Canada Business

What Story Is Your Business Telling?

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Business
Lisa Ostrikoff

The story of your business is a starting point that should never be underestimated. It needs to be an engaging tale to get your message across -- one ...

This is the Secret to a Successful Business Presentation

Evan Thompson | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Getting ready for a successful pitch involves much more than planning what you are going to say, it involves planning the WOW-factor your presentation will provide. You also need to listen to what your audience has to say. It's a dialogue, not a performance.

Sex & Work: Why The Two Should Never Mix

Sarah Julien | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Julien

Anyone who has dealt with unwanted advances at work knows the feeling of shame that ensues. The truth is, I had no idea what to do. I had never talked about it, even with my most trusted female mentors. It is not the kind you can prepare for, it is all consuming.

What Enterprise Startups Need Most of All

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

As a startup gains traction from initial prototype to credible sales, the founding team recognizes the critical need to bring onboard senior advisors and mentors to provide guidance as the startup enters the next phase of growth. While all startups require this guidance and mentorship, enterprise startups are the most in need.

Bloomberg To Launch Canadian Business News TV Channel

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Financial news and data company Bloomberg LP is getting into Canadian television with a new 24-hour channel aimed at the business community....

25 Reasons for Risk Management Failure

Richard Leblanc | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

I am speaking tomorrow to directors and officers about oversight of risk management by boards of directors. I prepared a list of 25 reasons that risk ...

How Canada's Banks Are Reaching Out to Millennials

Carlos de Torres | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

A recent study found that millennials are attracted to online resources to help them manage their money and answer their banking needs. Banks have been listening to what their younger consumers are after and changing how they can offer their services.

Why You Shouldn't Skip This Important Audit

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

While auditing your global supply chain may at first glance appear to be a costly, time consuming and seemingly insurmountable process, an existing infrastructure of widely available tools and resources affords companies the opportunity to do this audit efficiently and effectively.

Failing In Business Can Teach Us How To Succeed

Evan Thompson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

As we get busier and take on more tasks and challenges just to get by, we are increasingly finding comfort in many icons of our time who tell us that failing is ultimately the best way to learn and move forward. They say that we must celebrate our strengths and weaknesses and not worry about how others judge us.

B.C., Feds Want To Lure Asian Companies To Vancouver

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia

It's a $6.5-million initiative.

How to Get Your Mojo Back After a Failure

Tanya Raheel | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Tanya Raheel

The reality is that rebounding and finding your mojo once more after a significant setback, failure or loss involves a lot more than simply "shaking it off" no matter what Taylor Swift says. It takes some essential and necessary stages and actions that if missed will keep you stuck, and stop you from learning and growing from the experience, which no matter how unpleasant is a rich opportunity for personal growth.

Burned Out at Work? Listen to Your Heart

Shannon Skinner | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

So you've lost that lovin' feeling for your work. You feel stressed, overwhelmed and a lack of joy you once felt for your job, career or business. When you wake up in the morning, you dread at worst, or are indifferent at best, for what the day will bring. You might even be feeling powerless to continue on the path of making your dreams come true. If this sounds familiar, know you are not alone.

Have You Lost That Loving Feeling For Your Own Business?

Jane Blaufus | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

Being in business reminds me of dating and marriage. When you are first considering going into business for yourself, I liken it to the dating phase. When you decide to take that leap of faith, explore the opportunity thoroughly, decide it is right for you and walk down the aisle to open your business it is akin to taking that next step and making a long-term commitment.

Canadian Businesses Should Explore New Foreign Markets: Ed Fast

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Canadian government faces a new hurdle as it shifts from negotiating free trade deals to implementing them: companies that are overly cau...

Eight Ways To Make Sure Email Doesn't Kill Productivity

Evan Thompson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Don't get me wrong, email is both a blessing and a curse, but it needs to be used thoughtfully, in the same way that you wouldn't barge into a conversation in progress and blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. It can quickly shift the conversation off-course and simply be off-putting. An email can interrupt in the same way, so you want to use it intelligently.

How Supporting a Small Business Can Change a Life

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

In business the more you give the more you get. Giving customers more than what they expect, supporting your local community and actually solving problems for people will automatically yield you rewards.

How To Manage Introverts And Extroverts Together

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

It can be challenging to find the time to suggest to an employee that they either speak up or speak less. This individual approach can lead to resentment and further encourage behaviour that lies at opposite ends of the scale. A key thing to realize is that it would be uninspiring to lead a team where everyone was the same.

How To Score a Real-Time Marketing Touchdown

Carlos de Torres | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada
Carlos de Torres

With the way consumers take in big events like the Super Bowl, real-time marketing should be a consideration for all marketers when it comes to the overall strategy. Traditional advertising undoubtedly plays a role in what consumers will take in, but big events have come to mean eyes on many screens.

These Days, Retailers Need to Be in the Entertainment Business

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Society has changed and people have changed, and they want more. They want an experience. They want to be entertained. We believe that retailers are as much, or more, in the entertainment business as they are in the products business.

As a Former Employee, I Know Target Will Survive. But Will the Rest of Us?

Former Staff Member | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Business
Former Staff Member

Target's mistakes have caused untold hardship for thousands of people across Canada. But the hardship didn't start with its retreat. Minimum wage is appallingly low, and it is extremely difficult to make ends meet. When profits didn't meet expectations, hours were cut, further adding to our financial worries. Many thousands of us were notified a year ago that we were no longer eligible for benefits.

Target's Flaw Was in Its Plan, Not in Its People

Gabriel Granatstein | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Business
Gabriel Granatstein

The death of a company is not a pretty thing. The announcement on January 15 was earth-shattering for so many. However, my faith in my colleagues -- my fellow Canadians -- is only reinforced by what we've tried to do to help each other since the announcement we were closing. We are trying to help each other find jobs. We are reviewing our friends' CVs.

5 Ways To Stand Out As An Introvert

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Living
Evan Thompson

Some might interpret your silence in the face of the steady flow of conversation as indifference or disapproval because the conversation does not meet your intellectual standards. In fact, you may be very interested in all that's being said. You just don't have the confidence or energy to jump into the conversational fray.

How To Build Profitable Client Relationships That Last

Evan Thompson | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

One thing I have learned after more than three decades as a marketing communications consultant and business coach is that robust client relationships take time, even years, to build. They are the result of efforts to build trust through delivering value. Here are ten tips to consider to create client relationships built on trust.

How to Deal With a Management Bully

Shirley Williams | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Business
Shirley Williams

Does your manager have the traits of a bully? You may be dealing with a Hirogen Manager, an organization's hunter that sees his or her employees as prey. Here is the test. Are the following quotes familiar to you?

Why Your Business Needs Meaningful New Year's Resolutions

John Laforet | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Business
John Laforet

What are your business resolutions for the New Year? We often take this time to reflect on our personal lives, but as small business owners it's an excellent opportunity to examine our professional lives as well. Less daunting than a business plan, meaningful resolutions can give your organization a fresh look at its direction and ultimate goals.