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Negotiate Your Commercial Lease

Category: Operations Startup

First-time small business owners typically pay a great deal of attention to developing their own business plans, marketing and managing their own companies; however, they often overlook the importance of their own commercial lease. The commercial lease, provided by the landlord, often plays a crucial role in business operations (an entrepreneur typically leases commercial space to conduct business from). The lease states the specifics of the agreed-upon lease (e.g.

How to choose the right domain name for your small business?

Category: Operations Startup

In an earlier post, we explained what domain names are and why they matter for small businesses. But what if you’re aware of the importance of domain names, and ready to move forward with bringing your business online? In this post we’ll provide advice, tips and tricks for choosing the right domain name for your small business. While it’s a relatively inexpensive investment, it’s one that will pay great dividends over time.

Providing Clarity - Tax tips for Aboriginal entrepreneurs

Category: Aboriginal business Taxation

So you’re ready to start your business but you’ve received mixed messages about tax implications for Aboriginal entrepreneurs. Does it depend on whether you are status First Nations?  Is it about the business structure you choose or whether you operate on- or off-reserve?  Or all of the above?  Have no fear, you’re not alone!  There is no right or wrong choice but it is important to understand the impact of each option and which will work best for you before setting up shop.

5 Tax Tips for the Tax Season

Category: Taxation

Tax season is among us and this can be a bittersweet time for many small businesses like your own. Before we get to  reap the benefits of our tax returns, there is lots of paperwork to be done which can sometimes be a little confusing. Below are some questions and simple, quick tips to help you along the way.

When craft and culture meet

Category: Aboriginal business Success stories

Where does one go to purchase authentic Indigenous made art and crafts? Moonstone Creation is the place to visit! In the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood, Calgary, on the corner of 10th Avenue and 12th Street SW, sits a quaint bungalow with a trademark sky blue front door. Dreamcatchers and medicine wheels adorn the front windows, and upon stepping foot into the establishment, the distinct and notably Indigenous fragrance of tanned moose hide engulfs the senses.

What are domain names and why do they matter for small businesses?

Category: Operations Startup

Getting online is an important step for any new business. In this post we’ll explore the topic of domain names – what are they, and why are they important for small businesses?
What is a domain name?
Often referred to as a “web address” or a “URL”, a domain name is the digital place where your website lives. Domain names make it easy for your audience to find you online. Think of them as the street addresses of the Internet - a domain name is more descriptive and easy to read and remember than an IP address.

The truth about incorporating

Category: Legal issues

You've been running your own business for about a year, or maybe you're still in the researching stage and thinking about what business structure may work best for you. Whether you're leaning towards a sole proprietorship or a corporation, it's crucial to do your research and know what's involved in both. If you're considering incorporating, consider these key facts from a legal perspective, on the benefits and drawbacks before you move ahead.

Exploring Social Entrepreneurship- doing good in your hood

Category: Entrepreneurship

Defining Social Entrepreneurship
So, What is a Social Enterprise?” That is the number one question I get!
The quick answer is a social enterprise is a non-profit or for-profit organization that, through their business model, solves a problem & creates change that positively impacts people, profit and planet. 
What does that really mean?  Let's walk through a real example: 

Keep Calm and Knit On

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

When the opportunity to take over Stash presented itself a few years ago, Veronica immediately jumped on it. With her background in visual arts and the non-profit gallery and museum environment, she knew she had the skills to be an entrepreneur. She quickly recognized that Stash’s class-based model provided them with a real competitive advantage. The focus is on offering a large variety of intimate classes so that customers can advance and customize their skill sets, while at the same time purchase products to grow their crafting “stash”.

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