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.
Blog Category: Entrepreneurship
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
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.
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.
So you’ve developed this mind blowing business idea but could use a little extra boost to take it to the next level. You’ve exhausted the traditional lending route: seeking assistance from family and friends, using your credit card, and of course taking out a personal loan from your bank. However, the traditional route was not as successful as you had initially hoped. But before you go wishing for a fairy god parent or a humble (but generous) money tree, this may be a good time to explore what crowdfunding could do for your business.
Growing Your Business with Guidance
When we think about an entrepreneur, some of us visualize a lone wolf learning from his/her own mistakes, growing at a slow and steady space. We may think entrepreneurship is about making decisions with unpredictable outcomes in hopes it leads us to success and to some extent, this is true, but not always the case. There will be obstacles to be conquered along the entrepreneurial journey but thankfully, it never has to be a lonely one.
Massey was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. "Growing up I was always a little entrepreneur. At home I would make a little store and increase my supplies", he reflects on his childhood. He wanted to become successful enough to take care of his mother - that was his goal and dream.
ATB and Business Link...working together to make Alberta's entrepreneurs thrive!
Entrepreneurs are the economic drivers of this province. They are job creators, risk takers, innovators, and often make up the heart and soul of the communities we live in. But being an entrepreneur is not as easy as some may think. The journey of an entrepreneur is marked by moments of exhilaration; but often followed by feelings of loneliness, isolation and can be trying both personally and professionally.
Sam started his online marketplace for local experiences, Hobblit, in July 2015. The idea for the platform was sparked when he was at a conference in Iceland and had the opportunity to take pictures of wild horses in all their glory. After the trip, anxious to review what he thought would be amazing photos, soon turned to disappointment. All his photos were blurry. Wanting to improve upon his photography skills, he sought out classes and found that they were too expensive for someone with a casual interest in the subject. So, he set out to create a Meetup group with a purpose.
With the recent developments in the economic landscape, Albertans have experienced significant change. Companies have seen a decrease in sales and are right sizing their operations to be affordable, but yet meet the current demand. More than 70,000 Albertans have been affected by company restructuring and they are looking for their next opportunity.
In many cases, the next opportunity may lie in starting up their own business. But is it the right time? Everyone is cutting back.