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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.

Keeping your business afloat. Prepare for the unexpected.

Category: Operations

Business owners work hard to keep their business flourishing and invest substantial cash in such enhancements, such as: advertising, staffing, security, training, etc. But what happens when you are faced with the unexpected? You may want to consider how your business would be impacted from such events as:

First Nation Entrepreneur Stays True to Himself

Category: Aboriginal business Entrepreneurship Success stories

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. 

Structure your business for success

Category: Business planning Legal issues

If you're one of the many entrepreneurs thinking about starting a business this summer, you're probably exploring what business structure may work best for you. Choosing a business structure is one of the first and most important decisions you will make as a business owner. It's important to know that the choice of your business structure will directly affect many aspects of your business including ownership obligations, financing, liability, taxation and succession. You may already be familiar with the three common business structure choices:

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.  

Financing your business dreams

Category: Financing

Spring is in full effect and with all the beauty blooming around us, budding innovative ideas are no exception to that. Our team welcomes inspiring entrepreneurs all across Alberta to share their business ideas with us so we can help guide them to success. A question we frequently get from our promising business owners: Where do I get the money to turn my business dream into a reality or to further grow my business? Get your pen and paper ready - today we’re sharing some general financing options for your small business!

The Best Content is Right in front of you

Category: Marketing

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a number of small business owners in recent months through a variety of workshops and consultation sessions. I’m surprised (and encouraged) at the number of really good questions I’ve been getting about content creation. Small business owners are seeing a need for quality content and are eager to try things like blogging, podcasts and videos. They are quick to latch onto the “how”.. how to set up a blog, how to create a video and how to share content via social media. It’s the “what” that stumps them. What are they supposed to talk about?

Calgary's "AirBnB" for Activities

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

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.

Regulations: the not-so-sexy but important facts you need to know

Category: Legal issues Operations

You have enough on your plate when starting a business, add in the complexity of understanding compliance and licensing and it can be downright overwhelming. Just ask Saylish Haas, co-owner of The Next Act Pub, a restaurant in the culturally rich, southside neighbourhood around Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, and Meat

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