Responding to the tastes of passionate foodies

Alec Wang on how Nomme has taken food delivery to a new level by focusing on local and expanding customers’ culinary experiences

Responding to the tastes of passionate foodiesAlec Wang is CEO and co-founder of Nomme. Calgary’s Business: What is Nomme? When and why was it founded? Wang: Nomme is an on-demand food delivery company. The story of Nomme began with a desire to expand culinary horizons within a group of passionate foodies who were constantly on the hunt for the newest and…

How craft breweries build communities

Jim Button of Village Brewery talks about how local breweries should keep their focus close to home to be successful

How craft breweries build communitiesJim Button is co-founder of Village Brewery. Calgary’s Business: What was the spark that made you start Village Brewery? Button: I remember working at Sears in the early 1980s and saying to my pal Scott that one day I was going to own a bar. At that time I was working dock pickup and customers and employees…

Taking the stress out of moving

Nate Edwards talks about how Virtuo’s tech-enabled service saves customers time and eases headaches

Taking the stress out of movingNate Edwards is co-founder and managing partner of Virtuo. Calgary’s Business: What is Virtuo and when was it founded? Edwards: Virtuo is a tech-enabled customer experience company that makes transitioning and settling into a new home simple and stress free. We save homebuyers more than 40 hours of their time by facilitating everything for them,…

Does reading financial statements scare you?

Knowing how to read your monthly report card is essential for keeping your business profitable

Does reading financial statements scare you?My brothers and I would sometimes get into trouble, both at school and at home. Though we generally had good grades, my mother would always make a point of reading our report cards as soon as we brought them home. Walking home from school on that warm day in June, when I was in Grade…

RV-rent entrepreneurs persevered until business was rolling

It took Chad and Cherie Ball of Wheel Estate years to get their business on the road, but they refused to abandon their dreams

RV-rent entrepreneurs persevered until business was rollingChad and Cherie Ball are owners of Wheel Estate. Calgary’s Business: What is Wheel Estate and how did the company come into being? Chad and Cherie: Wheel Estate is a peer-to-peer RV trailer sharing marketplace. We efficiently connect people who would like to rent a travel trailer with owners whose trailer would otherwise go unused, backing…

Baby Gourmet makes baby food even you will eat

We put premium gas in our luxury cars so why not put the best, highest quality baby food into the most important members of your family?

Baby Gourmet makes baby food even you will eatJennifer Carlson is co-founder of Baby Gourmet and academic chair (Innovation and New Ventures) at SAIT's School of Business. Calgary’s Business: How did the idea of establishing Baby Gourmet come about? Carlson: The idea for Baby Gourmet came about 13 years ago when my then six-month-old daughter was starting solids and I was not happy…

Going paperless will save your business time and money

Four areas you need to tackle to get your business running smoothly in the digital world, and on the path to better profit and efficiency

Going paperless will save your business time and moneyIf you’re not using technology to look after your business’s money, you’re wasting time, spending too much on bookkeeping and probably missing some customers. Imagine if your bookkeeping was already organized. Then it wouldn’t be a big job when it comes time to file taxes or produce reports. There are four areas you need to tackle to successfully go paperless: Cloud-based storage…

Why has WestJet lost its fun (and competitive advantage)?

When we value minimization over people, morale begins to suffer because nothing is rewarded except saving money

Why has WestJet lost its fun (and competitive advantage)?There was a time when you could take a WestJet flight and walk away from the experience wanting more. Ticketing staff, flight attendants and even pilots seemed like they really enjoyed working there. There were jokes on the flights, gags and laughter. That sense of fun made you want to fly with them. It was…

SMEs struggling to find new employees

Six in 10 entrepreneurs said labour shortages mean existing staff must work more, while 47% said they have had to raise wages

SMEs struggling to find new employeesWorker scarcity will remain a problem for Canadian small and medium-sized businesses for at least a decade, says a new report by the Business Development Bank of Canada. The report, released on Wednesday, said 39 per cent of SMEs are struggling to find new employees. “Labour shortages are affecting growth for many Canadian businesses, and…

‘A true disruptor:’ Indochino changing the menswear landscape

Drew Green is ‘creating a superior alternative to off-the-rack clothing at ready-to-wear prices’

‘A true disruptor:’ Indochino changing the menswear landscapeDrew Green is president and CEO of Indochino. Calgary’s Business: How did Indochino get started? Green: Indochino has been built at scale, based on the belief that consumers don't need to spend a fortune on a custom wardrobe. We took the premium made-to-measure experience direct to the consumer, creating a superior alternative to off-the-rack clothing…

Disruption has reshaped the corporate sector

The roles of employees and their required skills are also changing. And policy-makers face critical new challenges

Disruption has reshaped the corporate sectorThe Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary is one of the leading business education institutions in Canada. Over the coming weeks, faculty from the school will share insights from their research that help readers understand what’s happening in our economy. Corporations evolve a lot differently today than the world’s most valuable companies…

A lawsuit targeting Winnipeg entrepreneurs is bad for everyone

A legal win for the plaintiff would mean money for lawyers and a marginal payout for drivers. And it could cripple the business

A lawsuit targeting Winnipeg entrepreneurs is bad for everyoneSkipTheDishes driver Charleen Pokorik wants a different job. More precisely, she wants to do the same job but for the company to cover everything. Its founders left jobs like that to form the company, but she won’t do the same to be paid in the manner she wants. The result is a class action lawsuit…

Say yes to opportunity, change and challenge

As entrepreneurs, when we say yes to opportunities that make sense, we become invigorated – and that spurs growth

Say yes to opportunity, change and challengeIn 1988, Louis approached me one day and asked if I would join him in building a business. I knew I was taking a chance but I said yes. By saying yes, I had to turn down an offer from Tom that would have made me three times the income over the short term. There…

New immigrants becoming key entrepreneurs in Canada

The higher self-employment rate among immigrants is due in part to their inability to find a good job: StatsCan

New immigrants becoming key entrepreneurs in CanadaA report by Statistics Canada says recent research suggests that during new immigrants’ first few years of adjustment in Canada, their business ownership rates are below those of Canadian-born entrepreneurs, but after four to 10 years in Canada, the situation has reversed. The report, released on Thursday, said that in 2010, about 5.8 per cent…

Creating harmonious spaces with soul in the home

Ana Cummings of ANA Interiors strives to combine a sense of purpose, style, beauty, art and culture in her work for homeowners

Creating harmonious spaces with soul in the homeAna Cummings is owner and principal designer of ANA Interiors. Calgary's Business: Tell me about ANA Interiors. How and when did it start? What do you do? Cummings: ANA Interiors is a multiple national-award-winning full-service design and decorating firm, which was incorporated in 2016. I had practised professionally for 10 years prior to that under…
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