Retail Icon Bids Canada Farewell

January 11, 2018 | Raya

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(image courtesy of Wikipedia) In early 2018, after 65 years in business, the remaining Sears Canada stores will close their doors for good. Sears started off in a partnership in 1952 with Canadian department store chain Simpsons Limited in Toronto as a mail order business. This move helped Simpsons expand...

Happy Birthday BMO

December 11, 2017 | Raya

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Bank of Montreal head office, Montreal 1871-72 image courtesy of the McCord Museum On November 3, 2017 the Bank of Montreal celebrated its 200th birthday. Founded in Montreal in 1817 by a group of nine of the city’s most prominent figures, its original name was Montreal Bank. In 1822, the...

Surviving the Holiday Shopping Money Crunch

December 6, 2017 | Hector

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As we all get into the holiday spirit, sometimes we need a little reminder to control our shopping impulses! Below are some tips and resources to help you enjoy your holidays within your financial means. Budget, budget, BUDGET Budgeting is KEY to holiday shopping (and to developing financial literacy skills...

Consumer Reports Online: Five Things You Need to Know and More...

December 4, 2017 | Ranald

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It’s almost the holidays and that means shopping. Or maybe your fridge just stopped working or you can’t go any longer without a car now that you have kids. We can help. Consumer Reports online and its parent magazine Consumer Reports are two of the most important and frequently-used publications...

Recommended Books by Donovan Dill, 2017 Entrepreneur in Residence

December 1, 2017 | Christina

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Donovan Dill, 2017 Entrepreneur in Residence, has successfully completed his residency at the Toronto Public Library. Donovan ran six, productive workshops across the Greater Toronto Area on topics covering the reality of small business startups and growth; small business financing; services offered by local business incubators to entrepreneurs in their...

Let's Talk Business, Your Business to be Exact

November 1, 2017 | Donovan

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Donovan Dill, TPL's 2017 Entrepreneur in Residence Are you just starting out and want some help to build your knowledge and networks? Are you thinking about a pivot after a few months or years of doing business? Whatever the case, Toronto Public Library provides Entrepreneur In Residence programs for you...

Your Money Matters: Personal Finance Programs for Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

October 25, 2017 | Diana L.

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November is not only Financial Literacy Month in Canada but the launch of our newly expanded Personal Finance program series, with over 142 FREE programs throughout Toronto starting this fall through 2018! Our Personal Finance campaign usually runs from January through March, but with the level of interest expressed at...

SEO for Your Small Business

October 1, 2017 | Hector

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If you own a small business or you're looking into starting one, then an important part of being visible online is ensuring that your search engine optimization (SEO) is well designed and planned out. According to, SEO is "the methods used to boost the ranking or frequency of a...

Green Investing

September 12, 2017 | Raya

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(image courtesy of Have you ever thought about investing in "green companies" and supporting eco-friendly businesses? Green investing, which falls within the framework of socially responsible investing (SRI), can be traced back to the 1960s when investors became concerned with civil rights, the environment and militarism. It involves seeking...

Entering the World of Equities Investing

September 1, 2017 | Hector

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Have you repeatedly heard that investing is the key to long-term financial wealth, yet, you have no idea where to begin? If so, then this post is for you! Below are some wonderful resources for learning and developing a better knowledge of equities investing, so that you can decide if...