Tag: entrepreneurs

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

Nicole’s Story

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Words that come to mind to describe Nicole: kind, driven, funny, and authentic. She’s the type of person that it’s easy to get to know because she emanates honesty, openness and caring. But Nicole has not had an easy life. Facing abuse and poverty throughout her childhood, she struggled with addiction and didn’t finish high school. After starting her own family she had to count… Read more

Youth Fair Gains

Are you between the ages of 16 – 24 and need help paying for post-secondary education? Want to learn more about managing your money? Can you commit 4 hours a month? Are you able to save $50 per month? Youth Fair Gains (YFG) is currently accepting applications for our next matched savings program which starts in January. This a 9-month commitment where participants savings are… Read more

The Courage to Walk in the Door

In my job at Momentum I’m always inspired by the courage and strength that our participants have as they move towards a better life. It’s great coming to work each day knowing people are overcoming challenges and creating a vibrant community with Momentum’s help. The other thing that is exciting for me lately is my journey as an artist. In 2016 I had my first… Read more

Learn from Local Entrepreneurs: Patrick Lor

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Momentum is partnering with Bootkik Video to share the stories, successes, failures and lessons learned from some of our city’s leading entrepreneurs. Our hope is that these stories can provide inspiration to the entrepreneurs that we are connected to as well as inspire our wider community to support local businesses and build a stronger Calgary. We hope you enjoy the stories in this series. This… 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

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

Learning from Local Entrepreneurs: One customer at a time

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Momentum is partnering with Launch Calgary to share the stories, successes, failures and lessons learned from some of our city’s leading entrepreneurs. Our hope is that these stories can provide inspiration to the entrepreneurs that we are connected to as well as inspire our wider community to support local businesses and build a stronger Calgary. We hope you enjoy the stories in this series. This… Read more