Month: November 2014

Vendor Call Out – Holiday Market

Calling all Momentum business owners, entrepreneurs and graduates! Calgary Dollars is hosting a Holiday Market on December 13th in Bridgeland. It will be a community-based market that celebrates local businesses and artisans. This is a great opportunity to gain some exposure, connect directly with customers and gain some immediate feedback on your product/service. Come celebrate the holiday season by being a vendor at this exciting market…. Read more

Looking for Change

The following is a guest post by Courtney Hare, Financial Literacy Manager, Momentum. On November 18th Momentum and partners hosted a film screening of SPENT: Looking for change and a panel discussion on what we can do about the high cost of pay day loans.  The film explored the lives of everyday Americans struggling to make ends meet and eventually turning to pay day loans… Read more

What makes Walter Hossli a unique leader?

I was at the tender age of 24 when I began working at Momentum. For me, it was a dream job. Imagine a place where you can combine business tools with community development and social justice. It was exactly what I was looking for. Beyond the job itself, the organization’s culture drew me in. There was a strong focus on results within an atmosphere of… Read more

Test for New Credit Card Users

I’ve recently read a great article by the Center for Financial Social Work called: How and Why to Engage Clients in Financial Behavioral Change.  In this article, there was a great point about how before you can get your driver’s license, you must pass both a written exam and a road test, yet no test is required when you go get your first credit card. … Read more

Botting & Mystique are Changing the Game

Momentum has dozens of employer partners in the skilled trades field that show a genuine commitment to doing business differently. Today I want to tell you about Victor at Botting, a commercial plumbing and HVAC company based here in Calgary. Before I can do that, I need to refresh you on the details of Momentum’s Trades Training program, one of our opportunities for immigrants and… Read more

Top 40 Under 40 has Momentum!

This is big news folks…there are TWO Momentum connections to be found within the pages of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Can you spot them? Congratulations Carolyn Davis and Jill Drader – we are so proud of you! You might not be aware of these amazing people so let me give you the goods from my firsthand knowledge of both of… Read more

Weathering Financial Storms

National Family Week took place from October 6th to 12th. The theme this year was Families and Finances – it just adds up! When it comes to families and finances, I feel very strongly about financial security and the importance of having a “rainy-day” fund. Unlike rainy days, some financial storms are unavoidable and BMO’s Rainy Day Survey states that two-thirds of Canadians has dipped into their savings… Read more

Mayor Supports Education Savings Week

Post-secondary education is already one of the costliest expenditures for Canadians, and these costs only continue to rise. Post-secondary degrees can be as expensive as $80,000 and are expected to reach $140,000 by the time children born this year are old enough to enroll. Given this reality, it’s increasingly important for parents to be aware of government incentives and various supports available to help finance… Read more