How newcomer entrepreneurs are making a difference in Atlantic Canada

Suzanne Phillips and Adish Gebreselase at Splitt Ends Unisex Hair Design, a storefront salon in Halifax that Phillips sold to the Eritrean immigrant last year.Kelly Toughill / Public Policy Forum / The Conversation Adish Gebreselase is golden. The barber from Eritrea represents the highest hopes and dreams of government policy makers in Atlantic Canada: A …

Finally, a free open-source database for all Canadian startup information

Raymond Luk: 'People have always kept this information secret, because they think it’s intellectual property. But it’s actually a depreciating asset.'Handout Canada’s startup ecosystem is winning raves. Just last week, Amazon pledged to create 3,000 jobs in Vancouver (“a city recognized worldwide as a first-rate global tech hub,” the giant retailer crowed), and Ireland-based Web …

Help from on high for SMBs feeling disorganized and overloaded

The rapid expansion and adoption of the cloud has changed the game for businesses. These tools have vastly improved business functions throughout organizations, from financial management to workflow, collaboration and more. While cloud-based solutions have largely been adopted by enterprise organizations first, the scalable nature of the cloud allows small businesses to take advantage of …

Four ways technology is making the oil and gas industry greener

The oil and gas sector has long suffered a negative reputation — traditional extraction and production methods have contributed heavily to Canada’s carbon footprint through the emission of methane gas and other air pollutants — but exploration and production (E&P) companies and cleantech startups are working to fix this. E&P companies have been actively reducing …

Made by humans: A recipe for innovation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in an armchair discussion highlighting Budget 2018's investments in Canadian innovation at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.Justin Tang / Canadian Press Innovation doesn’t just happen — it is designed by humans for humans. While economists discuss new theories, scientists develop new technologies and industrialists …

How your business can work for and win brand love

Oath's digital prophet David Shing.Handout While some companies have created products that Canadians buy, others have created brands Canadians identify with, internalize and advocate for. These next-level relationships are what I like to call brand love. Brand love is like human love. It’s forgiving, it’s happiness, it’s comforting, it’s familiar, it’s exciting, it’s real. But …

Space in your suitcase? App turns travellers into paid couriers

If you’ve ever visited friends or family in Brazil, chances are they’ve asked you to ferry something into the country — be it vitamins, the latest iPhone or even a kitchen faucet. Now there’s an app that aims to expand that practice beyond friends and family and turn complete strangers into couriers. And profits. Grabr, …

Small businesses can get rate break from Chase on Amex transactions

A global payment company will give members of Canada’s largest small- and medium-business association lower rates on American Express transactions. Chase Merchant Services will charge a new lower rate to Canadian Federation of Independent Business members that process less than $500,000 in Amex transactions. CFIB says the deal aims to make it easier for small …