Shopping for a cause.

November 10, 2011 | Teresa

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I have always been a big fan of Coke and its iconic red can, so the recent announcement by Coke to change the color of its can to all white for a brief time (from November 1, 2011 to January 15, 2012) to help support the World Wildlife Federation's efforts...

Free Help With Hiring And Keeping Staff - Through The Career Foundation

November 7, 2011 | Margaret W.

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I attended the Enterprise Toronto Small Business Fair a few weeks ago, and came away with some great information about services to start-ups and new businesses. One of the most impressive services I came across was The Career Foundation's Recruitment and Training Assistance Program. The following is a quote from...

What do you look for in a leader?

September 8, 2011 | Teresa

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Three individuals have been in the news the past few weeks - each from different walks of life. Each considered outstanding leaders. I wanted to have a closer look at what qualities each possessed for people to consider them great, since the topic of leadership is one that is perhaps...

Toastmasters International: Not Just Another Meeting

September 5, 2011 | Margaret W.

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Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization, is well known for its excellent public speaking training. Less is known about the leadership skills that can be developed through Toastmasters clubs - skills from which small businesspeople can certainly benefit. If you want to learn how to run better meetings, Toastmasters is for...

Help With Small Business Bookkeeping

September 1, 2011 | Margaret W.

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Small business owners either love or hate bookkeeping - there seems to be no middle ground. If you are looking for help in doing your own bookkeeping, Enterprise Toronto is sponsoring a program in September called Does It Add Up? Basic Bookkeeping for the New Business Owner. Click on the...

The best of the Harvard Business Review

July 28, 2011 | Teresa

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I love magazines - both for work and pleasure. And while my intentions are always noble in terms of reading them in a timely manner, I generally fall short. So I have unread piles at home, and piles at work. If you are like me, then this newest series of...

How To Make Sure You Get Your Money

July 21, 2011 | Margaret W.

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One of the greatest risks small businesspeople face is that of not being paid for their services. What can small business owners do to prevent this, and how can they deal with it once it has happened? Have a look at some of these resources for help. Articles The following...

A Fine Balance - Dealing With Questions During Presentations

May 2, 2011 | Margaret W.

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Seldom during our working lives can we avoid speaking in front of groups. Technical presentations, sales presentations, staff training sessions, and training of the public are ever-present requirements of business. Those of us who speak in public regularly know that the learning process for making good presentations never ends. We...

Business Disaster Planning

April 7, 2011 | Margaret W.

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When I was visiting my family in Quebec many years ago, we were all aghast to see on the television the news that the roof of a very large grocery store in town had collapsed after days of heavy snow. I still remember the shocked look on the owner's face...

Keeping it Creative

February 8, 2011 | Margaret W.

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This morning I was browsing through the Huffington Post, and in their comedy section I came across a short but hilarious send-up of the kind of thing people dream up in their quest for creative business innovation. It was a clip* from Jimmy Fallon (host of the television show "Late...