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Pampered Piggies

Mar-30-2017 Story by Ayesha Clough

Photos by Sergei Belski

When farmer Chris Fasoli pushes open the wooden gates and enters a giant pig pen, his chubby animals come running. Their gentle grunts grow louder as more and more hurtle over, giant pink ears flapping with each trot.

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She-prenuers

Feb-20-2017 Story by Shelley Boettcher

Photos by Sergei Belski

At first glance, the following three businesses have little in common. One is geared toward young children. One is for beer-loving adults. And the third is for businesses owners. But what all three entrepreneurs share is a passion for their community and a love for what they do.

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Local market research just got easier

Feb-10-2017 Story by Shay Barker

In late January 2017, Airdrie Economic Development launched a local market research microsite.

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The magic behind the mountain

Feb-05-2017 Story by Shelley Boettcher

Photos by Sergei Belski

Jane Anderson moved to southern Alberta with the idea of returning to farm life. Twenty-five years later, Anderson is still in business as the owner of the Magic Mountain Child Development Centres.

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Financiallife

Jan-15-2017 Column by Carman Thiessen

If you are like most Canadians, you probably spent more time researching your last vacation than reviewing your finances. And while vacations are important, so are the benefits of a financial plan.

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Businesslife

Jan-05-2017 Column by Shay Barker

A whole community is an attractive community – to visitors, potential residents, potential new businesses and investors.

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The Best of the Year

Nov-18-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

The best and brightest of Airdrie’s small business community were honoured at the 2016 Airdrie Business Awards.

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businesslife with Kent Rupert

Nov-16-2016 Column by Kent Rupert

In October of 2016, the Airdrie Business Resource Partnership (ABRP) received the “Above and Beyond” Award from the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) for the great success of the SMARTstart program. This program has become such a success because of the people who envisioned it, entrepreneurs brave enough to chase their dreams and the local businesses that give their time as mentors and sponsors.

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How are we growing?

Nov-15-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

The future of business in Airdrie, and the future of the city itself, was put under the spotlight at Airdrie’s first Economic Development and Investment Summit. Hosted by Airdrie Economic Development and the City of Airdrie, the one-day event at the Hampton Inn & Suites brought in experts to discuss topics including how retail can adapt to the online world; sustainable development; how the City addresses future planning; and the value of placemaking and urban design.

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Science Worth Clucking About

Nov-04-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

Since Airdrie-based Poultry Health Services Ltd. (PHS) started in 2002 as a one-man operation, it has grown to encompass several facilities in the city, with plans for a partnership with another in Ontario, and has become an innovator in diagnostics, consulting, auditing and other veterinary services for the industry.

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financiallife with Melody McClain

Nov-02-2016 Column by Melody McClain

The air is cold. The snow has fallen. As we sit and dream of warm sand and drinks with umbrellas, we realize, yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to get ready for taxes! As your stomach sinks at the thought, take heart.

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Starting Smarter

Story by Sara Chamberlain

Airdrie is home to 21 more well-trained entrepreneurs thanks to the 2016 SMARTstart program. Between March and October, these new or prospective Airdrie business owners completed online business-skills training, attended 11 workshops and worked with local business mentors to complete a business, strategic or feasibility plan.

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Adjusting for success

Aug-29-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

When JO-RO Manufacturing Co. Ltd. opened in Airdrie 20 years ago, adjustable office furniture was a relative novelty, but the family-run company was ahead of the curve.

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The Artful Spa

Aug-25-2016 Story by Kristy Reimer

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Kal Sadra and Anna Sadra, owners of Anna’s Spa & Wellness, had a vision for their wellness rooms when they started renovating their popular spa oasis in downtown Airdrie.

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In a Lather

Aug-20-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Kristy Reimer

When Lara Lamb talks about recipes, she’s not talking about dinner. Instead, her recipes are for products like soap, bath balms, lotions, scrubs and body butter.

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Entrepreneurs in Training

Aug-15-2016 Story by Sara Chamberlain

Photos by Kristy Reimer

Twenty-one entrepreneurs representing 17 businesses are busy working their way through the 2016 SMARTstart program. The program provides passionate, budding entrepreneurs with online business skills training, in-person workshops and mentorship. Connecting the entrepreneurs with a local mentor is one of the most important aspects of the program.

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The Pokémon GO phenomenon

Aug-10-2016 Column by Kent Rupert

Over the summer, a tech application called Pokémon GO exploded onto the market, only to be downloaded more than 30 million.

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Creative Space

Aug-05-2016 Story by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, Publisher

Welcome to the offices of airdrielife! Yes we are small home-based business. People are always surprised to hear, but the “we” has always consisted of a core group of incredibly talented freelance writers, photographers, editors, sales and graphic designers who all have home offices.

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Getting Smarter

Getting Smarter

May-30-2016 Story by Sara Chamberlain

Photos by Kristy Reimer

SMARTstart is Airdrie’s entrepreneurial training program offering tools, training, mentorship and business planning.

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Good Vibrations

May-25-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

It’s a well-known fact that noise and vibration go with industry like peanut butter goes with jelly

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May-10-2016 Column by Leyla Riazi

Eight easy steps to organized finances. Eight simple steps are all it takes to get your finances organized this summer.

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Businesslife

May-08-2016 Column by Kent Rupert

Vision – a concept that both businesses and residents alike probably use regularly.

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Cool Jobs

May-05-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

Everyone fantasizes about landing their dream job. Here are a couple of Airdrie residents who have made their dreams a reality.

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Connect and Communicate

Feb-09-2016 Column by Lori Kuffner

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

Twenty minutes from Airdrie, off the beaten path and secluded in trees, is Silver Valley Ranch. These vast 160 acres are operated by Meagan and Kyle Saum and their three young children.

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Airdrie Advantage

Feb-06-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

For 20 years, Airdrie-based Rangeland Conservation Service Ltd. has helped oil and gas companies, municipalities and others keep track of the ever-changing world of environmental policies and regulations.

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Mother Hens

Feb-05-2016 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

Photos by Carl Patzel

Two area women turn to organic farming and sow a successful business. A gang of friendly turkeys roamed free at Sage Creek Permaculture for a spell last fall.

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Award Winning Vet

Feb-03-2016 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

A “where-is-she-now” look at a previous airdrielife profile. Dr. Wendy McClelland has come a long way since she and her husband advertised her new mobile veterinarian business by distributing 1,000 flyers door-to-door in Airdrie.

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SMARTstart takes off, in and out of Airdrie

Feb-02-2016 Story by Sara Chamberlain

When SMARTstart was launched in Airdrie two years ago, organizers were confident the program would catch the attention of local entrepreneurs.

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businesslife

Feb-01-2016 Column by Kent Rupert

Photos by airdrielife

Now is the time for innovation. Last year saw several changes to the Canadian and Albertan landscapes. With new political leadership, continually decreasing oil prices, and a plummeting Canadian dollar…

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Company Stands the Test of Time

Nov-15-2015 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

The next time you stop at a gas station in Canada, take a close look at the pump. Odds are you might see a little silver sticker indicating it has been inspected by a company based out of Airdrie.

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Businesses that Care

Nov-14-2015 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson

For many Airdrie-area businesses, giving back to the community is as important as providing services and goods. Here are just a few examples of local businesses that care.

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Emergency Heroes

Nov-13-2015 Story by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

Our intrepid Kurtis Kristianson sought out the heroes whose business it is to help us in everyday situations. The results? POW! SUPER!

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2015 Airdrie Business Awards

Nov-12-2015 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

The best and brightest of Airdrie’s small-business community were honoured at the 2015 Airdrie Business Awards in October.

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Nov-11-2015 Column by Kent Rupert

Jobs well done. Every fall the Airdrie business community comes together to celebrate.

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Innovation begins with a Z

Aug-25-2015 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

When Glenn German established ZyTech Building Systems in 1997 on East Lake Way in Airdrie, the construction world was at his feet. The economy was coming back, people were building and it was a perfect time to establish a company devoted to manufacturing trusses and other supplies used in home and building construction.

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Working Outside the Box

Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

Three businesses born from creativity It takes a lot of creativity to start your own business. You have to think outside of the box – how to promote yourself, how to design a better widget, how to stand out from the crowd. But a large number of start-up businesses in Airdrie are based on creative endeavours to begin with, from web design and photography to an innovative way of delivering retail. airdrielife spoke to three

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Businesslife

Column by Kent Rupert

It always amazes me when I get to see firsthand how local businesses adapt and change with challenges that are presented to them, whether it’s a downturn in the economy, increased competition or rising costs.

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SMARTStart

May-18-2015 Story by airdrielife

Small business plays an important role in our local economy. Airdrie is home to just over 1,800 licensed Airdrie-based businesses. Of that, 99 per cent have fewer than 100 employees (consistent with the Canadian percentage). A further 86 per cent of Airdrie businesses have less than 10 employees. And, more than 58 per cent of local businesses operate from a home – 24 per cent of those businesses are interested in one day moving to a storefront location.

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Cool Jobs

Story by Carl Patzel

Photos by Carl Patzel

From flight paths to football passes … meet guys who made cool career choices Capt. Bruce Peters, pilot On a regular basis Capt. Bruce Peters can be waking up in Airdrie, Vancouver, Chicago or a hot-spot destination in the Caribbean or the Hawaiian islands. With more than 17,000 hours under his belt, the WestJet pilot has the ultimate frequent-flier-miles occupation. But with those perks comes huge responsibilities on a daily basis. “My schedule really varies

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TransCanada

May-13-2015 Story by Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

TransCanada’s Airdrie service centre has been one of the backbones of the Calgary-based company’s pipeline operations for many years.

At first glance, the facility at 1401 Veterans Blvd. NE almost looks like a college campus, but then you get into the large machine shops and service bays, where skilled workers maintain

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Businesslife

May-11-2015 Story by Kent Rupert

This year started out with such headlines as: Housing sales slide; More job layoffs and What does $40 oil mean? If you ask anyone who has lived in Alberta for several years, you’ll likely hear: “We’ve been here before and will get through it.” There’s a general optimism that oil prices will come back. It is just a matter of when. What does this mean for Airdrie? For those families affected by the drop in

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Stuff Happens

Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Sergei Belski

For most of us, the electronic devices we use may just as well be magic: push a button and stuff happens.

But getting electronic-based products to market often requires navigating a maze of product-compliance requirements, environmental ratings and international approvals.

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Food Truck King

May-10-2015 Story by Jeff MacKinnon

Photos by Sergei Belski

An acquaintance arriving at the coffee shop for his morning mud detours to where Sean Wilkie is sitting to ask him about his new competition. “My new competition?” Wilkie asks. “The perogy truck,” he’s told. “Not exactly competition,” says Wilkie. “They serve perogies and I serve burgers.” And hand-cut french fries, poutine in various styles and chicken to go with his tasty burgers of all varieties. The 34-year-old Airdrie man is in his third season operating

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This Job Really Soars

Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Carl Patzel

Like many a young boy, Rob Ganzeveld loved playing with model airplanes. Little did he know he’d someday be making a living flying state-of-the-art remote-controlled aircraft in the skies over Alberta. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a.k.a. drones, have arrived on the scene in a big way in recent years. Commercially, their applications seem almost endless, with Amazon recently testing UAVs in B.C. in hopes of using them to deliver packages, and for folks like Ganzeveld,

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Airdrie Women Mean Business

Apr-21-2015 Story by Sherry Shaw-Froggatt

Photos by Sergei Belski

Last fall, for the first time, all four winners of the Airdrie Business Awards were female. And according to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, between 2001 and 2011 the number of self-employed women jumped by 23 per cent, compared to 14 per cent for men.

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life at work

life at work

Apr-15-2015 Story by Alex Frazer-Harrison

Photos by Kurtis Kristianson and Sergei Belski

Airdrie’s amazing women can be found in all walks of life – including careers where as recently as 20 years ago women rarely ventured. Here are three examples of local women blazing new trails.

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Businesslife

Feb-01-2015 Story by Kent Rupert

Every once in a while in a community you will get business owners or leaders who will make a difference, not only to their organizations but to the community and to all the lives that they have touched.

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