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.

Sowing The Seeds Of Startups

Liisa Atva | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Business
Liisa Atva

For businesses in the idea stage seed capital is typically provided by the founders themselves and "love money" from family and friends. There are also a number of public and private organizations willing to step in and make relatively small investments to help grow businesses to a stage where bigger dollar players, such as venture capitalists, take an interest.

Once I Found Work/Life Balance, I Hated It

Erin Blaskie | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Business
Erin Blaskie

Look for the version of work/life balance that is going to work for you and that honours the part of you that can't be turned off.

A G20 Leader Who Walks The Talk

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Politics

As soon as Trudeau walks in, everyone, and I mean everyone including CEOs, politicians and senior level bureaucrats from around the world move in his direction. They want to shake the hand of, and take a selfie with, the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada.

G20 Leaders: Entrepreneurship Can Tackle Youth Unemployment

Winston Chan | Posted 11.14.2015 | Canada Business
Winston Chan

On November 15 and 16, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau will be part of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Antalya, Turkey. G20 leaders will surely discuss urgent issues such the migrant crisis, the conflict in Syria and climate change. There is another crisis that isn't receiving much media attention: It is global youth unemployment.

Showcase Your Brand By Mastering Video Content

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

There is no mathematical ratio to help determine how many parts video versus written content to add to the mix when building the ideal website to showcase your brand, but it is important to combine both written and video content to most effectively get your message across.

Embracing Sustainability Can Pay Off For Your Brand

James Riley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Business
James Riley

Today we know that the state of the planet affects the way we are doing business. With climate change comes risks and opportunities. We all know the risks. The opportunity for brands starts with marketing leadership, and the reward is an improved brand and reputation.

Millennials Don't Heart Your Company's Basic Technology

Dave Borrelli | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

Technology is not a nice-to-have for the millennial generation; it's a deal breaker. And considering that by 2030 75 per cent of the workforce will be millennials, it's something to take seriously. Millennials' technology expectations, coupled by their social media, mobile computing and app usage, are spreading into the workplace.

Hiring A Veteran Will Be The Best Business Decision You Make

Jessica Glazer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

Some military vets have seen more in their lifetime then we ever will. To the university grad, the buzzwords teamwork, leadership, loyalty and attention to detail are just that -- buzz words. To the military vet, it's what defines them.

Pre-Seed Funding And Canada's Startup Ecosystem

Marcus Daniels | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Business
Marcus Daniels

Pre-seed, a relatively new stage in the funding process, is becoming more recognized in the Canadian startup ecosystem and in other startup hubs around the world. The trend is growing for a number of reasons, and Canada would benefit from more capital dedicated to pre-seed from truly value-added investors.

Newcomers Are Leading The Way In Small Business Ownership

Christine Shisler | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Christine Shisler

Owning a business requires long hours and hard work, and it may take years to show a profit. For a newcomer, there can be additional challenges in the beginning including limited contacts in Canada, familiarity with local language and business practices, and as Cristina found, access to credit.

How to Beat the Odds and Succeed as a Start-Up

Geoff Whitlock | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Business
Geoff Whitlock

The statistics are alarming. Nine out of 10 start-ups die at five years. I know the challenges personally because I'm on my eighth start-up now. From selling one of my successful ventures to Arlene Dickinson of the Dragon's Den, to some not so fruitful ventures, I have had my share of wins and losses.

Are You a Small Business Boss Who Stands up to Bullies?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

I've noticed that often, bosses themselves are intimidated by the bullies in their workforce. They fail to protect those being bullied for fear of how the bully will react. They don't want to get on the bad side of such an aggressive, unreasonable person.

Protecting Yourself From Sociopaths in the Small Business World

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Small business week is here, and it's got me reflecting on my own journey as an entrepreneur. I've learned many lessons along the way. One story stands out as a cautionary tale to anyone who hopes to work in collaboration with other entrepreneurs.

You Must Choose to Succeed in Order to Get Ahead

Anne Day | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Business
Anne Day

I've found that once I've made a major decision, it wasn't as scary as I thought it was, and I wonder what too me so long. When you step outside your unhappiness, you find that there is a life and it is there for the taking. It is just getting over that first hurdle of making a move and once you've jumped that... you can win. You can get ahead.

4 Ways to Be a Better Client

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Business
Julie Rusciolelli

Having been on the consultancy side of the business for most of my adult life, I can unequivocally tell you that clients who are pleasant, respectful, collaborative and open-minded will get primo work from their agency.

How Canadian Women Are Building Successful Online Businesses

Andrea Stairs | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Business
Andrea Stairs

Just in time for small business month, I wanted to share these stories of entrepreneurs you might not know, but who are all harnessing online commercial opportunities to build thriving businesses and making their mark on the Canadian economy.

In a Stagnant Economy, Spending Is Key to Stimulating Small Businesses

David Gens | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Business
David Gens

With the confirmation of the Canadian recession by Stats Canada earlier this month and the government's subsequent announcement of a $1.9 billion surplus, spending has become a particular point of interest in our upcoming election. Small business owners, who make up 98 per cent of employer businesses in Canada, will be looking to see which party's proposed spend will have a tangible effect on their bottom lines.

6 Tips to Help You Source Start-Up Financing

Pat McNamara | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Business
Pat McNamara

If you are one of those start-ups be prepared for a rigorous process. If you are competing for funding from an angel investor group or in a business competition you are going to have to go through a lot of hoops. Don't despair, this will actually help you prepare for running the business itself.

These 4 Books Will Bring out the Entrepreneur in You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur, your heart is filled with excitement and fear, probably in equal amounts. You want it so bad but you're afraid. I've been there. These books will inspire you to find the courage to get out there and make shit happen.

10 Tips to Help You Go From Intern to Full-Time Staffer

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Business
Julie Rusciolelli

I've offered full-time employment to almost 80 per cent of those who have interned at my firm. If you just landed an internship, take the advice from someone who has seen the best and worst of interns. If you are trying to make this internship roll over into a full time gig, keep these points in mind.

Why Now Is the Time to Start a Tech Company In Canada

Razor Suleman | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business
Razor Suleman

Over the past two days, Canadian entrepreneurs and American venture capitalists met at Venture North, a conference that aims to introduce U.S. VCs to Canada's tech ecosystem. Mayor John Tory started off Wednesday's proceedings by stating that Toronto is a startup-friendly city, and its tech leadership is "simply a story we haven't told yet."

This Is the Best Way to Make Career Decisions

Melissa Dawn | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business
Melissa Dawn

Although I had about 20 years of marketing experience and knew how to brand and market myself, I had never run my own company. I was outside my comfort zone! I was told that the fastest way to reach your goals is to get advice from someone who has already successfully done what you want to do.