What has your business taught you in the past year?

This is a special Capital Question addressed to the nominees for the 2014 Alberta Women Entrepreneurs Celebration of Achievement Award. We would like to share a bit of your advice with readers of the Edmonton Journal through Capital Ideas, a community of business owners helping business owners. So we’re asking you this question: What has... Read more »

What makes an advertisement effective?

Advertising is everywhere, but not all of it hits the mark. If you’ve ever run an ad, or created one, you’ve learned some things along the way about what works and what doesn’t. We want you to share with other business owners one key thing you know about creating an advertisement that accomplishes what it... Read more »

What have you learned about navigating a crisis?

We’re asking participants in Riata Partners’ Oct. 23 seminar on Navigating a Business Crisis to share the most important thing they learned about dealing with a crisis. We are planning to publish the best answers in the Edmonton Journal on the Capital Ideas page, which runs every Wednesday in the business section. Jennifer Kennedy of... Read more »

How do you know you’re ready to take your business to the next level?

Mercer Collective merchants, we would like to give you an opportunity to share your expertise and inspire other entrepreneurs by answering a question for Capital Ideas, Edmonton’s community of business owners helping business owners. Here’s what we need from you: If you’d like to participate, please fill out this short questionnaire, below, answering the question: How... Read more »

Capital Question: What’s the key to growing a business?

Northern Alberta Business Incubator members, we would like to give you an opportunity to share your expertise and inspire other entrepreneurs by answering a question for Capital Ideas, Edmonton’s community of business owners helping business owners. Here’s what we need from you: If you’d like to participate, please fill out this short questionnaire, below, answering... Read more »

Capital Question: How do you keep from burning out?

Stress, long hours, and constant demands. Even the most dedicated can sometimes feel a little burned out, especially with other commitments piled on top of your business. For this Capital Question, we’d like to hear your advice on how you keep from burning out. We’ll print the best responses in the June 12 edition of Edmonton Journal’s... Read more »

Tips Exchange: Where do you talk about business?

Bouncing ideas off like-minded people and seeking advice from trusted sources can be a crucial aspect of growing your business. No one has all the answers right off the bat, and oftentimes it pays to know good people or to have good resources that can help. That’s why this week’s Tips Exchange is asking you to share... Read more »

Tips Exchange: How do you nurture creativity?

Success in business requires creativity. To come up with new ideas, or ways to execute those ideas that are better than before, you need to get outside of “the way we’ve always done things” and spend some time in the “adjacent possible,” as Steven Johnson puts it; that’s where good ideas come from. But it’s... Read more »

Tips Exchange: Is the customer always right?

You don’t have a business without customers, but sometimes dealing with their complaints can make you want to scream. How far should you go to make the customer happy? Do you ever reach a point where you have to “fire” a client? Or is there a way to keep everyone happy? Capital Ideas member Lea Alcantara wanted to... Read more »