Square eases card payment challenges for small business

Square eases card payment challenges for small businessKarisa Marra is a business expert at Square. She works with businesses of all sizes and types across Canada: from coffee shops to landscapers to restaurants. In her role, Karisa partners with business owners to help them overcome their challenges in running and growing their business. What is Square and what does it do? Marra:…

Upstart entrepreneur shows Albertans how to face our dragons

John Evans shows that hardworking and risk-taking Albertans can innovate their way out of our economic doldrums

Upstart entrepreneur shows Albertans how to face our dragonsIf bad news is junk food for the despairing soul, then Albertans are overstuffed. But a steady diet of bitter doom and gloom can give us a terminal case of economic indigestion. Once in a while, we need a serving of something sweeter. Lost in the noise are dozens of happier stories about ingenious young…

Alberta small businesses struggling

Small businesses are struggling to navigate needless government red tape, additional taxes and the overall state of the provincial economy

Alberta small businesses strugglingAnnie Dormuth is the Canadian Federation of Independent Business Provincial Affairs Director, Alberta. You are new in this role with the CFIB. Tell me what you see are your key responsibilities in this role? Dormuth: To advocate on behalf of Alberta’s 10,000 small business members on issues that matter most and directly impact their business.…

Living in a better world, one shared meal at a time

Ivonne Gamboa of GOAT talks about how the food-sharing app can be a difference-maker for many people

Living in a better world, one shared meal at a timeIvonne Gamboa is CEO of GOAT. What is GOAT and what does it stand for? Gamboa: Goat Generation is a mobile app that enables meal sharing among communities in a new and unique way. The term GOAT is used to define an exceptional person, experience or thing – GOAT is the greatest of all time.…

Unearthing the roots of gender inequality in the workplace

Tanya van Biesen of Catalyst talks about how gender diverse teams drive better business results and how we can bring about workplace equality

Unearthing the roots of gender inequality in the workplaceTanya van Biesen is executive director, Canada, of Catalyst. What is Catalyst Canada and what does it do? Tanya: Catalyst is the leading non-profit focused on building workplaces that work for women through inclusion. Since 2000, Catalyst has worked in Canada to address the unique experiences of Canadian working women, through research, education and engagement.…

Plenty of great hair days at Chatters

President Greg Moreau talks about how the largest distributor and retailer of professional hair care goods in Canada plans to keep building the brand

Plenty of great hair days at ChattersGreg Moreau is president and CEO of Chatters. Tell me a bit about Chatters. What do you specialize in? Moreau: Chatters is the largest distributor and retailer of professional hair care goods in Canada, and the third largest in North America with a 60/40 business of retail to service. From products to service, our specialty…

Using covert tools to gather intelligence

James Teague talks about how OSINT Investigations provides individuals and organization with the information to make sound decisions

Using covert tools to gather intelligenceJames Teague is president of OSINT Investigations, based in Calgary. What is OSINT Investigations and what does it do? Teague: OSINT Investigations is a full-service private investigation firm. Our office is located in Calgary, but we do investigations all across Alberta and into B.C. as well. We do everything from insurance investigations to infidelity to…

A clear-eyed look at the first-time home buyers aid program

Robert McLister, managing editor of Rates.ca, talks about the pitfalls of the government program and why fewer Canadians are likely to take part than anticipated

A clear-eyed look at the first-time home buyers aid programRobert McLister is managing editor at Rates.ca. What is Rates.ca? McLister: Rates.ca compares insurance, mortgages and credit cards from dozens of companies across Canada. By juxtaposing numerous providers, it's easier for consumers to quickly compare terms and find the best prices. How does the new down payment assistance program for first-time homebuyers work? McLister: The…

Building a winning engineering team

Mauro Plenzik talks about how Maskell Plenzik & Partners has kept abreast of a changing marketplace, remaining prepared, nimble and capable

Building a winning engineering teamMauro Plenzik is principal of Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering Inc. in Calgary. What is Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering and what do you do? Plenzik: Maskell Plenzik and Partners is an electrical engineering consulting firm that specializes in buildings’ electrical, communication and security design. Further to the broad range of design services we provide…

Paying for the services you need, when you need them

Lana Midgley of Mountain Chickadee, Virtual Assistant Solutions, talks about finding a work niche that suits her and fulfils a need for customers

Paying for the services you need, when you need themLana Midgley is owner of Mountain Chickadee, Virtual Assistant Solutions. What is Mountain Chickadee and what does it do? Midgley: Mountain Chickadee is a virtual assistant company that provides remote administrative solutions to a wide variety of organizations that require support but not on a full-time basis; and organizations that need additional support for special…

Lifting day-to-day financial stress off employees

Darcy Tuer talks about how ZayZoon is motivated by social impact to allow workers to access their earned wages any time

Lifting day-to-day financial stress off employeesDarcy Tuer is CEO of ZayZoon. He started the company with co-founder Tate Hackert. What is ZayZoon and what does it do? Tuer: ZayZoon is a socially responsible, financial technology and employee wellness company. We partner and integrate with payroll companies to provide employees with the ability to access their earned wages any time rather…

Giving a global perspective to Alberta’s crisis

David Yager, author of From Miracle to Menace: Alberta, A Carbon Story, talks about bringing the climate policy conversation back to reality

Giving a global perspective to Alberta’s crisisDavid Yager is an energy policy analyst, oil and gas writer and author of From Miracle to Menace: Alberta, A Carbon Story. Why did you write your book? Yager: As the climate change issue grew, it was accompanied by more advice that Alberta move from a sunset industry – fossil fuels – to renewables. B.C.…

Serving the needs of female entrepreneurs

Shannon Pestun of ATB Financial talks about creating an innovative, gender-intelligent banking model

Serving the needs of female entrepreneursShannon Pestun is the director of women’s entrepreneurship and part of the Indigenous Relations Advisory Circle at ATB Financial. Tell me about women's entrepreneurship at ATB, what it does and its goal and mission? Pestun: At ATB, we have always known that entrepreneurs are crucial to the success of Alberta’s economy. And we know the…

Building relationships between guest and host

Robert Vidra talks about how Simply Elegant strives to be an exceptional hospitality firm

Building relationships between guest and hostRobert Vidra is CEO of Simply Elegant. What’s Simply Elegant and what does it do? Vidra: Simply Elegant is a hospitality firm. Our philosophy is “enlightened hospitality.” We work towards providing the best possible experience for our clients, guests, staff and vendors. We must be more than a service or product. It must encompass our…

How sports card collectors can protect their investments

Jason Masherah of Upper Deck talks about avoiding scams, particularly in the online marketplace

How sports card collectors can protect their investmentsJason Masherah is president of the trading card company Upper Deck. Can you explain the number of scams related to your industry that have been going on lately and why this is happening? Masherah: Trading cards and memorabilia have been a longtime target for these types of scams. Quite frankly, it was the reason Upper…
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