Blog Category: Startup

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?

Market Research: Investigate Before You Originate

Category: Business planning Operations Startup

Whether you don’t yet have a business, or have been running a business for years, market research can be of value to you. But what is market research, you ask? It’s about gathering information on your industry, customers, and competitors so that you’re more aware of what’s going on around you. Once you have this information, you’re in a better position to avoid costly mistakes and make business decisions related to marketing, operations, and the business’ financial situation.

Social Enterprise Isn’t New

Category: Business planning Entrepreneurship Startup

Thirty-five years ago if you asked my father what he did for a living, he would say he was a business owner and there was no degree in the world that could teach you this stuff! Fast forward to now, and if I asked the same question, most people would say they are entrepreneurs and you can get a degree in entrepreneurship from a number of Universities.

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