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Issue: Volume 14, Issue 6

Special report on small business, featuring 20 questions with Curtis Dyck, founder and owner of The Surveillance Shop

issue: Volume 14, Issue 6

Presenting lessons from Data Breach Hell

Everyone from Home Depot to Hollywood starlets seems to be having trouble with data breaches. Whether it’s customer credit cards or nude selfies, the hackers seem to be helping themselves to our electronic information, almost at will.

Sometimes, the problem really is beyond our control. If you made a purchase at Home Depot while they were vulnerable, you put your trust in their security measures. The only effective defense against having your credit card info stolen was to pay cash.... Keep Reading

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Research offers insight into creating shareholder value

A research paper issued by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) explores how to successfully create shareholder value in today’s unsettled marketplace.

Strategies for creating shareholder value in a low growth environment, looks at companies that have outperformed the market. The paper offers valuable insight and strategies from four diverse and accomplished Canadian companies – Birch Hill Equity... Keep Reading

According to a UPS Canada survey, 62 per cent of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) find that e-commerce plays a critical role in their business. Findings from the Small Business Challenges survey indicate that a company’s website (64 per cent) and Facebook (40 per cent) are the most frequently used e-commerce channels.

“What we’re hearing from our customer’s corresponds with the data . . . ,” says Jim Bena, UPS Canada. “E-commerce is a prominent component of business and... Keep Reading

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Small businesses earn high marks from employees for engagement and recognition

The annual Ceridian Pulse of Talent survey reports that small businesses, those with less than 100 employees, are faring better than larger organizations when it comes to overall employee engagement.

However, the survey indicates that more can be done to improve employee tenure, address salary concerns and refine communication. Survey respondents were interviewed regarding their perceptions of employee engagement and loyalty, recruiting, training, job security, compensation, productivity,... Keep Reading

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Think twice before shooting down oil-patch ‘villains’

If the story of the Alberta’s oil sands were to be told as a vintage western movie, it is likely that the oil industry, and the companies that make it up, would be portrayed as the villains who ride in wearing black hats and take over the town.

Despite the unprecedented economic activity arising from development of this region, it seems that you don’t have to look very far to find someone complaining about uncontrolled spending, environmental damage or inequitable distribution of... Keep Reading

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Lean times may be over for federal government

The news that Ottawa will post a dramatically smaller deficit – $5.2 billion versus the $16.6 billion forecast – indicates Ottawa is moving into surplus territory quicker than anticipated. Although Stephen Harper stated Ottawa is still expected to post a small deficit for the 2014-15 fiscal year, analysis from TD Economics forecasts a $5-billion surplus and more surpluses thereafter.

In fact, Ottawa may be on track for $71 billion in surpluses over the next six years. It would appear... Keep Reading

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Being small does not mean acting small

It’s time. Whether through personal choice or circumstance you have made the decision to start a small business.

Next comes the reality check, where you realize that along with the new-found control and freedom, the responsibility to oversee everything from sales, production and client relations, to making sure there is ample supply of coffee and paper clips, is squarely on your shoulders. For the most part, the mdays of assistants, support staff and department heads are going to be a... Keep Reading

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Alberta dominates list of top entrepreneurial cities

Alberta continues to dominate the annual rankings of Canada’s best places to start and grow a business, holding eight of the top 10 spots among municipalities in the recent 2014 Entrepreneurial Communities report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB),

“It’s great to see so many of Alberta’s cities land in the top 10,” says Richard Truscott, Alberta director for CFIB. “As a relative measure, these cities continue to be good places to own and operate a... Keep Reading