It’s not easy to start a business; there are countless obstacles to face, challenges to deal with, and many lessons to be learned along the way. Three local entrepreneurs joined Capital Ideas for a panel discussion on September 26 at the Edmonton Journal to share their stories and experiences about starting a business. From a business owner currently in the process of launching a company all the way to an entrepreneur with decades of experience under his belt, Kendall Barber, Scott Mitchell and Steven Marsh all shared their stories, varied experiences and the invaluable knowledge they’ve gained along the way.
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The process of starting a business:
Seeking business advice before launching:
What advice would you give your younger self?
Seeking out the right advice before starting a business:
Identifying your customer base:
Kendall Barber is a local blogger and entrepreneur who runs the optical store eye-bar and has just launched Poppy and Barley. She is also the founder of CityandDale.com, and blogs about fashion, food, lifestyle and travel with an Edmonton focus.
Scott Mitchell was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He went to Strathcona High School before attending Grande Prairie Regional College for two years in pursuit of a volleyball career. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy, Mitchell travelled overseas to play professional volleyball in the Netherlands for one year. In 2007, Scott retired from volleyball to start a concrete company with three friends. In 2009, the concrete company merged with an asphalt company called Blacktop Paving.
Steven Marsh is co-owner of Elizabethan Catering Services Ltd, with his wife, Elizabeth. The company was started in 1985, and has become Edmonton’s premier catering company. Originally from England, both Steven and Elizabeth emigrated to Canada. He is obsessive about customer service and giving the customer exactly what they want. Fabulous recipes, plus the freshest ingredients ensure a truly tasty experience, served by the friendliest staff in the business! The company has grown from humble beginnings to be the leading caterer in the Edmonton area, and has been featured many times on television, radio and magazines.
See photos from the event on our flickr: Capital Ideas — Event 7: Starting a business, three Edmonton stories
Read tweets from the panel on our Storify: Capital Ideas – Starting a business: Three Edmonton stories