For Rian Levick and Harley Harper, it only took one float to change their lives completely. Now, the duo have taken their passion for the therapy and turned it into their first business, Ascension Float.
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Airdrie-based Evolve Surface Strategies has experienced phenomenal growth in the past 10 years, has muscled through the recent economic downturn and is now poised to expand its operations even more. In the first year of its operation in 2007, the right-of-way firm had 1,160 employee hours generated for clients. This year, it is forecasting that number to climb to 62,500 hours.
Airdrie is home to more than 50 well-prepared entrepreneurs thanks to a program called SMARTstart. The program offers tools, training, mentorship and business planning to about 20 people each year. SMARTstart, completed over an eight-month period, helps new and prospective business owners survive, and thrive, during the crucial first years.
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.
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.
The best and brightest of Airdrie’s small business community were honoured at the 2016 Airdrie Business Awards.
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.
Over the summer, a tech application called Pokémon GO exploded onto the market, only to be downloaded more than 30 million.
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.
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.
When SMARTstart was launched in Airdrie two years ago, organizers were confident the program would catch the attention of local entrepreneurs.