Month: May 2017

Spring Clean Your Finances

Many of us tackle a deep clean of our homes during the spring months. A recent Huffington Post article shared 8 ways to spring clean your finances: Get rid of clutter! Go through your house and get rid of things you aren’t using.  A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn or used something in 1 year, it’s gone! Try selling items of… Read more

Direct traffic to your website in 5 steps (part 2)

In last week’s post, we discussed the first three steps in directing traffic to your website: Know your target market, have a marketing funnel on your website and use keywords. Today, you’ll learn the final two steps in directing traffic to your website and thus increasing your sales. Step 4: WRITE CONTENT No one reads BLOGS anymore. No one opts into NEWSLETTERS. People want something… Read more

Direct traffic to your website in 5 steps

In a recent post, we discussed how to grow your email list as a way to increase sales. You might remember, but most likely not and now my feelings are hurt, “the final step in growing your email list is to direct traffic to your website or social media sites. Just think keywords and blogging to get you headed in the right direction. You can… Read more

Do You Have An RESP For Your Child?

We are interviewing people who use Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) to save for their children’s education. We want to hear from you if you have opened a group RESP through a private company, but not through a bank or credit union. Telling us what it was like to open and have a group RESP will help us support other parents to make smart decisions… Read more

Recipes for Resilience

Momentum celebrated a big anniversary in 2016. For 25 years now, we have been taking an economic approach to social issues, and adding a social perspective to local economic development. The pressures of our struggling economy brought out the best in us, and this year has been one of our finest. We are grateful to our board and staff, participants, investors and community partners. We… Read more

Made from Scratch

Marquesa Shore had always wanted to be a business owner but, until one casual drive through the mountains, she had no idea what that could mean. She had been earning good money in Fort McMurray, but lost her job during layoffs in 2014. When she later visited Banff, she was immediately inspired: Banff needed a women’s clothing boutique, and she would be the one to… Read more

Cooking with Electricity

A few years after high school, career testing at SAIT put the trades at the top of the list for Carmello Baffa. He was thrilled to be accepted into Momentum’s Electrician program. He says he’d always known there were places to go if he needed food, but he hadn’t known there was a place to go for a life-changing experience. He had been working in… Read more

Enough for All Potluck

Some recipes are simple, like making toast. Some recipes are a bit more complicated, like making croissants. Others are inherently complex, like Enough for All, the city-wide, community-driven poverty reduction strategy guided by Vibrant Communities Calgary. Complex recipes do not follow a step-by-step process. In fact, Enough for All is less a recipe than a series of dishes that can create a banquet of potential… Read more

Home Made

When Sola Sierra, her husband, and their baby arrived in Canada in 2003, they had dreams but no plan. They came to get a western education, but without guidance about life here, they soon made a lot of mistakes. When her husband returned to Nigeria, Sola was left with lots of debt, no assets, and a job that barely paid the bills. She filed first… Read more

The Difference One Ingredient Can Make

There are times in the life of any cook, in any kitchen, when a recipe you’ve been wanting to try for years is suddenly possible because one final ingredient is available at last. In this case, the key ingredient arrived in 2016 when Calgary Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) received an increase in funding from the Government of Alberta. This increase allowed FCSS to… Read more