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The Canada Revenue Agency is urging more Canadians to file their taxes online this year, sending postcards to new tax filers showing them the benefits of paperless filing.
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Posted: April 16, 2014
by Jared Lindzon

Last minute tax tips for your small...

Spring is every small business owner’s least favorite time of year. Sure the sun is finally shining after a brutal... More
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Posted: April 14, 2014
by David Hogan

Should your small business accept B...

Of all the virtual currencies on the market, Bitcoin has received the most buzz and the most controversy.   Praised... More
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Posted: February 26, 2014
by Vikram Barhat

How to pitch CBC’s Dragons...

There is no better window to the entrepreneurial heart of the nation than Dragons’ Den.   Every year the quest... More
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Posted: February 13, 2014
by Jacob Serebrin

Federal budget part 2: small busine...

Small business groups say they’re generally pleased with Tuesday’s federal budget, but questions still remain about its long-term impact.  ... More
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Posted: February 12, 2014
by Jacob Serebrin

Federal budget only means small cha...

There wasn't much drama expected in this year’s federal budget.   And for small businesses, the budget Finance Minister Jim... More
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Posted: February 10, 2014
by Rosemary Westwood

Business owners with U.S. citizensh...

A new agreement between Canada and the U.S. will aim to help the American government track down tax cheats.  ... More
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Posted: February 5, 2014
by Michelle Dickinson

The secret savings weapon: It’...

Now that RRSP season is fast approaching, entrepreneurs who run their own business should look at all the options out... More
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Posted: February 3, 2014
by Vikram Barhat

Small businesses eagerly await crow...

For cash-strapped small businesses, a new funding option in the works could mean a substantial and dramatic improvement for their... More
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Posted: January 24, 2014
by Jacob Serebrin

Loonie’s decline not the doom...

Catherine Choi says her business partner checks the value of the Canadian dollar every day.   Choi and her husband... More
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Posted: January 6, 2014
by Simon McCaffrey

New Year, new website? This is what...

It's 2014, and by now, most businesses have websites (and those that don’t, should). But just having a site isn’t... More
Giant Container Services has revamped an shipping container into a greenhouse, which they will donate to a local community centre in time for the holidays.
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Posted: December 23, 2013
by Jared Lindzon

#SBCGives: Thinking outside the con...

What’s the difference between a shipping container and a greenhouse? Nothing, according to Daniel Kroft, CEO of Giant Container... More
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Posted: December 19, 2013
by Jared Lindzon

Cash flow: Weathering the seasonal downturn

While businesses in the retail sector receive their annual holiday boost, the additional costs that come with the festive season... More
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Posted: December 18, 2013
by Jared Lindzon

Cash flow: Managing the holiday inf...

Each year a few days in December could mean the difference between a good year and a bad year for... More
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Posted: December 16, 2013
by Jared Lindzon

The end of home mail delivery: is i...

After Canada Post announced sweeping changes last week, including a stamp price hike and plans to move to community mailboxes,... More
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Posted: December 6, 2013
by Mitch Silverstein

The hidden tax in crowdfunding campaigns

Crowdfunding has become a popular way for entrepreneurs to fast-track an idea into a startup business, a fact that Canadian... More
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Posted: November 29, 2013
by Steven H. Goldman

So you want to buy a franchise? Rea...

Some are household names, like Subway and Tim Hortons, with so many locations across the country they can make... More
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Posted: November 27, 2013
by Andrew Seale

MusicOntario wants Canadian musicia...

Forget selling out, it’s time to buy in to the concept of treating your band like a business.  ... More
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Posted: October 24, 2013
by Rosemary Westwood

Q&A: Frank O’Dea on what...

Frank O’Dea was 23 when he took his last sip of alcohol. The rough streets of Toronto’s bowery district where... More
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Posted: October 14, 2013
by Jared Lindzon

Canadian Entrepreneurs are too frie...

Canadians are known for being polite, non-confrontational, and friendly. While these attributes have helped us maintain... More
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Posted: October 11, 2013
by Michael Murphy

How-to: Developing a small business...

Canada experienced some unusual weather last summer. First there was the June flooding in Calgary, then the... More
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Posted: October 9, 2013
by Ryan Starr

4 brilliant tips to manage rapid sm...

For small businesses, growth can be unpredictable. And rapid expansion can prove perilous to the long-term viability of an... More
Paul Chato
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Posted: October 7, 2013
by Paul Chato

Paul Chato: Entrepreneurs! Seek act...

Reading some recent posts have made me think that perhaps small business owners don’t have a problem finding inspiration... More
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Posted: September 16, 2013
by Kyle Mullin

Restauranting in Bejing, China: Can...

Trevor Metz hoped to grind out a better living in Beijing. Instead, he was put through the ringer himself... More
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Posted: September 11, 2013
by Barb Gormley

Sales and Marketing: Selling unusua...

TV glasses. The flask tie. A fishtank cleaning service. A guys-only spa. When it comes to innovative products and... More
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Posted: August 26, 2013
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Canadian entrepreneur uses E-Kong telecom to bring Burma into the 21st century

As today's telecom juggernauts take aim at one another and gun it out--with legions of honed smart phones, armies... More
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Posted: August 9, 2013
by Max Mertens

Captain America, Spiderman, Winnie ...

Sheridan Doose thought it might be time to to start his own small business -- getting fired from his... More
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Posted: August 7, 2013
by Jared Lindzon

Opening your small business’ ...

Small business owners have much to consider when searching for a location to open up shop.   From legal issues... More
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Posted: July 15, 2013
by Paul Chato

Paul Chato: 6 cash-saving tips for ...

We are all inherently lazy.   Let me back up a second. I’m not saying we don't work... More
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Posted: July 12, 2013
by Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor – Networking thro...

Do you “network with intent?”   In August 2010, Brian Gordon reported in the... More
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Posted: July 10, 2013
by Roger Pierce

Word-of-mouth advertising and refer...

Small businesses often come with small advertising budgets. In order to attract new customers, they need to find alternative,... More
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Posted: June 24, 2013
by Robert King

Canadian Small Business job creation rises, entrepreneurs need more resources – Intu...

Small business owners are by definition a lot of things. They are risk takers, inventors, community builders – but... More
Paul Chato
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Posted: June 17, 2013
by Paul Chato

CASL: Canadian Anti Spam Legislatio...

If you’re a small business owner in Canada that sends emails to your customers, you'd better get ready for... More
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Posted: June 14, 2013
by Lisa Taylor

Challenge Factory Cool Careers: San...

Challenge Factory’s “Cool Careers”  interview series looks behind the scenes at uncommon, yet cool, careers. This interview is with... More
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Posted: June 12, 2013
by Jared Lindzon

Management and marketing strategy t...

Many small business owners in Canada have the impression that doing business with the local, provincial, or federal government... More
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Posted: May 20, 2013
by Sacha Chua

Sacha Chua Sketchnotes – Mana...

It can be difficult to get work done in an environment filled with interruptions. Cool Time: A Hands-on Plan for Managing... More
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Posted: May 17, 2013
by Johan Johannesson

The Honest CEO: Johan Johannesson i...

How is the beer industry doing?   The beer industry has been flat to declining for several... More
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Posted: May 15, 2013
by Jared Lindzon

Keeping Staff trained: Tips from To...

Between rapidly evolving technology and government regulations rewritten at a moment’s notice, some industries have to accept constant change... More
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Posted: April 22, 2013
by Sacha Chua

Behind Sketchnotes: Sacha Chua on K...

Eva-Lotta Lamm and a great panel of sketchnote artists are running a challenge to sketch a particular talk. I managed... More
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Posted: April 19, 2013
by Marc Gordon

Marc Gordon: High 5 for small busin...

It's been said that every person you meet can be a potential client. The problem is that many business people... More
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Posted: April 17, 2013
by Andrew Seale

Selling Expensive Services: Marketi...

When Alison Slight and Candice Chan launched their Toronto luxury event management service in the midst of the recession, few... More
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Posted: March 25, 2013
by Sacha Chua

Startups and small business — Ash Maurya’s “Running Lean”: Sacha Chua ...

If you’re starting a technology business – or other kinds of businesses – you’ll find many tips in Ash Maurya’s... More
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Posted: March 22, 2013
by Chris Strongarm

Succeeding in online business Part ...

In my previous post I mentioned an insider secret about some of the greatest million-dollar online products and services —... More
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Posted: March 20, 2013
by Ryan

Canadian Small Businesses can comba...

It’s a simple reality.   If you develop an innovative product or service, it's likely a competitor will knock it... More
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Posted: February 25, 2013
by Tom Henheffer

Q&A: Canadian Bullion Services...

Gold is, at the moment, big.   Trading at nearly $1,600 an ounce (up from only $250 in 2001), the... More
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Posted: February 22, 2013
by Eleanor Healy

Eleanor Healy: Identify, fulfill your personal, business goals with simple exercise

As  2013 drags on, humdrum routines take over once again.  Our fresh enthusiasm for the possibilities of the coming year... More
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Posted: February 21, 2013
by Jaime Christian

Diversity marketing as strategy: Ja...

Two weeks ago, we discussed the lucrative Chinese-Canadian market.  With over 1.35 million Chinese living in Canada, it is one... More
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Posted: February 20, 2013
by Roger Pierce

Scalability – Financing, Visi...

Growing your business is one thing, but building it to scale is another.   Scaling a business is all about... More
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Posted: January 28, 2013
by MaRS Discovery District

MaRSDD Competitive strategies: Marketplace value disciplines for small business

To succeed in the marketplace, companies must embrace a competitive strategy. A framework for designing this type... More
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Posted: January 24, 2013
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New Brunswick’s greatest Vent...

Gerry Pond is the former CEO of NBTel, chairman of Saint John-based IT provider Mariner Partners and former chairman of... More
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Posted: January 23, 2013
by Roger Pierce

4 must-know tips for expanding your...

It’s the stage where most entrepreneurs get stuck: there’s work coming in, but not enough to ramp up a better... More
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Posted: December 24, 2012
by Sacha Chua

Sacha Chua Sketchnotes: Seven Steps To Social Media Success

Read more from Sacha Chua at sachachua.com... More
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Posted: December 21, 2012
by Tibor Shanto

Establishing a process for sales success

Small business owners and entrepreneurs have an interesting relationship with sales and selling. They can tell you why things are... More
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Posted: December 19, 2012
by Josh O'Kane

How-To: Fostering partnerships and ...

Fostering partnerships in the entertainment industry is difficult, especially when you’re a new player. Without preexisting... More
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Posted: November 26, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

Market Strategy Workbook 3: Strategic Marketing Approach

This workbook is part three of a three-part series covering market strategy. It is designed specifically for entrepreneurs in the... More
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Posted: November 23, 2012
by Marc Gordon

High 5 for small business: Using QR Codes

QR (Quick Response) codes are those square images filled with what appear to be a random scattering of dots. When... More
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Posted: November 21, 2012
by Daniel Viola

How-to: Running a mail-order busine...

In the not-so-distant past, it was common to find your mailbox stuffed with catalogues from national department stores and small... More
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Posted: November 7, 2012
by Andrew Seale

How-To: Growing your small business past the startup phase

For small businesses, making it through the start up phase, or the “Valley of Death,” as many entrepreneurs call... More
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Posted: October 29, 2012
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How-to – Finding the right price for your product

  Once your start-up is ready to commercialize its product, you must determine how much to charge customers to purchase... More
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Posted: October 26, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

How-to – Market segmentation and finding your target customer

  Many start-up companies have technologies that are of interest to many different market segments. Given a start-up’s limited resources,... More
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Posted: October 24, 2012
by Steve Kupferman

How-to: Attract your app’s ni...

Taking on the likes of Google, Amazon, and Apple is a fool’s gambit — unless you’re smart about it.... More
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Posted: October 1, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

Revenue models: Overview

Determining your revenue model and deciding how to price your product are a critical part of commercializing new products... More
Chris Hardwick is a proud nerd, and a pretty functional entrepreneur — whether he admits it or not.
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Posted: September 27, 2012
by Tom Henheffer

The business of comedy: Q&A wi...

Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) is a standup comedian, tv host (on AMC's The Talking Dead and formerly on G4’s... More
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Posted: September 26, 2012
by Max Mertons

Turning a niche into cash: “g...

Focusing on one product, especially a product for which there's only a small customer base, isn't easy. But  it can... More
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Posted: September 3, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

Growth or expansion stage of company development

STAGE 3: Growth or expansion stage By this point, you’re on your way to building a successful business. You have... More
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Posted: August 31, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

Later stages of company development

STAGE 4: Later stages Some VCs or other investors focus on later-stage investing—providing the financing to grow beyond critical mass... More
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Posted: August 29, 2012
by Andrew Seale

Can’t Outspend: Taking on big...

For small businesses entering markets monopolized by the big guys, finding the financial backing to compete makes for a daunting... More
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Posted: July 30, 2012
by Steve Kupferman

Samco saves business with a pivot f...

Sometimes, the business you get into isn’t the business you end up in. Just ask Samco, a Toronto-based machinery house... More
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Posted: July 6, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

Bootstrapping

“The odds of raising venture capital are equal to the odds of getting struck by lightning while standing on the... More
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Posted: July 5, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

What financing approach is right for your business?

If you have a great technology idea, you will need financial resources to develop it. An inventor or entrepreneur should... More
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Posted: June 28, 2012
by RBC Royal Bank

Understanding and managing short- a...

Borrowing can help entrepreneurs expand their businesses, but it also carries risk. This article examines debt as a management tool... More
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Posted: June 28, 2012
by Kate Robertson

Maintaining Cash Flow

Most entrepreneurs would agree: running a small business isn't a full-time job, it's an around-the-clock, all-of-the-time job. “I work 12... More
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Posted: June 28, 2012
by Scaachi Koul

Monetizing the web: Toronto’s...

With Facebook’s IPO, Pinterest’s billion-dollar valuation, and Twitter’s stranglehold on brief online communiqués, it seems easier than ever to make... More
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Posted: June 11, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

Winning Investor Presentations

Once you have finalized your business plan, you will have most of the material required to prepare a presentation slide... More
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Posted: June 8, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

Identifying and Engaging Potential Investors

You will need these investor communication tools to raise money and meet with potential investors: The elevator pitch The... More
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Posted: June 7, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

Business Plans and Executive Summaries

Pulling the background information and strategy together to create a coherent business plan can be very time-consuming, especially if you... More
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Posted: June 6, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

Developing a Financing Strategy

New unproven ventures are risky and spend more cash than they generate. For that reason alone a new venture will... More
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Posted: June 5, 2012
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The woes and whoas! of cash flow

Cash flow is the pulse of business. It lets owners know how markets respond to products and services, what... More
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Posted: June 5, 2012
by MaRS Discovery District

Sample funding documents for Ontario entrepreneurs

Angels and micro-venture capital firms play an increasingly important role in the funding landscape for many early-stage technology entrepreneurs, particularly... More
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Posted: May 27, 2012
by Nathalie-Roze Fischer

An uncommon clothing success

The wobbly economy hasn't been kind to independent retailers over the last few years--many struggle, others have been snuffed... More
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Posted: May 27, 2012
by Michelle Kay

Downtown Kids Academy: Teaching tot...

Nordic minimalism, it´s what sets the Downtown Kids Academy apart. That´s the aesthetic sisters-in-law Libby and Tracy Lund-Pedersen... More