As an entrepreneur, you never know when an opportunity will come about that can benefit you. Robert and Carl stumbled upon such an opportunity ten years ago, when they kept running into each other at networking events around Edmonton. They decided to meet over coffee after one of our events and have been meeting ever since.
Blog Category: Success stories
Dan has been an entrepreneur for the better part of his life. It all started with a lemonade stand he set up in his neighbourhood at the age of 12. He remembers loving the feeling of running an operation and providing a service- he had found his calling. His newest venture is Happy Days Vending, which supplies local restaurants and stores with toy vending machines. Don't be too quick to judge, this isn't your average vending machine company, Happy Days Vending has a heart for philanthropy.
Ghalia and Hania are two bright young entrepreneurs that started their business, Teen Tutors, to help other children and teens succeed. The entrepreneurial seed was sown when they employed a tutor of their own, and quickly realized there was an opportunity to develop a different kind of tutoring relationship, one that focuses on peer-to-peer mentoring.
Jacqui started serving up mouth-watering international street food from her food truck, Streatside Cuisine, earlier this year, and she hasn’t looked back since. She has been in the food and hospitality industry for the last 25+ years, working all around the world, in all kinds of culinary settings. Like other entrepreneurs, Jacqui loves to be on the go fulfilling her passion. She wants to be part of a community, building a culture. For her, the young, innovative spirit of Calgary makes it the perfect place to do just that.
Massey was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. "Growing up I was always a little entrepreneur. At home I would make a little store and increase my supplies", he reflects on his childhood. He wanted to become successful enough to take care of his mother - that was his goal and dream.
Sam started his online marketplace for local experiences, Hobblit, in July 2015. The idea for the platform was sparked when he was at a conference in Iceland and had the opportunity to take pictures of wild horses in all their glory. After the trip, anxious to review what he thought would be amazing photos, soon turned to disappointment. All his photos were blurry. Wanting to improve upon his photography skills, he sought out classes and found that they were too expensive for someone with a casual interest in the subject. So, he set out to create a Meetup group with a purpose.
Amy’s bakery, Sugared & Spiced, started taking form 4 years ago. Her creative cookies first premiered at the Highlands Farmers’ Market, and with an overwhelmingly positive response, she furthered her passion by taking a 1 year baking certificate course at NAIT. After taking some time to get industry experience working in cafes and figuring out what direction she wanted to go in, she quit working unfulfilling part time jobs, and ventured out on her own.
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!
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.
Today I googled “breaking through barriers” to see what would come up and it was a bit crazy, there are ads for life coaches, titles about mental barriers, even links to music albums with the title. And what I got from this search is that everyone is doing something to break through a barrier of some sort, even if it is just the hard caramel layer on a crème brûlée. Struggling to find what I was searching for, I knew I had to switch gears and be smarter than the machine (if that’s possible), but I was, and I drilled down my search: “breaking through barriers in business”. YAY Success!!