Crossing over to Dark Side Racing, at high speed

Kelly Fedorowich talks about her family's adrenalin-fuelled motorsport company and why it thrives

Crossing over to Dark Side Racing, at high speedKelly Fedorowich is owner of Dark Side Racing. Calgary’s Business: What is Dark Side Racing? Fedorowich: Dark Side Racing is a family-owned and operated Top Fuel racing team that specializes in heart-pounding, adrenalin-fuelled motorsport marketing experiences. My business partners are my husband David and our son Nikolas, and together with our Motley Pit Crew we…

Alberta minimum wage hike to cost employers $284 million a year

About 254,000 Albertans – 11% of all workers – earned less than $15 an hour before the Oct. 1 change

Alberta minimum wage hike to cost employers $284 million a yearAlberta’s minimum wage reached $15 an hour on Monday, increasing by $1.40. A new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business illustrates just how much it’s going to cost. The report said employers in the province are facing a $10,739 annual increase per entry-level, minimum-wage job compared to 2015 due to added wage costs…

Can we avoid another financial crisis?

We need to embrace intangible assets. And the lending world and investors need to free up funds to support intangible creators

Can we avoid another financial crisis?Could intangibles help avert the next financial crisis? Yes. And they'd better, because the train of global prosperity is about to jump the track and intangible assets are the only possible salvation. Today's headlines are depressing. There's a constant stream of negativity led by U.S. President Donald Trump's assault on the North American Free Trade…

How running a business is like getting married

Big weddings don't happen without planning and attention to detail. Successful businesses require the same focus, plus strategic plans

How running a business is like getting marriedI’m told that a lot of planning goes in to weddings. Twenty years ago, when I got married, I don’t remember there being so much planning. Yes, I had to go here and there and look at stuff. But as far as I was concerned, I was planning to show up on the day and…

Communo builds a community of marketing professionals

Ryan Gill of Communo talks about how the collaboration model works for both clients and creative entrepreneurs

Communo builds a community of marketing professionalsRyan Gill is CEO of Communo. Calgary’s Business: What is Communo and how does it work? Gill: Communo is a community of advertising and marketing professionals who give and get work from each other via a mobile app. It’s like Tinder, but for creative professionals looking for work or agencies looking to hire contingent workers…

SAIT’s School of Business offers students a different experience

Dean Janet Segato talks about how being a global leader in applied education pays dividends for students

SAIT’s School of Business offers students a different experienceJanet Segato is dean of the School of Business at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Calgary’s Business: What’s new for the School of Business this year? Segato: It’s going to be an exciting year at SAIT as our momentum continues. The work we’re doing at the SAIT School of Business has a singular focus…

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s lives

Michael Murray talks about how his app sends real-time messages from where you live, work and play

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s livesMichael Murray is founder of Block Talk. Calgary’s Business: What’s Block Talk? Murray: Block Talk is an app for your phone. You should download it to send and receive urgent safety alerts specific to the communities you choose to follow. It has five other categories of communication, including a platform to communicate non-urgent crime such…

Women-owned enterprises take on increased role in Canada

The number of women-owned enterprises and the employment in these enterprises increased faster than men-owned enterprises

Women-owned enterprises take on increased role in CanadaA new Statistics Canada study says there were 275,300 women-owned enterprises on average each year from 2005 to 2013 throughout the country, employing 828,700 workers. The federal agency reported on Monday in its Women-owned Enterprises in Canada study that women-owned enterprises accounted for 18 per cent of all private enterprises and 15 per cent of…

How browseYYC brings local choices to Calgary consumers

Teara McGinn has helped create a shared shopping website that showcases Calgary-produced goods

How browseYYC brings local choices to Calgary consumersTeara McGinn is co-founder of browseYYC. Calgary’s Business: What is browseYYC and how does it work? McGinn: browseYYC is a ‘shop local, online’ marketplace. It’s a website where people can experience the convenience of online shopping with the feel-good value of supporting local businesses. By allowing all types of sellers (retailers, artisans, etc) across the…

Do you have the grit it takes to be successful?

Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval reveal that the secret to success lies in showing grit

Do you have the grit it takes to be successful?Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization, once said, “Let me tell you the secret that has led to achieving my goals: My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” Pasteur would have approved of Grit to Great by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin…