Canada Business

Tips For Success From A Refugee Turned Entrepreneur

Lyda Mclallen | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Business
Lyda Mclallen

The most important message I could share from my experience growing up and coming over to Canada is that being a refugee doesn't last a lifetime. It's an experience that lasts but a few short years and opens the door to a life full of opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.

How To Reinvent Yourself In Business

Evan Thompson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Looking at the rapid arrival and departure of independent businesses in Canada, it's clear that sometimes we have to move on and try something else. For many professionals and business owners who are fully committed to their work, this is almost unthinkable. How do you know when it's time to reinvent yourself; to move on and try something else? And, how do you do so while taking advantage of the professional profile you've built up over several years?

How To Find And Utilize Your Organization's Hidden Leaders

Darren Gibbons | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Darren Gibbons

When we think of leaders, we often think of strong Type-A personalities that can motivate change and lead with a commanding presence. What is overlooked however, is the behind the scene players that are often taking on valuable leadership responsibilities without the spotlight or recognition. While

5 Ways To Conquer Fear And Go For What You Truly Want

Melissa Dawn | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Melissa Dawn

Facing fear fully removes its power. By standing up to it, you make yourself stronger than the fear. You open yourself up to the possibility of denying fear power over your thoughts and actions.

Know Your RRSP Contribution Limit On Deadline Day

Tea Nicola | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Business
Tea Nicola

With the deadline looming, you may wonder how much you can contribute to my RRSP. The simple answer is 18 per cent of your income, each year, but of course there are some additional details to understand.

Hard Work Still Has Value In Our Culture Of Instant Gratification

Meghan Telpner | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

What we see all around us flashing in media headlines and on our Facebook feeds is dramatic fame and achievement with seemingly minimum effort. It's infiltrated our approach to just about everything -- from quick-fix diets to overnight success businesses.

It's Time For Your Company To Invest In The Mobile Experience

Will Pate | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Business
Will Pate

The smartphone has become a remote control for the world. We won't even vacation without one. But mobile is not just about a device, it is a context where we have the entire power of the Internet available to us at all times. It's smartphones, tablets, wearables, drones and connected devices.

The Unsung Hero Of Canadian Financial Innovation

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

Dave Baker is a used car salesman on a mission to make Canada a more fair and equitable place. Go ahead and take a moment. Be skeptical. It took me six months to overcome my initial aversion to the predominant narrative of auto sales. I was sure that there was a catch. There had to be a bait-and-switch somewhere along the way.

Embrace Both Sides Of Your Gender Identity To Expand Your Career

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Why paint yourself with the either/or, black-or-white binary system of gender, when instead you could be a vibrant mosaic of masculine and feminine attributes? By letting go of stereotypes and celebrating individuals with a mix of traditional gender characteristics, you'll create more opportunities for yourself and others.

4 Ways Women Can Achieve Their Own Definition Of Success

Kerri-Ann Santaguida | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Business
Kerri-Ann Santaguida

If you're a young woman just beginning her career, unfortunately there is no blueprint for success. No set of rules or guidelines to follow, no guarantee of "having it all." The truth is we all work at different companies and in different industries, report to different leaders, face different challenges and, most importantly, want different things.

Make 2016 Your Company's Year Of Customer Service

Dave Borrelli | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

With experts estimating it costs between four and 10 times more to acquire a new customer than it does to keep an existing one and the Canadian dollar taking a dive, you want to avoid churn at all costs by ensuring your customers are satisfied and will recommend your product or service to others.

The Top Tech Trends Coming In 2016

Marco Pasqua | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Marco Pasqua

Virtual reality, smart homes and digital assistants -- what was once science fiction from our favourite episodes of The Jetsons, is now well on its way to becoming science fact. We're only two weeks into 2016, and I predict that it's going to be a big year for technological innovation.

Starting Your Own Business Is An Emotional Circus (And Totally Worth It)

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Everyone talks about the benefits of being your own boss: The freedom, the beachside latte laptop selfies. But the downsides? The paralyzing anxiety? The terrifying uncertainty? The crushing doubt? The emotional circus involved with actually getting your business off the ground? Very few people talk about that. So let's talk.

How Your Organization Can Be Responsive To Change

Nectarios Economakis | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Business
Nectarios Economakis

How do organizations rise up and then dominate their markets for extended periods of time? In hindsight, the past 10 years has been an incredible period of innovation and disruption. New players have successfully competed against larger and more resource rich incumbents.

10 Ways To Get Publicity For Your Small Business

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

One of the most challenging things for small business owners to grapple with is how to get publicity for their business. With so much "noise" out there with competitors clamoring for media profile, how does a small business get their voice heard above the din?

5 Apps To Help Your Company Keep Its New Year's Resolutions

Dave Borrelli | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

The New Year is here, and it's a chance for Canadian business owners to make resolutions that bolster their businesses and increase productivity in the workplace. With 66 per cent of Canadians owning a smartphone, the easiest way to find efficiencies and optimize your business processes is through mobile apps..

How To Turn Your Creative Side Hustle Into A Full-Time Job

Kaelen Haworth | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Kaelen Haworth

At this point I will join my voice with the millions of health, wellness and fashion masses and proclaim that 2016 is the year for change. It is the year for you to do something for yourself and take a stab at doing what you love. Here is what I wish I had known in the beginning.

5 Signs You Should Fire Your Client

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The stress generated by unhealthy client relationships may eventually cause you to question your ability to run a business. If you don't value your skills, you may lose your resilience in the face of undue criticism, which can make you more vulnerable to being exploited.

Mentoring Others Can Empower Your Career

Mary Donohue | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Most of us are motivated by self-interest. That "self" might include your spouse and your children, or your parents and your extended family. Or it may just mean you. But you, like me, may want to make lots of money and create a better world for yourself and those you care about. You can do both.

How To Ask For Business Referrals

Evan Thompson | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Qualified referrals can be the oxygen that keeps careers and businesses alive and thriving. Asking for referrals has become an accepted practice and few people are offended. On their websites, business cards and in concluding comments to client communications, many professionals note that referrals are important to them and they always appreciate receiving them.

Entrepreneurs, This Is The Year-End List You Need To Check Twice

Jeff Cates | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

It's December, which means small business owners have a lot on their plates. While I'm sure everyone is feeling the pressure of holiday crunch time, entrepreneurs are also trying to manage the flurry of activity that comes at year end. My advice? Despite the chaos, take some time to get organized and start thinking about what lies ahead. Conquering these small tasks now can make a big difference in the new year:

Using Soft Metrics To Evaluate Ongoing Performance

Jeff Quipp | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

In most situations, measuring the return on investment (ROI) is the best way to determine marketing impact. However strictly relying on this metric li...

Industry Insights From A 7 Year Old

Kelly Lovell | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

As the end of the year comes to a close, industry leaders are already preparing for what's next and refining their 2016 strategies to stay on top of the market. With baby boomers retiring and millennials being the most studied generation to date, market leaders can gain insight from the next generation, Generation Z.

What Canadians Need To Know About The U.S. Fed's Rate Hike

Penelope Graham | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Business
Penelope Graham

The long-awaited liftoff is here: the U.S. Federal Reserve has announced they are raising the Federal Funds Target Rate to 0.5 per cent. It is the first time in seven years the Fed has increased their trend-setting interest rate, which they cut to 0 per cent on December 16, 2008. Markets had widely anticipated the move, with 81 per cent calling for a hike today. As the U.S. is the largest economy in the world, any change it makes reverberates through the rest of the globe, impacting markets and even the cost of borrowing for other countries.

How Canadian Businesses Can Use Working Capital To Fuel Growth

Paul Parisi | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Parisi

Like a plant needs water, every business requires a great deal of working capital to grow. However, getting access to capital has historically been a problem for small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada. Here's how Canadian companies can use smart cash flow management to fund their growth and build a competitive advantage.