We asked Moonlight in the Meadows attendees to share why Edmonton is a great place to do business at the networking event they attended on Aug. 20. Read on for five reasons why the city is a great place for conducting business, and catch the full spread in the Aug. 28th edition of the Edmonton Journal.
What makes Edmonton a great place to do business?
1. A strong sense of community.
“Edmonton is a good place to do business because there’s a lot of entrepreneurs here and everybody’s ready to give local entrepreneurs a chance. I think everybody here is very supportive and community-driven.” — Mei Yeung, account executive at Amplomedia (amplomedia.com)
“I think it’s the scale of the city and the kind of attitude that we’re all in this together. For me, that’s unique to Edmonton… It really is just one large community; you get to know everyone, and it just makes it easier to get things done.” — Robert McGarvey, partner and co-founder of the Genuine Wealth Inc. (genuinewealthinc.com)
2. The entrepreneurial spirit.
“It’s the nature and the spirit of the people who make the city. There’s a natural propensity for Edmontonians to be open, thoughtful and innovative… I think the greatest trait that we have is our diversity of people, ideas and cultures.” — Lewis Cardinal, president and CEO of Cardinal Strategic Communications
“Entrepreneurial spirit and innovation. The ability for our companies to create ideas, find the funding and partners like TEC Edmonton and TR Tech to help them grow and mature.” — Kent McMullin, vice president of Enterprise Edmonton at Edmonton Economic Development Edmonton (edmonton.com)
3. Cultural diversity.
“Edmonton is a good place to do business because we have such a cornucopia of cultures and understandings. I think there’s a lot of different kinds of people here, and that leads to a lot of different ideas.” — Kory Mathewson, performer at Atomic Improv (atomicimprov.com)
4. Frequent collaboration.
“I think Edmonton is a great place to do business because there’s so many people here wanting to collaborate with each other. There’s a lot of people that want to reach out and help others succeed, and having that network is an amazing force to be reckoned with.” — Nicole Medeiros, marketing manager at Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (awebusiness.com)
“The region is a great place to do business because people are finally getting the message that if you’re going to be on the world stage, you have to start working together instead of working in isolation and competing… Let’s start collaborating and working together to make this whole region come alive.” — Perry Kinkaide, founder of Alberta Council of Technologies (abctech.ca)
5. The support networks
“There’s a very open, inviting atmosphere here, and there’s a lot of support networks for business people. There’s just a huge optimism here in Alberta and specifically Edmonton that allows people to get into business and to thrive immediately.” — Brent Bushell, executive director of The Business Link Alberta (canadabusiness.ab.ca)
“Just the opportunities that are out here. There are so many companies that have the resources and the support of the city, and the desire to move forward… Companies are always looking to make their products and services better, and just having those support networks and connections that we have here is incredible.” — Howard Suissa, principal of Suissa Design (suissa.ca)
Read more from Tema Frank of Frank Online Marketing, Mary Pat Barry of Alberta Innovates Technology Future, Donovan Workun of Atomic Improv and Daren Frick of Holiday Dental in the Aug. 28th edition of the Edmonton Journal.
Photo by Richard Busch, shared under Creative Commons License.