Very early on in my business I knew that the one thing that would be critical to my success as an entrepreneur is efficiencies. Watch this video and find out one solution I use to accomplish this.
More speakers added daily! Startup Canada Day on the Hill
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In the eyes of Boris Wertz, founder of Version One Ventures, being a successful venture capitalist means, “remembering you are a coach, not a player.” Hear more from Wertz in the latest Startup Canada Podcast, brought to you by .CA, Quickbooks Online, Steadfastbeta, and TruShield. New episodes go live every Tuesday at 10am ET!
Startup Canada partners with the Startup Youth movement
Jenny Hua, the creator of an app that connects parents to babysitters, won a pitch competition organized by Startup Youth during a March Break Bootcamp for high-school aged entrepreneurs in Ottawa. Click here to see what these talented young innovators got up to!
Canada Business features success stories of 2015 Startup Canada Award Winners
Read these inspiring success stories of women entrepreneurs, featured on the Canada Business Network! From a health startup to a clothing empire, these women entrepreneurs have grown socially-conscience and innovative business worth celebrating.
Startup Canada deconstructs the 2016 Federal Budget
The Government of Canada will table an Innovation Agenda within the year, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced during his 2016 Budget Speech last month. Startup Canada’s Kathryn Forrest reports on 10 ways the 2016 Federal Budget will affect Canadian entrepreneurs.
UberPITCH connects entrepreneurs and investors on April 7
Victoria Lennox, CEO and Co-Founder of Startup Canada as well as Stephen Partridge, investor, advisor, and Startup Canada Board Member are riding along with UberPITCH to hear entrepreneurs pitch their startup! Entrepreneurs are invited to use a promo code to find investors driving around their city – secure your ride in your city here!
Be INSPIRED, GROW & INNOVATE with 1,500 entrepreneurs, innovators & policy makers at Startup Canada Day on the Hill!
We just announced a great lineup for Startup Canada Day on the Hill including leading Canadian entrepreneurs like Tony Lacavera, Chairman of Globalive and former CEO of WIND Mobile, Jonathon Ortmans, a top advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama, and the Hon. Bill Morneau, Canada’s Federal Finance Minister.
Get your tickets today to exchange business cards with over 1,500 entrepreneurs and fellow business visionaries, walk away with cutting-edge insights from those working to build Canada into the innovation nation of the future, receive invaluable mentorship advice, participate in policy hack-a-thons and pitch competitions, and connect with the who’s who of entrepreneurship and innovation during a Startup Soiree overlooking the iconic Parliament Hill.
The action happens May 5. Join us!
Join us for Canada’s BIGGEST gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators & policy makers.
Couldn’t make it to that once-in-a-lifetime conference in Silicon Valley?
Startup Canada and Marissa McTasney owner of Moxie Trades have you covered. Get your business cards ready!
We’re inviting you to shake hands with Canada’s top entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, politicians, and government decision-makers at Startup Canada Day on the Hill. Instead of beefing up your Linkedin and attending countless networking events, we’re giving you the chance to meet with over 1,500 entrepreneurs and fellow business-visionaries in one shot.
You’ll walk away with cutting-edge insights from those working to build Canada into the innovation-nation of the future. It’s your opportunity to connect with leaders, receive invaluable mentorship advice, participate in policy hack-a-thons and pitch competitions, and connect with the who’s who of entrepreneurship and innovation during a Startup Soiree overlooking the iconic Parliament Hill.
The action happens at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on May 5, 2016 from 9am – 7.30pm. Register today at www.startupday.ca using promo code STARTUPDAY25 to receive 25% off your tickets!
- Connect with 1,500 entrepreneurs and leading anchor companies.
- Gain valuable mentorship, inspiration and cutting-edge insights from Canada’s top entrepreneurs like Tony Lacavera, founder of Wind Mobile.
- Contribute YOUR voice to the Government of Canada on creating the conditions for entrepreneurial success.
- Pitch to win, get noticed and get plugged in.
- Find a mentor to champion you and be mentor to pay it forward.
Today is the day! Purchase our book, Feminine Capital ‘Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs’, through Amazon and receive a collection of FREE gifts that include:
- 2 interactive webinars with authors Barbara Orser and Catherine Elliott.
- 6 personalized tools to help you apply the principles of Feminine Capital to your business or organization.
- Exclusive access to a Knowledge Exchange Library of training webinars, templates, eBooks, resources and articles.
By purchasing our book today you are also participating in the #FEMCapital Campaign, which celebrates and harnesses the power of women entrepreneurs.
Ready to participate?
We have collaborated with the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC) and organizing partner Women’s Enterprise Centre of British Columbia (WEC) to launch the #FEMCapital Campaign. We are delighted that the book Feminine Capital was chosen as the lead educational resource!
Monthly, we give away Auction Packs to be used to raise funds for various causes we believe in. We call it our Pink Pack! (Not many left for 2016.)
From a Moxie Trades Work Boot Brand Perspective, please tell me what you need:
- a type of work boot? (we are developing NOW for 2017)
- have a specific feature or style you are looking for?
- want us to re-instate the Tradeswoman Directory? I created this directory so I could find other women in the trades to work with. (yes, I can still swing a hammer)?
- BLOGS – want us to talk about Safety or DIY Projects?
Other than product info and deals, how can we best serve YOU?
From an Entrepreneurship point of view, what do you need:
- advice? what specifics?
It’s not personal, it’s just business.
Really? I’m not buying it for one second. Never have and never will.
I started Moxie Trades in 2006. In 2008, I appeared on Dragons’ Den. In 2009, I totally lost who I was. I won retailers, lost retailers. Won business partners, lost business partners. Hired staff, fired staff. Lost money and lost money. Obviously, I struggled and survived Moxie Trades as I’m still ticking away in my Moxie footwear world.
At the time, Trump’s opening line on the Apprentice was “it’s not personal, it’s just business.” Huh?
As an entrepreneur, if it’s not personal, what is it? I have cried, thrown temper tantrums and been emotionally depleted. Financially… my personal finances took big hits as we re-mortgaged our home AGAIN. I hired staff that were cheap and incompetent as I could not afford to hire the best. I feared taking someone away from a stable job to join my shaky start-up. As a result of an unskilled team, the 250 hours of staffing I paid for every week was a waste. I would get up at 4am, go into the office or work from home, then off to meetings, have dinner with my family and back to the office until 1 or 2am to finish up the work that my team was not able to complete. I tried to coach and created system after system to catch mistakes but I failed miserably. I could never understand how I could get it done and they couldn’t. To this day, I feel like I was robbed of money and time.
Personally, my life was on the brink of complete deterioration. I don’t know how we hung on; it must be love.
I gained an education; it’s been expensive but I have experience that I am grateful for.
I have traveled the world; China, Germany, France, England, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Hawaii and many other states in the USA. I know Canada from coast to coast and love every city in our awesome country. I worked with a Federal Minister in 2014 and enjoyed another tour across Canada this fall with StartUp Canada.
Today, I am in Sosua, Dominican Republic. I get up early before my babies and my husband. I wake up, hearing the ocean waves hitting our beach that is steps away. I make my morning coffee and work away on the veranda. This week is about planning and writing.
It couldn’t be more personal than this. My business has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world, fail big, live wholeheartedly, meet the best people on the planet and work from the beach. It’s pretty personal. I believe that if it’s not personal, then you won’t be able to stick through it. The privileges of entrepreneurship are gifted to those who have made it personal and stayed in the game long enough.
For the next 12 weeks, I will be sharing my insights and my recommendations to get you into a place of personal success. My tricks and tips for starting up and staying up, happy and peacefully.
Hope you join me.