When Venture first launched in 1985, one stated goal was to be a TV version of the Wall Street Journal's front page: lively, lucid and wide-ranging. It's about business, but it's not just for businessmen and businesswomen. Venture covered all the aspects of the economy in Canada and beyond: prices, profits, personnel, innovation and ideas as they affect any business. From farms to fishing boats, boardrooms to barbershops, Venture was about the business of making a living.

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Venture Behind the Glass

Consumers are so bombarded with advertising that people who run focus groups are being forced to come up with new ways to extract information from consumers. One company chose participants with opposing views on a product and let them duel it out. Another company hired an anthropologist to follow individual consumers for a day. Used properly, focus groups can gain ...
  • 2000
  • 00:07:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/08/2017

Venture Mad Science and Update

When they were teenagers Ariel Shlein and his brother started their own small business called Mad Science, performing science shows for children at schools, libraries or birthday parties. After franchising the business, it grew so quickly Shlein has little time for anything but Mad Science. He is hoping to add 40 franchisees to a growing business empire that already includes 73 ...
  • 2002
  • 00:10:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/22/2015

Venture King of the Hill

Venture spends 14 months following the dream of entrepreneur Dean Simon of Port-Au-Port, Newfoundland. Simon wants to set up a ski hill in the western part of the province, but it's a constant uphill battle. He is constantly on the move trying to raise money in a depressed economy. He lives in a trailer on the site and takes food donations ...
  • 1999
  • 00:19:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/26/2015

Venture Captain Ihab

Ihab Shaker moved to Canada from his native Egypt, and the sea captain has a dream of bringing a ferry service to the Great Lakes. He thinks commuters and tourists will love a regular, traffic-free run from Toronto to Port Dalhousie in the Niagara Peninsula. Regular ferries stopped plying the Great Lakes a generation ago but Shaker is risking everything ...
  • 1997
  • 00:10:27
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/12/2015

Venture Wormboy

Attending Princeton is a dream for many aspiring business people, but not Wormboy. Tom Szaky is a 22-year old who gave up an Ivy League education to start his own company, Terracycle. The young entrepreneur turns garbage into gold, with a little help from California red worms. Millions of wiggling worms are fed a mixture of manure, coffee grounds and ...
  • 2004
  • 00:18:32
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/06/2013

Venture One Red Paperclip

Meet the one-red-paperclip guy, Kyle MacDonald, a 26-year-old ex-geography student with a crazy scheme. In the summer of 2005, Kyle announced to the world he was going to trade a red paperclip for a house — with just his blog as a bartering tool. In one short year, this stunt took him from unemployment to international media darling, along the ...
  • 2006
  • 00:12:07
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Venture Big Switcheroo: VanCity

Does being the boss mean extended “working” lunches at posh restaurants, secretaries to organize meetings, huge expense accounts and luxurious company vehicles? Lisa Paille, a mother of two and an employee with VanCity, Canada’s largest credit union, gets the opportunity to see if she has what it takes to be the boss when she switches positions with Dave Mowat, CEO ...
  • 2005
  • 00:22:25
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Venture Big Switcheroo: Boston Pizza

This popular business experiment places a waitress into the CEO’s spot at head office and wraps an apron around the boss to determine whether he can handle the daily pressure in the restaurant. Each of them learn helpful lessons during their hands-on experience in a new world. Melissa better understands the decisions head office has to make, while Michael gains ...
  • 2006
  • 00:43:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Venture Edge Marketing

"Cool" is a wave every company wants to ride. If they can identify cool when it first hits the streets, they can cash in big when the mass market hits. But riding on the edge can be risky too because the edge is always moving and what's cool today is dead cold tomorrow.
  • 1997
  • 00:07:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Venture Event Planner

Marsha Jones is an event planner in Toronto and her business is coordinating meetings, conventions and corporate field days. She is juggling two events over the course of a week managing a Tupperware convention and a company field day. There are plenty of headaches managing the logistics of both events with small budgets. The corporate go-cart and chili cook off ...
  • 1997
  • 00:08:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

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