Canada Business

5 Startup Lessons From HBO's Silicon Valley

Marco Pasqua | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Business
Marco Pasqua

Not only is the show well-written, co-created by comedy genre genius Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis and Butt-Head) but there's also a lot of research that has gone into the making of the show to ensure its validity. Here are five startup tips that could make or break your next big idea.

'NewCos' Are The Drivers Behind A Rapidly Transforming World

Brett S Marchand | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Business
Brett S Marchand

A "NewCo" is a new kind of organization -- one that measures its success by more than just profit. As the fully networked, information-first economy has taken hold, NewCos are creating game-changing, purpose-driven new models for business. NewCos are everywhere.

A Retail Marketer's Guide To Getting On The Emoji Train

Alyssa Altman | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Business
Alyssa Altman

The explosion of emojis has changed texting and digital communications, but how useful are they in business? While some industries are waiting to see if this animated and emotional trend will blow over, retail marketers are embracing emojis as a new way to engage potential and repeat customers and increase sales.

How 'Light' Are You?

Melissa Dawn | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Travel
Melissa Dawn

I had committed to travelling light, and I have never packed so light in my life! One pair of pants, one pair of shorts, three tops, toiletries and... that's it! And it felt great.

Entrepreneurship Is A Flight Into The Unknown

Rupert Potter | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Business
Rupert Potter

I am sure that's how entrepreneurs feel on the ground before they set off -- forcing themselves to believe it will all work out, even when they know there are no guarantees. I stand in awe of their courage, the same way I stood in awe and excitement looking through the window of Vancouver International Airport watching a BA A380 preparing to set off.

How Canadian Entrepreneurs Can Open Businesses In The United States

Henry Chang | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Business
Henry Chang

Although there is often more than one strategy available to a Canadian entrepreneur seeking to establish a business in the United States, the E-2 treaty investor category remains one of the most popular options. It is essentially available to a citizen of any eligible treaty country (including Canada) who invests a substantial amount of capital in an eligible United States business.

5 Reasons To Keep Your Day Job

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Rusciolelli

Going from corporate keener to lone crusader takes more than courage and vision, it takes a new form of motivation, a new way of working; relying solely on yourself to get things done. When you decide to strike it out on your own, nothing even remotely resembles your corporate gig. Basically, your world has lost its safety net - until you create it again.

5 Career Hacks That Earned Me A Call From The White House

Saeed Selvam | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

I was stunned, but collected myself to answer the call. We spoke for an hour and within days I was providing policy advice to not just the president's office, but Vice President Biden's team as well. The key takeaways from my interaction with the White House can help you no matter what your career.

How To Use Social Proof To Grow Your Business

Sherri-Lee Woycik | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Business
Sherri-Lee Woycik

According to Wikipedia "Social Proof" is the concept of people using the actions and the behaviours of large numbers of people to guide their own actions and behaviours.

3 Reasons To Make Friends With Your Business Competition

Brian Scudamore | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

Being friendly doesn't mean sharing every secret or disregarding competition. After all -- you're both after customers in a crowded marketplace. Just realize that strategically aligning with the competition can make your business better. McDonald's needs Burger King; FedEx keeps UPS on its toes. Healthy business rivalries help stave off complacency and will make your company stronger in the long run.

Yes, Human Resources Can Be Friends With Finance

Sooky Lee | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Business
Sooky Lee

Gone are the days when an HR manager's work was dedicated to "hire, fire and retire" administration. HR leaders are now stepping up as strategic partners driving cultural change, succession planning, leadership strategies and workforce readiness.

6 Online Side Hustles Perfect For Parents

Melody McKinnon | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Melody McKinnon

Many online business models are perfect for working from home in Canada. However, parents of young children have unique challenges that can make it less feasible. Choosing the right home-based business can mean the difference between success and failure (and your sanity or insanity).

4 Tips To Vastly Reduce The Amount Of Free Information You Give

Cheryl Muir | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Business
Cheryl Muir

We've all heard the phrase, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free." That's the premise here. Why would someone pay for your services when you are giving your best advice without charging for it? We need to strike a balance between showcasing the highlights of our services while also charging a set dollar figure for the real meat.

Riding The Business Rollercoaster While Staying Grounded

Evan Thompson | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

When you climb into a rollercoaster car, you relinquish full control. The safety apparatus comes down across your torso and you begin your ascent up an endless incline. Then come the ups and downs that seem to go on forever as you hang on tight. When you are in business, you can't always control the peaks and valleys.

Does Your Local Bar Have A Tinder Policy?

YWCA Toronto | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Impact
YWCA Toronto

This bar encourages women to alert bar staff if their dates make them feel unsafe or if they receive unwanted attention from other customers. The sign posted in the women's washroom reads: "Your safety and happiness is our highest priority." Not surprisingly, support for this policy has reverberated across the Atlantic.

3 Signs You're Giving Away Too Much Free Information

Cheryl Muir | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Business
Cheryl Muir

Of course you're p*ssed -- people are taking advantage of you and not compensating you fairly (or at all). It's frustrating to put your heart and soul into your business only to have nothing to show for it financially.

8 Leadership Tips To Master Team Management

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

The art of leadership resides in a leader's ability to communicate a clear vision to his/her staff. The well being of their employees in the modern economy is paramount to organizational success and there can be chaotic repercussions if this is ignored. So how can you be in control of the narrative when it comes to your team, if you're the last to know that your employees have issues, or worse, that those issues are with you? Let's find out.

This Tax Season, Manage Your Donations Like Your Investment Portfolio

Bruce Dewar | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Business
Bruce Dewar

By examining the actual return on investment of our charitable donations, we can better assess the tangible social impact of our donations. To do this, ask yourself, what social impact has my donation made? Or better yet, ask your charity of choice how the dollars you donated made a difference.

Scale Your Marketing Strategy With Engagement And Automation

Reggie Ramone | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Business
Reggie Ramone

By creating a strategy that focuses on the needs of your customers, you'll be able to produce exciting content that's share-worthy, and your brand will facilitate even further conversations with your customers, keeping you on people's minds every single day.

We Need To Do More To Address The Gender Wage Gap

Duff McCutcheon | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Business
Duff McCutcheon

While "equal pay for work of equal value" is enshrined in law under Ontario's Pay Equity Act, the gender wage gap is a serious issue. Statistics Canada data estimates the gap to be anywhere between 12 to 31.5 per cent and RBC estimates it is costing the Canadian economy $168 billion in lost income.

What Can A Businessperson Learn From The 2016 Masters?

Jane Blaufus | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

I think just about everyone thought that Jordan Spieth (including Jordan himself) was going to win his second Masters and become part of golf history this past weekend. That was until the 12th hole and the longest thirty minutes of a young man's life. As the world watched him struggle on the back nine and make a valiant attempt to recover, some parallels between golf and business struck me.

5 Tools That Helped Me Survive A Workplace Bully

Monique Caissie | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

Having worked in mental health, I've seen the other kinds of scars. Unfortunately, I've also been victim to them myself. Years ago, I worked at a children's charity. The executive director (ED) verbally abused staff. The first time I heard her scream, I thought she was injured and ran into her office. I was shocked when I realized screaming was her way of asking for a file.

The Idea That Business Leads Innovation Is A Myth

Peter C. Ruben | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter C. Ruben

There's a disconnect between Canada's capacity to innovate and our capacity to commercialize those innovations -- or so the story goes. It's been repeated so often it's become a mantra in certain circlles. The solution is always the same: reject investments in purely academic research in favour of market-driven research. The thing is, that mantra is built on a myth.

How To Decide On A New Business Idea

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

Let's start with your motivation or your "fire." Why do you want to start a business? Opportunities to make money are endless, especially online, but don't dive into a venture unless you know you have the grit, knowledge and will to do so.

I Love Uber, Not Its Directionally Challenged Drivers

Madaline Zanni | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Business
Madaline Zanni

Why is it when I get into an UberX car, the driver rarely knows which way to go? For those who have spent more than enough time being carted around by UberX, I can confidently say that you've likely found yourself in a navigational nightmare at least once (more so with a rideshare).