3 Things You Should Know As A Startup Founder

By: Shanza Anwaar CBC News reports that given Canada’s current demographic trends, the nation can support up to 150,000 new businesses in the next 10 years.  With 47.6% of startups in the service sector failing in their first 5 years, it’s important for startup founders to identify commercial needs, create sustainable revenues, and market products… Continue reading 3 Things You Should Know As A Startup Founder

3 Strategies For Achieving & Sustaining Growth in Today’s Economy

By: Leah Jones Did you know that only 53% of Canadian SMEs will survive for more than five years? The wide spectrum of business types in Canada means there is no singular tactic to guarantee sustainable growth. But how do you know which strategy is right for your business? The Ivey Business Journal outlines three… Continue reading 3 Strategies For Achieving & Sustaining Growth in Today’s Economy

The Crowdfunding Advantage

By: Fatema Fatakdawala In the past, if you were an entrepreneur, your only recourse to raise money was to convince an angel or a VC or if you were lucky enough to have two years’ worth of financial statements (Right!), get a loan from a bank. Times have changed, and the effects of internet’s fragmentation… Continue reading The Crowdfunding Advantage

The ROI of Social Media

By: Matthew Kert In the past, the metric of return on investment (ROI) gave companies a good sense of how they are doing. It’s a simple formula taking your gains from an investment, subtracting the costs, and then dividing by total cost of the investment. In essence, if your investment was successful then you would… Continue reading The ROI of Social Media

How the Best get Better – Seven Tips for Sales Success

By Mobolade Ekujumi A summary of a report by J. Kelly, C. Larson & Dr. J. Kaplan After The 2008 downturn, executives at Autodesk, the $2 billion design software company, made a surprising discovery.  The financial collapse of 2008 had frozen the company’s impressive growth streak and almost all of the organization’s business segments were shrinking—except… Continue reading How the Best get Better – Seven Tips for Sales Success

Innovate>Forward Continues to “Wow”

By: Saadia Muzaffar Practical and relevant to the day to day operations of a manufacturing facility, Innovate>Forward continues to give advanced manufacturing companies the kind of “walk away and apply today” tips, tools and advice they need in order to successful pilot a new idea through to commercialization. At the April 17th session, 30 guests… Continue reading Innovate>Forward Continues to “Wow”

Choose Your MacGuffins Wisely and Close More Sales

By Tedd Campbell Joseph Wilson’s recent blog about what Hollywood can teach entrepreneurs got me thinking about MacGuffins, a common plot device that filmmakers use to jump-start their movies. Essentially, a MacGuffin is an excuse to tell a story. It’s what initially drives the plot forward, triggering a chain of events that inevitably leads to… Continue reading Choose Your MacGuffins Wisely and Close More Sales