Software solution company offering Calgary-based service businesses exclusive meet-ups to provide tips for business growth
Jobber, an Alberta-based company that boasts an international client base, has recognized Calgary’s booming entrepreneurial landscape and thriving start-up sector as a leader in the Canadian market. To support small business growth in Calgary, it is hosting three meet-up events next week to bring industry leaders together to discuss timely topics such as where to spend limited advertising dollars, how to strategically expand a business and how to turn social media followers into paying customers. The company is also launching a series of interactive pop-up events on April 11 and 12 to provide software trials, so business owners can see first-hand how Jobber can work for their business.
Since 2011, Jobber, has been offering entrepreneurs and small business owners a unique cloud-based software solution that streamlines entrepreneurs’ workloads, providing them with more time to focus on their business growth. Jobber software helps their clients quote, schedule, invoice, and get paid—faster.
“Jobber is a humble and supportive company that really wants other entrepreneurs and small business owners to succeed,” said Sam Pillar, CEO of Jobber. “Small businesses are critical to economic growth in North America, and we will continue to support entrepreneurs through our software and meet-ups like these to deliver on our mission to work hard for our customers every day.”
Recently, more than 1500 Jobber users, found across Canada and the United States, were surveyed on the effectiveness of the software:
- Users report that this software saves them an average of 6.8 hours a week, helping them to run a better service business.
- 88 per cent of users says that Jobber makes scheduling easier and it saves them time in their day.
- 73 per cent says it helps them keep their team better connected.
- Users revealed that average wait times for online payments were reduced to an average of 7.4 days.
Jobber’s business software combines several programs, necessary in the running of a small business to help manage teams, clients, jobs and the overall business, into one platform. Jobber can be utilized for all types of industries, such as: plumbing, painting, lawn care, landscaping, HVACR, mechanical, repair, contracting, renovation and cleaning services industries.
“We recognized that there was far too much time being spent on the administrative side of business, which took away from individual’s ability to run the business and add to their bottom line,” continued Pillar. “We created Jobber to make a difference to owners as a one-stop solution.” 2
Jobber has been recognized internationally as offering one of the top-ranked field service software on the market. Jobber is the recipient of theGartner FrontRunners Leader Award for value and capability, finishing ahead of over 400 software products for field service businesses, and the 2017 GetApp Category Leader in an independent review of the top 25 cloud-based field service software.
The three meet-ups, that will take place in Calgary on March 20, 21 and 22, will provide specialized tips and advice for business owners on how to expand their business and how Jobber can help them reach their goals. Several service business owners will be present at each event to discuss Jobber’s impact on their daily operations and how the software solution has helped them vastly improve their business.
For more information on Jobber, please visit getjobber.com/
Jobber (@GetJobber) helps small businesses become more successful. Complete with mobile apps, powerful scheduling, online invoicing and payments, Jobber is the easiest way to run a home service business. Since inception in 2011 nearly 7 million people have been serviced by businesses using Jobber, delivering over $3 billion in services to their customers. For more information, visit www.getjobber.com.
Can You Become a Successful Student-preneur?
Most of us have either seen or heard of popular TV series, Dragon’s Den, where hopeful entrepreneur’s stand before a panel of venture capitalists to pitch their ideas, in the hopes that they may secure financial investing for their startups.
While not all of us can be guaranteed a spot on the show, on a much smaller scale, venture capitalists, angel investors and others around the world look for opportunities to help entrepreneurs grow and develop their businesses.
More universities and colleges have incorporated entrepreneurial education into their curriculum to promote the undertaking of starting your own company. Mount Royal University’s (MRU) Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently had their annual JMH $70,000 LaunchPad Pitch Competition.
Founded to support those MRU students who are ambitious enough to pursue their own ventures, the initiative is funded largely by donations from JMH&CO. According to the website, over the past five years alone, there has been a total of $250,000 donated to support the program.
For this year’s competition, JMH&CO. put forth $40,000 along with $10,000 each from LaBarge Weinstein, Trout + Taylor and the Busy Foundation. Six students had the opportunity to win up to $70,000 for their endeavour should they impress the judging panel, which consisted people of note, including Alice Reimer, serial entrepreneur, Andrew Browne, co-founder and CEO of TikTiks, and Patrick Lor, serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
After hours preparing, each student went up and put forth their best pitch and showcase to sway the crowd. For a further look into the speakers and their companies, click on their profile links below:
The sixth, and final company, CommunityKit, did not provide us with any additional information, and therefore were unable to be featured.
MRU put on a great showcase of their students and what the Institute has to offer for future entrepreneurs. Yes, the odds are generally stacked against most startups, but with universities like MRU trying to create an environment for growth, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Congrats to all the winners and we wish all the success to those brave enough to pursue their ambitions.
Why You Should Become a Cannabis Entrepreneur
The long wait will soon be over, Canada is looking to officially make marijuana legal across the nation this summer. For those of you who have been following the media coverage surrounding the current landscape of this process, this isn’t news, and now it’s only a matter of counting down the days. Cannabis consumers are eagerly awaiting to finally partake in recreational marijuana LEGALLY, and producers are preparing themselves to capitalize on this great market opportunity.
Talks of legalization have been rampant in Canada since the liberal government took control. It’s no secret that the consumption of cannabis, in whichever form, has been taking place for many years all across the globe. Government regulation of it however, has not. The purchase and sale of weed takes place regardless of any legal intervention, but it seems North America is finally moving towards accepting and approving of a regulated process.
Amsterdam’s Coffeeshops are notorious for allowing customers to purchase what they consider ‘soft drugs’, marijuana being a key point of sale. Restrictions on the sale of both ‘hard drugs‘ (cocaine, LSD, morphine, heroin, etc.) and soft drugs outside of Coffeeshops, are implemented by authorities where they try to maintain certain mandates surrounding purchasing and sales. For years this has been a common practice in the city and many would argue that the stigma surrounding the usage of weed has greatly diminished due to the lack of restriction.
Currently in America, nine states and Washington, DC have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, and a total of 29 states allow marijuana for medicinal purposes. Despite the initial reluctance, a recent poll from Gallop showcases a significant increase in support of legalization. From 1969 to 2017, we went from 16% in favour to now 64% of the American population. As public opinion continues to support rather than criminalize the use of recreational cannabis, it’s no surprise that more states, and even countries are leaning towards allowing some form of regulation.
But why the initial hesitation? Well many citizens worry that with the authorization of recreational use, there will be the potential for it be misused and result in more people wanting to partake. With the new market available, the potential for new companies and entrepreneurs to capitalize on the opportunity to push their product is high. Aggressive selling and campaigning ‘pro-pot’ stands to increase the awareness and draw towards utilizing weed for non-medicinal purposes.
However, we also know that the prohibition of weed also hasn’t caused a decrease in it’s use. Implementing some form of regulation allows for better quality and safer cannabis consumption, and creates a market where profit potential can impact both public and private sectors.
As Canada moves towards making the big announcement, on July 1st 2018, companies are readying themselves for the onrush that will follow.
HYPR Magazine’s Conrad Yeung had the chance to interview Sonny Mottahed, President and CEO of MacaVerde. A company owned by Target Capital Inc., MacaVerde is an accelerator program for early-stage cannabis startups.
As the deadline of March 31st approaches for applicants to apply into the program, we wanted to gain a better understanding of what MacaVerde is looking for, and what the opportunity for success currently looks like in the pot market.
After witnessing what legalization of weed looked like in America, Mottahed spoke about the force that comes behind strong brands. Not unlike any other consumer product, people have certain loyalties to the brands that they like and want to purchase from. Upon set up in Canada, these companies will have the potential for international outreach and the underlying quality of the brand is key.
When asked about what qualities they will be looking for in order to pick from all the potential candidates, Mottahed emphasized three main factors: their understanding of the current market, the basic skill set they will be bringing forth and whether or not they possess the type of X factor needed to succeed.
Aside from basic forms of recreational usage, Mottahed shared that consumers may also choose to partake in the consumption of weed as a sleep aid, for bettering concentration, increasing creativity, meditative purposes or even to improve ones sex life.
Once you know what your consumers are after, you can cater your product to their needs and MacaVerde is looking for incumbents who understand that.
With the market potential ripe for the picking, now is the time for aspiring entrepreneurs to gather their wits about them and implement a solid plan of attack. The summer of 2018 is fast approaching and companies like MacaVerde are laying the groundwork for startups to succeed.
If chosen for their accelerator program, startups will get access to certain infrastructure, legal, commercial, strategic, marketing and related financial advice, and help with the overall development of a solid foundation upon which to move forward.
Intake into the program will not begin until April 20th and interested applicants have until the end of the month to apply.
With an influx of polls and data coming in across the country, citizens are making their opinions known in regards to this immense step forward by the federal government. Yes there are fears and doubts among us as we move towards legalizing cannabis, but with education and time, there is also the potential for the tide to turn in the opposite direction. As with the implementation of any change, there will always be two sides, however, after years spent trying to restrict it’s usage, it will be interesting to see how things will proceed forward after the sails have been set in a different direction.
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