Small businesses play vital role in Alberta economy

As of June, there were 173,314 small businesses operating in the province

Small businesses play vital role in Alberta economyMonday is the beginning of Small Business Week and ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team is reminding people of the vital role small businesses play in Alberta.  “Alberta is awash in small businesses. As of June, there were 173,314 small businesses operating in the province. This represents 13.5 per cent of the almost 1.3 million…

PayPal launches loan program for small business owners

Quickly and easily access financing with the ability to customize loan amount and repayment timeline

PayPal launches loan program for small business ownersPayPal has launched the PayPal Business Loan, enabling small business owners to easily access loans between $5,000 and $100,000 at competitive prices. In a news release on Monday, the company said small business owners can quickly and easily access financing with the ability to customize loan amount and repayment timeline. "Applying for a traditional loan…

Caring hearts are key to leadership

Dan Gaynor of Gaynor Consulting Inc. talks about what makes a good leader

Caring hearts are key to leadershipDan Gaynor is president of Gaynor Consulting Inc. Tell me a little bit about your business and what you do? Gaynor: My work these days is all about helping organizations develop stronger, more satisfying teams through improved leadership. I focus on sharing the timeless and practical skills I believe have always set the best leaders…

Alberta manufacturing sales dip in August

Across Canada, manufacturing sales rose by 0.8% to $57.6 billion in August, following two months of declines

Alberta manufacturing sales dip in AugustManufacturing sales in Alberta dipped in August, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Thursday that sales in the province fell by 0.1 per cent to $6.3 billion. On an annual basis, they were down 4.3 per cent. Across Canada, manufacturing sales rose by 0.8 per cent to $57.6 billion in August, following…

How entrepreneurs can go from invisible to invincible

Francesca Moi of Empowering Events talks about building your following and being active and consistent on social media

How entrepreneurs can go from invisible to invincible Francesca Moi is CEO/director of Empowering Events. You describe yourself as the Meetup Queen. What does that mean and what do you do? Moi: Five years ago I wanted to grow my life-coaching business and I couldn’t find a way to get clients until I started a Meetup group and a Facebook group. Within three…

Study urges policy focus on economic growth

Increased economic growth means improved living standards for Canadians, says Fraser Institute author

Study urges policy focus on economic growthAn annual economic growth rate of three per cent would spur about $45,000 in greater per-person Canadian income after 20 years, according to a study released on Thursday by the public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute. The Cost of Slow Economic Growth said that from 2011 to 2018, Canada’s real gross domestic product (GDP –…

Real Estate Council of Alberta “dysfunction” coming to an end?

'For too long, serious concerns and complaints from industry and from council officials themselves have been ignored. That stops now"

Real Estate Council of Alberta “dysfunction” coming to an end?The Alberta government announced Wednesday The Real Estate Amendment Act 2019 which it says will bring an end to “ongoing dysfunction” with the Real Estate Council of Alberta by reforming governance of Alberta’s real estate regulator. The Ministry said the amendments address serious address serious concerns raised by real estate professionals, buyers, sellers and regulatory…

Bad bosses drive employees away: survey

Robert Half survey says employee appreciation is a powerful motivator

Bad bosses drive employees away: surveyTwo in five workers in Canada have quit their jobs due to a bad boss, according to a new survey. The research was released on Wednesday by global staffing firm Robert Half. “Managers set the tone for the office and have a considerable amount of influence over the daily experiences and satisfaction of their employees…

Most Canadian organizations hit by cyber-attacks in past year

Cybersecurity awareness training is effective but only 22% conduct training at least monthly

Most Canadian organizations hit by cyber-attacks in past yearA new survey finds that 71 per cent of Canadian organizations reported experiencing at least one cyber-attack last year that impacted them in some way, including time and resources, out-of-pocket expenses and paying ransom. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s  2019 Cybersecurity Survey Report also found that 96 per cent of respondents said that cybersecurity awareness…
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