Month: May 2015

Is our new Cash Crunch Loan right for you?

It used to be that if you needed money in a hurry you had to get a payday loan. Now you can save a lot a money and a get a loan from First Calgary Financial instead. Save money, pay off a payday loan, grow your credit score, and get out of debt with a Cash Crunch loan.   Payday loan Cash Crunch loan Annual… Read more

In the Business of Developing Strength

by Marnie Schaetti The year 2006 is a good place to start the story of Helga Bender’s business. Not that it was a good year. In fact, 2006 tested Helga almost beyond bearing. That year she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her 30-year marriage was ending. And the unimaginable happened: Her son Ben was killed. Benjamin John Farrant was almost 26 years old when he… Read more

Owen Hart Home Owners Provide Words of Wisdom

The following is a post by guest blogger Dean Estrella, Momentum Financial Literacy Facilitator. Think about the phrase “home ownership” and how it makes you feel. Go on, take a minute to reflect on this. For so many, home ownership maybe a distant dream, but for the past 14 years Momentum and the Owen Hart Foundation have been helping to make it a reality. Recently, Momentum held… Read more

Street Level Consulting, Inc. – 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

Guest Blogger – Futurpreneur: Seasonality for all seasons

Every week I get the chance to review cash flow statements from entrepreneurs all across the country and one of the most common mistakes most make is not to include seasonal fluctuations in their monthly forecasts.  A business’ cash intake and output streams vary from month to month, and so should it’s projections. Here’s some examples of what I mean: Sales for 99.9% of businesses… Read more

The Value of Partnership

by Marnie Schaetti Bow Valley College is Alberta’s fastest growing college, committed to nurturing the lifetime achievements of its students. It begins by helping them succeed in school through the counselling, scholarships and financial aid provided by its Learner Success Services. That’s where Stacie Baker shines. Stacie’s passion is to make a difference in people’s lives. She wants to see students succeed. That’s why she’s… Read more

Market Looking for Vendors!

The Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market is once again looking for entrepreneurs! Are you an aspiring entrepreneur, living on a low-income, or facing other barriers that keep you from participating in the market? Perhaps you have a great business idea but see the market fee as a hurdle. Maybe you are wondering if you have a great product and want to give it a try with consumers…. Read more

Payday Loans Across Canada: Globe & Mail

Your car breaks down. You can’t afford the repairs but you need your car to get to work. Your bank declines your loan application. What do you do? This is a situation too many Canadians have found themselves in. One unexpected expense turns into a potentially financially catastrophic situation. For the 48% of Canadians who do not have an emergency account, the answer might be… Read more

Business Development Guest Blogger: Momentum Helps Find Your Style

As a past graduate and Momentum alumni from the Women’s Business Venture Accelerator program, I wanted to share how Momentum has helped me find my style. I launched my virtual winery back in July 2013, Phasion Estates Winery-Where Okanagan Valley wines & fashion collide. This is my first journey down the entrepreneurial path, and since launching I have been very fortunate to have amazing mentors,… Read more

The 4 Professionals You’ll Meet When You Buy Your First Home

Buying your first home can seem like a complicated and daunting task but luckily there are trained professionals to help you along the way. Knowing what these professionals do and what their role is when you purchase your first home can help to demystify the process. The answers may surprise you! Mortgage Broker – Mortgage rates in Canada are at a historical low which makes… Read more