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Internship Posting

 The Canadian Museum of History is now accepting applications for the RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices. Please feel free to circulate the attached information among your contacts. Further information is available at www.historymuseum.ca/aboriginaltraining For Info, Contact Ms. Jameson C. Brant Coordinator, RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices Canadian Museum of History and Canadian War Museum...

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Other Small Business Ideas for 2018

There is no guarantee that any business will succeed, with due diligence and quality information, these business opportunities have greater chance of success. There is no good or bad business opportunity. Business opportunities lie in fulfilling people’s needs. Hair Salons No matter how grim the economy looks, women will still scrape together the money they need for getting their hair done and looking better. Senior Care The increasing number of aging baby boomers are providing increased opportunities for senior care. Examples of such opportunities include in-home care and senior residences. Related opportunities include driving, service delivery, catering, transportation, and cleaning services for seniors. You can start your own business providing services for seniors or consider buying a franchise if available. Luxury Products Interestingly, the high-end segment of the retail economy doesn’t suffer even in harsh economic conditions. Many people in Canada are willing to spend their money on premium products and services that matter to them. Luxury products like women’s handbags, scarves, and shoes are selling well, and the same runs true for high-end men’s products. A good idea is to combine luxury products with...

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A Force to Recon with: Women; Entrepreneurship and Risk

by: Claire Berkon and Janice MacDonald Last summer, as part of our study to ascertain how women entrepreneurs look at risk, we crossed Canada asking entrepreneurs about their approach to risk in their businesses. We wanted to test the oft quoted assumption that female entrepreneurs are risk averse.  As we spoke to predominately female entrepreneurs across all sectors and cultures, we heard stories of challenge, opportunity, achievement and resilience in the face of obstacles. We were touched and inspired by their willingness to share deepest aspirations, personal stories, successes and failures.  Beyond hearing about approaches to risk, we learned how women entrepreneurs shape their businesses including the importance of relationships. Describing female entrepreneurs as risk averse, assumes they are a homogeneous group making it potentially more difficult to obtain funding, and creating stereotypes that influence both men and women.  In fact, women starting and growing businesses come from diverse backgrounds and have a broad range of goals and businesses across all sectors in all parts of Canada. They are not a homogeneous group. Women entrepreneurs make significant contributions to the Canadian economy. They are ambitious and do want to grow their businesses. Some told us how they controlled growth to ensure sustainability and others to be able to integrate other priorities in their lives. Growth was slower for some because they could not get external funding thereby having to...

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Realizing YOUR path to SUCCESS!

Success – by definition “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.”  In reality, as anyone who has ever attained or attempted to attain success knows, the definition is very fluid indeed.  Success, in my mind, is defined by the goals it is tied to, so how then will you know if and when you are successful? That question is why it is so vitally important for individuals, whether they be entrepreneurs or not, to realize this journey, this path is indeed THEIR path, defined by them, refined by them, with the end goal determined by them. So what is your goal in this life – financial independence (and what dollar amount per annum would that be for you?); the freedom of self-determination in the form of being your own boss; the ability to set your own hours; the offering of a service or product as of yet unavailable in your area or region or perhaps it is more defined by a level of happiness, a level of fitness, or the ability to provide for your family?  What are your goals? Be as specific as you can with your goals, for goals without clear definition rob you of the ability to achieve them.  Is heading south good enough, or do you want to land in Florida?  Is making money running your business good...

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April 17 and April 24 a two part live online panel discussion aimed at acquiring a better understanding of challenges facing Indigenous women interested in launching their start-up or in growing their business. To learn more about these panels go to http://ideaconnector.net/webinar-entrepreneurial-ecosystem/

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