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Households and small businesses in Ontario pay time-of-use prices for electricity that change according to the TIME OF DAY and DAY OF THE WEEK. The peak periods also change by SEASON. What this means though, is that households have to pay attention to the on-peak and off-peakRead More
Let’s start off by admitting that as much as we love what we do, as small business owners, we do this to make money. Let’s also admit that we have clients who have not really grasped this concept and who Just. Don’t. Pay. Us. On-time- or at all. How do you deal with it? As always, prevention is better than cure. Here are my top threeRead More
Okay, we’re halfway through 2017. It’s time to get real because there are goals that you set for yourself at the start of the year and now’s a good time to check on the progress you’ve made. I know that there were probably some rough patches and things you wish you had done better. The question is, what are you going to do differently in theRead More
Where is the Real Threat?
In the internet world festooned with apps we know it’s important to use strong passwords to secure our own email, social media accounts, and electronic devices. On the corporate side, another important consideration is the role that humans play in cyber threats. People with access to big data, personal information, intellectual property (IP), and critical infrastructure (e.g., power supplies, water treatment, hospitals, railways)Read More
Your company or product launch was a month ago, and you managed to connect with a few media outlets to get coverage. Now what? It is a challenge most business owners face consistently when it comes to generating buzz about their brand. While you may not notice the lull in buzz generated for a couple of months because you are on a high from your successfulRead More
I’ve written similarly on this topic before, for other media, in a lighthearted kind of way. However, now more than ever, I believe the message bears repeating. What’s the topic? What does “SOS” really stand for? In my world – it stands for “Shiny Object Syndrome” and I have it bad – particularly at this time of year. In the summertime, more than any otherRead More
Americanization is a term that has been around for many years and had different connotations at different periods of time. First used as a word associated with the integration and assimilation of immigrants to the United States by adopting American beliefs and values, Americanization now refers to the making something be it a person, a business or a culture “American” in character. Though we don’tRead More
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C.S.B.W. HOSTS EXCITING SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR
THEME: Taking the Leap: Strategies to Entrepreneurial Success
Canadian Small Business Women, is proud to host our 9th Small Business Seminar. This time around, we will be in coming back to home to Mississauga. The Taking the Leap edition offers hands-on business building workshops delivered by industry experts withRead More
Delving into the fundamentals of confidentiality would not be complete without getting into why it matters to take steps to protect confidential information in the first place. There is no better way to illustrate the “why” than by considering the kind of confidential information that businesses rely on to gain an edge or economic advantage in the marketplace, a.k.a, trade secrets. Trade secrets represent defined subsetsRead More
- How can I raise capital?
The textbook answer that a corporate finance student will give you is that you should have both equity and debt financing. Arlene Dickinson, who has built an empire from her sheer will, says equity is the most expensive form of financing there is as you’re giving up a part of your business. Whichever option you pick, it isRead More
The first five months of 2017 flew by. I was waist (or was it neck?) deep in an event I was planning. If you’ve ever been totally immersed in a project, you know that sleep, rest and relaxation are rare luxuries if not very distant memories. The thing that we sometimes forget is that we can only do this for so long. The body is goingRead More
Imagine you’re in your office waiting for the last job applicant to walk in.
You are discouraged after a long day of interviews with potential employees that lacked the necessary experience. Then, in walks your final candidate. She has a pierced eyebrowRead More
For most, summer is a time where you cut out of work early, take Fridays off, and just generally slow down. For business owners, summer is a time to find the perfect work-life balance so you can still hustle your way to success while getting a taste of what everyone else is enjoying about summer. The reality is you can’t really take a break fromRead More
Operating your own small business is a daily challenge. Writing about it, for some people, is even more so. My advice to small business owners who are looking to start their own blog is to star in their own blog. That statement however, comes with a couple of caveats: Don’t do it to often and don’t get too personal when you do. If youRead More
It’s finally summer! And for those of us in Canada that means the short but sweet period of warm weather we wait for all year long. It’s great to get out and enjoy the summer weather but as entrepreneurs we still need to work and grow our businesses. Working however doesn’t always have to be a chore as you can work some fun inRead More