BDC CEO Michael Denham interview on small business

"We expect a provincial GDP contraction this year of around nine per cent and a recovery next year of around six per cent."

BDC CEO Michael Denham interview on small businessMichael Denham, President and CEO of BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada), talks about the Alberta economy, its recovery and offers words of advice for struggling small business owners during the current crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Calgary's Business: What does Alberta's current economic outlook and recovery look like? Denham: "We expect a provincial…

Open for Business -How to Effectively Communicate Your Reopening Plans to Customers

Ready to reopen your business after COVID-19, you'll need an effective communication plan to spread the word to customers.

Open for Business -How to Effectively Communicate Your Reopening Plans to CustomersSPONSORED: As businesses across the country prepare to reopen their doors, one of the most important questions they're asking themselves is "how do we communicate our plans to customers effectively?" Business owners not only have to update their audience on business hours and product/service availability but also explain any new health and safety protocols that…

EverLine Coatings & Services Joins the Fight Against COVID-19

Road line painting company repurposes equipment for surface disinfecting across Canada to kill virus and slow spread

EverLine Coatings & Services Joins the Fight Against COVID-19Today, EverLine Coatings & Services announced that it is the first in the world to repurpose its line painting equipment to become mobile disinfectors as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The company now offers pressurized, mobile disinfecting services for surfaces at hospitals, grocery stores, distribution centres, and other high-traffic businesses and public locations…

St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook once a residential school

St. Eugene Resort, near Cranbrook, features a full-service 125-room hotel, the Casino of the Rockies and a Les Furber-designed, championship golf course

St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook once a residential schoolJared Teneese is Business & Product Development Coordinator, St. Eugene Resort in British Columbia Tell me a little bit about St. Eugene Resort. What do you offer?  Teneese: St. Eugene Resort is located just outside of Cranbrook and features a full-service, hotel with 125 rooms and suites, the Casino of the Rockies and a Les…

BDC gives entrepreneurs both financing and advice

The Business Development Bank has extended its presence in Alberta and added business centres in Calgary and Edmonton

BDC gives entrepreneurs both financing and adviceMichael Denham is President and CEO of BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) A lot of people don't really know what BDC is, can you explain what you do and your focus? Denham: BDC is Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs. For 75 years and counting, our sole purpose has been to support entrepreneurs in all industries…

Helping small business owners protect their data

Claritech Solutions helps its customers navigate the complex world of cloud services with an eye to data security

Helping small business owners protect their dataDan Frederick is president of Claritech Solutions What is Claritech and what does it do? Frederick: Claritech Solutions is a managed IT service provider based in Calgary. Our focus and our passion is on proactive data protection for small and mid-sized businesses. We help our customers navigate the complex world of cloud services from simple…

Digital literacy pioneer driving diversification

MindFuel focuses on creating future generations of innovators and problem-solvers

Digital literacy pioneer driving diversificationCassy Weber is CEO of MindFuel What is MindFuel and what does it do? Weber: It was established in 1990 by Jim Gray as the Science Alberta Foundation. MindFuel is a registered charitable organization focused on creating future generations of innovators and problem-solvers. As a digital literacy pioneer, MindFuel is helping Canada diversify its economy…

Helping women to succeed in business

As National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs for BDC, Laura Didyk works with, and learns from, smart, successful women business owners

Helping women to succeed in businessLaura Didyk, is Vice President and National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs, Business Development Bank of Canada What is your role with the BDC and what do you do? Didyk: The BDC is only bank dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. After I worked there for 25 years, it created my dream job, working with women entrepreneurs. As National…

Square eases card payment challenges for small business

Square eases card payment challenges for small businessKarisa Marra is a business expert at Square. She works with businesses of all sizes and types across Canada: from coffee shops to landscapers to restaurants. In her role, Karisa partners with business owners to help them overcome their challenges in running and growing their business. What is Square and what does it do? Marra:…

Upstart entrepreneur shows Albertans how to face our dragons

John Evans shows that hardworking and risk-taking Albertans can innovate their way out of our economic doldrums

Upstart entrepreneur shows Albertans how to face our dragonsIf bad news is junk food for the despairing soul, then Albertans are overstuffed. But a steady diet of bitter doom and gloom can give us a terminal case of economic indigestion. Once in a while, we need a serving of something sweeter. Lost in the noise are dozens of happier stories about ingenious young…
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