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3 Things Successful Companies Do To Get More Clients

Category: Marketing

When I open Facebook, my feed is filled with posts about the top ways to gain more business through webinars, email, and Facebook ads (among other pay-per-click advertising). The struggle is the average e-commerce site only converts 3%[1] of the traffic that comes in, which means we spend a lot of time and money on trying to get people interested in our business before a sale is even made.

How to be interesting (and why millennials aren't actually the worst)

Category: Marketing

As a millennial, I’m the supposed cause of a lot of problems. Just a few of the things I’ve been credited for killing in the past ten years are the Olympics, diamonds, bar soap, marriage, and of course, socializing.
Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are ruining our attention spans and ability to actually talk to other human beings, right?

Making big moves

Category: Entrepreneurship Success stories

When an idea sparked in Ismail’s mind a couple of years ago, he knew it was the right time to pursue it. As he came into his 30s and wasn’t getting much fulfillment from working as a General Sales Manager for a large corporation, he moved his life from Montreal to Edmonton and began his entrepreneurial path. His biggest motivator was never wanting to regret anything, to not look back when he gets older and think “I wish I had done that”.

When Financing Fails. A Reality Check

Category: Financing

Every bank and credit union has turned you down, you’ve gone through Canada Business Networks grant lists and there’s nothing you can use. You’ve worked your way through all the financing sources that we've sent and have still come up empty. Perhaps the only money that anyone is giving you is the change your grandma lets you keep when you buy her milk. It’s time to face facts, you’ve just discovered that no one is going to give you any money to start your business. Is that it? Well maybe it’s time to think about things a different way. 

Companion Care: Entrepreneurship for the people

Category: Entrepreneurship

To become an entrepreneur, you needn’t choose between people and profits. As tech entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki once said, “Great companies start because the founders want to change the world…not make a fast buck.” Caring people all over the world create businesses that are not only profitable, but also create lasting positive change for those in need.

Things to Think About Before You Seek Financing

Category: Financing

Money makes the world go round. Okay, maybe that isn’t entirely true. However, as someone who is trying to get their business off the ground or trying to take their business to the next level, money is your lifeblood. It’s likely that every company is going to need financial assistance when starting up but before you rush to just any bank, organization, or family member to hand over money, it’s important you think through some critical things first.

Born to lead

Category: Aboriginal business Startup Success stories

Since she was 3 years old, Jacquelyn Cardinal has been calling herself a computer nerd and an entrepreneur. For as long as she can remember, she’s been building websites, and breaking and fixing computers. In junior high and high school, she always found a way to make money. She remembers handing her father $1,500 to deposit into the bank for her when she was just 13 years old.

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.

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