If you haven’t already done so, check out the Business Link website. It provides all the information you’ll likely ever need to start a business in Alberta. They offer sessions throughout the year on everything from business plans to marketing and much more. They are sponsored by the Government of Alberta and a great place to start. They also have networking sessions as well.
Some of the upcoming Business Learning sessions that the Business Link in Edmonton is offering are:
- Improve Your Profitability! Leverage Your Customer Advocates on Thursday, November 29, 2:30pm-4:00pm
- Small Business Bookkeeping and Payroll on Tuesday, December 4, 9:00am-11:30am
- Start Your Business! on Wednesday, December 5, 1:00pm-4:00pm
- Income Tax Basics for Sole Proprietors & Partnerships on Tuesday, December 11, 9:30am-11:30am
These are just a few of the titles. Prices to attend vary according to the workshop.
They also have an office in Calgary for those of you located closer to Calgary.
In addition, they have a large library of business resources that you can check out.
I admit, at the first sign of defeat, I was defeated. Not a good start to starting out. I was so gung-ho. I found this fabulous website promoted by Google, RBC, and Yola.ca called Get Your Business Online. There was even a video from Dennis O’Leary of the Dragon’s Den promoting it (which I see has now since been removed). It offered (offers) a free website and domain for a year through Yola.com. So I signed up. Here’s where the defeat sets in. I signed up with a non-existing e-mail account and could never access my website again. I was puzzled until I contacted Yola.com support and they told me I hadn’t received any notices because everything was being sent to another e-mail address. Well to get the e-mail account switched to my active one was a long drawn-out process that made me want to give up on the spot. But, I decided to give it another try and created a new e-mail account with Shaw with the incorrect e-mail address that I had used to setup my website account. And it was available and so I now have that e-mail account ID as well. Now I can access my website once again. However, it is still in the building process. Once I get it up and running I will link to it. So moral of the story is . . . don’t give up! Find ways to make it work! When you make idiotic mistakes don’t assume that makes you an idiot. After all, I did find a work around. Until next time . .. .
Hi everyone. Welcome to my blog. This blog is about helping you (and me) find the resources and confidence we need to be able to embark on our journey of starting and running a small business. I will tell you all about what I’ve learned and hope that you will share any insights or experience you have.
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