October 2013

The Help Desk: Making sure contractors don't pass on company strategies

Every month, we tackle a question from a reader and get advice from the right experts in a variety of fields to help answer it >

On the Money: Sprott Resource

As the world’s population grows, so too does its demand for resources. Here’s how investors could profit >

Home Improvement: Canada’s most famous boom town looks to the future

A Whole Foods in Fort McMurray? Developers aim to transform the city's downtown >

Next Up: Radical Energy CEO Ryan Dick never gave up on the dream of solar energy, and now it’s paying off – in Ecuador

Meet Alberta’s up-and-coming solar energy entrepreneur >

Business Owners! Take Alberta Venture's Business Conditions Survey

We want to know what business owners think about Alberta, their prospects for growth, and business conditions in Canada. Can you help? >

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

When the forestry industry faltered, Davis McGregor found opportunity in a new sector  >

All in the Family: The Challenges of Succession

Rick Woods has spent years building Jori International. Now he wants to pass it to his 20-something son >

Four high-tech projects Alberta is funding in the hopes of improving its environmental record

The province's reputation revolves around oil and gas, but what is it doing to silence the critics? >

Cheap money? Not if you’re a junior oil and gas company

With capital at a premium, junior energy companies are in for a rough ride >

Introducing the Next Step Advisors

The Advisors will be helping the Next Step companies as they encounter issues and challenges on their path to growth >

How to stop stifling growth and reach the next level

Growing Pains: Being the leader of a growing company isn’t always easy >

Watch It aims to be Canada's best

Darren Bondar dreams of becoming Canada’s largest watch retailer. With seasonal cash flow and stiff competition, can it be done? >

Industry Report: Clean Technology

Clean Technology >

Is buying a franchise the opportunity of a lifetime, or the worst mistake you’ll ever make?

Buyer Beware >

The Backseat Advisors

Do you have some advice? for the Next Step companies? Tell them here >

Nearctic wants you to ditch sprawl for infill

Nearctic wants to find a way to convince Edmontonians to ditch sprawl and embrace innovative infill housing >

Oil Country Engineering tries to find its voice

Oil Country Engineering CEO Dennis Cuku wants help launching a communications and PR plan >

Biofuels: Garbage to Gold

Are biofuels making a comeback in Alberta? >

Screamin Brothers: The Dreamer and the CEO

Two very young entrepreneurs hope to change the world with their frozen coconut-milk desserts >

John Spence talks failure, success and the importance of corporate culture

The author, business consultant and professional speaker is impressed by the level of innovation in Alberta >

Banff hosts RemTech, CWC Well Services lands new CFO, Champion Bear Resources names CEO

Follow the Next Step companies

Once a month, we'll round up all the top small business news and information >

Your Journey Starts With a Map

How to set goals that will see your company rise to the next level >

Franchise Land

Alberta’s booming economy has made the province a promised land for franchises  >

GREYS® Paper Recycling Industries revolutionizes paper recycling in Edmonton (Advertorial)

Over the past few decades the world has become increasingly aware that the Earth’s resources are finite and in some cases, rapidly depleting >

Sphere of Influence: Ballot Business

Turnout Trouble >

The Cold Lake Advantage

One Alberta First Nation is giving new meaning to the notion of entrepreneurial spirit >

Hip to be Square

The latest trend in mobile payment technology >

Scared Straight: Halloween at the office

A list of costumes that won’t get you fired at your office Halloween party >

How to be a hit at your office Halloween party

Here are 10 great (and office-appropriate) costume ideas >

Up in the Air: That time I saw Bigfoot

How American William Barnes has called in the help of one Alberta company to help him find the creature >

How to ensure your succession plan succeeds

Planning for the handover of your company is hard, emotionally fraught and absolutely necessary >

An Introduction to the Next Step

Alberta Venture and ATB Business identify four companies looking to take the next step  >

Five for Fighting

Looking to make your way into the Den? Follow these footsteps >

Trial by Fire

What these companies learned from their time in the Dragons’ Den – and what you can learn from them  >

Franchise 101

What you need to know before you start a franchise >

Inventors seeking Investors

Alberta’s universities do lots of great research, but who’s doing the “development” part of the R&D equation? >

Should you be concerned about an increasing amount of municipal debt in your city?

Precedent has been set in the US for municipal bankruptcy >

Web Extra: Square Card Reader

Here's how one local business is using the new technology >

Four steps to creating value, growing your business and planning for the future

"Growth is like Mother Nature – she can be very, very good, and she can be very, very destructive. Respect her.” >