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Futurpreneur Canada

What’s Happening in March 2017?

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There is no shortage of events happening across the country this month and the Futurpreneur Canada team is busy attending and hosting events just for you. We compiled a roundup of some of the happenings this month and we hope to see you there! Alberta March 6th: Small Business 101 Yellowhead Brewery Edmonton Register here […]

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GEW: On the Road – Anthony’s Highlights from Montreal

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  For Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this week, we have teamed up with Amway Canada to send three ambassadors across the country to report live from the road as they visit Canadian entrepreneurs, small businesses, community partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and attend GEW events. Yesterday Anthony was on the road in Montreal, Quebec for […]

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GEW: On the Road – Anthony’s Highlights from St. John’s, NL

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  For Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this week, we have teamed up with Amway Canada to send three ambassadors across the country to report live from the road as they visit Canadian entrepreneurs, small businesses, community partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and attend GEW events. Yesterday Anthony was on the road in St. John’s, Newfoundland […]

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GEW: On the Road – Anthony’s Highlights from Halifax

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  For Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this week, we have teamed up with Amway Canada to send three ambassadors across the country to report live from the road as they visit Canadian entrepreneurs, small businesses, community partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and attend GEW events. Yesterday Anthony was on the road in Halifax, Nova Scotia […]

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GEW: On the Road – Anthony’s Highlights from Ottawa

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For Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this week, we have teamed up with Amway Canada sent three ambassadors across the country to report live from the road as they visit Canadian entrepreneurs, small businesses, community partners in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and attend GEW events. Yesterday Anthony was on the road in Ottawa, Ontario for the day. […]

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Meet Your 2016 GEW: On the Road Ambassadors

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This week we are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Canada and across the globe. As the GEW Canadian hosts, we wanted to give you an inside look at some rock star entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country, as well as showcase some of the great events and initiatives that are happening this week. We thought, […]

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From Foodie to Founder: Bec Cola

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What’s the recipe for success as an entrepreneur? For Olivier Dionne of Bec Cola, it’s that perfect blend of dreaming and doing. Olivier and his partners, Gwendal and Kevin Creurer, wanted to revolutionize the beverage world and create the first cola on the market made from 100% certified organic ingredients. Throughout their journey they’ve stayed […]

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From Foodie to Founder: SMAK DAB

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It’s no secret that Carly Minish is passionate about food. She’s the owner of SMAK DAB, a line of gourmet mustards inspired by local flavours, such as beer chipotle and Canadian maple. Carly’s journey from chef to entrepreneur was full of surprises, including her ability to overcome challenges. Carly took a chance and dove in […]

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What’s Happening in October 2016?

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The changing of seasons is in full force, and we’ve now overcome the September back-to-school chaos and are powering through our busy falls. If you’re looking for some ways to network, and get involved in your community, we have you covered with some of the events and happenings that are taking place this month. Alberta […]

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Weekend Reading List

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It’s time for a roundup of some great content we found over the last few weeks online for entrepreneurs. Need a weekend read? Here is a list to power through and help motivate and inspire this weekend. Take No for an Answer: Why Rejection is Actually Good for Business – Shopify Shopify talks to Kit […]

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What’s Happening in September 2016

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September is a month that everyone starts to get back into the swing of things again, and there is definitely no shortage of events happening across the country for those in the entrepreneurial space. Here is our roundup of some of the happenings taking place in Canada this month. Alberta Septembre 17th: The Genesis Gala […]

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Weekend Reading List

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It’s time for a roundup of some great content we found over the last few weeks online for entrepreneurs. Need a weekend read? Here is a list to power through and help motivate and inspire this weekend. I Left My Job, Failed at a Start-Up, and Changed My Life – Huffington Post Kurtis Wilkinson left […]

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When the Start-Up Got-Up: Tales from the Fray

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Written By: Don-E Coady (Dc), Owners and Creative Director, Dc Design House Inc. What do you mean the party’s over? Oh no, that can’t be right. I’m fresh AF and brand new, baby. Well maybe not, like, ‘out-of-the-box’ new. I mean, I have been around for seven years this month. The loan I took out to […]

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Four Things to Consider Before Taking Your Business Online

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Written By: Alix Snow So you have a great business idea in mind and are excited to launch it so that you can finally see it jump to life and take form. You have put a lot of thought into every little detail of your business plan and logistics strategy, and you know your product […]

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A Note to New Entrepreneurs: Your Finances Are Likely Out of Control

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Written By: Tynan Wenarchuk, Founder, Illuminate Mine were at least. And if I’m honest, they have a long way to go. Yours just might too. The Futurpreneur Action Entrepreneurship Summit this past May left me inspired, connected and with a humongous to-do list. I was blatantly made aware of the weak link and Achilles’ Heel […]

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The Scope of Your Confidential Information: Too Broad, Too Narrow, or Just Right?

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Written By: Farrah Rahman, Content Manager, Clausehound Inc. & Alina Butt, Summer Research Analyst, Cobalt Lawyers In our office, and no doubt in many others, the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is considered a stepping stone into the world of contracts because of their straightforwardness. The purpose of an NDA is to protect information you want to […]

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The Future of HR and How to Build Teams for the Modern Business

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Written By: Peter Demangos, Co-Founder of Collage and Founder of PDF Financial Group An entrepreneur’s goal in their business should be to become obsolete. By that, I mean to build a business that runs without being dependent on the founder. When in the early stages of business, most often, the founder is the only staff, […]

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The Pension Question: Whither CPP Expansion?

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Written By: Brett Hughes, Business Writer, CFIB For a start-up business owner, meeting payroll may not be your immediate concern, given that your business is just getting off the ground. A slate of full-time employees might come a few years down the road, once you’ve firmly established your business model and taken some steps towards […]

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A Guide to Creating a Product with MagneTree Books

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Written By: Josie Elfassy-Isakow, MagneTree Books Everyone thinks creating a company is hard, it’s not. My brother and I created our company (MagneTree Books) in a day, and we took another day to create a rough prototype of our magnetic Personalized Children’s Book. Within the week we were up and running, but our product? Now […]

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The Pros and Cons of Using Debt to Grow Your Business

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Written By: Alex Glassey, www.AlexGlassey.com 49.3% of small business owners said that their business did not have enough money, according to my most recent survey. In today’s world of inexpensive debt, the solution seems simple enough: Why not borrow it? Like any powerful tool, business debt is a good news, bad news story. The good […]

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Turn Your Idea Into a Successful Online Business

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Written By: Kayley Reed, Co-Founder, Wear Your Label Two years ago, I met Kyle MacNevin (co-founder of Wear Your Label) while volunteering at a local mental health organization in Fredericton. We quickly found common ground opening up about our mental health struggles: I was battling an eating disorder and Kyle living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and […]

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Creative Ways to Incorporate Networking into Your Busy Life

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When you hear the word “networking”, most people have the same reaction – that it’s uncomfortable, inauthentic, and just plain awkward! As a busy entrepreneur, time is precious and networking is an extremely important way to grow your business. On top of that, you also want to stay active, live a healthy lifestyle, have time […]

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KPIs for Growth: Effective Monitoring of Your Start-up’s Expansion

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Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are essential to monitor the success or failure of business in any phase of its lifecycle. However, KPIs are critical for measuring the growth of a start-up when the entire organization is in a flux and a baseline for the meaning of the organization’s success has not been established. This need […]

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A-C-C-E-P-T: Find out What It Means to the Customer in Your Services Agreement

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Written By: Kathy Tomaszewski, Chief Knowledge Officer, Clausehound Inc. You are an entrepreneur with a brilliant idea for the next technological ‘sensation’. You do some preliminary product development, and find customers. To save money, you look at master service agreements (MSA) on the internet, pick out the most important provisions, and draft your own MSA. […]

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Dragons and Cash

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Written By: Alex Glassey, President, AlexGlassey.com I regularly teach university courses to fledgling entrepreneurs and I always ask for feedback at the end. The last time I did, I got one comment, “You say the word ‘cash’ too much.” Hmmm… Let me think about that. If you’re starting a business I know you’re enthusiastic and […]

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Spotlight on CollaborACTION: Crowdsourced Problem Solving at the 2016 Action Entrepreneurship Summit

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At this year’s Action Entrepreneurship Canadian Summit in Toronto, we’ll be hosting our first ever CollaborACTION, a unique activity developed by Gen Y Inc. This activity happening on May 30th, 2016 will get attendees talking about the real issues and challenges you face as an entrepreneur, and will provide attendees with the opportunity to collaborate […]

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Your Start-up Doesn’t Need to Run on Empty

Written By: Geordan Robertson, Director of Small Business, Meridian It’s hard to believe that the Airbnbs, Facebooks and Twitters of the world were once considered start-ups. Prior to their cemented spot in the marketplace, these three companies began with one thing in common — a unique idea.  Increasingly, people are drawn into a start-up’s ability […]

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The Truth About Budgeting

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Written By: Charles-Hubert Déry, CEO and Co-founder of BUDGETO I have good news for entrepreneurs: budgeting is easy! When you think about it, it’s simply translating your business project into numbers. It’s the only way for you to validate that your business project makes sense financially, and then when you actually start your business, it’s […]

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Spotlight on Doctr: The App Helping You Get Quicker Access to Health Services

Who has not had to deal with endless hours in the emergency room or wait weeks before seeing a doctor? This tricky issue is the one Doctr decided to tackle: improve the efficiency of the Quebec health system to help patients get more speedy access to care. This story began in 2014 when Stephane Boyer […]

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Win the Pitch with Winning Body Language – MaRS Best Practices

In this landscape of intense competition, how will you stand out, communicate your brilliant ideas and cutting edge technologies, win them over and get the results you need? In this empowering and highly practical session, Mark Bowden demonstrates and teaches how you can engage your listeners and create excitement around your ideas using his TRUTHPLANE® […]

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Get to know Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada is hosting an Information Session in your community! Join Business Development Manager Lisa Boyer on Thursday June 9th to learn more about our programs and how we can help you start and grow your business! Please feel free to bring a lunch, light refreshments will be provided. Parking is available along Preston St. […]

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Seminar: Exit Strategy

FREE with promo code NVBC2016
Be prepared for future success: learn how to prepare an exit strategy for your venture. Who would be likely to acquire your business? Have you considered how to make it happen?
Knowing how to plan for a successful exit wil…

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Capital Planning Workshop

FREE with promo code NVBC2016
This seminar will define a Capital Plan and illustrate the different financing options based on the stage of your start-up. A panel of speakers will then discuss different funding options for start-up companies.
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Building Your Minimum Viable Brand + Sales for Startups

FREE with promo code NVBC2016 Having the right branding and sales strategy is key to building your successful startup. Mo Dhaliwal and Pindie Dhaliwal of Skyrocket will take you through the essentials of creating a recognizable and memorable brand, and give tips for developing your startup sales strategy. Pindie and Mo will cover: – Branding […]

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Celebrating Earth Day with Futurpreneur Canada’s Eco-Friendly Entrepreneurs

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It’s Earth Day and what better way to celebrate this beautiful planet we live on then to celebrate some of the Canadian businesses that are doing their part to be especially kind to our planet. So we caught up with some of our Futurpreneur Canada businesses that have made it part of their business objectives […]

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Listen up Startups: Here’s How to Make Your Team Work Better Together

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Written By: Susan Finch, Freelance Writer, BySusanFinch.com Flexible and open work spaces foster collaboration and start-ups often favour such workplace designs because they’re starting lean and require intense collaboration and engagement to grow and thrive. Meanwhile, larger corporations with closed offices and layouts tend to miss out on organic collaboration opportunities. How you set up […]

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Go Where the Opportunities Are: Embracing Tech in Your Career

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  Written By: Jason Field, CEO and Founder of BrainStation It’s tough to be a Canadian entering the workforce today. Canada is losing jobs across a number of sectors. Competitive fields are getting increasingly competitive. But there are opportunities to be had! In the tech sector, new jobs are being created faster than traditional education […]

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The Mindset Project Manifesto: Tackling the Mental Health Issue Among Entrepreneurs

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Written By: Michael DeVenney, Halifax, Nova Scotia-based entrepreneur, Chartered Financial Analyst, Avid Cyclist, and Founder of The Mindset Project “I know how my depression hurt my team, my business, my clients, my friends and family.” – Michael DeVenney, Entrepreneur My name is Michael DeVenney. I’m an entrepreneur, a Chartered Financial Analyst, an avid cyclist, and for as […]

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Whistler – Self Employment Information Session

Wondering if self employment is for you? Come to a Self Employment Information Session and learn about opportunities available to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hear from local business owners, learn about the Douglas College Self Employment Program, and find out about available funding options and supports, including how CF Howe Sound and Futurpreneur Canada […]

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Squamish – Self Employment Information Session

Wondering if self employment is for you? Come to a Self Employment Information Session and learn about opportunities available to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hear from local business owners, learn about the Douglas College Self Employment Program, and find out about available funding options and supports, including how CF Howe Sound and Futurpreneur Canada […]

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Applied Research, Innovation and New Venture Student Showcase

Dr. Chris Dambrowitz, Associate Vice President of Research and Innovation, NAIT, invites you to the inaugural: APPLIED RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND NEW VENTURE STUDENT SHOWCASE > Learn how industry applied research student projects are developing relevant solutions to real world challenges. > Hear from NAIT’s 2016 Hatch Startup Challenge finalists. > Connect and network with innovators […]

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Survival Gear: Making the Confidentiality Clause a ‘Survivor’ of the Employment Contract

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Written By: Kathy Tomaszewski, Chief Knowledge Officer, Clausehound Inc. The Jungle For most of us, the toughest ‘jungle’ we will have to learn to survive in is the world of employment. Most of us will not win a $1 million prize by being crowned the sole survivor on the popular show Survivor – we will […]

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Webinar: Social Entrepreneurship

Is it really possible to achieve lasting social or environmental change in a financially sustainable way? Through market-based strategies, innovative business models, and entrepreneurial spirit, the practice of Social Entrepreneurship does just this. Join this webinar to learn the foundations of social entrepreneurship, including how to get started and what key questions you need to […]

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Fundica Roadshow | Vancouver

Amazing RoadTalks and fireside chats provided by inspirational guest speakers in each city of this nation-wide series. Come out to the #FUNDICAROADSHOW and listen to great talks that will help you start and grow your business! Connect with our mentors, other entrepreneurs and funders at our #FUNDICAROADSHOW lounge. * Note: Futurpreneur’s Business Development Manager Humaira […]

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How to Look at Operational Efficiency to Maximize Profits

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  Businesses are fundamentally composed of two elements—revenue and expenses. Every resource in an organization is devoted to one or another, or both. When scaling a business, it’s equally as important to ensure that expenses are minimized while maximizing the efficiency of those resources. It’s a big part of what helps create healthy profits. Most […]

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Webinar: Creating a Community Involvement Program for Your Small Business

Finding time for skills development is a challenge for most entrepreneurs. The BMO Centre for Experiential Learning at Bow Valley College aims to help overcome this training barrier and promote greater engagement within the industry. Take advantage of this opportunity to gain valuable insights on how to develop and sustain profitable business ventures through our […]

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Just Leap: YES! Vancouver’s Signature Speaker Series

Join YES! Vancouver for a night of networking and philanthropy as we present our 2016 Signature Speaker Series, Just Leap. We’ll hear from a panel of remarkable women who threw caution to the wind, jumped in head-first, and won it all. Moderated by Candice Charleton, Senior Manager, Global Social & Community at Hootsuite, our panel […]

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Tips for Pitching to Financiers and Investors

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Written By: Alex Tveit, Morrison Financial Services Ltd, Toronto, Ontario It’s normal to feel nerves setting in when presenting to financiers or potential investors. However, before making your pitch, you need to make sure that you are able to paint an accurate picture of your business. The vast majority of entrepreneurs do not know how […]

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