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 your business taught you in the past year? Please answer the question on the form below by noon on Jan. 10. The best answers —

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about running a small business?

Running a small business is hard work, but we inevitably learn a thing or two along the way that can make things easier. In the spirit of helping one another by sharing what we know, Capital Ideas wants to hear from you: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about running a small business? Answer the question on the form below by Monday, Nov. 18, at noon. We’ll publish the best answers, along with your name, business and website,  in the

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 sets out to do. Answer the question on the form below by Friday, Nov. 15, at noon. We’ll publish the best answers, along with your

How do you get your business noticed at a trade show?

Getting your business noticed is key to growth, but sometimes it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. Participating in trade shows can be integral to growing your customer base and getting new business, but with so many different companies represented at such events, we want to know: How do you get your business noticed at a trade show? Answer the question on the form below by Thursday, Oct. 31, at noon. We’ll publish the best answers, along

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 Graycon Group, Larry Clausen of Cohn & Wolfe, and Susan Hollister Walker of Riata Partners shared a wealth of information at the session, and we

Capital Question: What’s the key to successfully doing business online?

We’re looking for your advice to be shared in an upcoming edition of the Edmonton Journal business section. Answer on the form below by noon on Sept.26, 2013. We’ll publish the best responses in the Edmonton Journal and on the Capital Ideas website in the coming weeks.   Photo courtesy: Keith Williamson

Capital Question: How do you launch a new venture?

We’re looking for your advice to be shared in an upcoming edition of the Edmonton Journal business section. Answer on the form below by noon on August 19, 2013. We’ll publish the best responses in the Edmonton Journal and on the Capital Ideas website in the coming weeks.

Capital Question: How can you best prepare for the future of your business?

We’ve invited Brad Ferguson, president and CEO of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, to ask this week’s Capital Question. Capital Ideas is pleased to participate in E-Town, a two-day festival of ideas put on by the EEDC for entrepreneurial thinkers. The festival takes place Sept. 12 and 13 at the Shaw Conference Centre. The festival focuses on innovation and emerging ideas in entrepreneurship, and keeping along those lines, the question this week is: How can you best prepare for the future of

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 do you know you’re ready to take your business to the next level? You’ll have until noon on Monday, August 5 to participate. Then please email a photo

Capital Question: What has helped you take risks in business?

We’ve invited Brad Ferguson, president and CEO of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, to ask this week’s Capital Question. Brad recently wrote about taking risks on his blog, when he described climbing mountains. ”With each step he grows and by the summit he has changed. For the journey would not have happened without his desire to begin … which all started with the courage within.” As he mentions, sometimes with taking risks, you have to leave your worries and baggage behind to