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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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Getting the Right Insurance for Your Business

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The fact that you need to insure your business is a given. But with so many different options available, you may not be sure what type of insurance is right for your particular business – this is a good place to start. Part of owning your own business means you’re going to be exposed to […]

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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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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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Keeping Your Business Plan Alive and Well

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Written by: Matthew Murray, Managing Director, Notable Business plans are one of the first things any entrepreneur has to tackle, and a well thought out plan is widely thought to contribute to success. Not convinced? Statistics on business planning from around the world show its many benefits. Compared to not having one, companies with business […]

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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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Six Realities of Dating When You’re an Entrepreneur

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Written by: Megan te Boekhorst, Communications & Public Relations Specialist, Futurpreneur Canada Dating and building your business is not always easy. Your time is precious and a lot of responsibility falls on your shoulders. It’s up to you to pay the bills, pay your staff and keep the business growing. This often leaves room for […]

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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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Your First Employees: They Have to Be the Right Ones

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Written By: James D.  Burbank, Editor-in-Chief, BizzMarkBlog Except for some truly unique cases, all companies sooner or later hire their first employees. Some companies have to start off with a few employees and others have to wait a bit until they get their first influx of employees other than the founder(s). Nonetheless, hires have to […]

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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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Entrepreneurship and Mental Health: Tackling Your Anxiety

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Written By: Sarah Landrum, Founder, Punched Clocks Although many don’t realize it, Canada is home to many prolific entrepreneurs, long-running enterprises and even new start-ups. With names like John Molson of Molson Brewery fame and a shortlist of new business launches that includes the likes of Shopify, the country has provided the world with some […]

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People, Planet and Profits: Managing the Triple Bottom Line

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The entrepreneurial community has long prided itself on a working philosophy based on purpose over profits. With sustainability becoming a more prevalent part of economies as a whole, individual businesses have had to focus greater attention on striking a balance between returns to people, planet and profits. In my own residential property management business, I […]

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Why Get a Professional to Incorporate Your Business?

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Written By: Shane Murphy, Law Scout Early-stage small businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs. But no matter how lean you plan to run your business, you don’t need an expert to tell you there are some costs that shouldn’t be cut. Cutting too deep can lead to very expensive problems that even […]

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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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How to Make People Love Your Company Blog

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Written By: Shelby Andrews, Marketing and Communications Strategist, Atlas Communications By now, we all know that blogging is an essential marketing tool for businesses. A company blog acts as a reference to your brand—it speaks volumes about your opinions and beliefs. Blogging can also increase traffic to your website, build trust in consumers and position […]

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Launching While Working? Three Pitfalls to Avoid as you Grow your Business

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Written By: Chivon John, Founder & CEO of Secrets of a Side Hustler There was a time when starting a business and keeping your day job was seen as taboo but nowadays you’d be hard pressed to find a person who isn’t a proud ‘employedpreneur’. Although starting a business as a side hustle can give […]

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The Importance of Financial Literacy

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Written By: Alex Tveit, Vice President, Morrison Financial There are some key pillars that are important when you are creating the foundation for your business. You need to understand the initial legal framework where you are operating, you need to understand your market, and you need to understand your numbers. It is easy to get […]

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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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(Français) Le succès grandissant des espaces de fabrication (« makerspaces »)

 

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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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Get Used to Making Mistakes

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Written By: Daniel Francavilla, Creative Director, Now Creative Group Mistakes are a big part of the learning process for anyone who’s starting their own thing or creating something new — business or otherwise. As an entrepreneur, you learn from experience as you go. From pricing too low, to not clearly managing client expectations, there are dozens that […]

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Five Tips for Start-Up Social Media Success

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Written By: Shelby Andrews, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Atlas Communications If you’re reading this, you’re most likely a small business looking to either launch, or amp up your social media presence. Perhaps you haven’t done so yet because you don’t know how to fully utilize social media to the best of it’s ability. Or, maybe […]

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

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Accepting Defeat and Embracing Failure

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Written By: Avery Birch This is a topic I believe all entrepreneurs will face a few times in their career. Luckily as one gains experience rebounding from one opportunity to the next, they grow a little bit as well! I frame this topic in such a way because I have recently rebounded from a failure […]

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Empathy and the Entrepreneur

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The entrepreneurial community is at the forefront of a shift in mindset that emphasizes a more human-centered approach to business. While big businesses, in many respects, remains entrenched in a more mechanistic approach, entrepreneurs are unlocking value by focusing greater attention on the art of empathetic management; putting people across multiple stakeholder groups at the […]

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Afterthoughts from the G20 YEA: Scaling Up Your Business

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Written by: Cindy Goertzen, Co-Founder & COO Trivenity Corporation, Co-Founder & President, Maira Group Inc. In September 2016, I attended the G20 Youth Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA) Summit in Beijing, China.  As Sherpa for the Canadian delegation, I had the distinct pleasure of supporting more than two dozen Canadian young entrepreneurs while they interacted with […]

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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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Building Relationships Builds Your Business

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Business success is measured in numbers—are we hitting our revenue targets, generating adequate profit margins, creating value for our clients and generating optimal social impact? While the goal of any business effort is to generate this measureable value, many fall into a dangerous preoccupation with the numbers to the detriment of the people at the […]

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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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Business Advice: When to Ask for It, Listen to It, and Ignore It

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Written By: Nadine Robinson, Co-Founder, Flok I co-founded my company with someone who is a fearless networker, a stout risk-taker, and is not afraid to ask anyone anything. She constantly asks for and takes feedback gratefully and thoughtfully, using it to fuel her onwards. These qualities, however, don’t come naturally for me. I am instinctively […]

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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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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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Making Entrepreneurship Education Compulsory

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Written By: Emily Miller is a Venture for Canada Fellow and Customer Success Manager at LeadSift, a lead generation SaaS startup, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When I was 14 years old I was obsessed with The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. I was also obsessed with candy. These two passions collided during my […]

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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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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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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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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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How to Draft a Business Plan Efficiently

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The moment has arrived where you have to create your business plan. Don’t panic, everything will be fine! Drafting a business plan is not rocket science, as long as you approach it in the right way. It is quite likely you have heard horror stories about the business plan. These days, business plan opponents launch […]

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Attending an Event? Five Tips to Maximize Your Impact

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Written By: Hilary Robinson, Senior Trainer & Owner, Polished Professionals Not only does Labour Day signal back-to-school for many, it also signals the start of the autumn event season – possibly the busiest season in the calendar. If you’re like many people out there, September, October and November can look like one long trip out […]

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Innovation and Intellectual Property

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You’ve probably heard about how important it is to be innovative. Whether it’s in the business section of your local newspaper, in a major economic magazine, or on your favourite entrepreneurial blog, everyone is talking about innovation and how it’s the secret to success. But with innovation always in the limelight, intellectual property (IP) is […]

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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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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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Key Tactics to Make the Most of a Mentor Relationship

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Entrepreneur, Brittany Haavaldsrud shares her tips to making the most of a mentoring relationship.

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Recap: Mentoring Master Class with International Participants

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In May, Futurpreneur Canada co-hosted a global Mentoring Master Class with Youth Business International (YBI). YBI is an organization dedicated to creating and supporting an international network of organizations providing thousands of young entrepreneurs with an integrated package of support to help them start and grow sustainable businesses. This Master Class, led by Hoang Anh […]

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Master Your Card: Protect Your Business from Fraud by Mastering Your Risks

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Written By: Alina Shams, Mastercard Canada Every customer matters when you are a small business. Accepting all forms of payment, including cash, credit, debit and prepaid cards, can help grow your business. While each payment option has its advantages and disadvantages, only electronic payments can instantly connect you to customers wherever and whenever they want […]

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