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.
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.
Nellie Akalp started her second company in the middle of a recession. You'll absolutely want to find out how she was able to successfully navigate one of the most challenging time for most small businesses. Is it easier the second time around? You'll find out when you listen to my interview with Nellie Akalp.
In our surveys, too, small business owners tell us at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) that excessive regulation is their second-biggest burden, right after taxes. That's why CFIB launched Red Tape Awareness Week in 2010.
On January 14, 2012 the Government of Canada finally made some details available about its venture capital measures first announced in the 2012 Budget Plan. It is not clear what the overall intent of these measures is. Is the intent to help build Canada's lack luster venture capital market over the long-term or spur economic growth in the short term?
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?
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-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.
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.
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.