Working through the haze: Governments need to help small businesses prepare for legalization

As Parliament puts the final touches on Canada’s legislative framework around recreational cannabis, the spotlight shifts to provincial governments. The process has many moving parts, and touches on a range of government departments, with several significant fiscal, social and health considerations. While there are opportunities in some jurisdictions for entrepreneurs to get directly involved in …

Move over luxury cars, Germany wants to trial flying taxis

A flying car prototype, developed by Airbus and Audi, at an Airbus industrie exhibition.ALAIN JOCARD/AFP Germany, land of the no-holds-barred Autobahn, is pushing the next level of transportation: flying cars. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government signed a letter of intent with executives from Volkswagen’s Audi unit and plane maker Airbus SE to test air taxis in …

She’s making tequila with agave from just the right terroir

Melly Barajas Cárdenas in her blue agave fields in Valle De Guadalupe, Mexico.Lindsay Lauckner Gundlock / The New York Times More than two decades ago, when Melly Barajas Cárdenas and her father were on vacation in Mazamitla, Mexico, he told her that he wanted a tequila made in his name. At the time, Barajas Cárdenas …

Goldman, World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs hits US$1B in investments

The financial district of Jakarta, Indonesia A Goldman Sachs-World Bank Group partnership to provide capital to women entrepreneurs in emerging markets has reached US$1 billion in investments, the institutions said on Friday, far surpassing their original goal of US$600 million. The Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility, launched in 2014 by Goldman and the World Bank’s International …

What Canadians need to know about getting paid internationally

Years ago, fresh off earning my engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, I moved to New York City to jumpstart my career in one of the world’s most buzzing tech scenes. What was a major step then is now becoming normal. Thanks to new tools that simplify how professionals showcase their work, it’s easier …