Entrepreneurship

Recruiting Differently To Innovate

Sonia Desrosiers | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Business
Sonia Desrosiers

Large companies often have the best talent: those who have ideas, expertise and skills to innovate. However, these people may be managers who are often overburdened, which gives them very little time for new projects. This is why some companies decide instead to recruit teams whose sole purpose is to innovate.

How To Find And Utilize Your Organization's Hidden Leaders

Darren Gibbons | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Darren Gibbons

When we think of leaders, we often think of strong Type-A personalities that can motivate change and lead with a commanding presence. What is overlooked however, is the behind the scene players that are often taking on valuable leadership responsibilities without the spotlight or recognition. While

Retaining Intrapreneurs: A Challenge Well Worth It

Sonia Desrosiers | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Business
Sonia Desrosiers

More and more organizations hire entrepreneurs whose purpose it is to either create, build, innovate or restructure and ensure faster organizational development or growth. By using entrepreneurs to take control of and accelerate development, companies whose foundations are based on strong intrapreneurial values attract like magnets candidates with those same values.

3 Major Decisions Your Business May Face This Year

David Gens | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Business
David Gens

The small business marketplace experienced significant change and evolutionary progress in 2015 and no less should be expected in the coming year. With that, let's consider some of the issues that will matter most to small businesses -- particularly those changing rapidly with the introduction of new financial technologies.

Thinking Like An Entrepreneur vs. Thinking Like A Businessperson

Madaline Zanni | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Business
Madaline Zanni

When it comes to wanting your business to be a success, it's always valuable to spend time speaking to or reading about already established entrepreneurs who have reached these goals, while being resourceful with obtaining facts on how to better your business.

Tips For Attracting Intrapreneurs To Your Organization

Sonia Desrosiers | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Business
Sonia Desrosiers

More and more executives are required to work with greater independence and/or direct satellite teams. To fulfill these roles, companies increasingly seek intrapreneurs, or entrepreneurs who will perform within a large organization as they would within an independent company in order to establish an entity.

The Unsung Hero Of Canadian Financial Innovation

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

Dave Baker is a used car salesman on a mission to make Canada a more fair and equitable place. Go ahead and take a moment. Be skeptical. It took me six months to overcome my initial aversion to the predominant narrative of auto sales. I was sure that there was a catch. There had to be a bait-and-switch somewhere along the way.

5 Start-Up Accelerator Hubs In Montreal You Need To Know About

Jessica Glazer | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

Starting a company is not an easy task to tackle. There is a lot to think about, and it is extremely hard to do alone. Fortunately, if you are in Montreal or thinking of relocating to the fabulous city, Montreal can make that start-up move a little easier with quite a few incubator and start-up hubs to get your business moving.

Make 2016 Your Company's Year Of Customer Service

Dave Borrelli | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

With experts estimating it costs between four and 10 times more to acquire a new customer than it does to keep an existing one and the Canadian dollar taking a dive, you want to avoid churn at all costs by ensuring your customers are satisfied and will recommend your product or service to others.

Starting Your Own Business Is An Emotional Circus (And Totally Worth It)

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Everyone talks about the benefits of being your own boss: The freedom, the beachside latte laptop selfies. But the downsides? The paralyzing anxiety? The terrifying uncertainty? The crushing doubt? The emotional circus involved with actually getting your business off the ground? Very few people talk about that. So let's talk.

5 Ways To Disrupt Your Career In 2016

Lina Duque | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

When I decided to start my own social media consulting business three years ago, I felt like I was jumping off a cliff; I could soar, or fall flat on my face. Could I pull it off? What if I didn't get enough business? What would people think? I was terrified. Going from full-time employee to entrepreneur was risky, but the upside was that I was doing what I loved. You can do it too.

5 Apps To Help Your Company Keep Its New Year's Resolutions

Dave Borrelli | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

The New Year is here, and it's a chance for Canadian business owners to make resolutions that bolster their businesses and increase productivity in the workplace. With 66 per cent of Canadians owning a smartphone, the easiest way to find efficiencies and optimize your business processes is through mobile apps..

5 Signs You Should Fire Your Client

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The stress generated by unhealthy client relationships may eventually cause you to question your ability to run a business. If you don't value your skills, you may lose your resilience in the face of undue criticism, which can make you more vulnerable to being exploited.

Is Your Organization Innovative Or Opportunistic?

Andrew Miller | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Business
Andrew Miller

We often associate taking risk and embracing failure as components of being innovative. However, both are components of being innovative and opportunistic. You can be opportunistic and still take risk. You can be opportunistic and still fail. The main difference is your approach.

Create A Profitable Online Business In 2016

Jill Stanton | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Business
Jill Stanton

You've made the decision that you're SO over the nine-to-five and that 2016 will be THE YEAR you start your new online business! But do you have an action plan that will help you turn this business idea into a reality?

Focus On Little Changes For Long-Term Success In 2016

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Rusciolelli

There are many theories for why resolutions don't work, but most boil down to two reasons: we try to change too much at once and our resolutions are too big to tackle, so we give up. We give up far too easily. In fact, it's the little incremental changes we make that truly add up to monumental gains .

Small Businesses Thrive When They Go Beyond The Bottom Line

Dan Kelly | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

When I see a small business plugging away all the while continuing their charitable and community-spirited endeavours (often in the face of near-insurmountable odds), it behooves all of us to reconsider what it means to be "productive."

Entrepreneurs, This Is The Year-End List You Need To Check Twice

Jeff Cates | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

It's December, which means small business owners have a lot on their plates. While I'm sure everyone is feeling the pressure of holiday crunch time, entrepreneurs are also trying to manage the flurry of activity that comes at year end. My advice? Despite the chaos, take some time to get organized and start thinking about what lies ahead. Conquering these small tasks now can make a big difference in the new year:

How We Can Improve The Next Generation's Financial Outlook

David Gens | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Business
David Gens

It will be important to stimulate and encourage Canada's youth to become the next generation of business owners and operators, especially as more and more small and medium-sized enterprises engage in transitions of ownership from one generation to the next in the coming years.

5 Digital Advertising Predictions For 2016

Vitaly Pecherskiy | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Business
Vitaly Pecherskiy

The world of online advertising is complex and ever-changing, but it's also exciting and filled with promise. As innovation in advertising technology continues to evolve, old-hat tactics, such as direct response marketing, are quickly becoming obsolete. Here's a list of digital marketing predictions set to reshape the online advertising landscape in 2016.

Are You Doing A Year-End Review On Yourself?

Melissa Dawn | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Business
Melissa Dawn

I like to conduct year-end reviews of myself. I review my intentions from the previous year. Where did I move forward? Where did I not? Where must I course correct to steer my life and business in my intended direction? I ask myself what I truly want for the upcoming year and I determine my plan of action.

Lessons For Prospective Entrepreneurs From Small Business Owners

Paul Roman | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Roman

Small business owners are incredibly passionate, often tenacious people. Starting with just an idea, they work long hours and make many personal sacrifices in order to spur their business towards success. Still, nine in 10 entrepreneurs say they love being a business owner. So, what's their secret?

The 'Blowfish Effect' Can Help Small Retailers Beat The Big Guys

Leyla Seka | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Leyla Seka

It's not easy to be a small business taking on established competitors, especially during the holidays. With many risk-averse customers sticking with well-known brands and tried-and-true solutions, SMBs in the retail space need to work hard to cut through the noise and reassure nervous consumers.

How Entrepreneurs Can Keep Up With The New Pace Of Business

Jeff Cates | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

Failing to plan means planning to fail. When you make the time to educate yourself and prepare appropriately, you'll find it that much easier to stay ahead in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

Innovative Initiative Aims To Bolster Female-Led Canadian Companies

Nancy Fornasiero | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Business
Nancy Fornasiero

What is radical generosity, exactly? It's a unique concept conceived by Vicki Saunders, founder of SheEO, a Toronto-based group that celebrates and supports women-led ventures. Her long-term vision is for this grassroots crowd-funding initiative to take hold not just in Canada, but all around the globe.