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August 19, 2019

Grit and Commitment Pay Off for Young Indigenous Entrepreneur

When Gavin Decontie was just 16 years old, he didn’t know that he'd become a role model in his community as a young Indigenous entrepreneur. When helping out his mother with her small unofficial cleaning business it would lead him to launch his own enterprise one day.  But it took him awhile to fully appreciate the [...]
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July 23, 2019

5 ways to find your ideal customer

The foundation of a successful business is based on a single important element: knowing your customer. After all, if there’s no one to sell to, there’s no profit – and you won’t be in business for long without income. When planning to start a business or expand to new markets, you need to figure out [...]
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July 23, 2019

How to make your tourism business stand out

In Canada, tourism generates $102 billion in annual economic activity, 1.8 million jobs, and contributes as much to our country’s wealth as agriculture, fisheries and forestry combined. Over half (56%) of tourism jobs are in rural areas and tend to be filled by young people and new Canadians. And increasingly, seniors are taking jobs in [...]
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June 18, 2019

Indigenous entrepreneurs succeed in the face of unique challenges

As entrepreneurs from Quebec’s Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (KZA) community focus on starting businesses, they’re being encouraged to set their sights on the world vs. just their traditional communities and networks. For some Indigenous entrepreneurs, this is a big mindset shift. For the most part, Indigenous entrepreneurs value collective success and community over economic profit related [...]
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May 24, 2019

What’s the best way to fail?

For an entrepreneur, failing is often considered a rite of passage. Some say fail fast and fail often.  It can also be argued that encouraging entrepreneurs to fail fast and often means they don’t actually have time to learn from those failures. The reality is, as a startup or business owner you will fail at [...]
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