It's tradition to take a moment to reflect on the past year when a new year begins. Cynics may consider January 1 to be an arbitrary marker, but we're grateful for any chance to pause and do some self-reflecting.
Blog Category: Entrepreneurship
The bells are ringing, and there is Christmas cheer in the air. The trees are up and beautifully decorated with care. While the weather is frigidly cold, this season will never get old. Oh, what a wonderful time to start a business!
The fast-growing economy of monetizing unused or underused assets goes by many names: the “sharing economy,” the “gig economy,” the “on-demand economy,” and the “collaborative economy.” Whether sharing goods as in Uber, renting homes as in Airbnb, or serving up micro-skills as in TaskRabbit, consumers are using technology to find and buy one another’s extra resources. These companies are peer-to-peer marketplaces focused on C2C or B2C sharing.
If you’ve ever been to the Business Link office in downtown Edmonton, you know it can be hard to find. Not because it’s hidden, but because it has a Bermuda Triangle-like quality about it. But, if you’ve been in our neighbourhood this summer, you might have noticed a business that actually did pop up then disappear.
The world is an ever-evolving, ever-changing place. Never before have we as a species seen such interconnectedness among nations and groups of people. We have all overcome the walls and barriers between our nations to find our place in this world. With such a diverse array of individuals spread across this planet, nations can no longer trap themselves within a jingoistic mentality and must explore and actively seek out robust global talent.
Albertan entrepreneurs always seek to know the growth potential of their industry and other industries that exist within their ecosystem, especially immigrant entrepreneurs who might be new to the province. There is no crystal ball that sees into the future. However, some indicators give us a fairly good view of industries that are doing well.
Here are five industries with a potential for growth over the next few years.
Let it be said right away, entrepreneurship is difficult for everyone whether you are an immigrant or not. However, it is fair to say that it is even harder for immigrant entrepreneurs as they face specific challenges in addition to those shared with Albertan-born entrepreneurs.
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.
Despite the fact that nonprofit organizations have been part of our daily lives, directly or indirectly, for a very long time, there are still many myths and misconceptions about who they are and what they do.
Unfortunately, these misconceptions have a negative impact on the public's conception of governance, the recruitment of volunteers and staff, the use of funds, the expected results, and ultimately the success of these organizations.
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.