Tag: Small Business

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

Tapping casks to make a difference

A delicious infusion of appreciation and charitable giving The air bubbled with excitement and a top-note of friendly competition as industry leaders, investors, and friends gathered at charbar in Calgary’s East Village for a spectacular Fundraiser and Brew-Off hosted by Macquarie Group. Four corporate competitors paired up with a Macquarie representative on September 19th to create signature craft beers from a local brewery and raise… 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.

…And That’s a Wrap of 2018!

  On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, over 150 people gathered at the Danish Canadian Club for Momentum’s Annual Celebration and General Meeting. It was a joy-filled afternoon where guests mingled and connected with other community members while partaking in delicious food from the Danish Canadian Club and Momentum’s own business graduates.

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.

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

How Michael Carr fell into chainsaw carving

Most people don’t just pick up chainsaw carving. But that’s exactly what Michael Carr did. When he was working making props for film and television, he picked up a chainsaw on a whim. “It wound up being quicker and faster to cut up the Styrofoam. And I sort of built it from there.” Chainsaw carving has always called Michael’s name. It was a whisper in… 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