Opting for a career in the general insurance and brokerage industry is a challenging undertaking, but when you have the right mentors to guide you through and help you learn the ins and outs of the industry, then you could have a bright future ahead of you.
Enter “Advance Insurance Educational Services” a career-defining mentoring service in Alberta, operating under the leadership of its visionary founder and president, Helene Wood. This insurance educational platform has earned a great repute and has helped boost the careers of numerous insurance brokers and agents’ and empowered them to flourish.
Advance Insurance Educational Services (AIE) offers insurance and brokerage-related seminars to aspiring insurance agents Canada wide. Helene and her team of top-notch educators prepare students for provincial licensing exams. With expert guidance, these students can start their careers in this ever-expanding industry. Their seminars are not all-exclusive to the insurance sector, but they provide educational workshops on the ongoing world happenings, which makes this educational platform worthy of attention from anyone that has a desire to learn.
Insurance brokers have to have 15 credit hours every year to be recognized as professional brokers or insurance agents in the industry. Advance Insurance Educational company offers these seminars not just as a formality to make the students eligible for the insurance industry or provide certification. Helene wants to keep these seminars exciting and informative so that every attendee has a takeaway lesson and has some new thing learned.
Helene aims to better their educational programs more and more, and for this reason, AIE has introduced a very unique and informative Alberta broker training program. Helene is a full-time broker, so the words coming from a successful professional who has 30+ years' worth of experience have their significant value. The brokerage educational services from the brokerage chair take to enhance the license training to a new level. A considerable influx of people has been observed entering the field of insurance. AIE helps these career changers stand in this impeccably rewarding field and make their place.
Helene's educational assistance did not stop until the achievement of the license. She realized that after getting their licenses and even scores a job, but after that, most individuals wander clueless as to how they can perform their job well; they don't know what to ask and from where to get their questions answered. So, to help those individuals, Helene has developed a comprehensive procedure manual on how to do the job efficiently as an insurance or brokerage agent.
Insurance educational services is not a new idea in Alberta, and many centers claim to provide the best seminars in the area but what sets Helene's AIE apart from its competitors is that they don't only provide education, but they go an extra mile to make sure every deserving individual has access to it. Helene does not believe in delivering the textbook knowledge only, because according to her, the educational possibilities are far beyond textbooks. AIE’s support continues by helping their students gain jobs in the industry. This is why any person once enrolled in their program would come back if they have a genuine thirst for knowledge.
Horses have long been regarded as one of the most intelligent and sensitive animals. Most of us are used to horses being utilized mostly for transportation, sports, agricultural uses, and recreational activities. However, there's more to horses than that. Recent studies have discovered that, horses have amazing healing abilities for mental anguish.
Dorothy Turek discovered these facts after a personal experience through the interaction between a horse and someone who was going through a rough patch in life. Dorothy noticed how the equine friend absorbed and disposed of the negative feelings of anguish and sadness of the person interacting with it. That stirred a unique business idea in her mind.
With a degree in animal behaviour and years of learning the techniques of equine-assisted learning (EAL) under her belt, she laid the foundation of a now renowned EAL business called 'Centaur Wellness'.
Dorothy explains that because the horses' #1 priority in life is to feel safe (not food or water), they require people to step into their own power and become the leader for them both. What makes working with horses more effective in personal and team development is that you can't fool the teachers, unlike human coaches who always have some sort of human bias. Horses don't judge us and react to changes in our intentions and actions immediately which is what leads to our growth.
"I don't offer therapy, but I offer people a way to develop life skills, improve their communication, and right their relationships."
Dorothy works with individuals and teams providing transformative experiences and helps them clear the inner roadblocks utilizing the natural stress-relieving instinct of horses.
Bullying is one of the most depression-inducing triggers. To that end, Dorothy provides anti-bullying EAL workshops. Another vital area of focus is women empowerment for women who experienced bullying, empowering them to lead a better life on their own terms.
When the pandemic hit, families were forced to stay together for longer periods of time. Some families grew emotionally stronger, but others strived to remain on good terms with each other. This is where Centaur Wellness’s equine-assistance learning sessions came to the rescue of these families and helped them bond better and develop life skills together.
The EAL sessions also assisted people that were forced to work in uncertain conditions during the pandemic. They were experiencing a great deal of pressure and stress, and Centaur Wellness helped them relieve their stress by fun filled learning sessions.
Their main clientele are families and businesses. For families horses help families to bond better, strengthen their ties, and live a happier, more contented and connected lives. For businesses, the programs aim to assist them in team building and enhancing productivity.
“My programs work on improving resiliency and team cohesion, which would ultimately affect productivity.”
In future, Dorothy aims to hold more anti-bullying sessions for school-aged kids and corporate employees to help them get a clear vision of life and get past the trauma they experience due to bullying.
Dorothy advises small business owners to be crystal clear of their vision and become more flexible and adaptable to every challenge that life throws at them.
They say, ‘if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life’. However, most of us are not fortunate enough to make our income out of what we love to do. Maybe we don't have enough resources and opportunities, or perhaps we lack an accurate and direct guidance source.
Enters the ‘2nd Floor Podcast’ by partnering founders Kenny Bhullar and Omid Qaderi. With the motto 'to survive and thrive,' these young and talented entrepreneurs started this unique new venture in 2018.
While the concept of podcasts is not new, however, the idea and objectives behind their podcasts are new, creative and refreshing.
Kenny is a marketing specialist and very much a people’s person, while Omid is an ardent and skilled videographer. By combining their skills, they developed this life-changing mix, for themselves as well as their listeners.
Omid and Kenny interview successful entrepreneurs, influencers, C-suite executives, leaders of industry, athletes, and many other thought leaders in various fields, and broadcast their stories aiming to provoke thought changing processes with university students and graduates, in the hope that leads them to convert their passions into rewarding careers.
"We pretty much provide individuals with the necessary ideas, tools, and strategies that need to happen and how they need to happen, to ensure that they are able to navigate their career path in the right direction."
The stories provide listeners with tips, ideas, tactics, and strategies to empower them in maximizing their potential and monetizing their passions in life.
Their target audiences are young university students and graduates who have abundance of high hopes and spirits, and many aspirations for the future but do not know where to start. These ambitious young people require the proper guidance to nudge them into the right direction of pursuing their own passions, as managing life can be quite challenging in the beginning. The broadcasted stories positively impact these young and fresh minds and provide inspirations, as they resonate with the content.
Although young, but 2nd Floor Podcast has already achieved some significant milestones in two and a half years. Kenny and Omid are rapidly gaining momentum and celebrity in the podcasting space. Their videos now air on TV, aiming to help young people convert their passions into rewarding careers. They collaborated with TELUS, and they helped RBC get the word out for a major project of Canada’s largest bank. They partnered up with Jeff Boyed, the president of RBC Alberta, and the Northwest Territories, and got to highlight his personal story alongside with what his mission is with a future launch for RBC. This unique interview was carried out in a trickle release episodes method and was launched across RBC’s Western Canada division.
Their effective method of gaining clients is by making their clients feel very comfortable and come off as raw authentic as possible. And their stories are motivating enough to be shared with everyone. What started originally as a podcast has now evolved into a storytelling experience for many different people who want to get the message out there about their life or their business.
Their pride and joy is the fact that they are able to successfully connect individuals with each other. While there are many motivational podcasts out there, the 2nd Floor Podcasts make theirs more connecting and resonating. They keep things transparent and deliver their client's message with full authenticity.
Omid summarized his advice to other business owners: 'Having a strong digital presence right now is very important. Businesses need to create authentic digital content.”
As for Kenny’s advice: “Know your audience. You're going to make your clients’ lives easier when you have a deeper understanding of who is going to benefit from your product and service.”
Every entrepreneur wants to see their business grow, elevate it to the highest peak, and generate big profits. However, without a clear direction and a clear goal, a business can stumble down in no time. This is where the services of “ready.set.go.” marketing strategy & coaching come in.
Bradley Ball, Founder, Business Improvement & Growth Strategist, is a Certified Business Coach who helps business owners to lead their businesses to the next level. Bradley helps entrepreneurs clarify their vision, set their ultimate business and personal goals.
“What I do is I help business owners get clear about what it is that they want in their business. I mean, absolutely crystal clear. They know exactly what they want to accomplish.”
What started as a printing and graphic designing business in 1995 has transitioned into a business coaching enterprise in 2009. When you are good at something, make it your priority over other things, and this is what Bradley did. After coaching some of his clients as an add-on service for a while, he moved to business consulting full-time, finding a greater sense of satisfaction focused exclusively on that part of the business.
Since then, Bradley has changed the path to success for many businesses and helped them make their marks on their market places.
ready.set.go assists entrepreneurs in building a strategic plan to achieve aspired for goals. Bradley has designed a special monthly revenue-generating workshop to assist solopreneurs and small-scale businesses in flourishing and devising a clear plan for their future. ready.set.go. caters mainly to businesses in North America. These expert consultants can help businesses increase their revenue by 30% in the first year working together and help them grow to ten or more employees.
One of Bradley’s major goals in life is to change people’s perception of the efficacy of business coaching. His aspirations for ready.set.go over the next five years is to flourish and grow the team up to five coaches at least.
Bradley’s most critical advice he likes to offer budding businesses is: “there are so many moving parts to starting, growing, and then maintaining a business. The best advice I could give would be before you decide to start paying someone else to do your marketing, learn how to market your own business first.”
Through extensive experience Bradley learned that there are three main reasons why business owners do not achieve the results that they would like to achieve. They are:
A little motivation works wonders. ready.set.go motivates and supports small to medium businesses and helps them reach their desired growth mark.
Reach your business mark by calling on ready.set.go and elevate your business to the next level.
The alluring beauty that nature offers often is captivated by the lens of many photographers. That's usually how all of us get a view of the serene and breathtaking views of nature and wildlife. Not many of us think of giving back to nature though; instead, and in many cases, we are guilty of harming it rather than preserving it.
Few special people, however, like Keltie and Stan Masters, co-founders of “Back to Nature Apparel” not only love nature but have also dedicated their lives and careers to passionately preserving nature and its wildlife for future generations.
“Sadly, more and more people are needing some of nature's therapy so we hope to be able to offer a bit of that by bringing it into their homes, so they too can be surrounded by its beauty and therapeutic benefits.” states Keltie passionately.
What started as a gift trip for their anniversary turned into their biggest life changing event. This dynamic-duo husband and wife are passionate wildlife explorers, and when Stan decided to surprise Keltie with an anniversary nature exploration trip to Churchill-Manitoba to watch the majestic Canadian polar bear in its natural habitat in 2013, and then there was no stopping them, and their new lifelong mission of giving back to nature was born.
Their passion for exploring nature continued, and so did their wildlife photography. As much as the Masters enjoyed the wildlife beauty and polar bears in their natural habitat, they were extremely saddened to learn that these magnificent creatures are starving because of the changing environment. That is when they pledged to make giving back to nature through their camera’s lens their full-time business. The genesis of the business was not to earn a fortune, rather to donate a significant portion of the revenues to wildlife rehab organizations to help preserve wildlife.
“We realized that every little bit helps, and we thought we need to do something to help make a difference.” As Stan puts it succinctly.
They say, ‘when you invest in nature, nature returns even more’. This is what happened to this dynamic-due.
Soon enough, they were approached by organizations to do wildlife photography for them. When they launched their own apparel line imprinted with awe-inspiring pictures of wildlife, it became an instant success. Customers felt connected to nature and wildlife, through the “Unique Wearable Works of Art” which are stunning and therapeutic at the same time.
When COVID-19 slumped the economy and wholesalers cancelled orders, this resilient couple opened their own Shopify e-commerce store to sell their gorgeous apparel. When customers started requesting face masks imprinted with the beautiful photos, they obliged, despite their initial skepticism. To their surprise, the wildlife imprinted masks become hostellers in no time.
True to their mission, their significant business success, was paralleled with a significant increase in their donations to wildlife rehab centers. They even started a fundraiser for wildlife with their hot-selling masks, and their sales exploded. Their goal is to reach $10,000 per year in donations to wildlife rehab centers, and with the universe by their side, surely they can achieve this goal soon enough.
The Masters are always looking for more organizations to help raise money for through their various nature inspired fundraisers, therefore, if you know of such an organization that could benefit from their help, please contact them. Mother nature will thank you dearly for it.
The Back to Nature Apparel line sells various “Unique Wearable Works of Art” such as leggings, kimono robes, scarves, handbags, accessories, and wall décors. All imprinted with stunning wildlife photos taken by the Masters’ cameras.
Their advice to budding businesses: “When business grows large enough, hire outside help. Don't do everything yourself, because you'll just burn yourself out. If you can't afford it, look for options to help supplement those expenses. There is lending options, grants, etc.”