• Selling a business: Tax and other implications

    Running your business fuels your passion and keeps you going through long days. But what happens when that’s no longer the case and you’re looking to sell your business? You’ve probably been so engaged with your company that you haven’t given it much thought. However, an exit strategy is a crucial consideration—regardless whether you’re selling […]

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  • Selling your business: are you ready?

    As an entrepreneur, your business is an extension of yourself and your vision come to life. You’ve poured a lot of blood, sweat and tears into building it from the ground up. The decision to sell it may well be one of the toughest you’ll ever make. Even if you don’t plan to sell your […]

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  • Franchising and Alberta’s Franchises Act

    If you’ve thought about starting your own business, you may have considered running a franchise. Although starting a franchise carries fewer risks than starting a wholly independent business, franchises in Alberta are subject to additional rules and regulations. This article provides an overview of franchisors’ and franchisees’ rights and obligations under Alberta’s Franchises Act. What […]

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  • Secondary market research

    Market research explores consumer behaviour, as well as the ways cultural, societal, economic and personal factors that influence that behaviour. Secondary market research investigates consumer information others have gathered, while primary research studies consumers directly. This article focuses on secondary research: what it is and the ways you can collect data. Unlike primary market research, […]

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  • Primary market research

    Market research explores consumer behaviour, as well as the ways cultural, societal, economic and personal factors that influence that behaviour. Primary market research studies consumers directly, while secondary research investigates consumer information others have gathered. This article focuses on primary research: what it is and the ways you can collect data. Unlike secondary research, which […]

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  • Introduction to market research

    Market research involves gathering information about your customers and gaining knowledge of your competitors. Knowing how prospective customers will react to your products and services can guide your business decisions and position your company for success. This article explores the reasons to conduct market research, the benefits of market research projects and the best time […]

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  • Women’s Entrepreneurship

    Women play an important part in business leadership, and they bring key skills, values and perspectives. This article describes resources, supports and financing available to help women business owners thinking of becoming entrepreneurs. Devise your business plan As discussed in a companion article, an effective business plan provides a solid roadmap to help you chart […]

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  • 7 places to find a small business mentor

    As an entrepreneur, there are myriad things you likely don’t know and are forced to learn. Where can you seek support, useful tips and direction? Mentoring provides guidance and opportunities to develop business and leadership skills. Mentorship can happen organically, especially if you know where to look and what you’re looking for. Read on to […]

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  • 6 summer marketing ideas for small businesses

    Summer brings warm weather, vacation, and frequent visits by food and ice cream trucks. More and more, people venture out to local shops, street vendors and local festivals. Savvy entrepreneurs know this is an ideal time to attract new customers—provided that they market their products and services effectively. In this article, we present six summer […]

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