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A quarterly report on the challenges, opportunities, and opinions of small and mid-sized enterprises in Alberta. Small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) conduct 99.9 per cent of business in Alberta.

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ATB Business Beat:

The Indigenous perspective on entrepreneurship

February, 2019

?It’s safe to say Alberta’s small- and mid-sized enterprise (SME) owners have not had an easy go over the last few years. Two years of recession with a slow climb back into economic recovery, trade uncertainty, labour shortages, technological advancements and public policy—all are common themes that come up when discussing Alberta’s business landscape. But how do these themes look through an Indigenous lens?

We explored whether the challenges and opportunities facing Indigenous-owned or -operated SMEs were similar or different from those facing their non-Indigenous counterparts. In order to ensure we were thoughtful in our approach and truly gaining insight into the Indigenous entrepreneurship experience, we partnered with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) for this issue of Business Beat.

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Issues and Presentation Archive

July 2018: Talent  PDF |  PDF Deck

March 2018: Growing optimism  PDF |  PDF Deck

January 2018: Economic downturn  PDF |  PDF Deck

October 2017: Working capital  PDF |  PowerPoint

July 2017: Technology  PDF |  PowerPoint

April 2017: Social media  PDF |  PowerPoint

January 2017: Impact of the recession  PDF |  PowerPoint

October 2016: Succession planning  PDF |  PowerPoint

July 2016: DNA of an entrepreneur  PDF |  PowerPoint

April 2016: What keeps business owners up at night?  PDF |  PowerPoint

January 2016: Borrowing needs  PDF |  PowerPoint

October 2015: Lifestyle priorities, environmental responsibility & community support  PDF |  PowerPoint

July 2015: Managing the economic downturn  PDF |  PowerPoint

April 2015: Economic resiliency and optimism  PDF |  PowerPoint

January 2015: Working capital  PDF |  PowerPoint

October 2014: Support, advice & networking  PDF |  PowerPoint

July 2014: Fraud against business  PDF |  PowerPoint

May 2014: Cash flow  PDF |  PowerPoint

February 2014: Technology & a comparison with five years ago  PDF |  PowerPoint

October 2013: Who are the business owners in the Province?  PDF |  PowerPoint

June 2013: Pain points  PDF |  PowerPoint

March 2013: General optimism  PDF |  PowerPoint

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