Month: February 2015

Women in Work Boots – An Entrepreneur's Story

2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the Business Development Department of Momentum. To celebrate, we collected 20 stories about past participants who have thriving businesses.  Written by Marnie Schaetti of RaiDo Dynamics, these stories reflect the diversity, innovation and hard work of the inspiring participants who come through our doors every year to take one of our many programs. This is one of those stories…. Read more

The Tortoise, the Hare, and RESPs

The race between the Tortoise and the Hare is a fable that you may have heard growing up. What you may not realize is that it teaches a valuable lesson that can be applied to budgeting and goal setting.  Here are three takeaways: Commitment pays off—the Tortoise is slower than a Hare on land but that didn’t discourage her from participating in the race.  The… Read more

Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and it’s just around the corner. My partner and I have been celebrating “Valentine’s Day on a budget” for five years now. Here are our secret tips and tricks to show your significant other that you care, without having to really spend a lot of money. Whether or not you have already made your Valentine’s Day plans, you… Read more

Local Economy innovators win big at Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards

Friends of the local economy, rejoice! Two community economic development pioneers have won 2014 Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards, and Momentum couldn’t be more excited. Life in Calgary is better because of the Calgary Tool Library and the REAP Business Association. Here’s why: You know longer have to own, store and repair tools. With your Calgary Tool Library membership, you get access to hundreds of tools,… Read more

Budgeting made easy. It’s all about Mindset.

When you hear the word “budget” do you start to feel all warm and fuzzy inside or do you feel drained all of the sudden? If you’re like me and start to feel drained, just know you’re not the only one who feels that way. But you don’t have to feel that way. All you have to do is put a new spin on the… Read more

Meal-Share: growing communities, wallets and happy bellies!

It’s probably one of those things you know you should be doing more of. You know it’ll save you money and you know it’s better for your health. It’s a good skill to have and yet, sometimes the thought of doing it more seems daunting. Cooking….actually, cooking for yourself—just you. You could batch cook; freeze some for later or eat the same meal all week… Read more

Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact

This April 15-17th, the Tamarack Institute and FSG Social Consultants will host Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact, a multi-day interactive workshop in Calgary, AB, designed specifically for leaders of Backbone Organizations of collective impact initiatives. This dynamic learning experience will be facilitated by pioneering leaders, Paul Born, Liz Weaver, John Kania and Fay Hanleybrown, who together possess a wealth of… Read more

52 Week Money Challenge: Small Saves = Big Gains

The following is a post by guest blogger Margaret Yu, Momentum Financial Literacy Facilitator. Happy 2015 everyone! I hope 2015 brings you and your loved ones good health, happiness, and prosperity. Growing up my mom always told me that “$1 is a lot of money and that small savings can add up.” But I didn’t fully realize how much $1 was until I saw the… Read more

Cutting Costs on Cleaning Products

The start of a new year is a great time to re-evaluate your budget (or spending plan) to see if there might be areas where you can cut back. When thinking of cutting back, people often overlook their household expenses. This may include cleaning supplies, paper towel, and stationary. Last year, I reviewed this area in my own budget and decided to focus on how… Read more