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The Shopify exec knows a thing or two about starting a business.
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You don't need an economics degree to realize that helping small businesses and entrepreneurs start up and grow will lead to more jobs.
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Marc Hull-Jacquin is in the business of changing lives. He's the founder and executive director of The Shelter Movers of Toronto, a non-profit that offers moving services to women leaving abusive home...
The reality of these proposed changes will create far more problems than they will solve.
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Requiring millionaires to pay more tax is certainly not an attack on the middle class or mom-and-pop corner stores.
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There is considerable confusion about the kinds of public policies that foster entrepreneurship.
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Small business folks like me, experts, the Tories, the NDP and even your own MPs are telling you that you're making a mistake.
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The federal government is proposing changes to private corporations that would cripple my efforts to work and raise a family in Canada.
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The extra revenues collected from mainly higher-income individuals could be used to benefit the poor and those in the middle class.
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It's naïve for Canadians to believe these proposed tax changes are going to have no effect on them.
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But that hasn't stopped the federal government from essentially accusing the vast majority of business owners of dodging their fair share of taxes.
Bill Morneau's discussion paper proposing changes to the taxation of small businesses completely misrepresents the facts.
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The type of business you pick will affect your taxes.
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When an alliance works well, it means that you've determined and agreed on the end goal – the results you both want to achieve.
Administrative barriers make it virtually impossible to gain funding, operate and create a sustainable business model in a timely fashion.
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In Canada, merchants pay much more than businesses in other parts of the world for accepting credit card payments.
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Ontario has decided to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019. It will become the second province after Alberta to move towards a minimum wage of $15 an hour. The implementation of a higher minimum wage is expected to affect workers and businesses differently.
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Minimum wage workers in Ontario will be earning 31.5 per cent more by 2019 for doing the same jobs they are today. Not surprisingly, many business owners are concerned about the implications this massive increase in their costs will have on their business.
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We are seeing a new and powerful wave of craft brand growth in every corner of the square. We recently saw the first billion-dollar exit of a craft brand when Unilever bought Dollar Shave Club, and the lessons learned from that success are still rippling out across the retail waters. People, and big brands, have taken notice -- not just of Dollar Shave Club, but of the robust craft brands of its kind gaining ever more ground.
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When customers consider making a purchase, they rarely start by speaking to a sales rep. Long before reaching that point, they go online, compare-and-contrast products and seek opinions on social media. Then they might consider picking up a phone or walking into a store.
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If you're in sales at a small business, reaching out to potential customers can be a formidable necessity. Most salespeople are motivated to find new customers, but the way they reach out can be cooki...
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Criminals take the path of least resistance. The weakest link is the employee. Data breaches are mostly the result of employee error or an inside job, according to the ACC Foundation: State of Cybersecurity Report. The best way for organizations to protect themselves is to create and foster a culture of cyber security awareness.
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The first time you experience it, you might want to cry (well, you probably will cry); you might want to stop speaking up in meetings; you may be afraid to make that next call. But you have to fight it. You need to fight your haters.
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A client has referred you to someone who you think is an ideal prospect. Conversations have gone very well and they made a Request For Proposal (RFP). But somewhere along the way, something changed. Here's why.
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For us digital entrepreneurs, a unicorn is what we call a start-up with a valuation of more than a billion dollars. (Yes, I said billion -- with a B.) It's what every self-employed techie dreams of: coming up with that one needle-in-a-haystack idea that's going to pay off every penny of debt and let you live a carefree life for the rest of your life.
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In a buyer's market, job seekers have to be the world's best salespeople. You have to spark an interest, craft your pitch, and prove the worth of your top product: you. If you can't sell yourself as the best and brightest for the job, you'll never close the deal. Not a natural sales person? That's OK.
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We always seem to find the time to check in -- but we rarely take the time to check out. So give yourself and your team the freedom to take a total technology blackout and get some unplugged Facetime with your travel companions. Trust me: everything back at the office will be exactly as you left it.
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Let’s be real -- there’s nothing better than finding out a restaurant, café, or clothing store offers free Wi-Fi. Getting online quickly, easily and for free is a simple way to feel connected to our friends, coworkers, and our favourite brands. It’s the little things that make us feel valued.
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It's hard to imagine life without the Internet. Browsing the web has become so second nature to us that we share sensitive information through our e-mails and social media accounts each day without se...
The world runs on data. Businesses are inundated by it. From information received from mobile phones, sensor networks and Internet of Things-enabled devices, industries have a world of information at their fingertips. But making sense of all this data is no easy endeavour.
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The thing is, you can monetize anything that provides value to others: five in 10 people gain income from their hobbies today, whether it's painting, baking, writing, or even dog training. The other thing is, you should know how to do that. But since before learning how to do that, make sure you want to do that.
Regardless of whether your ideal client is an independent business owner or part of a large organization, the time you spend in choosing the rights clients will put you further ahead in the long run than settling for work from those who don't "fit" you business model or professional value system.