The time has come to say goodbye

Five years ago, we noticed something. Entrepreneurs learn a lot as they build their businesses. We wondered: What could we do to shine a light on that hard-won knowledge? And how could we share that expertise more widely to help others? That’s how Capital Ideas was born. We started with live events, which turned out... Read more »

Recap: Surprise me: Offbeat marketing ideas

Here are the highlights from our 61st Capital Ideas Edmonton event, on the topic of unusual ways to get attention for your business. We heard from Brandon Schatz of Variant Edition Comics and Culture, Amy Nachtigall of Sugared and Spiced, and Mike Lundy of Flannel Foxes. If you’d like a soundtrack, check out the podcast.... Read more »

Recap: Squirrel! The elusive art of finding your focus

Here are the highlights from our 60th Capital Ideas Edmonton event, on the topic of focusing on the right things in your business. We heard from Bryan Smith of Bluetrain, Lauren Dary of L Photography and Andrea Beça of Andrea Beça Work. You can also hear the conversation on the Capital Ideas Edmonton podcast. [View... Read more »

Recap: From Me to We: Growing Beyond Solopreneurship

Here are the highlights from our 59th Capital Ideas Edmonton event, on the topic of making your first hires. We heard from Angel Chok of Novelle Bridal Shop, Janis Galloway of Publicity Room and Rebecca Grant of The Violet Chocolate Company. You can also hear the conversation on the Capital Ideas Edmonton podcast. [View the... Read more »

Recap: Merry Member Mixer

Instead of our usual panel discussion, Capital Ideas went with a networking and mixer event. Hosted by the ATB Entrepreneur Centre, the evening soiree was a big hit with all who braved the chilly temperatures to create some warm memories.

Event Recap: Know When To Grow

Our 55th Capital Ideas Edmonton event came back home to the Edmonton Journal building, where three local business owners talked about how they knew when it was the right time to grow, or scale-up, their businesses. Joining us was Robin Henderson from The Uncomplicated Family, Trent Oster from Beamdog, and Kevin Kent from Knifewear, Kent... Read more »

Event recap: The Art of Business

Our 54th Capital Ideas Edmonton event got creative with the usual plan. We held it after work at the new ATB Entrepreneur Centre on Tuesday, August 16. We still had three great entrepreneurs on the panel though, so that was business as usual. Talking about their work in the arts in Edmonton, and the business... Read more »

Recap: Doing Good In The ‘Hood

Christy Benoit from The Mosaic Centre, Deborah Barrett from Anthony At Your Service, and Michael Kalmanovich from Earth’s General Store dropped by to tell us how they built businesses centred around socially responsible values. 

Recap: Business NOT as Usual

Panellists Cathy Silver from Housecalls for Housecats, Derek Hopfner from Law Scout, and Garett Kruger from Sailin’On food truck took the stage to talk about how they are taking a non-traditional approach to doing business.

Recap: Company Culture Matters

Our panel at the Edmonton Journal on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 was all about the importance of a company having an identifiable culture. Neil Herbst, co-owner of Alley Kat Brewery, Geha Gonthier, director of Wellness on Whyte and Matt Aubin, president of KEEN Creative spoke about their workplace cultures.

Recap: Creatively Funding Your Business

Our 50th panel in Edmonton focused on the many, many ways a business can find funding. Panelists were Pawel Brzeminski from Snap Projections, Rob de Groot of Red Cup Distillery and Eryne Sarabin from Tycoon Events. Along with this Storify of the event, a recap will also be published in the Edmonton Journal, Thursday, April... Read more »

Recap: Doing business differently

Our 49th lunchtime panel was all about innovating in your business. Panelists included Nicole Campre of Workhall, Dave Forster of Adster and Emerson Csorba of Gen Y Inc. A recap was also printed in the Edmonton Journal on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Here’s a PDF of that page from the newspaper.

Recap: Finding your following

The 48th Capital Ideas panel was all about social media and how to find a following for your business. Speaking on the panel were Ryan Holtz of Ryan Holtz Marketing, Consulting and Training, Marissa Loewen of Marissa Loewen Enterprises Inc. and Chris Mikulin of CLYW. We hosted this panel at the Edmonton Journal on Wednesday,... Read more »