Canada Business

Let's Make This Election About Small Businesses

Steven Uster | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Business
Steven Uster

The biggest financing issue that SMEs face is when banks reject their loan; SMEs are not aware they have alternative options. As we head into the homestretch of the Federal Election, I want to send a message to the successful leader that this issue hasn't been talked about yet, but should be part of their consideration moving forward.

7 Ways to Be a Better Public Speaker

Lauren Ferraro | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Lauren Ferraro

According to the GoForth Institute based in Calgary, 75 per cent of all businesses in Canada have less than 10 employees. More than ever, individuals are required to stand up and represent their personal brand product or service by speaking in front of others.

The Best Female Leaders Seek Constructive Criticism

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

The best female leaders have very high expectations for themselves and constantly raise the bar by seeking constructive criticism. Then, when told where they made mistakes, rather than berating themselves, they treat the feedback as an opportunity for growth and improvement. That constructive narrative enables them to separate criticism from feelings of self-worth.

NEB Accused Of Rushing Regulatory Process For Energy East

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Alberta

"I want a clear answer on why they're rushing ahead."

You Must Choose to Succeed in Order to Get Ahead

Anne Day | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Business
Anne Day

I've found that once I've made a major decision, it wasn't as scary as I thought it was, and I wonder what too me so long. When you step outside your unhappiness, you find that there is a life and it is there for the taking. It is just getting over that first hurdle of making a move and once you've jumped that... you can win. You can get ahead.

4 Ways to Be a Better Client

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Business
Julie Rusciolelli

Having been on the consultancy side of the business for most of my adult life, I can unequivocally tell you that clients who are pleasant, respectful, collaborative and open-minded will get primo work from their agency.

How to Make Your Sales Team More Proactive

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

As competition grows, sales become more complex and digital technology replaces traditional relationship-building. It can be challenging for some sales professionals to break through. Successful professionals stay ahead of the competition through constant self-education, they make the most of their network to win referrals and make new connections while remaining positive and proactive.

In a Stagnant Economy, Spending Is Key to Stimulating Small Businesses

David Gens | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Business
David Gens

With the confirmation of the Canadian recession by Stats Canada earlier this month and the government's subsequent announcement of a $1.9 billion surplus, spending has become a particular point of interest in our upcoming election. Small business owners, who make up 98 per cent of employer businesses in Canada, will be looking to see which party's proposed spend will have a tangible effect on their bottom lines.

5 Things Parents Can Learn From a Professional Optimist

Emma Waverman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Emma Waverman

Let's be clear, when the glass is half-full, it is still half empty. Even when the glass is 100 per cent full, it is on it's way to being half-empty. I live by this mantra. So you won't find me posting inspirational quotes with sunrises in the background (up at sunrise -- blech), or putting a cheery face on an difficult situation.

The Best Personal Brand Is an Authentic One

Marco Pasqua | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Business
Marco Pasqua

Branding is such a powerful tool. Every year across North America, companies spend billions of dollars in advertising to ensure their products are seen by the masses. The reality is, you don't need to spend a ton of money to put yourself out there. In fact, each and every one of us is already the head of a major brand -- our own.

These 4 Books Will Bring out the Entrepreneur in You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur, your heart is filled with excitement and fear, probably in equal amounts. You want it so bad but you're afraid. I've been there. These books will inspire you to find the courage to get out there and make shit happen.

This Is the Best Way to Make Career Decisions

Melissa Dawn | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business
Melissa Dawn

Although I had about 20 years of marketing experience and knew how to brand and market myself, I had never run my own company. I was outside my comfort zone! I was told that the fastest way to reach your goals is to get advice from someone who has already successfully done what you want to do.

There Is No 'One-Size Fits All' for Successful Global Management

Marie-Therese Claes | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business
Marie-Therese Claes

The biggest challenge facing business today is how to tackle the complications brought by an increasingly globalized and technologically advanced world. In the last decade the ways in which we produce and consume goods, and how we interact with each other have changed.

How G20 Leaders Can Foster Youth Entrepreneurship

Winston Chan | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Business
Winston Chan

The G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit in Istanbul, Turkey brought together over 600 inspiring young entrepreneurs, thought leaders and leading entrepreneur-focused organizations from around the globe. Entrepreneurship is one of the key solutions to tackle high youth unemployment.

What I Learned From My Summer Job at SHAD 2015

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

Although the friends, connections and lessons gained through SHAD stay with you long after the program, it's supposed to be one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I am one of the lucky few who got a second chance to experience it, albeit through a different perspective.

4 Ways to Provide Better Customer Service in the Digital Age

Dave Borrelli | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

Canadians love to complain about bad customer service. Twenty years ago, that might have meant griping over the phone or telling the tale over dinner. Today, that sharing can spread far and wide in the moment it happens over a myriad of social channels -- with photos to add flair. Businesses are taking note, not simply so they can provide good service, but so they can give customers the right service.

Hooking Up With Leadership Lessons From Ashley Madison

Ivey Business School | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

It is generally assumed that aversion to risk is one of the biggest obstacles to Canadian innovation, but only 10 per cent of Canadian businesses are truly risk averse. The big issue is apparently an inability to align risk-taking with financial capacity -- rational risk-taking obviously involves being able to survive the potential negative consequences of your actions. And that's a key lesson buried in the aftermath of the hacker attack on the controversial Ashley Madison online affair service.

5 Small Steps Male Leaders Can Take to Retain Female Employees

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

I had a discussion about the advancement of women with the senior partner of a major law firm. Frustrated with the leaky pipeline of women in his organization, he described hiring equal numbers of men and women but found the turnover rate for female associates to be three to four times that of the males. Rather than throwing up his hands in dismay, there are things he can do to retain women employees.

2024 Olympic Bid Process Suffers From a Lack of Transparency

Janice Forsyth | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Living
Janice Forsyth

The September 15 deadline to bid for the 2024 Olympics is a big deal that boosters everywhere are downplaying. In Toronto, they are telling us not to worry, saying it's just a letter -- an "expression of interest" -- and that the letter doesn't mean anything. Elsewhere, no one is saying anything about that date at all. But September 15 is a big deal, and bid cities everywhere should be concerned.

Tips for Getting Your Business Back on Track for Fall

Jane Blaufus | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

One of the things that entrepreneurs often find challenging during the summer is staying focused and on track. Many have confessed to me that one day off for a break led to two, which led to three, which led to weeks off in some cases. Now, they are dreading trying to get the engine up and running again so that September is not a write-off.

Top 5 Apps for Business Travellers

Julie Hansen | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Business
Julie Hansen

With a job that has me travelling between Toronto and Silicon Valley fairly frequently, I've come to rely on a few choice apps that save me time, money, give me peace of mind and increase my productivity regardless of where I am. Who'd want to leave these behind?

The Lessons Dr. Wayne Dyer Taught Me Will Live On

Jean Luc Boissonneault | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jean Luc Boissonneault

Dr. Wayne Dyer's a man who has spent most of his life teaching his philosophy to a better way of living. If everyone would adopt Dr. Dyer's teachings, the world would be a much better place. That was his mission. Though it saddens me to hear of Dr. Dyer's passing, his teachings will live on for many generations to come.

8 Reasons to Keep Politics Out of Business

Evan Thompson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Three widely acknowledged conversational no-fly zones at business or social gatherings are religion, politics and sex. To venture into any of these potentially volatile spaces is to risk triggering a difference in opinion or, worse, an argument with those you are attempting to build a new business relationship with.

You Can't Rush Success In the Race to the Top

Kelly Lovell | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

We create career expectations, relationship goals and five-year plans, all pressuring us to succeed within constrained periods of time. While I do believe that planning and having attainable goals is good practice, I feel our understanding and assessment of our personal success shouldn't be linked.

How Should a Board of Directors Oversee Ethics?

Richard Leblanc | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

In all of my interviews with directors over the years, when I ask about a director's greatest regret the answer is consistently, "I should have spoken up when I had the chance." Chances are several of your colleagues are thinking the exact same thing.