Blog Category: Entrepreneurship

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.

Pros and Cons of Buying vs. Leasing Space for Commercial Tenants

Category: Business planning Entrepreneurship Operations

Choosing your business idea and identifying your target customers may have been easy; however, finding a place to hang your shingle can be much more difficult. As a new entrepreneur, one of the critical issues you will be faced with is site selection for your business. You will learn that there are two options when looking for a home for your new business; you may lease or purchase commercial property. Which choice is better? Much of this depends on your own situation, comfort level, and future plans.

If you have a business idea or an idea that you want to turn into a business, using the Business Model Canvas as a tool to assess the viability of that business idea is critical. Every successful entrepreneur has gone through a similar exercise, so if you're not convinced yet, let me show you how the Business Model Canvas can help you assess the key areas in your business and their potential for success. 

Setting New Year’s Resolutions for Your Small Business

Category: Business planning Entrepreneurship Startup

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to launch right back into our routines and begin planning for the rest of the year. For a lot of people, that means making New Year’s resolutions. Whether you plan to exercise more, spend more time with loved ones, or take that big trip you’ve been planning, a new year always brings the feeling of an opportunity to make a fresh start. While you’re making resolutions for your personal life, it’s a good time to consider what you want to achieve in your business as well. 

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