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What does it take to run a business in Alberta? The short answer is everything!
Each Wednesday on ATB Financial’s Instagram account we feature a local entrepreneur. We ask them about the blood, sweat, and tears that go into business ownership. Their answers are intriguing, emotional, and honest.
"I got to a certain point where I knew if I wanted to take my career to the next level and be able to have creative control, I would need to take things into my own hands. Honestly, everyday I'm thankful that I made this decision and took the plunge. There are hard days but I don't have any regrets." - Colleen Nuc @hooplamedia
“Starting off, it wasn’t an easy go. The first three years was filing negative tax returns with the government and trying to make ends meet and I was a single dad. So, you know, daughter’s with you every second week. You don’t buy groceries and then when she’s there you stock up and you just make due. You get a $3,000 cheque and it does nothing but take you out of your negative bank account. So, that’s what I did for three years and just kept pushing and working and gaining my reputation and positive experience within the industry and finally got where I am today.” --Jay Woon @WESTERNFRONTSALES
“We originally planned to have two employees within our first four months. I think it was within the first six weeks we were up to twelve. We totally underestimated the amount of labour it requires. Like, we thought ‘Aww yeah! We’ll press some juice, and you know, we’ll bottle it and people will come and we’ll sell it. It’s juice! It’s just juice!’” --Naomi Le Bihan @Crujuice
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