Small Business Month: startup tips for newcomers

October is known as Small Business Month throughout the country — a time to recognize the significance that the small and medium-sized business sector has in the Canadian economy. The majority of  Canadian firms are, in fact, small businesses; 1,143,630 out of 1,167,978 are small businesses across the country and 70 per cent (or 8.2 million) […]

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Business plan basics for immigrant entrepreneurs

The challenges immigrants to Canada face when trying to set up a small business are many and varied. There are, of course, cultural differences, lack of support networks, inability to get bank loans and the challenge of choosing a business that’s both a good fit in Canada, but also plays off your international experience or […]

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Business owner Gifty Serbeh-Dunn employs Ghanaian women

Four lessons from this socially conscious entrepreneur As consumers, we have the choice every day to make more socially conscious purchases. Like 95 per cent of Canadians, I’m making more of an effort to support Canadian businesses with a mission to give back. Through my work at RBC and in the community, I have noticed […]

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Jamaican-born Dwania Peele wants to help immigrant women in small business

Are you an immigrant woman who always had a yearning to the start up your own small business but not sure where to start? Dwania Peele, founder and executive director of Canadian Small Business Women has the know-how and can connect you with people with the relevant expertise to help you achieve your goals. “I […]

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New research says immigrant entrepreneurs see starting a business as desirable, but barriers persist

A new research report, Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Barriers and Facilitators to Growth, from Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute shows that a substantial proportion of new Canadians are attracted to entrepreneurship as a desirable career choice (73 per cent), but the reasons may be different than for Canadian-born entrepreneurs. More than half of the immigrant respondents acknowledged that they […]

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What it takes to be an entrepreneur according to RBC Entrepreneur Award winner Ajay Virmani

Ajay Virmani has always been an entrepreneur at heart and has had the career journey to prove it. When he first arrived in Canada from New Delhi, he had humble beginnings as a window washer, then a brief stint as a life insurance salesman before eventually switching gears to work in transport. This move took […]

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Canadian immigrants who made it big share their best tips for entrepreneurial newcomers

Want to know what it takes to succeed in business? Who better to ask than Canadian immigrant business leaders who have overcome their own challenges as immigrant entrepreneurs to make it big? For Small Business Month this October,  business success stories like Maninder Dhaliwal, Robert Herjavec, Karim Hakimi and others share their business wisdom.   Maninder […]

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