Recent stories about entrepreneurship

A sample of dog toys for sale on the Preet website, shaped like an artichoke, a pizza, a lotus flower, a cookie, and a four-leaf mat
business technology

Startup founder shifts from snow removal to pet toys

After exiting from home services company Yardly, Sheldon Zhang has launched Preet, a marketplace to connect independent brands selling pet supplies with retailers looking for unique products.

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The Barber Ha shop floor, with three barbers cutting hair in front of mirrors, surrounded by bright white walls and framed posters.
business old strathcona

Barber Ha founder closes shop with sadness but few regrets

When Linda Ha looks back at what led her to decide to close her barbershop, she sees a series of small decisions that resulted in an inevitability. But she stands by the principles that guided her decisions.

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A portrait of Chelsey Reschke
business region

Summit-bound CEO sees promising future for Edmonton region

A Sherwood Park-based business leader is headed to Germany this week with a delegation of young entrepreneurs eager to put energy transition and supply-chain security on the agenda of global leaders.

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Portraits of Jennifer Schaeffer and Vanessa Marshall
business awards

Onlea Enterprises and Jack59 honoured at AWE Awards

Two Edmonton entrepreneurs were among those honoured at the 2022 AWE Awards, presented by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs.

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A smiling Terry Song and Sheldon Zhang stand smiling with their arms crossed
technology business

Exit leaves Yardly co-founder eager to start again

As Sheldon Zhang reflects on selling Yardly after seven years of grinding, bittersweet is the word that comes to mind. After pivoting and restructuring a few times, they stopped trying to build a world-changing startup and focused on making a successful business. That allowed them to sell the company, which they left in July.

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Michael Wilson in front of a brick wall
business technology

DrugBank's culture is helping it build critical infrastructure for healthcare

DrugBank has been named one of Canada's best workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute. The Edmonton-based company's debut at 19th in the under 50 employees category closely follows its success in raising $9 million of seed funding earlier this month.

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Taproot Edmonton's Bloom podcast, brought to you by Innovate Edmonton
business innovation

Bloom: Airport strawberries and celebrating female entrepreneurs

Episode 6 of Bloom covers a commercial strawberry facility at the Edmonton International Airport and talks to Marcela Mandeville of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs about rebuilding the post-pandemic economy, among other innovation-related stories.

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A portrait of Marcela Mandeville
entrepreneurship business

Pandemic reveals need for systemic change, says advocate for women's entrepreneurship

After two years of a global pandemic that has set female entrepreneurship back, the presence of women entrepreneurs is even more important now to bolster the economy, says the CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs.

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AltaML co-CEO Nicole Janssen
technology business

AltaML's Nicole Janssen honoured as a top female entrepreneur

Nicole Janssen is being recognized as a leading female entrepreneur provincially, and across the country, for her work as co-CEO of AltaML.

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