Blog Category: Entrepreneurship

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.

Exploring self-employment training opportunities

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup

The ‘one-stop-shop’ saying is sometimes an overused cliché, but for the instance of the Alberta Government’s Self Employment “SE” program, it is an accurate descriptor. With funding support from both provincial and federal governments, these 26 week training programs are amazing incubators and catalysts for aspiring entrepreneurs across Alberta. With the objective of training and mentoring unemployed and marginally employed Albertans who have a viable business idea, the SE program has seen great success rates over the

Schooled by Teen Tutors

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

Ghalia and Hania are two bright young entrepreneurs that started their business, Teen Tutors, to help other children and teens succeed. The entrepreneurial seed was sown when they employed a tutor of their own, and quickly realized there was an opportunity to develop a different kind of tutoring relationship, one that focuses on peer-to-peer mentoring.

Going beyond the curriculum, nurturing social innovation

Category: Entrepreneurship Innovation

There is a trajectory of change occurring in post-secondary institutions with regards to social innovation and entrepreneurship. At Bow Valley College (BVC), we recognize that learners don’t just want a job, they want to make a difference while making a living. How can we help them achieve these aspirations? We are changing the environment in which students learn by exposing them to social innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives that are supported by BVC and the local community.

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