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…

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…

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…

Getting to the essence of good leadership

Patty Miller of Influence Genius strives to empower leaders by showing them how important trust is in a work dynamic

Getting to the essence of good leadershipPatty Miller is president/coach/chief genius influencer of Influence Genius. Calgary’s Business: What is The Leadership Circle? Miller: I’m very proud to be a certified practitioner/coach of The Leadership Circle. It’s definitely a robust tool I use with leaders and executives. It’s a powerful 360-degree tool that clearly illuminates for leaders their strengths for leadership effectiveness…

A smile can change your future, and your business

Serotonin and dopamine, produced in your brain by a smile, help to improve your mood

A smile can change your future, and your businessWhenever I give a presentation on the impact of body language in the workplace, I always include a section on the power of a smile. That’s because research shows that facial expressions send feedback from your face to your left frontal cortex, which in turn triggers the release of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine into…

Why businesses need to embrace a long-term view

Adam Legge of the Haskayne School of Business works to provide firms with the tools to handle disruption while looking to the future

Why businesses need to embrace a long-term viewAdam Legge is director of Global Business Futures Initiative|Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership at  the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. Calgary’s Business: What is the Global Business Futures Initiative|Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership? Its purpose and mission? Legge: The purpose of the Global Business Futures Initiative is to enable firms to focus…

Should hunting be banned in your business?

Discover ways of baiting your customers so they come back to you and you will never starve

Should hunting be banned in your business?Hunting season is just around the corner in many places in Canada. In northern communities, people rely on moose or deer meat to sustain themselves through the winter. Rituals and skills of hunting are passed from one generation to the next as families and friends go into the forests. These tracking and hunting skills are…

4 sure-fire ways to reduce productivity in your organization

Our simple 4-step plan to reducing productivity and watching your business go down the drain

4 sure-fire ways to reduce productivity in your organizationA lack of productivity is actually a serious concern because the more it costs us to produce something the less competitive we are in the global marketplace. And the less competitive we are leads directly to fewer jobs, diminished earning power and a lower standard of living. The usual explanations as to why we struggle with productivity…

How to create content that drives sales and success

Follow these steps to be sure you're creating content that resonates with your audience, and reflects your brand values and personality

How to create content that drives sales and successYour brand content is the emotional connection that converts a consumer into a customer. With more than 80 per cent of consumers researching – and shopping – online (Retailing Today, 2014), thinking strategically about how your content positions and reflects your brand personality is key. What is content? Content is the the new advertising. In the heady…
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