There was once a time when starting a small business in Calgary, Alberta meant that you were an outsider going against the norm; shunning a big corporate job and forging your own path. It was not an idea that was embraced. These days, small businesses are everywhere. People who endeavour to start their own small business are considered innovative, creative, hardworking and brave.
Calgary has an amazing entrepreneurial spirit that has captivated the hearts of many, bringing small businesses to YYC to hone their craft and be encouraged by the people who are dedicated to shopping small and local. With so many great examples of small businesses done well, we asked a simple question: what makes a small business successful?
All of us here at Team Ken Richter would like to offer you our sincere thanks and love. You are the reason we have loved serving the City of Calgary all of these years. Calgary has so many wonderful things to offer its residents and visitors that they could never all fit into one list; but we're going to try.
Here are 10 reasons we love YYC:
1). The Location: In real estate we always emphasize location, location, location! So location must be the top reason we love Calgary. Calgary is perfectly nestled between the prairies and the mountains. On a clear day, the views are bare-none.
2). The Amenities! Hiking, skiing, walking, climbing, shopping, eating, drinking; Calgary has it all!
The summer brings smoky campfires, the fall pumpkin spice lattes, the winter Santa Claus, and the springtime fresh blooms; and the taxes. The tax man is coming to collect from Canadians in Calgary, Alberta very soon... are you ready?
Taxes are complicated. Whether you are a young student trying to claim your school expenses as you file a T4 from Starbucks, or a CEO trying to navigate not only your personal income taxes, but all of the taxes associated with your business, tax season can be overwhelming and stressful. However, there is no reason to worry. There are many incredible resources available to help you get everything sorted so you can feel confident and secure in your filing.
Most importantly, breathe deep: the deadline for filing isn't
Tomorrow is the official first day of Fall! Things have been particularly autumnal around Calgary lately, most notably in the crisp weather we've been having. So as summer dresses and bathing suits are stored away and mittens and heavy jackets come back out, many Calgarian's are hurrying to get their homes and lives winterized.
One area of the home that needs to be winterized is the garden! Rather than simply closing up shop, take a moment to do one final harvest! You may be worried that the food your harvest will go bad before it is consumed. If so, we highly recommend canning whatever is leftover so that you can have fresh, home-grown food even in the middle of winter. Not everything is good canned, but many things seem to get even better once
Daylight savings was last weekend, and some of us are still feeling the effects. While an extra hour of sunlight in the evening has been a welcome change from the dark winter months, losing an hour of sleep was the last thing we wanted or needed on the weekend. The good news is that are bodies will adjust, and the next time change come fall will give us an extra hour of sleep. We are counting down the days!
Sleep is incredibly important; this has never been up for debate. Since the dawn of time, sleep has been considered an absolute necessity in order for people to function at their highest possible level. Our human bodies require sleep to rest and recharge. It comes only second to eating and drinking. Most treatment plans for any bodily ailment
For many Canadians, seeing America's panic over the bomb cyclone sweeping over the southern states and up the coast has been somewhat comical. As they experience high winds, snow and plunging temperatures, some regions are calling states of emergency. For those of us in Canada, high winds, snow and plunging temperatures are an average winter day. It's called a blizzard, and we have survived many.
However, we need to be somewhat empathetic. Cities such as Calgary who experience bomb cyclone-like conditions regularly are well equipped to handle the intense weather; places in the southern states are not. In many of the areas that the bomb cyclone is passing over, cities don't have a fleet of snow plows ready to go when needed, vehicles don't have winter
Ontario and Alberta have a complicated relationship; particularly in Calgary, one of the country's main Oil and Gas hubs. Though we may have our differences, we are also similar in some ways! Our buyer's agent, Sapna Sharma, moved to Calgary from Toronto and has noted how some of our inner-city and downtown neighborhoods remind her of Toronto.
As part of our continuation of the Canada 150 blogging series, here is a brief history of Ontario:
The area of present day Ontario, Canada was originally inhabited by the Algonquian, Iroquois and Huron aboriginal tribes. Samuel de Champlain was a French explorer who reached Lake Huron in 1615 and prompted French missionaries to established ports around the Great Lakes. The Native American tribes of Ontario
It's been a chilly day, so heat up the oven; it is time for comfort food. This dessert is easy to make and is the perfect mid-week treat!
8 eggs 3/4 cup of milk 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon of salt 8 thick slices of whole-grain bread, cut into cubes 1/4 cup of blueberries
Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease 8 cups of a 12 cup muffin tin.
In a big bowl mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, allspice and salt.
Add in the bread cubes and stir, soaking everything through, then let set for five minutes.
Fold in the blueberries, then spoon everything into the greased muffin tins.
Looking for some healthy back to school treats? Look no further. Team Ken Richter has got you covered.
Veggies in a Mason Jar: Cut vegetables, such as peppers, cucumbers, celery and carrots, into strips. Put them in a mason jar, then put dipping sauce into an empty (and cleaned) fruit cup. Attach the fruit cup to the jar using the sealing ring and you are good to go!
Frozen Grapes: Flash freeze grapes by spreading them out, already rinsed, on a baking sheet and putting them in the freezer for 3-5 hours. Flash freezing helps keep the grapes from freezing onto each other. Once frozen the grapes can be put into Ziploc bags and stored back in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy them!
Chips & Dip: This is a classic for a reason. Get some plain
Ken Richter placed in the TOP 50 of the RE/MAX Western Canada TOP 100 Residential Individuals for June 2017 year to date.
This achievement is a testament to Ken's hard work and dedication to serving the Calgary community. We would like to thank all of our valued clients for choosing Team Ken Richter, and we look forward to a strong second half of the year!
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