Canada Entrepreneurs

Tips for Getting Your Business Back on Track for Fall

Jane Blaufus | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

One of the things that entrepreneurs often find challenging during the summer is staying focused and on track. Many have confessed to me that one day off for a break led to two, which led to three, which led to weeks off in some cases. Now, they are dreading trying to get the engine up and running again so that September is not a write-off.

You Can't Rush Success In the Race to the Top

Kelly Lovell | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

We create career expectations, relationship goals and five-year plans, all pressuring us to succeed within constrained periods of time. While I do believe that planning and having attainable goals is good practice, I feel our understanding and assessment of our personal success shouldn't be linked.

Meet the Millennial Executive

Lina Duque | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

Abdullah Snobar is the executive director of Ryerson University's DMZ business incubator, ranked first in Canada and fifth in the world. That puts Snobar in charge of the downtown Toronto home to over 400 entrepreneurs and 50 employees.

15 Signs You Have an Entrepreneur Mindset

Kelly Lovell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

True success of an entrepreneur comes not from their ideas, but from their inner mindset and character traits. It takes a certain type of leader to endure startup life and persevere past the hurdles that will inevitable lay ahead in their efforts to inspire disruption or bring a new innovation to life.

When Celebrities as Brand Ambassadors Makes Sense

Erin Bury | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Business
Erin Bury

Celebrity endorsements are as old as the advertising industry itself. But in the past few years a new type of celebrity endorsement has emerged: we've moved from celebrity as spokesperson to celebrity as "global brand ambassador," someone who aims to raise the global profile and is an ongoing evangelist for the brand.

Alexander the Great Would Have Probably Used Uber

Paul Barter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

Sharing was the backbone of humanity for much of history. Now, when we have occasional need for products or services that we value, we can access it when we need it. They're less expensive, less wasteful, environmentally sound and increasingly available.

Great Entrepreneurs Don't Just Rely on "Luck"

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Business
Sharon Vinderine

Luck is a word that very often is used with a negative connotation. "Oh, she's so lucky she had the chance to..." or, "He's so lucky he was at the right place at the right time." Jealousy comes to mind quite often when I hear the word "luck" used. Luck as it relates to business is something I think can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Taking Cold Showers in the Middle of Winter Changed My Life

Geeta Nadkarni | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Business
Geeta Nadkarni

I started a 30-day cold shower program after I realized that many of my other entrepreneurial heroes like Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss also use cold showers to prime themselves for their day. Why? Because, as I discovered first hand, a cold shower is like a Rorschach ink blot test for all the crap you carry around in your mental backpack. The crap that holds you back from greatness.

How To Successfully Gain Exposure As A Mom Entrepreneur

Angie Campanelli | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Business
Angie Campanelli

Mothers are tackling the business scene with vengeance. Desire to raise their own family, earn money and fill a consumer need, propels many new parents into entrepreneurship. Here's some advice stemming from my own experience as a television producer.

How One Woman Escaped Forced Marriage and Thrived

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Katie Zeppieri

At 23 years of age, Nasreen Sheikh radically redefines what it means to be a Nepali woman. She is a Sunni Muslim living in a predominately Hindu community and is the founder of a fair-trade sewing collective called Local Women's Handicrafts. Nasreen is an outlier in her community. Typically, most Nepali girls marry between the ages of 15 and 18. The pressure to have a married daughter began to increase with each year Nasreen remained single however, and in 2014, Nasreen's parents decided that they had to take action. For Nasreen, this arranged marriage would have meant the end of Local Women's Handicrafts.

WATCH: There's No Reason To Not Start A Company

Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Business

Andrew Cherwenka, managing director of 500px Prime, a premium stock photo company for publishers, has a clear message to any would be entrepreneurs: J...

What No One Tells You About Pursuing Your Business Dream

Jordan Whelan | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Business
Jordan Whelan

We are a society who enjoys our comforts, living on a flat trajectory of cost of living increases and certainty. Somewhere along the line many of us stopped dreaming and pivoted to filling our brains with weekend countdowns, effectively rushing along our lives when all we have to work with is time.

Why Female Entrepreneurs Are Key to Global Development

G(irls)20 | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.pngOver the next decade, more than one-billion women will join the work force. This is great news for GDP, which will increase significantly as a result. So why is entrepreneurship well suited to women and therefore key to global development?

I'm Not Cheap, I'm an Entrepreneur

Kelly Lovell | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

A great challenge an entrepreneur has starting out is overcoming their financial limitations to transform their ideas into reality. Investment doesn't come over night and often than not, you already need a pilot project, prototype or some part of a business developed before you can gain serious consideration.

Top Tips From Small Business Owners In B.C.

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

While large corporations based in B.C. — such as Hootsuite, Lululemon and MEC — often dominate the news, we shouldn't overlook the province's thri...

How 'Organic' Viral Videos Are Really Created

Jeff Quipp | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada
Jeff Quipp

A variety of paid, earned and owned media tactics are employed to boost awareness. But, it's paid promotion that really gets the ball rolling. After the right influencers are on board, and with paid ads running to promote the video, people start (ideally) taking notice.

What I Learned This Week: Avoid Asshole Ammunition

Andy Nulman | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Giving up the reigns puts someone else in the driver's seat, which is a guaranteed recipe for calamity. Trust me, every pitch you'll make will be challenged... but the longer your maintain control, the more powerful a base (and shield) you build. What's more, you may inadvertently address, even eliminate, someone's genuine concern as your presentation rolls on to its finish.

'Entrepreneur' Is Not a Dirty Word

Kelly Lovell | Posted 12.28.2014 | 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.

Getting Personal With Your Brand

Shannon Skinner | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

Let's face it: it's always personal. Even when it's not. Even in business. Every business owner is first and foremost a person and the way we view the world is through our unique human perspective. We put a lot of ourselves into our businesses and careers, and therefore, by default it is personal. Enter the personal brand.

How To Define Success in Business

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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?

5 Traits That Make a Social Entrepreneur Successful

Andrea E. Bolger | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea E. Bolger

We often think that social businesses have to sacrifice profit and growth for the greater good. But our research found that many social entrepreneurs are building high growth businesses that deliver social and environmental returns.

What I Learned This Week: Don't Stop Believing

Andy Nulman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

As I've said in this space often, my lessons learned can be profound or simple. They may be revolutionary and new, or old news that needs to be repeated. The point here then, this week's lesson learned is a simple, old one of the value of perseverance. Or put another way: Success knows no substitute for tenacity.

How to Keep Your Personal Brand True to You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

For some, the idea of building a personal brand feels a little, well, icky. You might wonder, How do you build a personal brand without feeling like you're selling your soul? Actually, selling your soul is exactly what you should do. Stick with me, here...

How to Find a Mentor

Kelly Lovell | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Lovell

While we cannot make up for the experiences we lack, we can certainly draw from the knowledge of those who have lived before us. Regardless of your age or the stage you are in your life, I believe mentorship is an invaluable tool. There is a reason why maps were created. Imagine a road trip without the aid of a map?

Entrepreneurs, This Is Why You Shouldn't Worry About 'Normal'

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Nothing is normal or weird. Never focus on what the norm is or what is standard procedure. Rules are there for interpretation, unless they accompany jail time. Keep every solution open as an option. Never rule out a possibility because you've put options into "boxes". Unwrap every option like it's Christmas morning.