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Business cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a top priority for mid-sized companies in the COVID-19 era

  It goes without saying that COVID-19 has forced organizations to reconsider every aspect of their operations, from service delivery to the role of technology in keeping their workplaces safe. As they continue to restart and ramp up operations, cybersecurity will rank among their top concerns. A high degree of vigilance could help fend of […]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Federal government promises to fill ‘gaps’ in Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

It’s challenging to design a multibillion-dollar piece of legislation at the best of times. Factor in the raging global coronavirus pandemic, a collapsing national economy and a business community in desperate need of support due to COVID-19 business closures, and we can all appreciate the uphill battle facing the federal government as it works to […]

Real Estate

Your company is growing fast. Is it time to fire yourself?

Thank goodness for the so-called ‘unicorns’ of the knowledge economy. They’re the ones powering innovation, transforming markets—or creating entirely new ones—and helping their CEOs become ultra-wealthy rock star business luminaries along the way. But sometimes when their companies grow quickly, those magazine cover-worthy leaders run smack into an insurmountable wall of managerial challenges. That’s when […]

Entrepreneurs can take management lessons from Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors

Now that the dust has settled on the Toronto Raptors’ incredible NBA Championship run—four series of excitement that saw our city’s basketball team net its first ever Larry O’Brien Trophy— the sport’s top pundits are analyzing how the denizens of The North managed to achieve that seemingly elusive goal. Many entrepreneurs are taking a similar […]

Ontario SME owners on edge over potential R&D tax credit changes

If research, development and innovation are the lifeblood of Ontario’s economy—not to mention well-used talking points amongst the province’s business-courting political class—then it’s no surprise that a new review of popular tax credits is giving many small and medium-sized business owners cause for concern. The recent Ontario budget, the first tabled by the newly-elected Progressive […]

Federal Budget 2019 does little to address entrepreneurs’ anxieties

If there was any doubt that this is an election year, Federal Budget 2019 offered undeniable proof that we’re about to head to the polls. Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled a budget yesterday that introduced approximately $23 billion in new spending, with no plan to balance the budget in the foreseeable future. That latter fact […]

Looming GM plant closure reminds SMEs of the need to adapt to changing customer demand and technology

When General Motors announced plans to shutter its Oshawa assembly plant after more than a century of production, headlines bemoaned the end of an era, not to mention the further decline of the once-impressive Canadian automotive industry. Commentators debated whether the move—which GM said was part of its wider global restructuring plans, and not reflective […]

Federal economic update provides only modest relief for entrepreneurs

Ottawa’s war against small and medium-sized business owners seems to be over—at least for now. The trouble is the government’s peace offering does little to mitigate the greater threats facing entrepreneurs, from over-taxation and burdensome regulation to tax code complexity. Wednesday’s fall economic update made it clear that the Trudeau Liberals, with an election looming […]

How budgeting pitfalls can derail a start-up’s success

The early days of any new business are the most exciting. That’s when entrepreneurial hope springs eternal, when innovation and ideation are most important and when unbounded growth seems just a few sales away. It’s a fun—if somewhat terrifying—time. Many business owners will develop detailed business plans as they launch a new company, often with […]