expanded to a few more markets. Soon her oven couldn’t keep up with the new demand, so she bought a commercial oven, and before she knew it, Kathy was running a fully-functional, health board-certified bakery out of her basement with a dozen staff and stalls at farmers’ markets across the province.
Kathy secured a permanent home for Confetti Sweets in 2014 with her first storefront.

Generation Ñ

Category: Entrepreneurship

The subject of entrepreneurship now occupies a prominent place in our world's economy and is associated with the concept of innovation. The world is eager for innovative and bold people who are capable of taking entrepreneurial initiatives.
The Hispanic nature is predisposed to innovation because it is a fresh, happy, informal culture. People who identify with this culture tend to fit within the six keys of entrepreneurship: focus, energy, commitment, mental elasticity, teamwork, and results.

Fashion with a global mission

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

With both a CPA and MBA, Lorna Mutegyeki has a background in finance and has always worked for large organizations and been responsible for huge budgets. Starting her own business, Msichana, had its challenges, but this business was always her big plan for life. She dreamed of equipping and empowering women through the work she did, and wasn’t getting that satisfaction from the corporate world.

A Focus on Film

Category: Entrepreneurship Indigenous business Startup

A lot has changed since we last spoke with Aretha Greatrix a year ago. We recently had the opportunity to catch up and chat about what she’s been up to. Her previous project, a documentary titled Journey Towards Reconciliation, is now released online and available for viewing. Aretha has also transitioned from working for someone to being self-employed full time, which allows her to focus on her business: Miyo Pimatisiwin Productions.

Changing the way we work

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

Ken Bergquist has always had an interest in how we work. He started as a chiropractor in 1988 and became a certified ergonomist in 1991. In the late 90s, he branched out on his own and started what would become Oobliq. The company provides a simple solution that keeps employees from getting hurt by offering preventative measures such as onsite healthcare, ergonomic consulting, and safe work training.

I’ll admit it – social media has me torn. As a father of teenage children, I resent the time suck and distraction of Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and so on. On the other hand, as a brand strategist, community builder and most importantly, as a tamer of wild elephants, I recognize and appreciate the value of these tools as essential equipment when gearing up for your next great safari expedition, product launch or recruitment drive. It's simple math, where teens + smart phones = reduced family time, while business + online communities = + / - the bottom line.

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