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Fortune Hunters Eco-preneurs: Business Goes Green

Episode 1 of Fortune Hunters, the cutting-edge new business series focused on "trends" — the powerful shifts in human behaviour and in economic activity that define today’s world. Ever since Al Gore sounded the alarm bell, people are refocusing on the crisis of climate change. Smart entrepreneurs know that more and more, consumers are willing to pay to help clear their ...
  • 2008
  • 00:20:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Runway to Retail: Business Trends in Fashion

There's a huge trend towards instant gratification in our culture, and that trend has hit the world of fashion. We used to wait a year for style to move from concept to consumers, but now the fashion business is moving fast. Thanks to quicker production cycles and cheaper manufacturing, high fashion can go from the catwalk to your closet in ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Organic Entrepreneurs: Competing with Corporate Giants

Organic food used to be reserved for hippies and "health nuts." But now major food companies are clamoring to create organic products and the "eat local" phenomenon is growing quickly. But what does "organic" really mean? And what does it take to hunt and find a fortune in this industry? After some serious success with her all-organic baby food line, ...
  • 2008
  • 00:23:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Online Business Trends

Episode 2 of CBC's exciting new series on business trends looks at the resurgence of online money-making. After the ’90s dot-com bubble burst, the web was a dangerous place to invest. But online business is on the rise again, inspiring thousands of inventive entrepreneurs. But just how easy is it to find a fortune on the web? As people all ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Franchise Fantasies

There are over 76,000 franchised locations in Canada and the franchising industry provides over one million jobs in the Canadian economy. But just how easy is it to franchise your own business concept across the country? Ontario’s Glen Kowarsky wants to franchise his successful dog care concept. ‘Dogs at Camp’ is the perfect spot for pet owners who want their ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Boomerism: Business Targets Retirees

Boomers are that ubiquitous group of babies born between 1947 and 1966. They're Canada's biggest demographic and they control even bigger bucks! And while some of them are getting ready to retire, they aren't your average blue-haired shuffleboard enthusiasts. They're active, web-savvy and willing to spend! Smart entrepreneurs can cash in on catering to new boomer needs. Former North American ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Mompreneurs: Mothers with Newborn Businesses

Mompreneurs are a feisty new breed of female entrepreneurs who started their own businesses after being inspired by their experiences with motherhood. Find out how starting their own business is giving moms the flexibility they want! Toronto’s Darlene Martin wants to expand bijouxbead, her line of hand crafted designer necklaces, earrings and bracelets. She’s invested thousands into the line, but ...
  • 2008
  • 00:23:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Exotic Foods: The Business Behind Global Tastes

Meat and potatoes no more. Nowadays it's samosas, tzatziki, and szechwan! As North America has become more ethnically diverse, so have our palates. And with Canadians traveling the world more than ever, we're coming home hungry for new-found flavours. Call it gastronomic globalization! Big companies are taking aim at the exotic trend: Pringles now offers Thai sweet chili flavour and ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Cellphone Frenzy: Making Money with Mobile Applications

Canadians send over 45 million text messages every day, a statistic that has cellphone companies “LOL-ing” all the way to the bank. And even in 2009’s murky economy, it looks like the mobile market is still one worth dialing into. Cellphones are a $3.8 trillion dollar worldwide industry, with Canadian market accounting for a $38 billion dollar chunk of that ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Security Start-Up: Selling Safety

It's a scary world out there. Statistics show that often crime goes up when the economy goes down. The most recent estimates peg break-ins at 230,000 per year and auto theft at 400 cars every day. Many experts agree that people are especially willing to pay to feel safe these days. No wonder plenty of new entrepreneurs feel secure about ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:21
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Help Wanted: Profits in the People Business

This Fortune Hunters episode is all about employment. With dreary job loss numbers all over the news, you’d have to be crazy to start a new employment agency in this industry, right? But the staffing and recruitment industry is ploughing full steam ahead. In 2008 alone, this industry generated over $5.6 billion and employed millions of Canadians. One of the ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:28
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Adventure Travel: Marketing Unique Experiences

These days, people are eager to explore the world in new and exciting ways. Flying a jet over Antartica, following ancient Inca trails in Peru, or discovering local culture in small African villages — experiential travel has been on the rise. The industry was flying high until it was hit hard by the recessionary times. In November 2008, tourism in ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Thirst for Profits: Selling Alcohol

Watch as entrepreneurs thirsty for success pour their energy into one of the best-performing industries in the country. Alcoholic beverages and the booze industry seem better poised than most sectors of the economy to weather the storm. Booze is an affordable luxury we’re not willing to give up in tough economic times. Follow John Vellinga, and his dream of taking ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Facebook Factor: Social Networking for Profit

Log on, sign in, and cash out. That seems to be the business model for the multitude of social networking sites that have taken over cyberspace in the past few years. Sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter dominate the dot com world and our free time. Canadians spend an average of 43 hours per month online, with Facebook and MySpace ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Eco Initiatives: Weathering Climate Change

With the recession weighing on most consumers’ minds, you might think environmentally friendly thoughts are being pushed to the side. But while demand for green consumer products has dropped somewhat, plenty of North Americans remain committed to doing better by Mother Earth. Both the Canadian and American governments are reacting to the recession by spending to stimulate economic growth. And ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters High-End Hopes: Selling Luxury

While newspaper headlines scream of foreclosures and bailouts, many companies selling the good life are weathering the storm. True, luxury giants Burberry and Louis Vuitton announced layoffs, but the industry as a whole posted gains of over eight per cent in 2008 and is expected to grow two per cent in 2009. So what keeps the luxury business afloat in ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters My First Million: Secrets of Success

Throughout its second season, Fortune Hunters has featured successful entrepreneurs who saw a trend early on and cashed in on their ideas. Before they became business moguls, these entrepreneurs made mistakes, experienced windfalls, had huge fears to overcome, and occasionally let their instincts lead them awry. Tap into the insights of Fortune Hunters' My First Millionaires, including the business brains ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Franchise Fame and Fortune

Franchising plays a big part in our economy. Franchise chains account for $90 billion a year in sales — 10 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product. And all that money means a whole lot of jobs: over one million Canadians work for a franchised company. Even in an economic downturn, franchising is a reliable business. The industry grew faster ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Healthy Profits: Cashing in on Active Living

Stronger. Higher. Faster. Healthy, active living is on everyone’s mind these days. And recession or not, people always want to eat well and take care of their bodies — and are willing to pay a premium to do it. With thousands of diet-specific food products on the market these days, diet food has become a multi-billion dollar industry. And within ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Dollar-Wise Dining: Selling Quick Meal Solutions

In this shaky economy, just about everyone is keeping a tighter hold on their wallet. Canadians are trying to cut back on food expenses and, for many of us, that means going back to basics. Almost 90 per cent of Canadians are planning to eat out less this year than they did last year. But while that may be bad ...
  • 2009
  • 00:19:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Raging Renos: The Home Improvement Trend

This episode nails down the fast-moving trend of home improvement and introduces millionaires and mavericks in this wildly successful niche. Since 1999, when interest rates dropped and real estate prices started to climb, people have been improving as much as they can afford. And many others have seen a business opportunity in helping homeowners upgrade. Fortune Hunters profiles three Canadian ...
  • 2008
  • 00:20:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Venture Internet Geeks

When Matt Harrop was in high school, he didn’t like the way internet companies were doing business. So, he dropped out of high school, borrowed $7,500 and started his own company. His gamble paid off and within 12 short months, his company was a cyberspace success story.
  • 1996
  • 00:09:32
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Perfect Health: Hot Trend, Tough Market

There are so many ways to sell health. Private clinics, fitness classes, vitamins, supplements, special foods and drinks and clothing — even health trips! Everybody wants to live long, active lives and they’ll spend good money to increase their chance to do that! In Vancouver, entrepreneur Michael Bentley is selling SierraSil, a mineral supplement promising improved mobility. In Dartmouth, Marc ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Top Ten Tips for Entrepreneurs

Throughout the Fortune Hunters series, we've watched as entrepreneurs risked it all to follow their passion and launch their own businesses. We've also heard from wildly successful Canadian business legends who have told us how they got started and made their first million. Now, we're bringing all these lessons and advice together and giving you the top ten tips for ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Fortune Hunters Easy Meals: The Ready-To-Eat Trend

With Canadians working longer hours than ever, many people are just too busy to cook but still want a home-cooked meal. Combine that with an increased focus on health and nutrition and you've got a hot market full of new companies offering options in the "ready-to-eat" category. From Dartmouth, NS, Greg and Paulette Dunn are running their meal assembly kitchen, ...
  • 2008
  • 00:21:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013