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Looking back on the most read stories of the year from our website

Dec 2, 2013

by Jim Kerr

As 2013 comes to a close, we’ve looked back on the big stories making headlines around Alberta, Canada and the world, but what about right here on

Below is a list of the 13 most read stories from Alberta Venture in 2013:

1. Alberta’s Best Workplaces 2013
There are many reasons to want a great workplace, and profit is one of them

2. Lighting It Up: Edmonton-based electronic cigarette maker Smoke NV is smoking hot
How an Edmonton-based company cornered the Canadian market for a new, still relatively unknown product – electronic cigarettes

3. The Banff Springs Hotel: Ghost Stories
The guests who checked in but never checked out

4. How Edmonton’s Bill Karamouzis made a mint investing in online property
Karamouzis went from his parents’ basement to big money online

5. North West Upgrading and CNRL get set to break ground on new refinery
It’s been 30 years since the last one – will it be 30 more before we see another refinery built here?

6. So you want to start an oil-and-gas company in Alberta?
Finding oil is the easy part. Being able to finance the operation to get it out of the ground is what sets the pros apart


7. Syncrude’s $100 million deal fills arena-funding “pothole”
Proposes “Edmonton Oilsanders” name in exchange for cash injection

8. Next Up: Fouad El-Masri is a young entrepreneur with a business on the rise
How standing in line helped one businessman achieve success

9. How one business owner brought strippers back to Lloydminster
Going to the Poles: the Border City’s ministers are fighting a losing battle against “loose morals.”

10. Meet Daryl Katz
Inside the world of Edmonton’s most reclusive – and divisive – citizen

11. What does a correction in Canadian real estate mean for Alberta’s builders?
Real-estate appears to be poised for a correction

12. Nine Most Influential Cats
Alberta Venture’s first felines

13. Six steps to becoming a great entrepreneur
Entrepreneurship might look like the ticket to overnight success, easy money or at the very least a welcome vacation from monotony. In reality, it’s one of the toughest jobs out there. Why being an entrepreneur isn’t as easy as it looks, and what it takes to become a great one

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