Innovation is a lot like life, with all its ups and downs

Despite government hyperbole, small businesses know that innovation is difficult, costly and sometimes reveals unfortunate truths

Innovation is a lot like life, with all its ups and downsA handy term that invokes sweet dreams of big scores for small businesses everywhere is ‘innovation.’ Government officials, burdened with the otherwise boring work of economic development, are obsessed with it. Its mere mention, they think, virtually guarantees a contact high. Hey folks, their websites screech, roll up and read all about our “Superclusters Initiative,”…

Why brand awareness is a key part of complex marketing

Lisa Shepherd of The Mezzanine Group talks about the shifting awareness of the need for broader marketing tactics

Why brand awareness is a key part of complex marketingLisa Shepherd is founder of The Mezzanine Group. How are mid-market companies changing their view on the role of marketing and its impact on business? Shepherd: Companies are changing their views on exclusively focusing on lead generation as the sole outcome for all marketing activities. Historically, companies primarily saw the marketing function as distributing promotional…

Canadian business owners feel depressed at least once a week: study

500 entrepreneurs surveyed

Canadian business owners feel depressed at least once a week: studyBeing a business owner isn’t easy at the best of times but it’s especially difficult these days. That’s evident in a new study released on Tuesday by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), supported by BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada). The study, Going it Alone: The mental health and well-being of Canada’s entrepreneurs, found that…

Three things business leaders could learn from Donald Trump

Take some time off for pleasure, don't hesitate when you need to fire someone and above all, play to win

Three things business leaders could learn from Donald TrumpFew politicians in recent history have polarized people the way Donald Trump has. Chances are you either love him or hate him. But whatever you think of him, there’s probably something you could learn from the American president. So what’s Trump doing that most business leaders could learn from? Let’s start with the obvious and…

How to put your inner workaholic to rest

National Workaholics Day is no reason for celebration. By working smarter, you could work less – and have more time for family, friends and fun.

How to put your inner workaholic to restJuly 5 is National Workaholics Day. But is this something we should really be celebrating? According to Forbes, the average Frenchman works 18 hours a week; the average Italian about 16.5 and the British work 21.5. But in North America, our idea of full employment is a standard 40-hour week. And in some locales, that…

Ken LeBlanc is on a mission to create clarity around real estate

The CEO of PropertyGuys.com talks about why the status quo no longer serves consumers and what his company is doing about it

Ken LeBlanc is on a mission to create clarity around real estateKen LeBlanc is CEO and founder of PropertyGuys.com. Tell me about PropertyGuys.com. What it is and what it does? LeBlanc: At PropertyGuys.com, we put the customer back in the driver’s seat so they can take control of their real estate experience. Our private sale approach allows sellers to remain securely at the centre of their…

Doing little things right in business leads to something bigger

Sometimes leaders get so caught up in the struggles of their enterprises that they don’t realize the impact they’re having

Doing little things right in business leads to something biggerWe were going 64 km/h in a 50 zone on our way to bury Larry when we got pulled over. When the police officer asked the reason why we were going so fast, we told him we were on our way to Larry’s funeral. As he marched back to his car with my wife’s licence…

CFIB puts federal election issues on the table

‘Governments haven't always done a great job of understanding the reality of running a small business’

CFIB puts federal election issues on the tableThe Canadian Federation of Independent Business released its Federal Small Business Platform on Wednesday, outlining issues that matter to the group as the nation heads to a federal election in October. “Small businesses employ more than half of Canada's private sector workers and account for 52 per cent of the business-sector GDP,” said CFIB president…

What sports, e-sports and entertainment fans are looking for

Trevor Doerksen of ePlay Digital is opening doors around the world for interactive gaming

What sports, e-sports and entertainment fans are looking forTrevor Doerksen is CEO of ePlay Digital. What is ePlay Digital and what does it do? Doerksen: ePlay is one of Calgary’s growing number of game publishers. We have created a celebrity-filled, Pokemon Go style game platform for sports, e-sports, and entertainment. We will soon launch the first location-based title from the augmented reality mobile…

Last call for nominees for Women of Inspiration Awards

‘We know that raising the profiles of role models is critical. When you elevate one woman, you elevate all women’

Last call for nominees for Women of Inspiration AwardsThe Women of Inspiration Awards will recognize for the fifth year Canadian role models and heroes who make an impact in the community and the world. The event is being put on by the Canadian Business Chicks. Nominations are open in 23 categories of business and life until midnight June 15. “Recognizing the female role…
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