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We kick-start 2013 with a content tune-up

Bring on a New Year

Jan 1, 2013

by Michael Ganley

New year, new beginnings, new content for Alberta Venture, so let me introduce you to the changes you’ll find in this issue.

They begin in our front-of-book section, “The Briefing,” to which we’ve added an advice column called “The Help Desk.” The idea is that you, the reader, can ask us anything you’d like about running a business. We’ll find the experts to answer the question and get those answers into the magazine under the theory that what is puzzling one business owner will likely be puzzling many. So please, send your questions to helpdesk@albertaventure.com.

Next up comes a new column on management, written by a contributor who will be familiar to our regular readers. Marzena Czarnecka has written the “Legal Eagles” column for two years and has written many features for us as well. She will now focus her talents on “The Strategy Session,” which will address difficulties that face executives in small and medium-sized enterprises. Further advice on the topic at hand will be available at albertaventure.com/strategysession. In this issue, she has advice on something we all deal with: managing information overload.

We have also switched our “Essentials” column, which examines technology, travel and lifestyle matters, from a monthly to a quarterly piece so we can sink our teeth deeper into each subject when it comes up. Sadly, we bid farewell to Fabrice Taylor’s monthly stock-picking column, “The Smart Investor.” Fabrice has been a loyal, provocative and valuable contributor to this magazine for years, and we will continue to have his presence in the magazine through feature stories. I know many of you will miss his advice, but fear not: we have unearthed another erudite stock picker, one Jody Chudley, and his first contribution for his column “On the Money” is a meditation on the upside of Penn West Exploration.

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Finally, on the very final page of the magazine, we introduce an audience-participation segment. Each month we will outline the pros and cons of an issue of public importance. We ask you to visit us at albertaventure.com to vote yea or nay and on our Facebook page to carry on the conversation.

We make these changes in our ongoing effort to be of value and interest to our readers. Let me know what you think anytime, and we’ll take it from there.

But not all is new, and surely that’s a good thing. In this issue we bring you our 15th annual list of Alberta’s 50 fastest growing companies. Culled from a record number of submissions, the list shows a strong return to form of companies in the energy sector and includes a diverse selection of businesses from across all economic sectors. We hope you will find their stories interesting and their advice worth following. And to all, a successful and prosperous 2013.

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