Canada Business

The 12 Wild Phases of Entrepreneurship

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Face-saving entrepreneurs will call this a "pivot," which basically means, "I was doing this one thing, and now I realize I should be doing this other thing instead." You might feel like a fool for not getting it right the first time around, but I challenge you to find any entrepreneur who got everything right from the get-go.

'Entrepreneur' Is Not a Dirty Word

Kelly Lovell | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

If you are an entrepreneur, be proud to hold this title and live up to its name. Also understand that you are leading a long overdue generational shift across sectors and it will take some time before your path may be embraced by all. Don't let the resistance discourage you from your ambitions.

What I Learned This Week: Budgeting For Stupidity

Andy Nulman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

I am writing this post mid-Saturday afternoon... and I am wasting a substantial sum of money while doing so. To explain (without getting into too ...

Protection Against Phone Hackers Is Not Just for Large Companies

Claudio Nespeca | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Business
Claudio Nespeca

Not just the domain of large companies, remote monitoring is available to small businesses through hosted VoIP service providers, allowing them to obtain much needed security within their budget capabilities.

How Small Businesses Affect the Future of Sustainable Sourcing

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

With more and more attention focused on global environment and climate change, stakeholders (citizenry at large) are hungry for actionable solutions and real commitments. As companies start to more and more define their supply chains with sustainability as a core value, transparency and accountability in these efforts will be increasingly critical.

What Social Media Can Teach You About Living a Fuller Life

Kim Smiley | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

Let me fill you in on a secret: It's because you are too busy focusing on you, your company and your brand. You. You. More you. Forget about yourself for a second. Focus on the scintillating stars around you. They are gorgeous, captivating and brilliant! There is so much to discover. It is there waiting, just like you. All you have to do is open years eyes, click and share.

Dad Was Right, You Should Change Careers At Least 3 Times In Your Life

Suzanne Ma | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Suzanne Ma

Since I was a little, I knew what I wanted to be: a journalist. My career aspirations helped define my personality and helped shape my world view. It influenced where I went to school, what I majored in, and who I hung out with -- until suddenly, one day, those aspirations changed.

Creating New Cultures of Innovation

Billie Kell | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada
Billie Kell

"Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In...

Why Accountability Is Important and How To Get It

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

When dealing with myself, if I am 'off again' with accountability, I calculate what I would have to pay someone an hour to do the work I am avoiding or not holding myself accountable for doing. Then I ask myself if I would pay someone that amount of money to surf Facebook, chat on the phone with their best friend, spend an extra 5 minutes grabbing a coffee on their way into work

Ask Yourself These Three Questions Before You Dive Into Online Video

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada
Lisa Ostrikoff

This is a great place to start when looking at your overall video strategy and deciding what content to include and what stories to tell. Come up with three key messages for potential customers to absorb, and then work on simplifying them. Get someone to view your businesses from an outsider's perspective, which can add additional insight.

Four Ways to Look (and Sound) Good on Camera

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Ostrikoff

You've finally decided to hire a production company, or to film your own video blogs to market your business. The idea of putting yourself "out there" might be terrifying, but it doesn't have to be. Working with the right crew or doing some trial runs on your own can make all the difference. Here are four tips to ensure you look your best when in the spotlight.

It's Official: Canadian Businesses Choose Digital Over All Other Ads

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Business
Lisa Ostrikoff

It's taken two decades, but the time has finally arrived: Canadian advertisers now spend more on digital than they do on print, radio and television advertising, according to a recent report from IAB Canada.

Do You Remember BRE-X, the Biggest Mining Fraud Ever?

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon M. Nelson

If you were around in the mid 1990's, it's likely the name BRE-X conjures up some frightening memories. It's a true rags to riches story that involves murder, international intrigue, arson, and exotic adventure. It's also a story about a fantastic investment fraud that left once rapt investors, both big and small in humiliating ruins.

A Future With In Vitro Meat Is Closer Than You Think

Robert Bolton | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada
Robert Bolton

Given predictable increases in population and demand, for meat production to take place responsibly in the future, we will have to significantly diversify our eating habits, and with them, our production habits. In vitro meat is one alternative. We don't know enough about it yet. But we know we can make it. It is possible.

How to Determine Who Pays for a Business Lunch

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The rules about when to pick up the tab or let your dining partner pay can be murky, and misunderstanding them can put a damper on a great working relationship. Here are some guidelines based on three decades of experience paying for (or being treated to) business breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

So You Think You're an Expert: Why it Pays to Hire a Pro

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Business
Jennifer Pellegrini

We all know someone who thinks they can do anything, even though there are perfectly well-trained, experienced and knowledgeable pros who are ready, willing and able to take on a job. The results can go from the hilarious to the horrifying.

Richard Branson's Unlimited Vacation Proposal Is An Expert Move

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada
Nikolas Badminton

In one expert move, he has built a trust and accountability economy within his business. Employees must be really happy with this change. More importantly they must feel like senior management trusts them to do the right thing and this could deliver even better results and continued happiness (even in tough times).

How To Define Success in Business

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Every business loves more sales, but most businesses don't realize that means longer hours, greater accountability and more responsibility. You risk losing your work-life balance. Do you only equate money with success?

How to Succeed in a Canadian Market

Marie-Josée Gagnon | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Business
Marie-Josée Gagnon

Over the years, I've helped many U.S. and European brands enter the Québec and Canadian markets and have learned the best strategies to land smoothly. Here is the list of best practices I've collected along the way.

Why Schmoozing Works, However Bad It Feels

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Significantly, people who had more power in the office were less likely to report feeling dirty when it came to networking, and engaged in it more often. That effect can make it harder to penetrate existing power structures, because it means those already in power are more comfortable with networking and continue to reinforce and advance their positions.

Connecting to Compete: Logistics Management

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada Business
Umar Zulqarnain

Building and managing a world-class supply chain is difficult regardless the economic climate. Transporting goods quickly and efficiently is a complex task that requires coordinating and managing a number of variables within a fast-paced and volatile environment.

What Customer Service People Really Wish They Could Say to You

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Support is your organization's front line. Customers call them with problems. If your business is a football team your sales people are your offense. Support people are your defense. Here's a few things a support person wants to tell you, but can't.

$3.3 BILLION DEAL

CP | Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Business

STOCKHOLM - Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, boosting its presence on the North American ma...

5 Steps to Successful Business Networking

Evan Thompson | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

You've just been invited to a high-profile business function, and you know it could be a great opportunity to network and meet potential clients or perhaps make a good impression on a job prospect. It is all about putting your best foot forward and you can make this networking opportunity work for you by following these five tips.

How This Brand Made You Feel You Needed Something You Already Have

Sari Gabbay | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Business
Sari Gabbay

With only a shoestring budget, Dollar Shave Club found a way to rise above the mega brands and connect directly with consumers. They shocked us, made us laugh, and made us feel cool. They had the balls to call us out if we even thought about going back to that lame, expensive razor that we've been using all along.