Adrienne Paul was born in Newfoundland and raised in the Mi'kmaq Qalip’u First Nation. She grew up as a traditional and fancy dancer, and was active in her community, often volunteering with elders. She also studied the language of Mi'kmaq at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Her love of hunting and trapping grew from experiences with her father and grandfather. In spite of the wonderful memories and traditions she shared with her family, she felt restless. After promising her father to find what her soul was meant to do, she jumped on a plane and came to Alberta.
Blog Category: Success stories
Many of our success stories showcase entrepreneurs who have brought a service or product to market successfully. Today, we’re sharing the story of two entrepreneurs who wanted to give back to their community and provide space for business owners to share their arts, home-based, online, and startup business ideas. But, if you’re a startup nerd like me, even more important than their success is the way they got their start.
Since 1996, Business Link has served entrepreneurs in Alberta, helping them to start and grow businesses in every industry imaginable. With Thanksgiving this coming weekend, our staff wanted to take the time to show our thankfulness for each and every person that we have worked with.
Lucy Dunne noticed a gap in an oversaturated market after losing weight and realising that her journey was largely unsupported. After the incredible journey of losing and maintaining 80 pounds of weight loss, Lucy launched Dunnebells in April 2017. Dunnebells is an online personal training company with a social mandate that helps clients to lose weight, build muscle, develop healthy habits, and truly become the best version of themselves.
Ten years ago, Kasim Hassam and his family migrated to Canada from Somalia to seek new and better life opportunities. He had many expectations of what life could present to him in Canada, but little did he know he would find fulfillment in something he was already working on.
“This project is a make or break for me—all or nothing.”
It’s through this poignant statement that Samar Anjum conveys his resolve for his new business venture. Samar is one of those people whose commitment, determination and tenacity know no bounds; nothing will stop him from achieving his dreams. It is these qualities which are the hallmark of a true entrepreneur.
20 years ago, Jones graduated from physical therapy school in Nigeria and has been working in the industry ever since. When he moved to Canada in 2005, he began working at a clinic in Fort McMurray before moving to Calgary a few years later. In 2012, he branched out on his own and started Stargate Physical Therapy Inc., which offers physical therapy, medical rehabilitation, and other specialty services.
Since we last spoke with Dallas Arcand in 2017, he has been working on some amazing projects as he expands and diversifies his business. From high profile performances to producing an album and filming a documentary—and everything in between—Dallas has been keeping busy and shows no signs of slowing down.
Kathy Leskow was a stay-at-home mom who started off baking cookies in her kitchen and selling them at her local farmers’ market. But that wasn’t enough, so she expanded to a few more markets. Soon her oven couldn’t keep up with the new demand, so she bought a commercial oven, and before she knew it, Kathy was running a fully-functional, health board-certified bakery out of her basement with a dozen staff and stalls at farmers’ markets across the province.
Kathy secured a permanent home for Confetti Sweets in 2014 with her first storefront.
Family Tree Services is a family owned and operated arborist service company out of Calgary, Alberta. Brothers James Brittain and Andrew Laird have been in business for five years working in an industry that they are truly passionate about. Family Tree Services offers all aspects of caring for, maintaining, and removing trees in and around the Calgary area.