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Leader Spotlight on Shelley Mayer of Ramp Communications

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Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, Shelley Mayer always felt the draw towards becoming an entrepreneur herself. In 2011, after ten years in national automotive sales and marketing, she made that dream come true by starting Ramp Communications. She loved the creative side of marketing and communications and was very interested in helping non-profit organizations […]

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Talking Sales with Expert Mark Mantha

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With over 30 years of experience in a variety of client and business development senior roles, Mark Mantha brings a vast knowledge of various industries to Futurpreneur Canada as a mentor, including healthcare, IT, consumer, communications and digital media. Mark has won awards for his outstanding history in his business development efforts, program launches, sales […]

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Women Entrepreneur Series: Building the Community with Public General Store

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After gaining experience working in the retail and customer service industries for the last few years, Olena Kozel and Erin Ahl were inspired to create their own destiny by starting Public General Store in 2016. Olena had always known that she wanted to open up some sort of storefront focusing on small batch items and […]

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Spotlight on Townfolio: Helping Canadian Municipalities Grow

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Think of a state in the United States that you don’t know much about or even a province in Canada. Outside of the major city centres, can you name some of the smaller municipalities that exist there? If you can’t, how would you know if you wanted to move there or if it was a […]

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Women Entrepreneur Series: Sober Island Brewing is off to a Hoppy Start

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Growing up in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia, Rebecca Atkinson has always had a passion for food and drinks. After studying Tourism Management at the Nova Scotia Community College and Mount Saint University she had the opportunity to travel around Canada. However, she always found her way back to rural Nova Scotia. Rebecca’s love for her […]

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How to Use Blogging to Market Your Business

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Written by: Shelby Andrews, Marketing and Communications Strategist, Atlas Communications If you’re reading this, you’ve probably made the decision to start a company blog. If so, give yourself a pat on the back, because this is a brilliant idea! Blogging is an excellent way to position your business as a thought leader. Not only will […]

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Spotlight on Dan Larsen: Creating a Career That Suits His Lifestyle

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After years of working 12 hour days in the kitchen, Dan Larsen realized he was missing out on the things in life that he valued the most, and ultimately this is what led him to building his own business which allowed him to have the lifestyle he desired. Culture Craft Kombucha makes premium, small-batch kombucha […]

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Women Entrepreneur Series: Finding Your Perfect Fit as an Entrepreneur with Zvelle

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How would you feel if your products and business received international attention after being spotted on Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau after only a short time in business? Entrepreneur, Elham (Elle) AyoubZadeh had the chance to experience just that when Sophie Trudeau strutted her shoe line, Zvelle for multiple […]

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Women Entrepreneur Series: Kicking Sugar to the Curb with SmartSweets

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On an average day we consume in excess of 70 grams of sugar and Americans spend an estimated $1 trillion yearly fighting the damaging health effects of sugar, which ranges from obesity to cancer. However, not one confectionery player is addressing sugar reduction in a natural way. “This is a large, urgent and valuable problem,” […]

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Tips from Jennifer Wilson: Juggling Parenting and a Business

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As a busy mother of two who not only balances the demands of being a mom but also her own business, Jennifer Wilson of VONBON has had to ace figuring out how to make it all work. VONBON is a conscious clothing line for infants and children that has been in business now for four […]

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Tools That’ll Make Every Entrepreneurs Life Easier

As an entrepreneur, you’re often pulled in a million different directions and it can be hard to manage everything you have going on. Finding a product or software that helps you better keep on top of things and makes your life easier can have more benefits than you can count. We reached out to our […]

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UGo Smoothies: Making Healthy Food Convenient

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UGo Smoothies is making eating healthy a lot simpler by developing a vending machine that spits out delicious and all-natural, vegan, dairy and sugar free smoothies. Started by Mitch Schwartz and Morgan Abraham in Montreal, Quebec, UGo Smoothies was developed when the pair wanted to create a way for busy people to eat well on […]

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The Pie Hole: Starting Slow & Steady

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Focused on bringing the best sweet and savory pies to Vancouver, the Pie Hole uses fresh, local ingredients to make things from scratch just like grandma used to. The Pie Hole was started when self-taught hobby baker, Jenell Parsons, realized how much she loved the smiles her baking brought to people’s faces. At the time, […]

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Clear float spa: Floating to Business Success

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After discovering the benefits of meditation at the age of 23, Bryce Weeks found it difficult to return to that deep meditative state while struggling with the demands of everyday life. This is when he discovered floating. Floatation therapy is where clients enter a special solution of salinated water, where the buoyancy makes you float […]

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How to Land Your Product onto Retail Shelves

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You’ve developed your product, and now you’re ready to expand your sales beyond your online store, but where do you go from here? Landing your products on store shelves can be an exciting milestone for new business owners, however, it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight. Just because you think your product is ready […]

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Behind the Scenes of Pitching on Dragons’ Den

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Dragons’ Den is a show that many entrepreneurs, current and aspiring, dream about. Landing the opportunity to pitch to the Dragons, including the franchising guru, Jim Treliving, and fashion pioneer, Joe Mimran, is an achievement in itself. Ensuring your pitch is worthy of scoring you a spot on the show is one thing, but how […]

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Brendan Singbeil & Barbara Quinn: A (Mentoring) Match Made in Heaven

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Brendan Singbeil is a 33-year-old entrepreneur who started his business, Navigate Apparel, which works with companies, teams and schools to create revenue generating merchandise programs. Barbara Quinn is an owner and operator of a successful management and HR consulting firm which advises executive teams and boards of directors with strategic planning, evaluating and coaching, and […]

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Five Tips for Developing a Winning Brand

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Small businesses often confuse their brand with their logo, and that can be their biggest mistake. A brand is much more than just what your logo looks like, it’s the first impression that your consumers will get of you and the one that will stick with them. These are five things that you should be […]

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Two Bears Coffee: Starting from Scratch

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David and Moustafa have been friends since they were 12 years old. They connected because they had similar life goals and hobbies, from playing basketball when they were teenagers to their opinions about starting a business. Being so alike, not only made them lifelong friends, but successful business partners who started Two Bears Coffee only […]

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Lyndon and Derrick: Two Brothers in the Saltwater Fish Business

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At five years old, brothers, Lyndon and Derrick Jameson had their first fish tank and after visiting the Vancouver Aquarium when they were 12, the two fell in love with saltwater ecosystems. After both completing their Bachelor in Science degrees with an emphasis on ecology and environmental science from the University of Manitoba, and working […]

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Holiday Reading List

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It’s time for a roundup of some of our most popular content we published this year. Need some reading for the holidays? Here is a list to power through to help you get motivated for 2017. Futurpreneur’s that have Grown Their Businesses For our 20th anniversary this year, we caught up with some of our […]

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Cake & Loaf Bakery: A Winning (and Tasty) Business

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After being laid-off, Josie Rudderham saw an opportunity to focus her career on the food business which she’d always dreamed about and college friend, Nicole Miller, had already been working in the baking industry for over a decade but was eager to start her own business. That’s where the two reconnected after four years of […]

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Five Reasons to Shop Local This Holiday Season

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With the average Canadian spending over $1,500 during the holiday season, it’s evident that there’s a huge opportunity for small businesses to capture consumers sales. But in a study by BMO last year, a disappointing 49% of consumers planned to shop at big box stores. Shopping locally, however, can bring so many benefits to not […]

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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. Nine Business Tools for Working Smarter Instead of Harder – Entrepreneur Serial entrepreneur, Matthew Toren, shares nine tools […]

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2016 Holiday Shopping Guide

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Did you know that when you shop at a chain store, only $13 of your $100 spent goes back into your local economy? However, when you shop at a local store, $48 stays in your local economy. This is why we want to encourage you to shop at local businesses this holiday season to help […]

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Canada Rope and Twine: From Idea to Business in Less Than a Year

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While working offshore on the oil rigs in Australia; Matthew Moore’s wheels were turning with product ideas. He noticed that there was a demand worldwide for innovation on existing products that were being used in the rope access and marine safety sectors. With the advice from his father who has been working in rope manufacturing […]

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Spotlight on Ishoni: When Opportunity Comes Knocking

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After taking the leap into entrepreneurship as a career coach, resume writer and LinkedIn expert, Kamara Toffolo found that one of the main struggles she faced was finding clients, a struggle she found many other coaches were also facing. She began to try various ways to connect with clients such as social media, coaching directories, […]

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(Français) Financement pour jeune entrepreneur : Par où commencer ?

Sorry, this entry is only available in French.

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Xona Games: Making a Hobby a Business

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His passion for games began at seven-years-old when he was just in grade two, where Matthew Doucette and his twin brother worked side-by-side creating games, programming graphics, and more. The pair were both passionate about coding and the creativity it allowed them. This passion is what led Matthew to start his own business, Xona Games, […]

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Financial Literacy 101: The Seven Basic Elements of Cash Flow

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Written By: Alex Glassey, www.AlexGlassey.com This we know: 82% of businesses that fail, fail because of cash flow problems. Because of this, business owners are encouraged to become “financially literate”. But what does that mean? Wikipedia says that financial literacy “…refers to the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and […]

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Two Ideas, One Business: How Kaleena & Brandon Made it Happen

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Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, entrepreneurship ran in Brandon and Kaleena Morrison’s blood. Kaleena had a career in make-up artistry where she was inspired to create her own make-up and skincare line, and Brandon taught himself how to mix and blend beard oils while working in Atlantic Canada, when the siblings came to together […]

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Futurpreneur’s That Have Grown Their Businesses

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This year, Futurpreneur Canada celebrates their 20th Anniversary, and to celebrate, we caught up with some of the entrepreneurs we have assisted over the past 20 years to see how their business has grown since they started. See below where these dynamo entrepreneurs are today. Property Guys Founders: Ken LeBlanc, Walter Melanson, Jeremy Demont Inception: 1998 […]

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Spotlight on Kevin Rempel: Overcoming All the Odds

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Doctors told him he’d never walk again, but today, he stands tall with a World Championship ring in sledge hockey, an Olympic bronze medal, a book about his journey, and his own business, The Sledge Hockey Experience. It was 2006 when 23-year-old Kevin Rempel was in a freestyle motocross accident which broke his back, pelvis, […]

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Arabelle’s Bakery: Bringing a Taste of Nigeria to Canada

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Bryan and Temi Akindipe opened Arabelle’s Bakery in Winnipeg, Manitoba to have an outlet for their love of baked goods from around the world that couldn’t easily be found in Canada. After realizing that there were several people just like them who were searching for particular baked goods, such as a particular type of bread […]

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Juggling a Day Job and a Start-Up

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Starting a business on top of managing your full-time job can be difficult, but for some people, dropping everything for a new business venture isn’t a viable option. Having the income of a full-time job in the early stages of starting a business can be incredibly beneficial and allow for you to continue to have […]

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