Giving Back: Meet Helium Scribe’s Charity of Choice

We’re delighted to announce Helium Scribe’s official charitable partner: The Writers’ Trust of Canada.The Writers' Trust supports and celebrates Canadian literary voices through various awards, grants, programs, and events.

The Art of Writing Emails: 5 Tips To Improve Your Email Content

Email marketing is a smart move. However, your email may be tossed or left unopened if your subject line is vague or boring.

Interview with Bertrand Bickersteth

Behind The Response of Weeds with Bertrand Bickersteth

We sat down for a quick, lively Skype session with Bertrand Bickersteth, poet, author, and educator extraordinaire. Bertrand’s debut poetry collection The Response of Weeds: The Misplacement of Black Poetry on the Prairies draws on the historical, biographical, and geographical alike to explore what it means to be Black and Albertan. You can find his...

Black-Owned Businesses in YYC

Updated July 16, 2020. Supporting local Black-owned businesses is just one way we can invest in Black communities and create a brighter future for all. It starts with knowledge, including understanding the various ways you can support local. Here is a list of Black-owned businesses in YYC we’ve compiled. We will be continually updating the...

Fiction and Non-Fiction Books By Black Authors We Love

29 Fiction and Non-Fiction Books by Black Authors We Love

This past week has been about self educating, listening, and amplifying Black voices. However, these tough conversations are not over yet. We are committed to using our platform to uplift the voices of Black writers and creatives, today and tomorrow. Here is a list our team created of fiction and nonfiction books by Black authors...

5 Practical Ways to Support Local Businesses in 2020

Local businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, but many are currently facing difficult financial strains. Now more than ever before, they need our continued support in order to survive. We recently discussed all the reasons why you can feel good about supporting local. But what does supporting local businesses look like? Here are some...

The 6 Essential Sections of a Business Plan and What to Include

In our last blog post we discussed the importance of having a business plan. Today, we will break down each section of the business plan and explain its requirements. We hope this guide empowers entrepreneurs to create stellar business plans and succeed in their ventures.   Every business plan is unique. However, the most important...

What's Your Business Plan

What is a Business Plan and Why Do I Need One?

Chances are, if you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve heard of business plans before. Many entrepreneurs create a business plan before they start their venture. The rest typically finish within the first year of launching. So if you haven’t already, you need to start thining about creating a business plan. When you’re ready, learn the 6 Essential...

4 Best Practices for Business Writing

Like learning a second language or picking up a new instrument, writing for business requires dedicated practice to see results. You must put in the hours  fine tuning your creativity before it becomes second nature. Here are some best practices to help guide you along the way. Write For Your Audience You are writing for...

13 FREE Tools to Help Small Businesses Work From Home

Remote work is on the rise. The number of employees working from home has increased from 1.4 million to 1.7 million in a matter of 8 years (2000 – 2008), according to Stats Canada. It’s an attractive option and, with the Covid-19 outbreak, many more employees have begun to work from home. Thankfully, there is...