Category: Business Development

Making a pivot in the face of challenges

In the spring of 2018, Dave decided he wanted to transition out of the construction industry and into the food truck industry. When he told his wife Lizzie about his decision, she said: “you are bonkers” but within three weeks he had purchased a new truck and parked it in front of their house, ready to start his new career path.  But then Dave took… Read more

Designing a dream

 “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”                                                             – Estee Lauder Debbie lives by this quote. Originally from Argentina, Debbie found herself in Calgary designing clothing for companies on contracts that paid too little for her to live on. “I felt really frustrated as I was working but didn’t have enough money to survive,” she says. She was working a few temporary jobs,… Read more

Local Business Buying Guide

  Just in time for the holidays, we have put together a list of featured small, local businesses that will be attending Momentum’s Christmas Open House. We are pleased to present these businesses created by Self Employment program graduates. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that someone special, look no further – we have your holiday buying guide right here! Vezorla Inc. Add… Read more

Being a Localist

  A few weeks ago I was at a family friends’ house for dinner when I noticed a bottle of Vezorla Olive Oil on his kitchen counter. As a Momentum supporter, he was excited when I told him that Veronica – the owner of Vezorla – is a Momentum business training graduate who successfully paid off her Micro Business Loan a few years ago.

We buy local coffee… mostly.

At Momentum, we like to put our money where our mouth is. This means acting on our values around sustainability – especially when it comes to the things we, quite literally, put in our mouths. This approach applies to our food, which we try to buy from local small businesses and cooperatives, and our coffee.

Carrving a new path

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  Originally featured in a blog post last autumn, Momentum caught up with Michael of Carrver Creations at our annual Business Breakfast on March 1, 2019. We were fortunate at the event to receive a chainsaw-carved totem in tribute to the learning and growth Michael experienced while a part of the Self Employment program.

Book binding made breathtaking

Ksenia judges books by their covers – and then she elevates them into works of art. Hand-crafted, one of a kind, leather-bound novels line the walls of Ksenia Kopystyńska’s downtown limestone brick studio in Kingston, Ontario. The towering windows of Ars Libri Studio (latin for “the art of books”) feature her handiwork, giving passers-by the opportunity to browse beautiful hand-bound books and other leathercraft items. Even… Read more