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15th October 2012

BDC Survey Cites Insufficient Working Capital As One Of Several Obstacles For Small Business Owners

bdcA majority – almost 60% — of Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) say they intend to invest in their businesses within the next 12 months, according to a survey on investment intentions released today by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Entrepreneurs say they plan to invest in Machinery & Equipment, Human Resources, working capital for marketing, and Information Technologies to increase their productivity. They also invest to create new products, develop new markets and increase production capacity. Read the rest of this entry »

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15th October 2012

Women Are Changing The Face Of Canadian Entrepreneurship

kpmgA growing number of Canadian women are leaving the traditional workforce to join the emerging trend of female home-based entrepreneurs. Statistics Canada reports 951,600 self-employed women in Canada as of July 2012, up from 790,400 10 years ago. The agency says self-employment in Canada has grown as fast among women as it has among men in the past 20 years.  Even more recently in times of economic uncertainty, the rate of self-employed women has grown faster than men. In 2009, a year of downturn for the labour market, the number of self-employed women rose 5.4 percent from the year before, while the number of female employees overall fell 1.1 percent. Read the rest of this entry »

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10th October 2012

Intuit Study Shows That Canada Is A Nation of Entrepreneurial Bootstrappers

intuitCanadian small business owners have always been known for doing a lot with a little. Now a new survey from Quickbooks developer Intuit Canada shows how our bootstrapping entrepreneurs are getting the job done. The survey was conducted to gain insights from successful small business owners at different stages in the entrepreneurial lifecycle and found that the majority (58 per cent) of Canada’s small business owners started out with less than $5,000.
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9th October 2012

TD Offers Advice As Canadian Boomers Catch Entrepreneurial Bug

TD Financial GroupFor Canadian boomers, the road to retirement may include a stop as a small business owner. Whether starting freelance consulting work, buying a franchise or opening a specialty business, a recent TD Canada Trust survey found more than half of boomers (54%) have started or considered starting a small business prior to retirement (15% and 39% respectively). Read the rest of this entry »

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9th October 2012

Research Shows In-House Creative Teams Are Growing In Size And Status

the creative groupThere’s never been a better time for design and marketing professionals to consider going in-house. A new research paper, 5 Trends Every In-House Designer Should Know, indicates that in-house teams will expand and exert more influence on creative efforts in the next three to five years. The report also sheds light on the inner workings of corporate design departments and highlights trends any creative professional can take advantage of in the coming years. Read the rest of this entry »

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9th October 2012

Red Cross Survey Reveals That Canadians Expect First Responders To Use Social Media

Red CrossAccording to new data collected by Ipsos on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross, the majority of Canadians are using social media regularly and expect emergency responders to also be using popular social networking tools. The survey, Social Media in Emergencies, is the first of its kind in Canada to look at habits and trends around the use of social media in disasters. Key findings include: Read the rest of this entry »

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28th September 2012

Expert Report Says Canadian Science and Technology is Healthy and Growing

Council of Canadian AcademiesAn authoritative, evidence-based assessment of the state of science and technology in Canada has found that Canadian science and technology is healthy and growing in both output and impact. Over the past five years, real improvements have occurred in the magnitude and quality of Canadian science and technology. A newly released report by the Council of Canadian Academies entitled, The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012 (PDF) provides a thorough analysis of the scientific disciplines and technological applications where Canada excels in a global context. Read the rest of this entry »

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28th September 2012

2012 Canada Video Advertising Report Available From IAB Canada

IAB CanadaCalifornia-based digital video advertising solutions provider BrightRoll, in conjunction with IAB Canada, has released its 2012 Canada Video Advertising Report. The second annual study, which gathers insight from more than 100 advertising executives at top agencies across Canada, addresses emerging trends in digital advertising and highlights significant changes taking place within the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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28th September 2012

Conference Board Releases Global Competition and Innovation Ranking Report

conference board of canadaCanada’s sliding global competitiveness ranking is due to its weak innovation performance, according to a Conference Board of Canada analysis of World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2012-13. Overall, Canada’s ranking declined to 14th place in 2012 – from 12th place in 2011 and 10th place in 2010. But in the sub-area of innovation and business sophistication factors, Canada fell six places from 15th to 21st – no other top-ranked country dropped nearly as much. Read the rest of this entry »

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14th September 2012

IAB Canada Announces Rises In Online Advertising Revenues

IAB CanadaIAB Canada has announced the results of its’ 2011 Online Ad Revenue Survey and announced the expected ad spend revenues in 2012. The IAB Canada Online Ad Revenue Survey states that Online Advertising revenues rose 16% to $2.593 billion in 2011, compared to $2.232 billion in 2010. The Survey also estimates Online Ad Revenue will increase to $2.8 billion by the end of 2012. Online Advertising revenue continues to consistently narrow Television’s lead, while pulling further ahead of Newspapers, which experienced a revenue decline of 6% last year. The Internet’s share of total advertising revenue in Canada grew from 19.4% in 2010 to 21.7% in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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