BDC launches boot camps for women entrepreneurs

Initiative will focus on providing women entrepreneurs the right tools, advice and networking opportunities to tap into their potential

BDC launches boot camps for women entrepreneursThe Business Development Bank of Canada is launching a series of boot camps across the country that will focus on enhancing business skills and financial literacy for women entrepreneurs who have a desire to grow. The BDC announced its initiative on Monday as part of Canada's Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. The one-day WE Talk Business boot…

Record second quarter for Cineplex

Movie theatre giant enjoyed increased attendance, box office revenue and food service revenue

Record second quarter for CineplexCanadians apparently love going to the movies. On Friday, that was evident by record second quarter results released by movie theatre giant Cineplex. For the quarter ending June 30, total revenue of $409.1 million was up 12.4 per cent from a year ago. The company reported that attendance of 17.3 million during the quarter was…

Canadian job vacancy rate reaches new heights

Ontario led the country with 154,600 unfilled jobs, followed by Quebec at 109,600 and BC at 62,200. Alberta’s had 37,500 unfilled jobs

Canadian job vacancy rate reaches new heightsThe job vacancy rate in Canada is the highest it’s ever been, according to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. The organization’s Help Wanted report, which was released on Thursday, said an estimated 397,400 jobs have sat vacant across Canada for at least four months and the job vacancy rate was…

Canadian Tire net income declines

But second-quarter revenue rose by 3.2% to $3.48 billion and retail sales were up by 3.6% to $4.25 billion

Canadian Tire net income declinesNet income for Canadian Tire Corp. fell by 19.6 in the second quarter compared with a year ago. In announcing its financial results on Thursday, the company said net income for the quarter, ended June 30, was $174.4 million. It also reported that revenue rose by 3.2 per cent to $3.48 billion and that retail…

Canada’s oil and gas industry faces dramatic shift

A new report by PetroLMI, a division of Energy Safety Canada, details the changing face of the energy workforce

Canada’s oil and gas industry faces dramatic shiftCanada’s oil and gas industry has undergone a significant transformation in the past decade. And as the industry has adjusted to the ups and downs of the economy, there were corresponding shifts in the distribution of the industry’s workforce and the daily experiences of those workers, says a new report by PetroLMI, a division of…

Canadian Tire, Petco launch premium pet product initiative

Partnering with Petco to offer a premium grain-free pet food line and other products, including accessories

Canadian Tire, Petco launch premium pet product initiativeCanadian Tire is entering the premium pet category in retail by partnering with Petco, a leading global pet specialty retailer. The Canadian retail giant will exclusively offer Petco's assortment of food, treats and accessories to Canadian shoppers online and in stores. “We know how important pets are to Canadian families so we're thrilled to bring…

‘Action doesn’t magically happen. You have to plan for it’

Derek Blair of Insights Matter talks about how quality research can result in real operational change in businesses

‘Action doesn’t magically happen. You have to plan for it’Derek Blair is president of Insights Matter. Calgary’s Business: What is Insights Matter? Blair: We are a consumer research and market insights company. We help companies and organizations that are looking to solve marketing-related challenges and questions like: “What do our consumers and clients want?” or “Why do they buy and how do they make…

The return of a steady, stable Calgary real estate market

Realtor Christina Hagerty sees less speculation, more planning and greater prudence from her customers

The return of a steady, stable Calgary real estate marketChristina Hagerty is a realtor with RE/MAX Realty Professionals. Calgary’s Business: What’s your feel of what's happening today in the Calgary real estate market? Hagerty: We weathered the storm for the past two years and are now coming up for air. Buyers are cautious but optimistic. There has been a surge in activity since our…

ReSourceYYC a one-stop resource shop for entrepreneurs

Ron Bettin talks about creating a coworking talent hub by offering a wide range of critical and innovative services

ReSourceYYC a one-stop resource shop for entrepreneursRon Bettin is co-founder of ReSourceYYC. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain what ReSourceYYC is, its purpose and its history? Bettin: ReSourceYYC is a unique and innovative coworking space for entrepreneurial professionals. We have created an environment that combines an inspirational workspace with access to world-class software and collaboration with industry peers and experts. We support our…

Nancy Drew and her quest for sustainable happiness

For consultant Nancy Drew, success must be based on passion, commitment and knowing you’d do what you do for free

Nancy Drew and her quest for sustainable happinessNancy Drew, formerly of Calgary, is now based in California as a management consultant, speaker and corporate trainer. Calgary’s Business: Can you explain what you do now? Drew: I teach, for my own company and UC of San Diego School of Management, time management and work-life balance, leading effective meetings and practice management. I teach…