Canada Entrepreneur

Does Your Brand Have a Crisis Management Plan?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

Despite the importance of crisis preparedness in a 24 hour news cycle, many companies still don't have a crisis communications plan in place. Instead, they either hope one will never happen or figure they can "wing it" when a crisis eventually does occur. Simply put, not having a crisis plan in place is like playing Russian Roulette with your company's brand.

Make 2014 the Year You Commit to Getting Financially Fit and Healthy

Jane Blaufus | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Blaufus

This New Year as you make your resolutions, commit to making one that will get you healthy and fit -- financially. While setting personal resolutions have become second nature, the New Year should also be the time each of us sits down with family. Talk about what your financial goals are in 2014 and what you need to have in place to ensure that your family is protected and aware.

Encouraging an Entrepreneur-Based Economy With Paul Woolford

Karen Geier | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

Becoming an entrepreneur used to be a "they" thing: other people did it, but unless you had one in the family, it was a career shrouded in mystery. How do you get started? Do you have to be an inventor? What does it actually take to work for yourself?

What Type of Entrepreneur Are You?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

One can easily see the allure of focusing on millennial entrepreneurs. Their youth and inexperience allows them develop innovative solutions and ideas and their low overhead enables to them to work on what Y Combinator's Paul Graham famously called the "ramen diet" where the only food entrepreneurs can afford is ramen noodles.

"Entrepreneur" Shouldn't Be a Dirty Word

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Entrepreneurship is a dirty word for many MBA candidates. Synonymous with extreme financial distress, entrepreneurship for many MBAs is a deep chasm of despair, particularly considering the high debt load that most MBAs have post-graduation. These attitudes and misconceptions have hurt MBA grads instead of helping them.

In Business, Bigger Isn't Always Better

Ben Pickering | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Ben Pickering

I was raised in Silicon Valley before moving to Vancouver and I love to see entrepreneurs with big dreams. But what concerns me is when people build a business with a focus on trying to get big simply based on the belief that "bigger is better" or when those involved with the company view anything other than a multimillion dollar acquisition as a failure.

Truth, Filth, and Tightrope Walking: Lessons From 'Set List' Masterminds Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad

Karen Geier | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

In September of 2010, Troy Conrad launched a new format of stand up: unscripted and on a topic that the performer sees at the same time as the audience. It is (quite aptly) billed as "Stand-up Without a Net. I recently spoke to creator Troy Conrad and Paul Provenza about Set List, and the changing business of comedy.

I'm an Entrepreneur and I Have it All

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Ostrikoff

My life has been "busy" and a lot of work for quite some time now, and that's something I don't want to change. I still take the necessary time to unplug and fill myself and my family up, but cannot deny that I also thrive off of creating and growing in business. That will likely always be part of me, even with a new baby at my side. My work is very much tied into what I want to create for my family to benefit from. I have complete respect for the women who grow up with a complete focus on wanting to stay home and raise a family... but for me, part of what I want to represent to my children is showing them that they have the ability to "have it all."

September: Life Insurance Awareness Month

Jane Blaufus | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Jane Blaufus

This weekend a piece of Ontario history burned to the ground with the overnight loss of the St. Jacob's farmer's market. Ironically, my husband and I ...

What Really Makes a "High Interest" Loan

Steven Uster | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada Business
Steven Uster

While the concerns regarding the potential negative impact of certain high interest loans are legitimate, the debate has failed to consider the context in which high interest loans exist. It is too simple to label a loan "high interest" by looking only at the annualized interest rate. There are many other factors that determine the true cost of borrowing.

Five Reasons To Start Your Own Business Right Now

AskMen.com | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Business
AskMen.com

Just about everyone I know has designs on or at least daydreams of starting a business, which I think is normal. And yet, while no one ever says, "I want to be a cog in a giant, multinational machine when I grow up," that's usually what happens. I can't give you advice on how to create a successful business, but I can hopefully give you the nudge you need to at least try.

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Dan Kelly | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

It's never fun to think about everything that could go wrong, but preparing for the worst is a sign of maturity. Fires and floods (and much worse) are a part of life, and we shrug them off at our peril. The good news is that CFIB has created some Basic Emergency Management Guidelines for small businesses.

The Other Story Of The Smartphone

Mitch Joel | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Most people interested in media, marketing and technology think of smartphones as the device that is putting the PC world to rest. Yes, personal computers are still pervasive, but the growth of smartphones has been exponential and astounding all in one breath.

Soup Sister's Recipe for Entrepreneurial Success

Laura Martin | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Impact
Laura Martin

Social Enterprise is defined by Donors Forum as "A nonprofit venture that combines the passion of a social mission with the discipline, innovation, and determination commonly associated with for-profit businesses." The hard truth is that many budding social enterprises, like business start-ups, are doomed to failure. What is it, then, that put Soup Sisters in the winner's circle in this precarious environment?

Small Business, Huge Impact

Arlene Dickinson | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Business
Arlene Dickinson

October 15-19 is Small Business Week in Canada and this really is a very special year for me. This year I've partnered with Scotiabank to help shine a light on the important issues and challenges businesses in Canada face today. I've had a lot of experience on both sides of the business table and I'm really looking forward to getting a conversation started with entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders from across the country.

Calgary's Entrepreneur Community Celebrates Social Good with DIGNITY 2012

Victoria MacLean | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada Alberta
Victoria MacLean

Calgary-based DIRTT Environmental Solutions will share their insights on how you can turn "good" business practices into a competitive advantage. DIRTT has been lauded as a "Rockstar of the New Economy" by Fast Co. for its ability to achieve high growth and high social and environmental impact.

What I Think of Culture in Canada

Arlene Dickinson | Posted 11.21.2012 | Canada
Arlene Dickinson

2012-09-21-culturedays1.jpg Culture is merely a reflection of the individuals in a community expressing themselves in groups formed because of creative passion. Without passion and culture, we are simply just passing through. And who wants to live a life that dull and grey? We are shaped by our own choices and made better when our culture allows us to make them freely and with artistic expression and be better as a result.

City Style Snapshot: Prague, Czech Republic

Ramp1885.com | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

What's going on with Prague fashion? Half the year hidden away in winter coats, the other half enduring jeers from their western neighbors for pairing sandals with socks. Now, however, the Czech Republic boasts one of the biggest-booming economies of the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, consumerism is on the up-and-up (and up), and Prague shopping centres crop up like mushrooms after a rain.

One Mom's Hairstyle Savvy Made her a YouTube Sensation

Krizia | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Business
Krizia

Stay-at-home mom Mindy McKnight was constantly being stopped by women wanting to know how she created those cute hairstyles for her daughters. In 2009, Mindy's husband suggested she film her hairstyles for girls and she then started sharing them on YouTube. She posted her first video on YouTube on March 17, 2009 and ever since, her life has been a real dream!

Sao Paolo Fashion Week's Sizzling Spring/Summer 2013

Ramp1885.com | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Sao Paolo Fashion Week displayed curves, lines and plenty of steamy silhouettes as part of their Spring/Summer 2013 presentation. From piles and piles of fabric, to a light and airy surfer girl feel with neoprene, here are our highlights!

The Place Where Female Bloggers Flock [VIDEO]

Krizia | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Business
Krizia

BlogHer.com started out as a forum where women could feel involved and included in the world of technology which was predominantly dominated by men. Today, BlogHer.com has grown into the most important community of mostly female bloggers on the Internet. The accomplishments these women have achieved in the last few years is nothing short of mind-blowing. Check out my interview with one of BlogHer.com's co-founders.

Global Designer Spotlight: SockBox from Riga, Latvia

Ramp1885.com | Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

SockBox is a true Latvian original. Back in 2008, SockBox was creating several fashionable legwear collections a year including socks, stockings, garter belts and leggings. Sophisticated, yet provocative, each SockBox piece is a masterpiece, hand-made from the highest quality fabric and lace, emphasizing a woman's figure in order to highlight the beauty of her body.

A Buenos Aires Boutique That's Home Sweet Home

Ramp1885.com | Posted 08.11.2012 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Today's discerning shopper looks for a unique shopping experience, a space that offers something more than the crème de la crème of fashion and design. And Buenos Aires-based concept store Pehache delivers just that. It's a multi-designer boutique, gallery and café in one that invites you in to browse every nook and cranny and makes you feel at home.

After 10 Years of Business, Here's What I've Learned

Natasha Koifman | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Business
Natasha Koifman

June 6th marks a personal milestone for me: It's my company, NKPR's, 10th year anniversary! As we blow out the birthday candles and look forward to the next 10 years, I can't help but pause and take stock. I've learned many things specific to my industry, there are some observations I can share that apply to anybody in any business.

Your Start-Up Life: When Is it Time to Fire Someone?

Rana Florida | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada Business
Rana Florida

I have two key employees who have been with me for three years, both performing at a C+. I'd love to replace them, but they are both crucial positions and I just don't have the time to search for and train replacements. Should I fire them and suffer trying to find someone better or do I keep jogging along at a C average?