Bold & Black: Valrie Grant

Bold & Black: Valrie Grant

Name: Valrie Grant Business: GeoTechVision and Marlie Technology Park Industry: Technology   Tanya: So, question one – what was your path to entrepreneurship? Valrie: I kind of got there a little bit around about. I was a senior manager in government. I’m a science person. I studied geology at university and then I ended up getting into geographic information systems purely by accident. I ended up leaving the private sector and going into government and it was while I was in...
How To Start An Online Business

How To Start An Online Business

So you want to learn how to start an online business? While this used to be a novel idea, most businesses are now online businesses of some sort — but unfortunately, only 16% of Canadian businesses are owned by women. And despite an increase in female-founded startups across the country, the number of digital businesses founded by women are growing at a much slower rate. According to a recent report, no matter the type of business, developing an online presence is one of the smartest ways to...
How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide

Starting a business can be incredibly exciting, and also incredibly daunting. There are so many things to consider, steps to follow, and it all rests on your shoulders. That’s a lot of pressure for new entrepreneurs or even seasoned pros. Thankfully, enough business owners have done it before that you can learn from their successes, and their failures. We’ve created a step-by-step guide to help you learn how to start a business. It covers things like pre-launch to post-launch: the legal and...
13 Tips for Starting and Managing a Small Business

13 Tips for Starting and Managing a Small Business

Managing a small business is not easy. Without the resources that large corporations have come to rely on to make business run smoothly (think HR departments, finance, legal, etc.), it can be difficult to learn how to start and manage a small business. Between incorporating, hiring, firing, and learning how to manage a small business budget, entrepreneurs have their hands full with just the basics of how to manage a small business effectively. Here, we’ll share all the best tips and tricks to...
10 Meaningful Sustainable Business Practices

10 Meaningful Sustainable Business Practices

What does it mean to be a sustainable business? And how can you easily adopt sustainable business practices into your day-to-day operations? Read on for 10 meaningful ways you can adopt environmentally friendly and sustainable practices for your business. It’s easy to get caught up in the buzzwords of sustainability. Whether you’re wondering how to build a more sustainable business or how to start a sustainable business, you need to fully understand why they’re important. It goes well beyond...
Bold(h)er: Diversity, Inclusion & Equality

Bold(h)er: Diversity, Inclusion & Equality

Sometimes the non-traditional path can get you where you need to go in life. That was the case for Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh. Early on, Shavonne challenged family expectations and dropped out of university and college only to go back later in life to complete her HR certificate. Now, as Shopify’s Diversity & Belonging Team Lead, she’s challenging conventions at work and striving to make colleagues feel included, valued, and heard. Shavonne’s story shows how she maneuvered through life’s ups...