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Victor Chew Wong - Publisher and Editor

BC needs more capital to fund its future

Written By Victor Chew Wong
Posted in Financial Health, Issue 50 - Financing Your Dream

I recently attended a presentation by a colleague on the state of capital investment in BC’s high-tech sector. He gave a mixed review of the state of the sector. On the positive side, there are a lot of start-ups and small companies that are doing creative work; on the negative side, once they reach a certain size, the exit strategy is to sell.

Fiona Walsh - Women in Business Columnist

The simplest mistakes can trip up financing

Written By Fiona Walsh
Posted in Articles, Financial Health, Issue 50 - Financing Your Dream

You run your own business. Things aren’t going as well as you’d like. Every month you work every hour possible. Yet the financial return you’d like to enjoy still isn’t there. Sure, you have a product or service that your …

Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji

Do-it-yourself accounting – a recipe for savings or disaster?

Written By Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji
Posted in Articles, Financial Health, Issue 50 - Financing Your Dream

Do it yourself – a concept that always sounds adventurous, scary and fun. To save costs and gain experience, many people are opting for the DIY routine. This can be great for home renovations and other quick fixes; no question …

Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji

Pay heed these deadlines to avoid wrath of Canada Revenue Agency

Written By Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji
Posted in Articles, Financial Health, Issue 49 - Trevor Linden on Business

Ahem! Your taxes are due within 90 days from the date of your year-end; the return is due in 180 days. Given that this is a leap year, that extra day throws a curveball on the due date. Knowing your …

Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji

Prepare right documents to get a leg up on financing your business

Written By Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji
Posted in Articles, Financial Health, Issue 47 - The Sales Issue

Financing is at the top of the list for most business owners. To get the dollars you need, it is important to ensure that you can sell your business – and, more importantly, yourself! I’ll walk you through some options …

Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji

Three growth strategies for three types of businesses

Written By Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji
Posted in Articles, Financial Health, Issue 46 - Growing Your Business, Marketing & Branding

It seems like everyone’s going organic these days. Should you? New or old, there is always room for growth. Internal growth I have always recommended that clients look first to their existing business to determine if it has opportunities for …

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Victoria’s Secrets

Written By Melanie Jackson
Posted in Feature Articles, Financial Health, Issue 45 - Forecasting the Year in Business 2012, Issues

The BC government has a plethora of new and existing initiatives to support small business. From grants to resources, Make it Business reveals opportunities that can save you thousands of dollars

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Small Business Outlook 2012

Written By makeitbusiness
Posted in Articles, Feature Articles, Financial Health, Issue 45 - Forecasting the Year in Business 2012

Tax and regulatory burdens will be among the biggest challenges for BC small businesses in 2012, according to Laura Jones, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s senior VP of research and economics for western Canada. According to Jones, the silver lining of the 2008 recession was that it forced companies to streamline and innovate – another rough patch this year, however, may be difficult for many already emaciated companies to overcome

Victor Chew Wong - Publisher and Editor

Entrepreneurs optimistic despite gathering clouds

Written By Victor Chew Wong
Posted in Articles, Financial Health, Issue 45 - Forecasting the Year in Business 2012, Sales & Systems

Since the 2008-2009 recession most small businesses I know have trimmed the sails, cut the fat and just about any other cliché you can think of that involves reducing costs. So I can imagine how they must feel as they …

Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji

Prime the cash-flow pump to put money back in your pocket

Written By Simeen Gaidhar-Bhanji
Posted in Articles, Financial Health, Issue 44 - Six Pack of Success

Saving money is ingrained in us from birth, whether it’s putting coins in piggybanks or our allowance in a cookie jar. The methods may be different today. The concept remains the same. Given the tough times, small businesses need to …

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Financial Forecast 2012

Written By makeitbusiness
Posted in Articles, Feature Articles, Financial Health, Issue 45 - Forecasting the Year in Business 2012

Despite economic uncertainty that foreshadows 2012, entrepreneurs can take solace in the fact that at least one financial institution, RBC, is still aggressively seeking more clients. Mike Michell, RBC’s national director for small business, is bullish about the coming year – and the resiliency of small business

Celeste And Adrian

How to: Write and awesome business plan

Written By makeitbusiness
Posted in Feature Articles, Financial Health, Issue 43 - The "How-To" Issue, Sales & Systems

MAN (AND WOMAN) WITH A PLAN: Celeste Lozano and husband Adrian Rudzikas and their team have written more than 250 successful business plans. Here are their Business Plans Canada tips for writing a plan that will help you succeed

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