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Articles by Kim Radmacher

  • How One Edmonton Entrepreneur Took Control of His Own Destiny During COVID-19

    Starting a small business gives a young entrepreneur control of his destiny

    Edmonton’s Darren Steele, owner and founder of outdoor home maintenance company Darren Does That, is a person who knows what he wants in life. He’s driven by the need to build relationships in both his private and professional life.An actor by training, Steele figured out early on in his career that he loved connecting with […]

  • How Newfoundland’s Biolantic Services Inc. Pivoted to Help Fight COVID-19

    Earlier this year, Biolantic Services Inc. co-founder and general manager, Mike Loder, was looking forward to another year of business growth for his young start-up. The medical device service company based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, was projecting its biggest year yet, with revenues doubling annually for three years running. But then Loder started hearing of […]

  • This Young, Indigenous Entrepreneur Grew a New Business out of COVID-19

    Métis young entrepreneur and founder of Edmonton-based Kite Electric Ltd, Jason Courtepatte, has always liked learning what makes things tick. He’s a master electrician and holds special certifications to design and install sustainable energy products like solar panels and car-charging stations for Tesla products. He is even licensed through Transport Canada to operate drones anywhere […]

  • COVID-19 Pivot Stories: Kids Innovative Takes Its Hands-on Programming Online

    Kids Innovative founder Hillina Ghulam Nabi is a quintessential Canadian success story. Born in war-torn Afghanistan, she fled with her family to Russia where life was precarious for her family and others like them. Ghulam Nabi’s father taught English to his fellow immigrant families until he was able to scrape enough money together to bring […]

  • COVID-19 Pivot Stories: Ed’s Bred’s Success Lies in Their Focus on Community

    For many residents of Whistler, B.C., their daily bread arrives freshly baked from Natasha and Ed Tatton’s small, local business, Ed’s Bred. So, when COVID-19 forced ski hills to shut down early in Whistler this year, threatening the fledgling bakery’s survival, the co-founders’ first concern was for their customers.“We’d only been open in our bricks-and-mortar […]

  • COVID-19 Pivot Stories: Three Companies, Three Cities, Three Unique Strategies

    Black Market Provisions Pivot Story

    As the COVID-19 pandemic affects businesses around the world, we continue to discover inspiring pivot stories from young entrepreneurs across the country. The fates of Canadian SMEs hang on a thread, but with funding from the Government of Canada, Futurpreneur can provide solid support for the many young entrepreneurs in our network. Meanwhile, our small […]

  • COVID-19 Pivot Stories: Granville Biomedical Answers the Call to Produce PPE Face Shields for Canada

    Granville Biomedical co-founders pivoted their business model on a dime

    In early March, as Canada was just coming to grips with the gravity of COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on businesses across the country to begin to manufacture medical supplies if they could. For Christine Goudie, co-founder and CEO of Granville Biomedical, answering that call was a “no-brainer.”Granville Biomedical, co-founded by Goudie and Crystal […]

  • Our Entrepreneurs in the Face of COVID-19

    Entrepreneurs are by nature problem-solvers, and as the world faces the largest global health challenge of this century, we’ve been inspired by many small business owners in our network. More than ever before, these young entrepreneurs have had to dig deep to find their grit and resiliency. Some have had to completely turn their business […]

  • Starting a Small Business in the Time of COVID-19

    Opportunity doesn’t always knock at the most opportune time. When young entrepreneur Aric Martin recently got word that his Futurpreneur application was approved, he knew he was on the verge of realizing his lifelong dream of starting up his own renovation company. However, the news coincided with the COVID-19 crisis, and all the challenges it poses for small business owners. Undeterred, Martin was still keen to launch his business.  Before the public health edict about social distancing was issued, he had arranged […]