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On August 21, we hosted the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, for a roundtable to discuss federal programs and services that women business owners can use to access new markets and explore export opportunities. The conversation was a great reminder of the many ways that women business owners can get support to […]

For small business owners, there are always so many overhead costs that the advertising budget ends up getting the least amount of attention. But it is important to realize that building up brand awareness through advertising is an ongoing process. It does not have to be costly such as buying spots in newspapers or on […]

Since becoming a female entrepreneur at 60, I have discovered how good blogging is for my confidence and self-esteem. As overwhelming as social media can be, there are a lot of healthy ways to use social media to promote your business and boost your self-esteem. Using social media to your advantage When you feel like […]

Most often we tend to put our own health and well-being last as we try to help and please the people around us. In theory this might sound wonderful but in practice it simply doesn’t work. Caring for ourselves translates to caring for others, which translates to powerful inspiration and happiness. Start today and put […]

Business disputes are inevitable when running a business. Common types of disputes relate to breaches of contract, partnership or shareholders’ issues, disagreements with other businesses, customer complaints, employment claims, etc. To mitigate the risk of disputes, preventative steps a small business owner can take include: maintaining good records, ensuring important matters are in writing, following […]

Trouble finding and retaining great talent? You’re not alone. Businesses across Canada struggle to retain top people. Some say it’s too expensive to train, it’s easier to hire… but the reality is, it’s tough to find the right fit and then keep good people happy. Here are 10 talent tips for small businesses. Talent tips […]

Becoming a Thought Leader is a process that takes time and effort. Thought leaders do things that will set them apart from the crowd. In addition to being an expert in their field, thought leaders share information with the world through blogs, articles, posts, public speaking, and other platforms that can spread their message. It’s […]

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Earmarking funding for women business owners can be a strong strategy to ensure women entrepreneurs can access the financing they need to start or grow their business. To achieve targets, lenders will need to employ strategies to connect with, track and deliver solutions to women business owners – and there’s a long way to go. […]

Do you get up a few minutes early in the morning to brew your own coffee, or sleep a little later and then whip through a drive-thru for your morning pick-me-up? The next time you go through a drive thru for that cup o’ joe, picture your financial strategy shouting and waving its metaphorical arms […]

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Sole proprietorships, general partnerships and corporations aren’t your only options when you’re considering the right structure for your business. If you’re exploring social entrepreneurship, you may have heard of Co-operatives, Community Contribution Companies (C3 or CCC), Not-for-Profit Societies and Charities, but how do they differ and which one is right for you? Read more to […]

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