Tag: community development

EconoUs Conference ‘Success’ Was Place-Based

It’s a wrap! After more than 12 months in the making we are thrilled to say EconoUs2017, the 8th annual community economic development conference, and our first-go at co-organizing an event of this scale was a success. Quantifying ‘success’ in this instance is more than being on budget and exceeding our attendance targets (don’t get us wrong, we’re celebrating that too). But the conference, very… Read more

Building Capacity and Empowering Others!

As a part of Momentum’s continuous quality improvement process, we regularly conduct external evaluations to assess impact, find opportunities for improvement, and celebrate areas where programs are doing well. In 2016 Momentum’s Train the Trainer* underwent an independent evaluation and we are pleased to share the findings with you – a few of which are captured below! Read the full brief online. Evaluation highlights Significant… Read more

Special RESP Workshop & Online Sign-Up

Children with education savings are more likely to work harder in school, graduate high school, and attend college or university. Help your kids succeed with a no-fee Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)   In celebration of Education Savings Week 2016, Momentum is offering special RESP workshops. There will be unbiased information, snacks and limited childminding may be available if booked in advance. The first 20 families… Read more

Entrepreneurs get a Start at Emerge Market

For the past year, Momentum has been supporting the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) in developing their community economic development strategy in a project called The Heart of the New East. And recent news coverage of the neighbourhood’s new Emerge Market shows people are noticing area’s remarkable recent developments. The BRZ itself spans 28 blocks and with over 400 member businesses, making it the… Read more

Trades Training First Electricians Graduate

May 12 was a day of celebration. Not only was it the night of graduation for Momentum Trades Training’s first ever electrician program, but each of the 15 participants graduated with full time job to go to. More than 350 people applied for the new program, and the Trades Training team interviewed each and every one in order to choose the 15 applicants who were… Read more

Trades Training Finds New Employer Ally

Despite launching during a glut in the Albertan economy, Momentum’s newly developed Electrician Trades Training stream found incredible support from Calgary’s construction industry. While participants were engaged in the program, Momentum’s Trades Training staff were hard at work securing work experience placements. A cold call piqued the interest of Matt Price, a Project Manager at Grand West Electric Ltd., and he invited Momentum to his… Read more

Payday Lending Review in Alberta: What it Means

Yesterday the Alberta Government officially announced its intention to review the provincial regulations for payday lenders. “Momentum is very pleased that the government is pursuing changes to the payday loan regulation. Current regulations clearly do not work well for most Alberta consumers. These high interest loans can result in many Albertans getting stuck in a cycle of debt that takes many months to exit. We… Read more

NDP Government to Review Payday Lending in Alberta

With the current provincial payday loan regulations expiring in 2016, the provincial government is taking the opportunity to review the regulations and ensure that Albertans are protected. Lower maximum fees, alternative lending options and repayment options are items expected to be discussed. Read more in NDP government to look at new rules for payday loans in Alberta in Calgary Herald.

Building a better payday loan

At one time or another we have all struggled with money. Some people are able to rely on loans from parents, family, or the bank to get through a financial crisis. Others are not so lucky and feel their only option is a high interest payday loan. Momentum has been working to better regulate this predatory industry but regulation is only one side of the… 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