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The Benefits of Trade Shows and Festivals

It’s convention season, and several small businesses are showcasing their products and services at trade shows and festivals. Although many exhibitions take place in the spring and

How to Connect with People

A lot of people would attribute the opportunities they’ve received to who they know. Who you know matters both in business and in life. Whether

Should you Invest in Gold?

Inflation can take a heavy toll on the economy; when prices of goods and commodities rise sharply, it affects the purchasing power. The erosion of

The Value of a Mentor

There are many areas of life today where having someone to aspire to or seek advice from is both necessary and important. Particularly in business,

The Rise of Remote Work

Zoom. Microsoft Teams. Google Meet. Webex. You’ve likely used at least one video conferencing system this month.  But can you remember how often you used

Explore Top Innovation Trends of 2024

As we step into the year 2024, the landscape of innovation sets to witness remarkable advancements and transformative trends that will shape industries, economies, and

Riding out Economic Turmoil

The economy is impacted by several factors and there’s little that a business can do to prevent a downturn. The best strategy for owners is

Meghan McPeak: Blazing Her Path

Meghan McPeak’s passion for basketball and broadcasting started at a young age. It continued during her time at Humber College in Canada, where she studied

Case Studies of Exemplary Leaders

Discover the inspiring stories of exemplary leaders who have significantly impacted through their visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to driving change. These remarkable individuals have

The Movement Toward Plant-Based Foods

In the movement towards more plant-based foods, we are seeing gradual — but obvious — changes in agriculture. This centuries-old industry has become increasingly more

Time to Go Public?

To go or not to go – that’s the question many private companies ask themselves as they consider the next step in their evolution: going

The Art of Leading from Behind

The idea of leading from behind originates from Linda Hill from the Harvard Business School after reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, A Long Walk to Freedom.

Strategic Marketing in an Economic Downturn

Economic downturns are inevitable. Whether caused by global financial crises, geopolitical tensions, or unforeseen events like pandemics, these downturns can send shockwaves through industries, leading

12 Growth Hacks for Start-Ups

Growth hacking is the different methods companies use to grow their business. It’s usually used by companies without much startup capital or resources to grow

Canada’s Carbon Pricing Policy

Pricing carbon pollution is recognized as one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, according to Environment and

Benefits of Global Competition

Call it patriotism or convenience but Canadians prefer to buy Canadian. Many of us buy our shampoo at Shoppers Drug Mart, shop for groceries at

Government Grants You Should Know About

Governmental emergency relief programs were a regular feature during the pandemic. While the pandemic is mostly over, many small businesses are still struggling. Entrepreneurs across

Timbaland: Grammy-Winning Music Producer

Timbaland is without equal in his influence, groundbreaking sound inventions, and partnerships with scores of upper-tier modern musicians. Over the past two decades, the 47-year-old

Federal Impact on International Trade

In statements on successive days, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, as well as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, expressed their concerns

The Evolution of AI

Like previous revolutions, artificial intelligence is poised to disrupt how we work and live, and fundamentally, change our relationship with technology. Famous for using a

The Political Aspects of Climate Change

Climate change is a controversial topic, particularly in the realm of politics. The connotations of action and advocacy differ when discussed in political, scientific, and

Supporting LGBTQ Businesses

In recent years, there has been significant progress in recognizing and accepting the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community, but there is still

How to Become an Intelligent Investor

While prudence will drive the beginner investor to follow market trends and stay conventional, time, experience, and the desire to earn higher returns should soon

Best Practices to Avert Layoffs

Companies may lay off employees for various reasons, such as budget cuts, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, changes in business strategy, and economic downturns. However, as

7 Recession-Proof Industries

Our economy is constantly being influenced by numerous factors. Although these variables are continually changing, one of the biggest impacts in recent years has been

10 Most Innovative Companies of 2022

Innovative companies are game changers; they are constantly pushing the limits by trying bright ideas and offering new products and services. They also change the

How to Move Your Business to the U.S.

Growing a company beyond Canada’s borders is a goal for many business owners and entrepreneurs. Whether you’re considering expanding your operations into new markets or

How to Grow Your Online Business

Anyone with spare time and internet access can start an online business. A successful online business, however, takes perseverance and care. Whatever your product or

Tax Saving Strategies for Businesses

Business enterprises form the backbone of the Canadian economy. However, they often need help controlling cash flow and managing expenses and revenue, which affects their

How to Be a Leader, Not a Boss

As a leader, you want to inspire your employees, customers, and the world with your vision. Managing people and situations and making decisions effectively can

The Reality of Rolling Layoffs

With the pandemic almost over, employees still face the harsh reality of rolling layoffs. Recently, some of the biggest tech companies in Silicon Valley announced radical layoffs.

Zeze Peters, CEO of Beam.City DNA

The Human Factor in Artificial Intelligence The debate about whether advertising is an art or a science has long been a part of the industry’s

The Story of Wattpad

If you enjoy immersing yourself in a good story or have aspired to become a fiction writer, then you need to know about Wattpad —

Black-Owned Start-Ups to Support

The Black Lives Matter protests shed much-needed light on the problems of systemic racism.  In Canada and the U.S., several businesses released apologies, and the

16 Inspirational Quotes by Black Leaders

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we

Six Best Financial Podcasts

On his podcast The Dana Gould Hour, the comedian noted that the word “podcast” has outlasted the technology for which it was named. iPods went

Jessica Miao, Co-Founder, Apricotton

Photo caption: Jessica Miao (left) and Chloe Beaudoin (right). Courtesy of Apricotton. Hailing from Western University’s prestigious Ivey Business School, fresh grads Jessica Miao and

Ronnie Hew, Financial Analyst

Ronnie Hew has 10 years of experience in technical and visual analysis of volatile financial markets with risk management techniques. He was educated in statistical

Funeral for a Job

It’s another morning at work… through the elevator door that needs oil, past that slow-moving infernal clock, the faint smell of bitter coffee and carpet

9 Best Start-Up Accelerators Of 2022

Many up-and-coming start-ups can benefit from participating in accelerator programs, through mentorship, industry insights, and, in many cases, financial support. Accelerators are offered in several

Jane J. Wang: CEO of Optimity

Photo courtesy of Jane J. Wang. Serial entrepreneur, university professor, and cancer research fundraiser, Jane J. Wang is the founder and CEO of Optimity, the

Nicola Harris, Co-Founder of Ubuntu

Nicola Harris is the co-executive director of the Afro Caribbean Business Network (ACBN), a community organizer, and the co-founder of The Centre for Strategic Impact.

Black History Month: Carrie Best

Photo courtesy of Berma Marshall. Rosa Parks wasn’t the first Black woman in American history to refuse leaving her seat for a white passenger. The

B Corps and Social Good

Profit is no longer the sole driving force for many corporations. Over the last twenty years, B Corporations — or simply, “B Corps” — have

The Rise of Gen Z Angel Investors

There has been a recent rise in Gen Z angel investors, undoubtedly thanks to the internet, the proliferation of information, and the push towards transparency

Top 5 Business Mogul Traits

If you’ve ever wondered what the key to success is, you’re not alone. Many of us have admired successful people and yearned to know what

Ten Recession-Proof Industries

Our economy is constantly being influenced by numerous factors. Although these variables are continually changing, one of the biggest impacts this year has been the

How To Create a Cohesive Brand Image

The different elements of your brand should support each other to send a cohesive message. Here’s how you can show your customers what your brand really means.

How To Improve PR After a Recall

After just one recall, a company’s entire reputation might be called into question. For companies in this predicament, here is how to improve PR after a recall.

NFTs and Blockchain

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) made big headlines in early 2021 when Christie’s auction house sold the collage of the first 5,000 works of the digital artist

How to Launch a New Product Line

Your business thrives when innovation meets the market. You continuously work to improve your internal operations and develop new products. Here is a quick guide

Dress For Success

Why it is important to look the part and how it could be a deal breaker in a business deal. I recently read an article,

Susan Sly Has It All!

Author, speaker, entrepreneur, mother-of-five and fitness enthusiast; Susan believes that we can truly have it all. You have been an entrepreneur since you were 11

How to Be Your Own Boss

Do you want to work for yourself? Demonstrate your own abilities, set your own work hours, have people to work for your company? Then you

8 Ways to Supercharge Your Market

Your market may not know just how much it needs your business. Supercharging your market makes it hyper-aware of your business, its core products, its

Bon Tran: Be. Do. Have.

Bon Tran is a life coach and fitness trainer specializing in helping people achieve their weight-loss goals, make healthy transformations to their lifestyles, and achieve

How to Attain Financial Freedom

It may seem impossible, but being debt-free is an achievable goal, provided you spend intelligently, up your financial IQ, and prepare for unforeseen events. Here

Beyond CERB

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the federal government has had to act to financially support Canadians. More than five million people

How to Deal with Difficult People

It’s one thing to have to put up with your overbearing grandmother during the holidays, but there are other people that you’re forced to deal

Tips for Writing a Winning Proposal

You have decided to take the plunge and become a small business owner/ entrepreneur. Congratulations. You are joining the 1.14 million small business owners in

Valuable Tech Shortcuts

The advent of technology has increasingly allowed businesses and entrepreneurs to mitigate and even eliminate many barriers that exist when running a company. But how

Are Luxury Brands on The Decline?

Profits for luxury brands appear poised to continue to rise over next decade, including at brick-and-mortar stores. Growth in New Markets You might have heard

10 Simple Ways to Work Smarter

In today’s working world, the importance of productivity and a good work ethic is preached and praised. Working smarter helps you become a more competent,

Huda Idrees: Medical Tech Visionary

As a 12-year-old, Huda Idrees was already building websites for clients. Idrees, who learned computer-programming and web design in Saudi Arabia, is also an Industrial

Why Invest in Real Assets

Real assets form the backbone of the global economy and represent the physical assets that facilitate economic activity. At Starlight Capital, our expertise in real

How to Avoid Hiring Discrimination

Earlier this year, Chris Hughes, a Victoria man, was awarded payment from Transport Canada after the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled in his favor, demanding

Why Overwork Doesn’t Work

Are you overworked? Do you believe there is no such thing? It’s reasonable, as a manager, to expect your team to be dedicated to their

The Power of Email Marketing

With the reach and overwhelming popularity of social media, email marketing could seem like an afterthought. But it’s as prevalent and effective as it was

A Champion’s Mentality

The Toronto Raptors shocked the sports world by winning the NBA Championship in June, but any devoted basketball fan will tell you that there wasn’t

Networking in the Modern World

As someone who has interacted with thousands of people and has hop-scotched the globe on speaking tours, U.K.-based business coach Camilita Nuttall has noticed a

The Evolution of Meat Alternatives

For many decades the plant-based food industry has tried to break through to consumers beyond its base of committed vegetarians and vegans. Only recently have

The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing

Third-party outsourcing is growing in popularity among big and small businesses alike. Outsourcing, or “contracting out,” refers to the practice of hiring a third-party outside

Closing Tech’s Gender Gap

The world’s first computer programmer was a woman named Ada Lovelace. She developed an algorithm for her mentor’s invention, the Analytical Engine. Though the machine

Bridging the Management Age Gap

Millennials are known as the generation of smartphones, over-priced coffee, and a reputation for entitlement and leisureliness. Despite this, the success of millennials is becoming

Dealing with High Turnover

A high turnover rate is not a good look for a company and can mean several things. It could be a sign of a difficult

7 Ways to Work the Room Like a Star

Conferences, conventions, and other industry parties are just some of the occasions where networking plays a vital part for an entrepreneur or business owner. Whether

10 Tips to Help You Brand Yourself

With social media now an integral part of people’s lives, image, public perception, and the necessity for personal branding has never been higher. Personal branding

Navigating a Change in Leadership

Leadership is an organization’s driving force. It dictates culture and productivity, and everything should trickle from the top down. But what happens when an owner

Transformational Leadership

  Leadership is an oft-defined and widely studied concept. A cursory search of popular leadership quotes will produce definitions such as, “A leader is a

Job Automation Nation

  Between robots, self-driving cars, and 3D printers, technology is rapidly changing life as we know it – but at what cost? Sure, there’s little

‘Job Ghosting’ on the Rise

  A common dating trend has made its way to the workplace. Known as “ghosting,” it involves ending a relationship without communication. There are no texts,

How to Grow Your Online Business

  Anyone with spare time and internet access can start an online business. A successful online business, however, takes perseverance and care. Whatever your product

The Smartest of Watches

  These days, watches are for more than simply telling time. There are some camps that feel the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear are nothing

Mental Health in the Workplace

If you wake up dreading your workday, you’re not alone. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 70% of Canadians are concerned about the

The Streaming Revolution

  Back in the early 1980s, Time magazine ran an article about how (then) newly-launched MTV was changing the entertainment landscape. The article began with

Dealing with Business Rivals

  There’s no escaping competition when it comes to owning and operating a small or medium-sized business. You’re constantly facing a barrage of rivals who

The Rise of Remote Workspaces

Free beer, free coffee, and free food – all at the office. These are the perks of WeWork, the latest franchise in co-working spaces. There’s

Managing Family and Business

  Starting a business with family is a tricky endeavour. On one hand, you can build your relationship with relatives through hard work and success.