How well do you understand your ideal customer’s buying decisions?

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:35:20 +0000

Are you looking to become a small business owner? How well do you understand the rationale behind the buying decisions of your potential customers? Small business owners in Canada are a force to be reckoned with — over 98 per cent of all businesses in the country have less than 100 employees. If you have […]

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Saving up for your first home: five tips to get you started

Credit to Author: Amit Sadhu| Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 23:06:23 +0000

Buying a home is an exciting milestone for many Canadians – including many new Canadians. In fact, a recent poll by Royal LePage found that one in five homes purchased in Canada in 2019 were purchased by newcomers. Finding the right home in the right neighbourhood is often top of mind for prospective buyers as […]

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A primer on changes to 2019 tax returns

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:36:24 +0000

A new tax season is upon us. Let’s warm up this winter with a primer on the changes to the tax return. The T1 tax return has a new look The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has reworked the tax return. More specifically, the line numbers that were 3 or 4 digits are now 5 digits, […]

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Think carefully before you apply for a payday loan

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Mon, 03 Feb 2020 20:44:55 +0000

How informed are you about payday lending? Payday loans are short-term loans with high-interest rates that are often available to people without or with poor credit history. When immigrants move to Canada, they arrive without a Canadian credit history. Unfortunately, even if they had a good credit rating in their home country, information is not […]

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New to Canada? Three tips to help manage your finances

Credit to Author: Amit Sadhu| Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 20:48:13 +0000

At the beginning of the year, we often participate in a time-honoured custom of creating New Year’s resolutions. This typically involves individuals setting self-improvement goals to fulfill throughout the year. And finances, particularly money management and saving, commonly make an appearance on resolutions lists. To start 2020 off on the right foot, below are some financial […]

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Tips for newcomers starting a business in Canada

Credit to Author: Ivy Chiu| Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2019 19:11:00 +0000

According to the 2019 RBC Small Business poll, the number of Canadians who are considering business ownership is on the rise compared to last year (57 per cent in 2019 vs. 54 per cent in 2018). The poll also looked at what the profile of small business entrepreneurs looks like in Canada. Below are the […]

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Entrepreneur and Small Business Fair in Surrey, BC

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:57:44 +0000

The fourth annual DIVERSEcity Entrepreneur & Small Business Fair is being held during Small Business Week, on Wednesday evening, October 23 at Surrey City Hall, BC. This is a great starting point for not only newcomers, but any  emerging or new entrepreneur looking for information and inspiration to succeed. Many newcomers turn to self-employment and […]

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Small Business Month: Information and tips for newcomers

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:14:18 +0000

October is known as Small Business Month throughout the country — a time to recognize the contributions that the Canadian small business sector makes to the economy and to their local communities. The majority of Canadian firms are, in fact, small businesses; in 2017, 1.15 million (97.9 percent) out of 1.18 total employer businesses in the […]

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Intellectual property law: An overview for immigrant entrepreneurs

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 02:54:57 +0000

Did you know immigrants who have been in Canada for 10 to 30 years have higher rates of private incorporated company ownership than those born in Canada?  If you’re a new Canadian thinking of starting a business, or having already started a business, it’s important to consider your intellectual property and how you can best […]

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A student’s guide to building a strong credit score

Credit to Author: Ivy Chiu| Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:03:36 +0000

It’s back-to-school time and international post-secondary students are embarking on a time of major life milestones in a brand new country with unfamiliar surroundings – an exciting, but also nerve-wracking undertaking. Not only are you deciding what to study, but you are also encountering many firsts during these pivotal years – first time living away […]

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