Enhancing access to capital for the Manitoba mid-market Apr 24

Winnipeg MB

Manitoba has one of the most diverse and stable economies in Canada thanks to a thriving community of entrepreneurs and mid-market businesses. However, with limited access to funding, these dynamic businesses are unable to unlock their full growth potential. Acumen Corporate Development and First West Capital are excited to announce a newly formed alliance to enhance access to financing for mid-market businesses in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba. Continue Reading

ACG BC conference reveals innovative opportunities in BC Apr 23

ACG BC 'Disruptive BC Businesses'

This years’ ACG BC Middle Market Growth Conference provided insights into the dynamic and innovative BC market. First West Capital was pleased to be a sponsor, and our own Kristi Miller moderated the panel ‘Disruptive BC Businesses’. ACG BC chairman, Aleem Jinnah, captures the trends unfolding in the BC market in his recent article for Business in Vancouver. Continue Reading

What’s right for your business, junior capital or senior debt? Apr 23

Junior capital explained

Having been a senior lender most of my career, I recently joined the First West Capital team because I am passionate about helping businesses achieve the next level of growth – which can include making the leap from senior debt financing to junior capital. It’s not that one is better than the other.  They both play an important role in financing a business, and, when done well, complement each other and facilitate optimal business results. So, how do you know when your business needs to make the jump to junior capital? (And what is subordinated-debt, anyway?)

Here we’ll take a look at the definitions of senior debt and junior capital, and explore how they can work together to help your business thrive. Continue Reading

Economic Update: What small businesses need to know Oct 18, 2017

Small business trends

Canadian small businesses have been facing growing uncertainty due to the political and macroeconomic developments this past year. It’s increasingly important for businesses to source the best available information and make proactive strategic decisions to prepare for all eventualities. Here are the top three developments we’re following this quarter: Continue Reading

How to navigate a tough retail landscape Aug 16, 2017

Retail ecommerce

Canadian retailers are facing an uphill battle as they fight for market share in a competitive and changing industry. With continued store closures across Canada, retailers are urged to find ways to get in the game – or risk disappearing. Phil Lichtsztral, Partner at Richter Retail Consulting Services, discusses some of the causes and cures of the current retail landscape. Continue Reading