Blog Category: Business planning

Balancing work and play during the summer

Category: Business planning Entrepreneurship Operations Startup

During summer in Alberta, festivals, rodeos, farmers’ markets, and other events flourish throughout the province. Edmonton in the summer is known as festival city, and with good reason – there are over 55 festivals in the capital region during the summer! Calgary is home to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth: The Calgary Stampede.

Turning obstacles into opportunities

Category: Indigenous business Business planning Operations Success stories

We had the pleasure of introducing you to our client Massey Whiteknife, a successful Indigenous business owner, in the June 2016 blog post: “First Nation entrepreneur stays true to himself”. His tremendously successful company, ICEIS Safety, continues to grow while Massey also takes time to pursue other interests.

Top 7 characteristics of successful business ideas

Category: Business planning Entrepreneurship Startup

One of the most challenging considerations when developing a business idea is incorporating quality characteristics to make it successful. With so much clutter out there when searching for “successful business idea characteristics”, it was essential to create an improved list that echoes the thoughts of successful entrepreneurs.

Site selection secrets for commercial tenants

Category: Business planning Operations

When it comes to finding a home for your new (or even expanding) business, there is a great deal of truth in the adage of “location, location, location”. The commercial space chosen by a tenant can, in fact, be a deciding factor in the success or failure of the business.
Considering the importance of this issue, we have devoted an entire chapter to finding a space that is right for your business in our new book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES (Wiley, 2013). Consider the following additional factors before signing a lease.

.CA or .COM – which should Canadian businesses use?

Category: Business planning Marketing Startup

One question many Canadian entrepreneurs have when setting up their website is, “Should I register a .CA or a .COM domain name?”. Choosing the right domain name extension for your website says a lot about your business and sends important signals to both potential customers and search engines about your website.
Here's a quick breakdown of some key differences between .CA and .COM:
Why register a .CA domain name?

  1. You run a Canadian business selling to Canadian customers

Creating your business model

Category: Business planning Entrepreneurship Startup

Designing a business without a plan is a bit like navigating a new place without a map. It’s hard to know which road to follow and you’ll likely take a wrong turn or two. Luckily, there are tools to help you plot the pathway to business success. Introducing the Business Model Canvas – a creative compass that allows you to design, visualize, analyze, and describe your business.

Structure your business for success

Category: Business planning Legal issues

If you're one of the many entrepreneurs thinking about starting a business this summer, you're probably exploring what business structure may work best for you. Choosing a business structure is one of the first and most important decisions you will make as a business owner. It's important to know that the choice of your business structure will directly affect many aspects of your business including ownership obligations, financing, liability, taxation and succession. You may already be familiar with the three common business structure choices:

Should you write your own website content?

Category: Business planning Marketing Startup

3 ways to know it’s time to outsource your content
Pop quiz in my best Dr. Phil voice: how’s that website workin’ for ya?
If your first inclination right now is to cringe, you’re in the right place. So many small business owners don’t feel accurately represented by what’s written on their website, and no wonder—the content is often thrown together in between meetings and core work, and it’s an afterthought in the grand scheme of a working day.

How to get the most out of crowdfunding

Category: Business planning Financing Marketing Startup

Crowdfunding is a rapidly growing movement that uses an online portal for entrepreneurs to attract money, insights, and marketing for their business from a local or global crowd. According to Forbes, the crowdfunding industry is on track to account for more funding than venture capital this year. Check out these tips on how crowdfunding can work for you:

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