Blog Category: Startup

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.

5 Tips for Starting a Successful Social Enterprise

Category: Business planning Operations Startup

My ten years of experience helping people start and grow businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises in Alberta allows me to witness one of the most common mistakes made by would-be social entrepreneurs. Most of them tend to confuse social enterprise with nonprofit or corporate social responsibility and therefore focus more on their social mission than a sustainable, profitable business model during the planning process.
Here are my top 5 tips for starting a successful social enterprise.

Gear Up! Get Money to Buy Equipment for Your Business

Category: Business planning Financing Operations Startup

At Business Link, we get a lot of questions about money. Quite often those questions are about how to get money to buy essential equipment needed to start a business. There are currently no grants for this type of activity, but there might be some paths you can take.

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.

Why You Should Consider Selling at a Farmers’ Market

Category: Business planning Operations Startup

Do you have a great business idea? Maybe you’re a baker, jam maker, gardener or crochet artist. Farmers’ markets are a great place to start selling your product.
A research report released in 2017 by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry indicated that Albertans continue to flock to farmers’ markets with 78 per cent of households in Alberta making at least one purchase from a farmers’ market in 2016.

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. 

The legalization of marijuana is estimated to give the Canadian economy a boost of $12.7 – $22.6 BILLION, according to a study from business services firm Deloitte. While you’ll need millions of dollars to become a marijuana producer and you’ll need tens of thousands to open a retail location (See: Cannabis-ness Succeed? The Straight Dope), what’s left for the rest of us?

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