Blog Category: Startup

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.

'Kidpreneur' finds charm in function

Category: Entrepreneurship Startup Success stories

At seven years old, Sophia has already been an entrepreneur for three years. She started off selling cookies at her dad's office, and from there moved to taking people their coffee. Sophia's latest business venture, Decals by Sophia, offers a device that can be used to brand and hold objects such as smartphones, clothes, tablets, and binders.

The year of opportunity!

Category: Business planning Entrepreneurship Startup

Even though there is a lot of negativity about the economy in the media right now, it's important to recognize that economic downturn can be the perfect time for innovation and diversification. Why not look at this as an opportunity for change?
Often at the start of a year we set goals; however, many times these goals are not a true reflection of what we really want. This is the perfect time to pause, and reflect on what your dream career really looks like!
If you truly want to move closer to your dream career, here are two great questions to ask yourself:

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