With the influx of microbreweries in Alberta, hearing about another one may not catch your interest. But I can assure you this: Village Brewery is different. Jim Button, one of the co-founders of the brewery, is a driving force behind that fact. Not only does he have a strong background in marketing and brewing, but he has an infectious passion for his community and a strong commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy.
Blog Category: Entrepreneurship
Since the first travellers visited the hot springs in Banff in the railway era of tourism, Alberta has been a compelling destination for visitors worldwide. More than 100 years later, tourism still plays a vital role in Alberta's continuing economic success and contributes to the social vitality of the province. Today, tourism in Alberta is comprised of 19,000 businesses, provides 127,000 jobs in Alberta and generates $8.1 billion in expenditures.
Update April 2018: some of the programs highlighted in the blog post are no longer running, but the organizations have newer projects and easy to use websites so you can find them.
During summer in Alberta, festivals, rodeos, farmers’ markets, and other events flourish throughout the province. Edmonton in the summer is known as festival city, and with good reason – there are over 55 festivals in the capital region during the summer! Calgary is home to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: The Calgary Stampede.
Last May we brought you the story of Sam Chow and his business, Hobblit: Calgary’s “Airbnb” for Activities. We know that in business, things are always changing, so we caught up with Sam to see what he’s working on now.
One of the most challenging considerations when developing a business idea is incorporating quality characteristics to make it successful. With so much clutter out there when searching for “successful business idea characteristics”, it was essential to create an improved list that echoes the thoughts of successful entrepreneurs.
Kyle Closen's roots are in the prairies. He grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan with fond memories of working at his grandparents’ upholstery shop, an experience that opened him up to the world of textiles. While he’s worked in other areas during his professional life – having been a truck driver and welder – he always came back to his passion of working with different materials and creating unique handmade items. He took the leap to start his own business in 2014 and Clo’s General Leather Co. was born.
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.
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”.
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.