In the past decade or so, a new generation of entrepreneurs has come into being: the Mompreneurs. Women business owners who balance being mothers and entrepreneurs are on the rise. Commerce and women is not a new idea for Muslims. Khadija (RA), the first woman to accept Islam, was a successful business woman in her own right.
The first in this series of columns will begin by looking at how you start your home-based business.
Shahzad Khan was recently named one of 2013's Rising Stars by Invest Ottawa, an organization that aims to support entrepreneurs and local start-ups. Gnowit Inc., an online brand-monitoring company which Shahzad co-founded with Mohammad Al Azzouni, launched this year, gaining international clients and government contracts. Muslim Link met with the Pakistan-born entrepreneur to discuss what it takes to survive as an entrepreneur.
The Federal Government is Canada's largest employer. There are over 75 different federal organizations to choose from. Whether you're interested in working in exotic foreign locales, amongst the trees and rocks outdoors, even in a plain old office, there is an opportunity for everyone. From the recent graduate to the seasoned professional, the Federal Government offers an incredible amount of diversity in employment.
Now the question is: how do you get a piece of the action?
There are various ways to get in. Here are the five most common ways, along with the advantages and disadvantages to help you decide.
UmmahHub and Anfiq are two new Ottawa-based crowd-funding platforms aimed at providing more sophisticated fundraising options for Muslim communities in order to address one of the most common problems facing the community: fundraising fatigue.
Mariam Elchamaa, the owner of Expressions by ME, an Ottawa-based design company specializing in personalized weddings and event decoration, is an example of a generation of young Muslim entrepreneurs who are “self-taught” experts in fields that neither their education nor their life goals prepared them for.
Mariam, whose family immigrated to Canada in 1989 from Lebanon, enrolled at the University of Ottawa to study psychology. Her plan was to become a nurse, but things turned out very differently.
It was at university that Mariam started designing events. An active member of the Muslim Students' Association, Mariam wanted to create alternative “all girls” events that would “build sisterhood” among Muslim female students.
Ottawa's modesty-minded fashionistas now have a new boutique to meet their needs.
Nourabelle offers ready-to-wear haute couture fashion from the Muslim world. Walking into the beautifully-decorated store on 1223 Kilborn Avenue, few would imagine that the store only opened back in December or that owner Faten Fawaz wasn't born to run such a business.
Ahmad Siblini has just spent the last ten hours slaving over a hot stove, literally, to bring his family's traditional pita bread to the people of Ottawa. He is clearly exhausted but excited to talk about his new business, Sanabel Bakery.
There are now several grocery stores that offer halal meat, but Blossom Pure Organic, set up in 2002, is still the only onein Canada that carries double certification; offering organic meat that comes from animals slaughtered in accordance with Islamic principles. The owner of this Mississauga-based business, Fahim Alwan, was recently in Ottawa to market his products. The Muslim Link caught up with him for this one-on-one interview.
A start-up company called Radiant Design has recently come up with a nifty application to help new drivers learn the rules of the road. It's just one more offering from the start up that's got an impressive roster of clients including Carleton University, SPG Group, World Skills and ielp.
Shamima Khan, its Studio Director, talked with the Muslim Link's Amira Elghawaby, about the company's new product.