Blog Category: Startup

Supporting businesses across Alberta

Category: In the community Startup

This past month has been an exciting and eventful month for us as we hosted and participated in many business events across Alberta. Our team had fun helping entrepreneurs of all stages get the information they need to build and maintain successful businesses. We offered advice on everything from taking your first steps into entrepreneurship to surviving natural disasters that affect your operations. Take a peek at where we went, what we did, and who we met!

Why every entrepreneur needs a mentor

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup

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.

Should You Hire Employees or Contractors?

Category: Operations Startup

After a few years of toiling hard on your small business- sticking through it in every challenge and victory- you've successfully grown it to a size that requires a little more hands on deck to keep afloat. While getting your business to this stage is a major achievement, you may be feeling overwhelmed with the common conundrum: do I hire employees or independent contractors? The first step: don't panic!

Your handy startup checklist for business success

Category: Startup

The summer's heating up and all the hot business ideas just keep rolling in! Are you ready to get down to business and begin looking at the official steps to operating your startup? If so, there are a number of essential tasks that you'll want to familiarize yourself with and complete before you start selling to your first client or customer.

Meeting Alberta Entrepreneurs Where They Are

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup

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.  

Is now the time to start a business?

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup

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.

Fit gal gets off and running!

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup Success stories

Meagan’s fitness studio, BeFIT, began taking shape two years ago. Like most entrepreneurs, a few things inspired her to take the leap into starting her own business. She really wanted to create a place that customized training to every individual's needs. Before turning her passion into a flourishing business, she found it hard to get time off from work for important personal endeavors. Now that she owns her fitness studio, she can balance clients’ needs, her needs, and also her dog's needs!

Should you write your own website content?

Category: Business planning Marketing Startup

3 ways to know it’s time to outsource your content
Pop quiz in my best Dr. Phil voice: how’s that website workin’ for ya?
If your first inclination right now is to cringe, you’re in the right place. So many small business owners don’t feel accurately represented by what’s written on their website, and no wonder—the content is often thrown together in between meetings and core work, and it’s an afterthought in the grand scheme of a working day.

How to get the most out of crowdfunding

Category: Business planning Financing Marketing Startup

Crowdfunding is a rapidly growing movement that uses an online portal for entrepreneurs to attract money, insights, and marketing for their business from a local or global crowd. According to Forbes, the crowdfunding industry is on track to account for more funding than venture capital this year. Check out these tips on how crowdfunding can work for you:

A newcomer shares his passion for design

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup Success stories

Davide’s entrepreneurial journey began a few years ago when he moved to Canada from Italy. Upon immigrating to Canada, he discovered that opportunities in his field of industrial design were limited to construction and oil and gas. After a year of searching for more diverse opportunities to no avail, he decided to create his own dream job, and launched his own startup, MatteRealize.

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