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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.

Thirsting to start a microbrewery?

Category: Entrepreneurship Operations Startup

If you’re a beer lover, you’ve probably noticed the beer fridge at your local liquor store becoming increasingly crowded. Big name brands now compete for shelf space with up-and-coming craft beers – including a growing number of local brews. Data from the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) shows that the number of breweries and brew pubs in Alberta doubled in size – from 19 to 40 – between the start of 2014 and the first half of 2016.

.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

Serving the needs of First Nations communities

Category: Aboriginal business Startup Success stories

Going back to 1970, Virginia Bruneau recalls her father having a passion for his people. Being on the school committee and a counselor for Cold Lake First Nation, he and some colleagues went on a strike to get a new school for the community. The movement gained momentum, and three other reserves followed suit, giving recognition to Virginia’s father. In the end, all four reserves were approved for brand new schools.

How to register a domain name for your Canadian business

Category: Marketing

Registering a domain name for your website is a big step towards getting your business online. While you might expect this to be a difficult process, it's actually quite simple, quick, and inexpensive. In this post, we’ll show you how simple registering a domain name is and give you some tips on choosing a registrar and starting your website.

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. 

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