Meet Michelle Berg and Michelle McNutt from Elevated. This dynamic, Calgary based company is in the business of creating exceptional employee experiences that matter. They are reinventing human resources and creating a new way of looking at your team's culture, onboarding, training, performance management, wellness and so much more.
In this episode, both Michelle Berg and Michelle McNutt dive into some of the mistakes they see small businesses making when it comes to their employee experiences. They discuss some amazing tips to boost the company morale, and they even provide great insight into how to approach hiring.
Take a look under the hood of this exciting and vibrant company while taking a peek into the lives of Michelle Berg and Michelle McNutt.
Meet Lucy Dunne, founder of Dunnebells, an online personal training program designed by women, for women. Programs focused on burning fat and building lean muscle that will transform your body, mind and life!
Lucy is an Aussie living in Canada and she is building a thriving online business for women. Lucy has an amazing mindset and has a ton of insights for those looking to improve their fitness. In this real discussion about building a healthy lifestyle, Lucy gives us a peek at her path to fitness in her life and has some amazing tips for those looking to live a healthier lifestyle.
In this episode, you will learn a number of tips to stay on track with your fitness routine and you will learn all about a day in the life of Lucy. Lucy and Michael even dive into her move to North America from Australia. Enjoy this discussion with Lucy Dunne.
Meet Kevin Wilhelm, the Calgary entrepreneur behind POD Marketing. POD Marketing has a new and improved method of marketing by providing their clients with a true, full-service option for companies and they have maintained exclusivity with their clients.
This approach to marketing gives Kevin and his team a high level of dedicated service with a strategic approach.
In this episode, you will pull out some amazing tips on how to market your business in today's world and Kevin shares some of his current, favourite platforms. You will learn how Kevin was able to build a massively successful marketing company in a short period of time and he will fill you in on where many small and medium-sized are falling short.
Finally, you will get a peek into this successful entrepreneur's lifestyle and how he executes every day.
Be sure to catch Kevin's FREE Marketing breakfasts
Meet Kristen Liesch, Principal with Blue Switch Consulting. Kristen is a pro when it comes to talent optimization in the workplace, and she has an immense amount of research to back up her solutions. Her approach centres around increasing diversity in the workplace for a variety of reasons and, notably, to increase your profitability in business. She consults with companies of all sizes in Canada and New Zealand.
In this episode, Kristen explains the importance of increased diversity, and she provides practical ways that employers can begin this process today. She reveals what implicit bias is and how we can catch ourselves if we are making unconscious judgements. You will also come away learning how Kristen found her way into this industry and hear about some obstacles one faces when building a business from the ground up.
Enjoy this episode with Kristen Liesh of Blue Switch Consulting.
Vince Fowler is a top business coach, speaker, father, thought leader, veteran, and human. Vince has a tremendous amount of insight and has a real zest for life and entrepreneurship. Through his wisdom, experience, and skill, he coaches business owners to live life on their own terms.
In this episode, you will hear all about Vince's story and rise in the business community. Vince gives an authentic look at the challenges one can face when starting a new business and he offers timeless advice for entrepreneurs.
You will come away from this episode feeling encouraged, motivated, and focused. Enjoy this chat with Calgary's own, Vince Fowler.
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Meet Avneesh Kumar, Founder and CEO at ThinkTech Software in Calgary. ThinkTech is Calgary based software application development and digital marketing company who are specialised at various web marketing technologies.
In this in-depth discussion, Michael and Avneesh discuss some of the important parts of web development as it relates to small business owners. Also, Avneesh dives into his story and path into web development.
This is a fantastic discussion with the CEO one of Calgary's top web development companies.
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Meet Diana van Dijken the founder and creator of Baby Leaf Covers. This genius product merges fashion with function. This versatile and stylish cover simplifies motherhood with a number of uses: nursing cover, stroller seat cover with a window, over your baby carrier, or even a scarf (to name a few).
Not only is Diana a busy entrepreneur, but she is also a loving mother and dedicated wife. In this episode, you will learn how she juggles all her responsibilities and has built a thriving business. Also, you will hear the interesting story of where her idea came from. Don't miss this episode with Diana van Dijken!
Meet Kevin Langman, a born and raised Calgarian who is passionate about helping people live better, happier lives through smarter money management. Kevin started Financial Rebel to be focused on your overall financial picture: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
He has some tremendous insights into money management in your 20s and 30s. Being a young entrepreneur himself, he understands the issues most young people have with the advice you read out there.
In this episode, Michael and Kevin unpack some of the misconceptions around money management and how you can save while still having a life.
Don't miss this awesome episode with The Financial Rebel himself, Kevin Langman.
Meet Melissa and Ryan, Community Manager and Co-Founder of TreeEra. TreeEra helps individuals and businesses reduce their carbon footprint and combat the effects of climate change by community-funding the planting of trees.
In this episode, you will learn all about TreeEra and the amazing people behind this organization. You will hear the story of where the idea came from and you will learn how they built this up to the thriving organization that it is today.
Both Melissa and Ryan offer great insights into starting an organization and a movement. From hearing about their project, you will come away feeling inspired and motivated. Enjoy this episode with two great Calgarians!
Meet Stephan Becker, an involved and passionate Calgarian. Stephan moved from the Nederlands during Calgary's downturn and built up his network through professional streams as well as road cycling. Stephan is the Brand Ambassador for the ATB BoostR - Alberta's Crowdfunding Platform for entrepreneurs. He also owns his own road cycling company called "Fiets" Training. His company coaches corporate cycling teams and he is quick to say that cycling is the new golf of networking.
In this episode, you will learn how to build a network from scratch and you will hear about the road cycling world in Calgary. Stephan also discusses entrepreneurship and what a day in the life of this passionate Calgarian looks like.
Stephan has such a positive outlook and he has a great story of his journey to Canada and the building of a network.
Meet Jenna, Owner of You Ain't Your Weight, Body Image Counsellor, and Body Image Coach. Jenna is driven to teach women about intuitive eating, and she has built a community around her of those who are passionate about positive body image and intuitive eating.
With a long background in modelling, Jenna has experienced what it is like to restrict yourself and to be pushed to look a certain way for the camera. Eventually, Jenna became fed up with this lifestyle and decided she had enough.
In this episode, you will hear about Jenna's path back to healthy living from extreme dieting. You will learn about what it means to be an international model and how she was expected to live her life. You will also learn all about intuitive eating, mindset, and about living a happy life.
Jenna will inspire you and teach you all about healthy living!
Meet Coach Deb Sousa the owner of 80/20 Hub in Calgary. 80/20 Hub was created to build a positive community that empowers and support each other in the achievement of one's health & fitness goals.
Deb comes to Canada from Brazil and has an amazing and inspiring story of how she found health and wellness in her life. She has a background in volleyball but struggled with health following her volleyball career. In this real and honest discussion, Deb provides a ton of insights and shares her compelling story of her path the health.
Deb and Michael take a deep dive into mindset and limiting beliefs in life. Deb has an incredible amount of wisdom and she also shares about her move to Canada.
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Meet Jackie, adventurer, entrepreneur, and creative genius in Calgary. Jackie and her team have built Lace Brick Design, a booming lifestyle brand for the adventure seeking female. They deliver jewellery, apparel, and camping supplies. Jackie is a social media pro and has built her Instagram following to 16K and climbing.
In this episode, you will find out what motivates Jackie and where her idea came from. She walks us through the process of finding suppliers and how to build a brand in today's world.
You will also learn how to build a business around your true core values and how important this is to create a sustainable business. Finally, find out what Jackie was doing before she started Lace Brick Design and hear about a day in the life of this passionate business owner in Calgary.
Shawn Freeman has built a thriving IT company in Calgary with a focus on small and medium sized businesses. He is a thought leader when it comes to business and entrepreneurship and he has a super interesting story of his rise in entrepreneurship.
In this episode, Michael and Shawn discuss building a business, hiring employees, and some important lessons when you are in the early stages of business development. Shawn shares some of his top tips for those that are in the early stages of business development and those that have seen success in their business but would like to see more.
Shawn is a very well connected guy in Calgary and he talks to you about building a network and some of his favourite groups in Calgary. Finally, he provides you with some tips if you are looking to be published in well-known media publications.
You do not want to miss this amazing episode with, Shawn Freeman!
Zach and Erynn Lyster own and operate The Commons. The Commons is a truly inspiring boutique co-work, meeting, and event space. Picture exposed brick, chandeliers, and velvet couches at work or at your next event. Zach and his team took the space from one room and a handful of co-workers to well over 150 members and over 16,000 Sq Ft. Zach is an inspiring entrepreneur with a vision and sharp people skills. In this episode, you will learn how Zach and Erynn built the space and continued to add members at a rapid rate. We take a dive into Zach's past as he shares some of the hardships associated with building a business and you will hear the story of Zach the monk. You will not want to miss this humours, touching, and informative chat with Zach Lyster.
It's the roof over your head! Meet Michael LeMaro, the owner of Tempo Roofing Services in Calgary. Tempo Roofing is a boutique style elite roofing company with serious attention to detail. Michael is a very sharp entrepreneur and he knows his stuff when it comes to roofing in Calgary.
In this chat, Michael will tell you all about the insurance claim process when dealing with hail -- all too common in Calgary and surrounding area. He will also walk you through some cautious when purchasing a new home and to what extent one can rely on the new home warranty. You will also get a peek into Michael's life and you will hear about what this young business owner does with his free time.
Enjoy this one with Michael LeMaro
Imagine your job is described as Hunger Games meets dodgeball - that's Kyle Fitzgerald's newest business, Archery Games. Kyle and his business partner have designed and built an arena in Calgary where you actually shoot one another with (safe) arrows. If that isn't enough, Kyle also opened The Locked Room in Calgary. The Locked Room is Calgary's premier escape room experience.
In this episode, you will find out how Kyle and his business partners came up with the ideas for their businesses. How does one get into the archery game and escape room industry? (Sign me up!) And how much goes into building those escape rooms? Furthermore, Kyle has built a number of businesses and offers some great advice to those that are interested in starting a business in Calgary.
Meet Kyle Fitzgerald, the sharp, young, creative entrepreneur in Calgary.
Meet Charles Bird, the COO and Co-Founder of Contract Club. Contract Club is a Calgary-based technology startup that takes the stress out of paperwork. Think of Contract Club as a central hub for your documents, online signatures, and a database of contracts for you to use. Have a few great contracts that you are happy to share? You can share them on Contract Club and have a reoccurring revenue source. This company is being built by a very intelligent group of engineers, lawyers, and developers.
Charles is the high energy COO who comes from an agriculture background. He is a sharp business builder and knows what it takes to be successful. In this episode, Charles gives some invaluable advice for those who are building a business or working at a startup. What skills are most important when starting a technology company? How many hours do you need to put in? How can you build your network? Learn about Contract Club and one of the great minds behind this business.
Kristin Poch has taken her family passion and put it on wheels. Beatnik Bus is a mobile record store that pops up in different locations around Calgary. Think food truck but with vinyl record sales. This cool concept comes from Kristin's love for records paired with a continuation of her father's dream to open a record store.
In this episode, you will meet Kristin and hear the story of where this whole idea came from. Kristin also shares the cool story of where she found the bus and she takes us through her record buying process. You will also learn about how to get started with listening to vinyl and what equipment you require.
In this episode, Kristin will take you through the challenges that come along with starting a brand new business concept and how you can overcome setbacks. Finally, you will find out what is currently spinning on Kristin's personal turntables.
Enjoy this episode with Kristin Poch
Meet Jen Lussier, the CMO of AnyQuip. AnyQuip is taking heavy machinery into the sharing economy. This Calgary-based startup allows owners to easily rent their ideal heavy equipment to companies and individuals requiring this machinery. AnyQuip connects people and allows businesses to improve their bottom line through sharing.
Jen is a fearless and motivated entrepreneur. In this fun episode, you will hear the story of where the idea came from, and you will get a sneak peek into Jen's day to day life. Jen will also tell you about her experience at SXSW this year. Enjoy this episode with one of Calgary's great entrepreneurs.
Terry is not your everyday entrepreneur, he has founded numerous Ecommerce businesses, written books on Ecommerce, and trains budding entrepreneurs looking to sell their products online. Selling online can be tricky to navigate: where do you start? How do you start with Amazon selling? How do you get the word out about your product? All these questions and more will be answered by one of Calgary's best Ecommerce giants.
Terry has written 3 books and runs the popular product websites Leafwood and Mule Ties.
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Meet Kathleen Smiley, a Calgary-based Social Strategist. Kathleen has a razor sharp understanding of social media and she knows everything about how to build a following. She advises and works with some great Calgary companies on the social media and blogging. In this episode, you will learn how to build a following on Instagram and you will learn the importance of maintaining a social media account. You will also learn strategies for blogging and what to do if you "don't think you have enough time for social media".
This in-depth conversation is for business owners, social media lovers, and business development teams. Enjoy the conversation with the fun and engaging, Kathleen Smiley.
Local Laundry is a Calgary-based clothing company focused on making apparel that builds community. Spend a few days in Calgary, and you will undoubtedly see one of Connor and Dustin's Local Laundry shirts on a proud Calgarian. Not only is the clothing for Calgarians, it is also for your individual community. Live in Kensington and proud of it? Well you need the Local Laundry Kensington T-shirt. Not only are these guys creating a cool brand, they are on a mission to raise $1 million dollars for Canadian charities and they have hyper-local artists design the apparel for their given community.
In this episode, you will hear some great advice from Connor and Dustin on how to start a business and you will hear their story. They will walk you through how they started the company, and they will take you behind the scenes.
All that and these guys will keep you laughing throughout this episode.
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Meet the two guys who are turning the accounting world around. Quan and Randy Co-Founded McRally, a cloud-based accounting firm based in Calgary. This is a deep dive into some of the issues with the current accounting model and how cloud accounting is truly the future. In this episode, you will learn what cloud accounting is and how it works; furthermore, you will learn what drives Quan and Randy, and you will hear all about their lives behind the scenes. You don't want to miss this episode if you own a small to medium size business as this is their bread and butter. Enjoy this episode with Quan Ly and Randy McRae.
Rainbow unicorns pooping? You bet! Poop Heart is a Calgary-based art company that creates colourful bathroom art. Erin Moffatt is the creator and founder of Poop Heart and she is changing the world with her beautiful, characteristic designs. Poop Heart has grown so quickly that now you can pick up everything from prints for your bathroom wall, to hats, to children's clothes, all with the colourful Poop Heart design. Furthermore, Erin has partnered with CAWST. CAWST teaches people how to get safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in their own homes, using simple, affordable technologies.
In this episode, Erin discusses how an engineer becomes an artist, some of the challenges in starting a business, and how she built Poop Heart.
Tune in to hear Erin's story!