Blog Category: Entrepreneurship

Thirsting to start a microbrewery?

Category: Entrepreneurship Operations Startup

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.

Making big moves

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

When an idea sparked in Ismail’s mind a couple of years ago, he knew it was the right time to pursue it. As he came into his 30s and wasn’t getting much fulfillment from working as a General Sales Manager for a large corporation, he moved his life from Montreal to Edmonton and began his entrepreneurial path. His biggest motivator was never wanting to regret anything, to not look back when he gets older and think “I wish I had done that”.

Companion Care: Entrepreneurship for the people

Category: Entrepreneurship

To become an entrepreneur, you needn’t choose between people and profits. As tech entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki once said, “Great companies start because the founders want to change the world…not make a fast buck.” Caring people all over the world create businesses that are not only profitable, but also create lasting positive change for those in need.

Exploring Social Entrepreneurship- doing good in your hood

Category: Entrepreneurship

Defining Social Entrepreneurship
So, What is a Social Enterprise?” That is the number one question I get!
The quick answer is a social enterprise is a non-profit or for-profit organization that, through their business model, solves a problem & creates change that positively impacts people, profit and planet. 
What does that really mean?  Let's walk through a real example: 

Keep Calm and Knit On

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

When the opportunity to take over Stash presented itself a few years ago, Veronica immediately jumped on it. With her background in visual arts and the non-profit gallery and museum environment, she knew she had the skills to be an entrepreneur. She quickly recognized that Stash’s class-based model provided them with a real competitive advantage. The focus is on offering a large variety of intimate classes so that customers can advance and customize their skill sets, while at the same time purchase products to grow their crafting “stash”.

Creating your business model

Category: Business planning Entrepreneurship Startup

Designing a business without a plan is a bit like navigating a new place without a map. It’s hard to know which road to follow and you’ll likely take a wrong turn or two. Luckily, there are tools to help you plot the pathway to business success. Introducing the Business Model Canvas – a creative compass that allows you to design, visualize, analyze, and describe your business.

Building lasting connections

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

As an entrepreneur, you never know when an opportunity will come about that can benefit you. Robert and Carl stumbled upon such an opportunity ten years ago, when they kept running into each other at networking events around Edmonton. They decided to meet over coffee after one of our events and have been meeting ever since.

Collaborate or Compete: knowing when to do both

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup

It seems intuitive: work with other small businesses to help grow yours.
When you first take the plunge into starting your own business, you are going to be on the lookout for others in a similar situation. The urge may be to reach out to other small business owners with ideas on how to collaborate. You then follow larger businesses on social media for inspiration. At first you will find comfort in it. You will meet other entrepreneurs and work together to grow your reach on social media and your visibility in the community.

Vending Machines with a Different Purpose

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

Dan has been an entrepreneur for the better part of his life. It all started with a lemonade stand he set up in his neighbourhood at the age of 12. He remembers loving the feeling of running an operation and providing a service- he had found his calling. His newest venture is Happy Days Vending, which supplies local restaurants and stores with toy vending machines. Don't be too quick to judge, this isn't your average vending machine company, Happy Days Vending has a heart for philanthropy.

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