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Getting the Right Insurance for Your Business

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The fact that you need to insure your business is a given. But with so many different options available, you may not be sure what type of insurance is right for your particular business – this is a good place to start. Part of owning your own business means you’re going to be exposed to […]

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Keeping Your Business Plan Alive and Well

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Written by: Matthew Murray, Managing Director, Notable Business plans are one of the first things any entrepreneur has to tackle, and a well thought out plan is widely thought to contribute to success. Not convinced? Statistics on business planning from around the world show its many benefits. Compared to not having one, companies with business […]

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Your First Employees: They Have to Be the Right Ones

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Written By: James D.  Burbank, Editor-in-Chief, BizzMarkBlog Except for some truly unique cases, all companies sooner or later hire their first employees. Some companies have to start off with a few employees and others have to wait a bit until they get their first influx of employees other than the founder(s). Nonetheless, hires have to […]

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Entrepreneurship and Mental Health: Tackling Your Anxiety

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Written By: Sarah Landrum, Founder, Punched Clocks Although many don’t realize it, Canada is home to many prolific entrepreneurs, long-running enterprises and even new start-ups. With names like John Molson of Molson Brewery fame and a shortlist of new business launches that includes the likes of Shopify, the country has provided the world with some […]

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People, Planet and Profits: Managing the Triple Bottom Line

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The entrepreneurial community has long prided itself on a working philosophy based on purpose over profits. With sustainability becoming a more prevalent part of economies as a whole, individual businesses have had to focus greater attention on striking a balance between returns to people, planet and profits. In my own residential property management business, I […]

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Why Get a Professional to Incorporate Your Business?

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Written By: Shane Murphy, Law Scout Early-stage small businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs. But no matter how lean you plan to run your business, you don’t need an expert to tell you there are some costs that shouldn’t be cut. Cutting too deep can lead to very expensive problems that even […]

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How to Make People Love Your Company Blog

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Written By: Shelby Andrews, Marketing and Communications Strategist, Atlas Communications By now, we all know that blogging is an essential marketing tool for businesses. A company blog acts as a reference to your brand—it speaks volumes about your opinions and beliefs. Blogging can also increase traffic to your website, build trust in consumers and position […]

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Launching While Working? Three Pitfalls to Avoid as you Grow your Business

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Written By: Chivon John, Founder & CEO of Secrets of a Side Hustler There was a time when starting a business and keeping your day job was seen as taboo but nowadays you’d be hard pressed to find a person who isn’t a proud ‘employedpreneur’. Although starting a business as a side hustle can give […]

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The Importance of Financial Literacy

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Written By: Alex Tveit, Vice President, Morrison Financial There are some key pillars that are important when you are creating the foundation for your business. You need to understand the initial legal framework where you are operating, you need to understand your market, and you need to understand your numbers. It is easy to get […]

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(Français) Le succès grandissant des espaces de fabrication (« makerspaces »)

 

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Get Used to Making Mistakes

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Written By: Daniel Francavilla, Creative Director, Now Creative Group Mistakes are a big part of the learning process for anyone who’s starting their own thing or creating something new — business or otherwise. As an entrepreneur, you learn from experience as you go. From pricing too low, to not clearly managing client expectations, there are dozens that […]

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Five Tips for Start-Up Social Media Success

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Written By: Shelby Andrews, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Atlas Communications If you’re reading this, you’re most likely a small business looking to either launch, or amp up your social media presence. Perhaps you haven’t done so yet because you don’t know how to fully utilize social media to the best of it’s ability. Or, maybe […]

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Accepting Defeat and Embracing Failure

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Written By: Avery Birch This is a topic I believe all entrepreneurs will face a few times in their career. Luckily as one gains experience rebounding from one opportunity to the next, they grow a little bit as well! I frame this topic in such a way because I have recently rebounded from a failure […]

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Empathy and the Entrepreneur

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The entrepreneurial community is at the forefront of a shift in mindset that emphasizes a more human-centered approach to business. While big businesses, in many respects, remains entrenched in a more mechanistic approach, entrepreneurs are unlocking value by focusing greater attention on the art of empathetic management; putting people across multiple stakeholder groups at the […]

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Afterthoughts from the G20 YEA: Scaling Up Your Business

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Written by: Cindy Goertzen, Co-Founder & COO Trivenity Corporation, Co-Founder & President, Maira Group Inc. In September 2016, I attended the G20 Youth Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA) Summit in Beijing, China.  As Sherpa for the Canadian delegation, I had the distinct pleasure of supporting more than two dozen Canadian young entrepreneurs while they interacted with […]

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Building Relationships Builds Your Business

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Business success is measured in numbers—are we hitting our revenue targets, generating adequate profit margins, creating value for our clients and generating optimal social impact? While the goal of any business effort is to generate this measureable value, many fall into a dangerous preoccupation with the numbers to the detriment of the people at the […]

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Business Advice: When to Ask for It, Listen to It, and Ignore It

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Written By: Nadine Robinson, Co-Founder, Flok I co-founded my company with someone who is a fearless networker, a stout risk-taker, and is not afraid to ask anyone anything. She constantly asks for and takes feedback gratefully and thoughtfully, using it to fuel her onwards. These qualities, however, don’t come naturally for me. I am instinctively […]

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Making Entrepreneurship Education Compulsory

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Written By: Emily Miller is a Venture for Canada Fellow and Customer Success Manager at LeadSift, a lead generation SaaS startup, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When I was 14 years old I was obsessed with The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. I was also obsessed with candy. These two passions collided during my […]

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Attending an Event? Five Tips to Maximize Your Impact

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Written By: Hilary Robinson, Senior Trainer & Owner, Polished Professionals Not only does Labour Day signal back-to-school for many, it also signals the start of the autumn event season – possibly the busiest season in the calendar. If you’re like many people out there, September, October and November can look like one long trip out […]

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Innovation and Intellectual Property

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You’ve probably heard about how important it is to be innovative. Whether it’s in the business section of your local newspaper, in a major economic magazine, or on your favourite entrepreneurial blog, everyone is talking about innovation and how it’s the secret to success. But with innovation always in the limelight, intellectual property (IP) is […]

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Key Tactics to Make the Most of a Mentor Relationship

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Entrepreneur, Brittany Haavaldsrud shares her tips to making the most of a mentoring relationship.

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Master Your Card: Protect Your Business from Fraud by Mastering Your Risks

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Written By: Alina Shams, Mastercard Canada Every customer matters when you are a small business. Accepting all forms of payment, including cash, credit, debit and prepaid cards, can help grow your business. While each payment option has its advantages and disadvantages, only electronic payments can instantly connect you to customers wherever and whenever they want […]

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