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If you have been thinking about growing your business in the US, now could be your time!

With a strong US dollar, a new export development grant and a number of valuable matchmaking events and conferences coming up, 2016 could be your year to access new markets in the US.

Here are 3 ways you can grow your business this year:

1. Cover Your Export Development Expenses with the CanExport Grant

The Government of Canada has announced CanExport, a program that provides direct financial assistance to businesses wanting to export to new markets.

It can be daunting to stare at a lens since it can seem like an emotionless eyeball, unblinking, waiting for you. Perhaps it conjures an image that you fear - an ambivalent audience. After all, how can we perform without connection? I think this fear and the lack of connection is what can trip people up when doing video. As with everything else, we need to turn fear to love. The camera - and the waiting audience - loves you. The lens is your most patient ally; it will wait until you get it right.

Often many businesses leave the task of organizing their  paperwork for year-end. Businesses need to have proper paperwork to complete compliance reporting and filing.

Keeping your business documents in order is not a difficult task if you follow a process.

Here are a few tips to make this a little easier:

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If you’re like many creative types, you have a ton of ideas sprouting like seeds inside your head and new ones burst out on a daily basis.

One of the first steps to creating a business is to get those ideas out of your head and down on paper. Writing ideas down makes them more concrete and doable.

Don’t be afraid to do this! There’s a flip side – just because you wrote it down, doesn’t mean you can’t change it later.

Have you ever wanted to do something but missed out because you didn’t want to do it alone?

How about the time you waited for your friend before walking into that social gathering last month?

There are tiny things that we have all done at least once, however these tiny things add up to being completely dependent on other people.

Self-expression is the second composite scale that contributes to emotional intelligence. This composite scale is about how we show and express ourselves to others.

These competencies make up the self-expression area of the model:

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Given that websites play such a large marketing role for most small businesses, many entrepreneurs are intimidated by the task of maintaining their own websites.

In fact, the best thing you can do for your website is make it useful, up-to-date and easy to navigate. Ask yourself: What are my customers coming to my website for and can they find it?

Here are six steps you can take to ensure people enjoy visiting your site: